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 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.


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.

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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. 

Current projects include 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.



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


  • The Voyage of Richard Castelman (1726): A New Document for Transatlantic Literary Studies’, The Review of English Studies (2018): https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgy096 
  • ‘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:

  • ‘The Complete Spectator: A Bibliographical History’, in Essays on Addison, ed. by Paul Davis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  •  ‘Printers’ Ornaments and Flowers’, in Book Parts, ed. by Dennis Duncan and Adam Smyth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  • ‘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). 

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