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Dr Charis Charalambous

Associate Lecturer


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PhD in English (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 2014)

MA in Renaissance Literature, 1500–1700 (Department of English, University of York, 2007)

BA in English Language and Literature (Department of English, University of Athens, 2006)





Employment Track

List all previous relevant employment:

Lecturer, University of Athens (2019-2020)

Toby Jackman Isaac Newton Research Fellow, University of Cambridge (2015-2019)

Associate Lecturer, UCLan Cyprus (2014-2015)


Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge – Member of the Governing Body, 2015-2018
  • St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge – Member of the Estates Committee, 2015-2018
  • University of Cambridge – Committee Member of The Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry, 2015-2019
  • St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge – Fellows’ Stewart 2015-2018
  • Routledge – Reviewer, 2020


Research Interests

Early Modern Literature, Science and Literature, Intellectual History


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

Reading Texts: Literary Theory, English Language 2, Use of Language in Literature, Comparative Literature, Academic Writing, The Fairytale

Administrative Roles




  1. “Anatomy, Performative Allegory and Self-knowledge in Phineas Fletcher’s ‘The Purple Island, or The Isle of Man,’” Literature and Medicine (Accepted).


  1. “The Confined Atom: James Clerk Maxwell on the Fundamental Particles and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge,” Perspectives on Science (Accepted).


  1. Co-authored with Thalia Trigoni. “Surreal Science and Scientific Surrealism: Dali and the Fundamental Building Blocks of Reality,” in Realisms of the Avant-Garde, ed. David Ayers, Moritz Baßler, Sascha Bru, Ursula Frohne and Benedikt Hjartarson (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter).


  1. “‘One common matter’ in Descartes’s Physics: The Cartesian Concepts of Matter Quantities, Weight and Gravity,” Annals of Science, 76:3–4, 324–339.


  1. “One Plus One in Paradise Lost,” Essays in Criticism, 68:3, 283–307.


  1. “The Mirror and the Lover’s I in Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poet’s Individuation Process,” Early Modern Literary Studies, 20:1, 1–21.


  1. “Graham Beynon, ‘Isaac Watts: Reason, Passion and the Revival of Religion’ (London: Bloomsbury, 2016),” Reviews in Religion and Theology, 25:4, 626–628.


  1. Rethinking the Mind-Body Relationship in Early Modern Literature, Philosophy and Medicine: The Renaissance of the Body (New York and London: Routledge).


  1. “Katharine Hodgkin, ‘Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England: The Autobiographical Writings of Dionys Fitzherbert. The Early Modern Englishwoman, 1500‒1750’ (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010),” Medical History, 60:3, 420‒422.


  1. “Thinking (of) Feelings in Donne’s Poetry: The Signifying Rift and ‘the evidence of things unseen,”’ The Journal of Religion and Literature, 47:1, 61‒98.


  1. “William of Ockham’s Mind/Body Dualism and Its Transmission to Early Modern Thinkers,” Intellectual History Review, 23:4, 537‒563.


  1. “Making Sense of the Unutterable: The Wonder of Tragic Pleasure in Early Modern Dramaturgy,” English Studies, 94:6, 668‒684.



  • The Emsley Prize – St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge (2013)
  • The A.G. Leventis Foundation Scholarship, The Cambridge European Trust Scholarship, St Edmund’s College Commonwealth and Overseas Scholarship.