Dr Paul White

Dr Paul White


I studied Classical Latin and French at Clare College, Cambridge, and remained at Cambridge for my Ph.D and as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-09). From 2009-13 held the posts of Research Associate, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Temporary Lecturer in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge. Before coming to Leeds I spent a year as research fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, working on the collections of early printed editions of the classics.


  • Subject Research Leader (Classics)

Research interests

My research focuses on Latin poetry and its reception, with a particular focus on Renaissance humanism. I have published articles on poetry, education, authorship and print culture in Latin and French vernacular contexts, and am the author of two books: on the early modern reception of Ovid’s Heroides (Columbus, 2009), and on the classical editions and commentaries of the Paris-based printer and author Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Oxford, 2013).

My current / forthcoming publications include a short monograph on the reception of Gaius Cornelius Gallus; a long monograph on neo-Latin love elegy; and a piece on the subject of 'Nothing'...




Gallus Reborn: A Study of the Diffusion and Reception of Works Ascribed to Gaius Cornelius Gallus (London: Routledge, 2019)

Jodocus Badius Ascensius: Commentary, Commerce and Print in the Renaissance, British Academy Postdoctoral Monographs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Renaissance Postscripts: Responding to Ovid’s ‘Heroides’ in Sixteenth-Century France (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2009)

Edited books

Sodalitas litteratorum: la sodalité dans la littérature néo-latine et française de la Renaissance et de l’époque moderne (1500-1675): Études à la mémoire de Philip Ford, ed. by Ingrid de Smet and Paul White (Geneva: Droz, 2019)

Method and Variation: Narrative in Early Modern French Thought, ed. by Emma Gilby and Paul White, Legenda (London: MHRA and Maney Publishing, 2013)

Masculinities in Sixteenth-Century France, ed. by Philip Ford and Paul White (Cambridge: Cambridge French Colloquia, 2006)


Henri Estienne, Nundiarum Francofordiensium encomium. Eloge de la foire de Francfort. Ein Lob auf die Frankfurter Messe. Encomium of the Frankfurt Fair, ed. Elsa Kammerer (Geneva: Droz, 2017)

Articles & Chapters

‘The Poetics of Nothing: Jean Passerat’s “De Nihilo” and its Legacy’, Erudition and the Republic of Letters 5 (2020), 237-273

‘Continuity and Rupture: Comparative Literature and the Latin Tradition’, Comparative Critical Studies 17.3 (2020), 373-389

‘Neo-Latin Love Elegy: Joachim Du Bellay, Amores’, in: An Anthology of European Neo-Latin Literature, ed. by Gesine Manuwald, Daniel Hadas & Lucy R. Nicholas (London: Bloomsbury, 2020)

'The Classical Commentary in Renaissance France: Bilingual, Mixed-Language and Translated Editions', Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 41.3 (2018) 

‘Ronsard’s Continuation des Amours (1555) in dialogue with Muret’s Elegiae (1552)’, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance 79.1 (2017)

‘Reading Horace in 1490s Padua: Willibald Pirckheimer, Joannes Calphurnius, Raphael Regius’, International Journal of the Classical Tradition 23.2 (2016), 85-107

‘France’ in: Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin, ed. by Sarah Knight and Stephan Tilg (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 411-425

‘Marketing Adaptations of the Ship of Fools’ in: Translation and the Book Trade in Early Modern Europe, ed. by José María Pérez Fernández & Edward Wilson-Lee (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 22-39

‘From Commentary to Translation: Figurative Representations of the Text in the French Renaissance’, in: The Culture of Translation in Early Modern England and France, 1500-1660, ed. by Tania Demetriou and Rowan Tomlinson (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 71-85

‘Humanist Printers’ in: Philip Ford, Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi (eds.), Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World, vol. 1: Macropaedia (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 173-184

‘Poetic genres—Heroides’, ‘Printing Centres—Basel’, ‘Estienne Family’, ‘Printing Centres—Geneva’, ‘Printing Centres—Paris’, ‘Printing Centres—Strasbourg’ in: Philip Ford, Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi (eds.), Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World, vol. 2: Micropaedia (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 1141-2, 1154-7, 1161-4

‘Representation and Illusion in the Elegies of Théodore de Bèze’ in: French Studies 66 (2012), 1-11

‘Foolish Pleasures: The Stultiferae naves of Jodocus Badius Ascensius and the Poetry of Filippo Beroaldo the Elder’ in: Humanistica Lovaniensia LX (2011), 65-83

‘Ovid’s Heroides in Early Modern French Translation: Saint-Gelais, Fontaine, Du Bellay’ in: Translation and Literature 13.2 (2004), 165-80

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Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the HEA

Student education

I teach modules on Roman literature, comparative and reception topics, and Latin language.

Research groups and institutes

  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • French
  • Classics
  • Heritage
  • Literary studies
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