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Dr Hester Lees-Jeffries


Subject: English

Director of Studies , Tutor
I'm finishing a book entitled 'Textile Shakespeare', which is about early modern literature, especially drama, and is so far ranging across linen, leather, wool, silk, sewing, cutting, folding, and black cloaks. I'm also starting work on the new introduction for the Cambridge Shakespeare /Romeo and Juliet/, and blogging/tweeting about it every day in 2018.
Director of Studies
University Lecturer

I came to Cambridge as a Commonwealth Scholar from New Zealand in 1999 to begin my PhD and have been here ever since. I work on early modern literature, especially Shakespeare, with particular interests in performance and visual and material culture (costume, textiles, jewellery, gardens, portraits, miniatures). I was a Research Fellow at Magdalene College from 2003-6, and I've been a Fellow of St Catharine's since 2006. I really enjoy working with our students as they discover more about Renaissance literature. Unsurprisingly, I love going to the theatre.

Shakespeare and Memory (Oxford, 2013)
England's Helicon: fountains in early modern literature and culture (Oxford, 2007)
(as editor), Anne Barton, The Shakespearean Forest (Cambridge, 2017)

Numerous essays and articles, most recently:
'Mantled in blood: Shakespeare's bloodstains and early modern textile culture', in Blood Matters, ed. Bonnie Lander Johnson and Eleanor Decamp (Philadelphia, 2018)
'My mother's maids, when they did sew and spin: staging sewing, telling tales', Shakespeare Survey 70 (2017)