Conor Wilcox-Mahon

Stipendiary Lecturer


I was an undergraduate here at St John's, before moving to Cambridge to study for my MPhil in Renaissance literature. I return here having finished my PhD in Cambridge, at Corpus Christi College.

Research Interests

I work on Renaissance literature, particularly its episodic and narrative fiction. My PhD thesis focused on Edmund Spenser's epic romance poem The Faerie Queene, where I investigated its properties of rest and pause in an effort to clarify its temporal texture, and to explore how Spenser's poetry might reconfigure human experience. More broadly, my major thematic interests are in early modern and classical poetics; the social history of time; hermeneutic and narratological theory; textual materiality and the material Renaissance. Beyond Spenser, I am particularly interested in Philip Sidney, Walter Raleigh, Samuel Daniel, Michael Drayton, Ben Jonson, and Mary Wroth; with further auxiliary interests especially in John Dryden, Samuel Richardson, and the Marquis de Sade.


I am teaching Paper Three and Paper Four of the English undergraduate course, which represent the periods 1550-1660 and 1660-1760. I also teach in the Shakespeare paper.

Awards and Distinctions

(2017) Gibbs Prize (distinguished performance in finals); Gibbs Prize (best performance in a three-hour timed examination)

(2018) Cambridge Trust Vice-Chancellor’s Award (PhD scholarship)

Recent Publications

‘Course/ Redispourse: Narrative Fluid Dynamics in The Faerie Queene’, in ‘Spenserian Futures’, Spenser Review 50.3 (Fall 2020):