Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Department of English Literature
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I research the literary culture of the long eighteenth century, and my specialisms include eighteenth-century publications of renaissance poetry and drama, digital humanities, and the poetry of Alexander Pope. 

Qualifications

BA (Hons) (Oxford), MA (York), Ph.D (UCL)

Biography

I studied English at the universities of Oxford and York, and completed my PhD at University College London with a thesis on the eighteenth-century editions of Edmund Spenser. Before joining Birmingham, I was a Junior Research Fellow in English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. I have held visiting fellowships in Oxford, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. 

Teaching

I teach the second-year modules ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters’ and ‘Stories of the Novel’. 

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries about research supervision in the following areas: printing history and the eighteenth-century book trade; the reception of renaissance literature; the history of literary editing; early eighteenth-century poetry; digital humanities.

Research

My monograph, Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book (Cambridge, 2017) reflects my ongoing research interest in the reception of renaissance poetry and drama in the long eighteenth century. This is the subject of my current project, an investigation of the Wild Court Press (1718–55), which produced important editions of Spenser, Shakespeare, Beaumont and Fletcher, Milton, Behn, Dryden, etc. I have also published on Benjamin Franklin’s work for the Wild Court Press.

I am interested in the history and practice of literary editing, and I am co-editor (with Marcus Walsh) of Pope’s Ethic Epistles, for The Oxford Writings of Alexander Pope.

I have an interest in digital humanities, specifically the application of computer vision and machine learning to the analysis of historical texts. I am Principal Investigator on Fleuron, an online database of eighteenth-century printers’ ornaments, decorative typography, engravings, and diagrams (fleuron.lib.cam.ac.uk). 

Other activities

I am a member of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Bibliographical Society. I contribute book reviews to The Review of English Studies, Critical Quarterly, and the Times Literary Supplement.

Publications

Books:

Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Articles:

‘Benjamin Franklin’s London Printing, 1725–1726’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 109 (2016): 139–180.

‘The Parker Family: Scientific and Architectural Printer?’, Notes & Queries 63.1 (2016): 82–84.

‘Printers’ Flowers as Evidence in the Identification of Unknown Printers: Two Examples from 1715’, The Library, 7th ser., 14 (2013): 70–79.

Chapters in books:

‘Edmund Spenser and Coterie Culture in the Late Eighteenth Century’, in Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie 1550–1850, ed. Will Bowers and H. L. Crumme (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).

‘The Spenserian Revival’, in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660–1789, ed. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Wiley–Blackwell, 2015).