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Cristina Neagu holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and specialises in the literature and arts of the Renaissance. The fields in which most of her work has been conducted include Neo-Latin literature, rhetoric and the history of the book. Among her research interests are Central and East European humanism, illuminated manuscripts and Albrecht Dürer as theoretician and reformer of the image.


Her publications include Servant of the Renaissance: The Poetry and Prose of Nicolaus Olahus (Peter Lang, 2003). Among her recent contributions are ‘The Power of the Book and the Kingdom of Hungary during the Fifteenth Century’ in Humanism in Fifteenth-Century Europe (Medium Aevum, 2012), ‘Fabulous Beings in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books’ in Other Worlds and Imaginary Beings: From Medieval Illumination to 19th-Century Drawings (Christ Church, Oxford, 2014), 'The Lesser Durer:Text and Image in Early Modern Broadsheets' in The Perils of Print Culture:Theory and Practice in Book, Print and Publishing History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and the forthcoming 'East Central Europe' in The Oxford Handbook of Neo Latin Studies (Oxford University Press, 2015). Currently Dr Neagu is in charge of Special Collections at Christ Church Library, Oxford and she is Editor of the journal published by the Library (http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/library/newsletter).



Present employment

Christ Church
University of Oxford

Main responsibilities

Early printed books and manuscript collections

Organizing conferences and termly exhibitions, editing a termly scholarly journal focused on original research linked to Christ Church collections, liaison with professional conservators, coordinating loans and events, project managaging the digitization of manuscripts in the library.


Imaging studio

In charge of the imaging studio providing high quality photographs for publication and research, photographic studio work.


Information technology

In charge of the library web-pages.


User education

Designing and producing documentation for various services within the library, giving talks and tours of the Upper Library.

University Education


University of Oxford (1995-2001)
D.Phil (Renaissance Studies)
Doctoral thesis: “The Carmina of Nicolaus Olahus in the context of his literary career”


University of Central England in Birmingham – Faculty of Computing (1998-2000)
M.Sc (Information and Library Management)
Dissertation: “Illustration from manuscript to print – 15th and 16th century Books of Hours in the Bodleian Library”

University of Oxford: Soros Scholar (1993-1994)

University of Bucharest: Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures (1981-1985)
B.A (English & Latin)


Membership of Learned Bodies

Bodleian Library Centre for the Study of the Book

International Society of Neo-Latin Studies
Oxford Bibliographical Society
Renaissance Society of America

Romanian Cinematographers Society (UCIN)



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