Namratha Rao (India)

Life After Ertegun House

Supported by a Clarendon Scholarship and a North Senior Scholarship, I completed my DPhil in English at the University of Oxford in June 2019. I am a scholar of early modern poetry, poetics and rhetoric with particular research and teaching interests in the intersection between theories and histories of embodiment, the history of medicine, the history of moral thought, and literary form. I am currently a Stipendiary Lecturer in Early Modern English at Hertford College, Oxford (2019-2021), and a visiting fellow at both the Osler Library of the History of Medicine (Montreal, QC) and the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA). In September 2021, I will join UCL as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Humanities.

Projects and Publications:
‘Fearful Symmetry in Spenser’s Muiopotmos’, Essays in Criticism 69/2 (2019), 136-56

Review of Giulio Pertile’s Feeling Faint: Affect and Consciousness in the Renaissance for Spenser Review (Summer 2020)


Co-editor, with David Hillman and Joe Moshenska, ‘Companionable Thinking: Spenser With…’: A Special Issue of Spenser Studies (forthcoming, 2022)


‘Ground-plots of Invention: The Gardens of The Faerie Queene’ (under review)

Poetics of Corporeality: Spenser and Milton (first book project)

Early Modern Sympathies: Magic, Materiality, Morality (postdoctoral project)