Biography

Originally from West Yorkshire, Tom Roebuck came to UEA in 2013 from the University of Oxford.  He works on the intellectual cultures of Renaissance and early-modern England (spanning the period roughly from 1580 to 1710), especially on the ways in which the scholars of the period read, wrote, thought, and argued with one another. This has meant he is often to be found in archives, exploring scholars' letters, notebooks, and annotations. At UEA, Tom leads the teaching of seventeenth century literature, of Shakespeare, of Elizabethan literature (in a creative-critical module which recreates the teaching methods of Renaissance humanism), and, for third year students, he teaches a specialist module on early-modern writers' engagements with religion, and especially the ways in which religious questions gave shape to John Milton's late poetry. All Tom's teaching is motivated by a belief that we have a great deal to learn from the careful and passionate reading of the minutiae of texts' language.

Tom is the Director of Admissions for the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, and he welcomes messages from those interested in studying in the unique community of critics and practitioners that make up LDC. 

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