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Prof Rivkah Zim

Dr Rivkah ZimProfessor of Early Modern Literatures

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King's College London
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Rivkah Zim is a Londoner and has been teaching at King’s in the Department of English Language and Literature since 1991. She has previously taught in Cambridge, at Fitzwilliam College and Pembroke College during the 1980s, and before that held temporary teaching or research posts in Oxford, Bedford College London and the University of Leeds where she also studied. Her latest book is The Consolations of Writing: Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi (Princeton University Press, 2014). She is currently writing a biography of Thomas Sackville (1536-1608) and editing his letters.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

- Sixteenth-century English literature and history

- Reception of biblical and classical literature in England

- Prison writing in Europe

- The life and works of Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, 1st Earl of Dorset

Professor Zim is a convenor of the Tudor-Stuart research seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Selected Publications

The Consolations of Writing: Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi (Princeton University Press, 2014)

‘”La nuit trouve enfin la clarté”: captivity and life writing in the poetry of Charles d’Orléans and Théophile de Viau’, The European Journal of Life Writing, 2 (2013), 79-109

English Metrical Psalms: Poetry as Praise and Prayer 1535-1601(Cambridge University Press, 1987, reprinted 2010)

‘Writing behind Bars: literary contexts and the authority of carceral experience’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 72 (2009), 291-311

‘Religion and the Politic Counsellor: Thomas Sackville (1535-1608)’, English Historical Review, 122 (2007), 892-917


Level 4 Classical and Biblical Contexts of English Literature

Reading Poetry

Level 5 History, Politics and the Elizabethan Imagination

Level 6 Ancient Lyric and English Poetry

Court Cultures in the Age of Elizabeth I

Level 7 Prison Writing

Working with Early Modern Literary texts













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