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 University, 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.

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, 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/Viet Nam 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.

Literature Cambridge

Trudi Tate is Director of Literature Cambridge.

Summer course, 2-6 July 2018: Woolf and Politics.
Study Days on Literature, Stapleford Granary.

Past courses 2017

Summer course, 16-21 July 2017: Woolf’s Rooms.
Summer course, 23-28 July 2017: Reading Bloomsbury.


List of books by Trudi Tate

List of articles by Trudi Tate

On Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf: Further reading

Afterlives of Virginia Woolf


War writings

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 KnightleyThe First Casualty

On Nathaniel Tripp, Father, Soldier, Son

On Peter Haran and Robert Kearney, Flashback

Vietnamese diaspora writers




TT Apri 2016


Trudi April 2013