Charles  Eager

Charles Eager

Postgraduate Researcher, Teaching Assistant, Writing Mentor

Summary: Renaissance. Classical gods and myth in Renaissance theatre and literature, Renaissance visual culture, classical reception, Shakespeare, mythography, Renaissance music (theory and practice).

Teaching Commitments: Prose: Reading & Interpretation (Autumn 2017) | Writing Mentor (Academic Year 2017–18)

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MA English Literature, University of Leeds, 2016 (Dissertation, 'Godlikeness and Theophany in Late Shakespeare')

BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Leeds, 2015

Publications Poetic

1) Synkronos (Kronstadt: Elena David, 2017) [with Vlad Condrin Toma]

This, my first published book of verse, is now sold out and we shall not pursue another printing in the foreseeable future. However you can read it online (gratis) here:

(This does not include Toma's Romanian half.)

A kind, fair, and attentive review of the book by Mr Jonathan Gill: 

2) 'Three Celan Translations', EPIZOOTICS!, 2 (2017), 21–22——available to read at

3) 'Meditation', The Society of Classical Poets, 5 (2017), 106——

The above is a redaction from this post, of whose amateurishness I am by now appropriately ashamed, July 2016:

Current Projects Academic

PhD thesis on 'Theophany on the Shakespearean Stage'. Projected completion, Autumn 2019.

Edition in old spelling of Shakespeare's Pericles from the two 1609 Quartos, as close as possible to verbatim. This will probably live and die as merely an appendix to the PhD above, but is a fascinating project.

Papers Given 

1) 'The Drama of the mentis furor in late Shakespeare', Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice, University of Oxford, 2 Dec 2017

In this short paper I argued for a Classical understanding of the mentis furor (fury of the mind) which besets King Lear and Leontes (in The Winter's Tale), which I took from Seneca (as well, indirectly, as Greek tragedy) and sixteenth-century reinventions thereof, such as Thomas Legge's Richardus Tertius. This was from a prompt in my Master's thesis (which you can read on my page). I developed this by looking at the self diagnoses of Lear and Leontes via-à-vis Thomas Szasz's The Myth of Mental Illness, the thesis of which is that mental illness is 'a metaphorical disease', i.e., one mediated or shaped by language. In the second part of the talk, I spoke of the power of repentance to transform and—for want of a better word—cure these maladies, and (in so doing) spoke of the Greek Μετάνοια and Latin paenitentia, discussing the differences and similarities between the two words, and their relevance to Shakespeare.

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

A pleasant little speech on how noisy Pericles is, what that might mean, the nature of the play's reported text, and the meaning of Marina, looking especially at the recognition scene between Pericles and Marina, 5.1.


Douglas Jefferson Scholarship, 2016–19

Informal Writing

Occasional (mostly musical, sometimes theatrical) journalism for Leeds Living magazine. Most recent writings:

And older writings (early 2016–late 2017) are archived on my Wordpress (link at the head of this page).

Short informal article on Time in The Winter's Tale of Shakespeare:


Proud member of West Yorkshire Classical Guitar Society and Leeds Heritage Singers. I am training for a Guitar Diploma, am an amateur violinist and viola player (playing with a local amateur string group), and have just begun to learn the lute. I also incompetently compose on occasion. Recordings of some of these compositions are on my Soundcloud (link at the head of this page).