Charles Eager

Charles Eager



PhD English Literature, University of Leeds, 2016–2019; dissertation: ‘Theophany on the Shakespearean Stage’

MA English Literature, University of Leeds, 2015–2016, with distinction

BA English Language and Literature, University of Leeds, 2012–2015, First-Class Honours


Academic Publications

Book Review: 'Discoveries on the Early Modern Stage: Contexts and Conventions, by Leslie Thomson', The Seventeenth Century, 2019 [published online; print forthcoming]

Book Review: 'English Mythography in its European Context, 1500–1650, by Anna-Maria Hartmann', The Seventeenth Century, 34 (2019), 413–15



Sept 2017–June 2019: Writing Mentor for the School of English, University of Leeds (c. 10 hrs/week)

Sept–Dec 2018: 'Renaissance Literature', Seminar Tutor, School of English, University of Leeds

Sept–Dec 2017: 'Prose: Reading and Interpretation', Seminar Tutor, School of English, University of Leeds


Papers given

'The Soundworld of Pericles', at Speech, Sound, and Dialogue in Early Modern Culture, 1500–1700, hosted by the Cabinet of Curiosities, University of York, 24 April 2018

'The Drama of the mentis furor in Late Shakespeare', at Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice, University of Oxford, 2 December 2017



Douglas Jefferson Scholarship, 2016–2019


Literary Translation and Creative Publications

'Two Translations from German by Charles Eager', The Society of Classical Poets (2019)  [online]

'Providence and Poetic Tradition', The Society of Classical Poets (2019) [online]

Synkronos (BraČ™ov, 2017) [co-authored with Vlad Condrin Toma] 

'Three Celan Translations', EPIZOOTICS!, 2 (2017), 21–22

'Meditation', The Society of Classical Poets, 5 (2017), 106 [redaction from the below]

'Jaded I Lay & Other Poetry', The Society of Classical Poets (2016) [online]

I am working on a song cycle on the Tower of Babel with the composer John Gediminas (RCM). We premiered the first poem and piece at Leeds Lieder Festival's 'Poets & Composers Forum' (27 April 2019); it was performed by soprano Poppy Shotts and pianist Joe Howson.


Arts Journalism

Partial archive, 2018–present:

Comprehensive archive, 2016–present:

Prior to 2016 I occasionally wrote for Leeds Music Scene, which has since disbanded. Manuscript copies of articles remain extant; they can be supplied on request.



I am a member, since Spring 2018, of West Yorkshire Classical Guitar Society, for whom I am writing arrangements of Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras #4, and a set of Préludes. I have sung with local Anglican choirs The Heritage Singers and The Pusey Consort; I have studied violin and viola; and I have studied Renaissance lute with concert lutenist Jacob Heringman. I am also working towards an Associate-level Guitar Diploma with guitarist-composer Paul Martin, and am writing a set of Sonatas for solo guitar.





Latin, German, and Italian (all intermediate)


@SirCharlesEager (IG, Twitter)





Research interests

Renaissance/early modern poetry and drama. Classical gods and myth in Renaissance theatre and visual culture, classical reception, Shakespeare (esp. late plays), mythography, Renaissance music. The Psalms in and beyond the early modern period.


  • MA English Literature (University of Leeds, 2016) -- Distinction
  • BA English Language and Literature (University of Leeds, 2015) -- First-Class Honours