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Biography

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.

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.

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

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Teaching

  • 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