Trudi Tate studied for her BA and MA at the University of Western Australia and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. She has taught at the universities of Western Australia, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Southampton. In 1999-2000, she was a Visiting Professor at the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt.
In 2001 she was elected a Fellow of Clare Hall, where she is currently a Tutor and Praelector. For 12 years she was Editor of the Clare Hall Review. She is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, where she recently edited the Faculty magazine, 9 West Road. She teaches literature on the Clare College summer programme for students from Sun Yat-sen University, China.
Dr Tate specialises in the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, with a particular interest in war writings from the Crimea to Viet Nam. She also works on psychoanalysis and literature, childhood in literature, refugee writings, and literature in history.
Her teaching includes nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature and twentieth-century American literature for undergraduate papers in Cambridge. She also supervises MPhil and PhD students, mainly on topics in early twentieth-century literature, with special interests in the First World War; literature and psychoanalysis; literature and history. Authors she teaches include Dickens, Tennyson, Robert Browning, George Eliot, Dorothy Richardson, Katherine Mansfield, H.D., Elizabeth Bowen, Conrad, and D.H. Lawrence, as well as Vietnamese-American authors Angie Chau, Thuy Le, Linh Dinh, Bich Minh Nguyen, Aimee Phan, Andrew Pham, Viet Nguyen, and others. She has a special interest in the writings of Virginia Woolf.
She has published books and articles on women in modernism, and on literature and cultural history of the First World War, the Crimean War, and the American-Vietnamese War. Authors she has published on include H.D., William Faulkner, Ford Madox Ford, Kipling, Tennyson, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, and Andrew Pham, as well as Australian veterans of the war in Viet Nam, such as Peter Haran and Robert Kearney. She has also worked on the cultural history of the tank in the First World War. An article on the Fall of Sebastopol in 1855 was published in the journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century in 2015.
She has recently completed A Short History of the Crimean War for I. B. Tauris which is due to be published in autumn 2018. An article entitled ‘Living Afterwards’, on Vietnamese-American writers Thuy Le and Viet Nguyen, will be published late 2018 in the journal Book 2.0.
Trudi Tate is Director of Literature Cambridge.
Summer courses 2019 in Cambridge:
Study Days on Literature, Stapleford Granary, Cambridge.
On Virginia Woolf
Trudi Tate, ‘Living Afterwards: Vietnamese Refugee Writers Thuy Le and Viet Nguyen’, Book 2.0, 8:1-2 (September 2018).
Trudi Tate, A Short History of the Crimean War (I. B. Tauris, 2019). Available from Dec. 2018
Trudi Tate, ‘Sebastopol: On the Fall of a City’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 20 (2015), https://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/articles/10.16995/ntn.720/
Trudi Tate, Modernism, History and the First World War (1998; rev. edn 2013)
Trudi Tate, The Listening Watch: Memories of Viet Nam (2013)
Trudi Tate, A Short History of the Crimean War (I. B. Tauris, autumn 2018)
In Our Time, Radio 4, 2008: The Charge of the Light Brigade
‘King Baby’ – infant care in the First World War
On Canadian Memories of the First World War
On Phillip Knightley, The First Casualty
On Nathaniel Tripp, Father, Soldier, Son
On Peter Haran and Robert Kearney, Flashback
Vietnamese diaspora writers
See also the list of books and articles (above) by Trudi Tate for further work on war writings.