Dr Talitha Kearey

PhD, MPhil, MA

Director of Studies

Talitha Kearey

College Roles

  • Director of Studies in Classics (Prelim to Part IA & Part IA)

University Roles

  • Fellow at St John's College
  • Affiliated Lecturer, Classics


Email: tezk2@cam.ac.uk

Talitha Kearey


Dr Talitha Kearey is a classicist specialising in Latin literature and its reception.

Dr Kearey is Director of Studies in Classics (Prelims & 1A students) at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She is also a Fellow under Title A (or ‘Junior Research Fellow’) and Praelector at St John’s College, and lectures on Latin literature for the Faculty of Classics.

She was previously Stipendiary Lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford (2018-19), after completing her PhD (2018), MPhil (2014) and BA (2012) in Classics at Clare College, Cambridge.

Research Interests

Dr Kearey specialises in Latin literature (especially poetry) and its reception, with a particular focus on authorial self-fashioning, reading cultures and (meta)poetics. More broadly, she maintains research interests in Latin poetry and prose, the history of scholarship, reception studies to the present day, and literary and cultural theory (especially feminist and queer studies).

Dr Kearey’s current book project, The Poet at Work: Virgil, Authorship and the Poetics of Biography, explores the interrelation of biography and literary criticism in Virgil’s ancient reception from the first century BCE to the sixth century CE, focusing on representations of his processes of poetic composition. A second nascent book project explores the poetry of the Roman emperors from Caesar to Hadrian; she is also engaged in research projects on Virgil’s Eclogues, on ancient methodologies of reading, on literary collaboration and on literary criticism in Suetonius’ imperial Lives. Her recent publications include pieces on authorial impersonation in the pseudo-Virgilian Culex, Tacitus’ creative use of Virgil’s life in the Dialogus, Fulgentius’ blend of fiction and literary criticism in his necromantic commentary on the Aeneid, and two newly-discovered acrostics in Horace’s Satires.