Orlando Reade

I studied English Literature at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. I’m in my sixth year at Princeton, where my research focuses on early modern English poetry.

My dissertation, “Being a lover of the world: English poetry and cosmology in the seventeenth century,” examines the work of four poets: William Shakespeare, John Milton, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne. It describes how the theoretical revolutions of Copernicus and Galileo inspired new poetic images of the cosmos, and argues that each poet used these images to imagine new political, philosophical and erotic relationships.

My other interests include political theory, psychoanalysis, contemporary poetry, painting and dancing, and I have written essays on these subjects for publications including The Guardian, Frieze, The White Review, The Capilano Review, Africa is a Country and Hix Eros.

This year I am a Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and a Bain-Swiggett Fellow in Poetry.