Dr Paul White
- Position: Associate Professor of Classics
- Areas of expertise: Classical Latin and Neo-Latin literature, particularly poetry; Latin love elegy; comparative literature; classical reception; the classical commentary; Renaissance humanism in Europe; Classics
- Email: P.M.White@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: 2.17 Michael Sadler Building (Office hours THUR 11-12; FRI 1-2)
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)
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)
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 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<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- Fellow of the HEA
I teach modules on Roman literature, comparative and reception topics, and Latin language.
Research groups and institutes
- Comparative Literature