Dr Christopher Tilmouth
Fellow in English
Telephone: 01223 761565
Christopher Tilmouth is a University Senior Lecturer in Literature and Intellectual History for the Cambridge English Faculty, and a Fellow in English at Peterhouse. He supervises all first-year English students for the Renaissance and Shakespeare papers, and those third years who opt for the "Moralists" paper, a finals paper (unique to the Cambridge English Tripos) which focuses on the relationship between literature and moral and political thought. Christopher has undergraduate and postgraduate teaching interests, too, in tragedy (ancient, Shakespearean, and modern), literary theory, Enlightenment literature and thought, and modernist poetics, and he lectures on several of these subjects for the English Faculty.
Christopher's research focuses principally on the period 1580 to 1800, particularly as it relates to the history of moral and political philosophy, theology, and medicine. His interests include: Shakespeare, Spenser, Montaigne, and humanist ethics; early modern physiology and its place in literature; Hobbes and Tacitism; Anglo-French libertinism; the literary culture of the Restoration; the works of the Earl of Rochester; John Milton; Pope, Dennis, and the literature of early eighteenth-century Britain; and the literature and philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. His publications include articles on Shakespeare, Milton, Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, the English reception of Descartes' thought in the later seventeenth century, and the reception of Montaigne's Essais in the early eighteenth century. He is the author, too, of a book entitled Passion's Triumph over Reason: A History of the Moral Imagination from Spenser to Rochester (OUP, 2007; paperback 2010). Forthcoming publications include further work on the passions in the early modern period, a second essay on Milton, a bibliography of works relating to the Earl of Rochester (for Oxford Bibliographies Online), and an article on Alexander Pope, the subject of Christopher's 2011 British Academy Chatterton Lecture on poetry.