Dr Hester Lees-Jeffries

Director of Studies , Tutor
Shakespeare and early modern literature, especially drama; the visual and material culture of the Renaissance
University Lecturer

Dr Hester Lees-Jeffries came to Cambridge as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1999, having completed her BA and MA at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ, where she was born. She was a graduate student and research fellow at Magdalene College before coming to St Catharine's as a college lecturer in 2006, and was appointed to a University Lectureship in 2013. She has published extensively on Shakespeare and early modern literature and culture: in addition to her monographs, she has contributed chapters to edited books on Renaissance gardens, satire and tragedy, royal pageantry, and blood, and published articles on writers including Spenser, Sidney, and Jonson. Her current project has the working title Textile Shakespeare. She is also the co-creator of the 'Shakespeare Tube map' for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

  • Shakespeare and Memory (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • England's Helicon: fountains in early modern literature and culture (Oxford University Press, 2007)