Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Department of English Literature
Birmingham Fellow

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


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


I joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2017. Before this I was a Junior Research Fellow in English Literature at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 

I have held fellowships at the Huntington Library, California, the Library of Congress, Washington DC, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. I have previously held the Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History (2016), and the Katherine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Bibliography (2015). I was the winner of the 2016 Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities, and at the University of Cambridge I won a Vice Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research award (2016). 

At Birmingham, i am on the Steering Committee of the Birmingham Eighteenth Century Centre, and I am a member of the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text.


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

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the following areas: the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century; the history of the book; digital humanities; literary editing; poetry; renaissance literature; Edmund Spenser; Alexander Pope; reception studies.

Current supervision projects include the reception of Shakespeare in the eighteenth century.

Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My first monograph, Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book (Cambridge, 2017) was a study of the eighteenth-century editions of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser. It reflects my interests in the reception of renaissance poetry and drama in the long eighteenth century, the history and practice of scholarly editing, and the history of the book and print culture. 

I am currently co-editing (with Marcus Walsh) Alexander Pope’s Ethic Epistles, for The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope. I am also building on my recent essay on the publication history of the Spectator to write a book-length study of the Spectator’s influence on British literary culture in the long eighteenth century. 

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.


Recent publications


Wilkinson, H 2017, Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book. Cambridge University Press.


Wilkinson, H 2019, 'The Voyage of Richard Castelman (1726): a new document for transatlantic literary studies', The Review of English Studies, vol. 70, no. 295, pp. 467–488. https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgy096

Wilkinson, H 2016, 'Benjamin Franklin's London Printing, 1725-26', The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 110, no. 2, pp. 139-180. https://doi.org/10.1086/686722

Wilkinson, H 2016, 'The Parker Family: Scientific and Architectural Printers?', Notes and Queries, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 82-84. https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjv256

Wilkinson, H 2013, 'Printers’ Flowers as Evidence in the Identification of Unknown Printers: Two Examples from 1715', The Library, 7th ser, vol. 14, pp. 70-79.


Wilkinson, H 2019, Printer's ornaments and flowers. in A Smyth & D Duncan (eds), Book Parts. Oxford University Press.

Wilkinson, H 2016, Edmund Spenser and Coterie Culture in the Late Eighteenth Century. in WJ Bowers & H Crumme (eds), Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie 1580–1830: From Sidney to Blackwood's. Palgrave.

Data set/Database

Wilkinson, H, Fleuron: A Database of Eighteenth-Century Printers' Ornaments, 2016, Data set/Database, University of Cambridge. <https://fleuron.lib.cam.ac.uk/>

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Wilkinson, H 2015, The Spenserian Revival. in G Day & J Lynch (eds), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660–1789. Wiley-Blackwell.

Other contribution

Wilkinson, H 2018, Image Extraction and ECCO: Rediscovering Decorated Books. Gale/Cengage Learning. <https://www.gale.com/binaries/content/assets/gale-us-en/primary-sources/intl-gps/intl-gps-essays/full-ghn-contextual-essays/gps_essay_ecco_wilkinson1_website.pdf>

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