Dr Joseph Hone, Magdalene



Biographical Information

I am the Lumley Research Fellow in English at Magdalene College, Cambridge. I received my doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2015, after completing my undergraduate degree at Oxford and my MA at the University of Exeter. In 2014 I was Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellow in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard University, and will be taking up the James M. Osborn Fellowship at Yale University’s Beinecke Library in 2018. Before coming to Cambridge, I held first a graduate scholarship and then a lectureship at Jesus College, Oxford, where I taught on all aspects of English literature from 1550 to 1830.

My research focuses on the intersections of literature and political culture during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, although I have parallel interests in book history and bibliography. In my work, I aim to combine literary and historical modes of analysis. This interdisciplinary approach informs my first book, Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne, and several published essays on ritual and material culture. Much of my recent work has focused on Alexander Pope, about whom I am currently writing a book and whose early poems I am editing for The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope. Besides my interest in Pope, I have begun working on a long-term project about clandestine printing and the underground book trade after the lapse of the Licensing Act in 1694.

I have a longstanding interest in public engagement and worked for the University of Exeter as the Impact Manager on the major AHRC-funded Stuart Successions Project, designing and building the website Stuarts Online in conjunction with Historyworks. My research on Isaac Newton’s designs for Queen Anne’s coronation medals was featured by the BBC and other media outlets.


Research Interests

Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literary history; political writing; poetry; religious and political controversy; propaganda; book history and bibliography; manuscript studies; archival scholarship; textual editing; historicism; numismatics.


Areas of Graduate Supervision

Early modern and eighteenth-century literature and politics.


Selected Publications

  • ‘Daniel Defoe and the Whig Tradition in Satire’, English Literary History, forthcoming.
  • ‘The Progress of Johnson’s Shakespeare: Subscription, Text, and Printing’, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, forthcoming. Co-authored with James McLaverty.
  • Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • ‘Pope, Bathurst, and the Duchess of Buckingham’, Studies in Philology, forthcoming.
  • ‘Legal Constraints, Libellous Evasions’, in Paddy Bullard (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • ‘The Last Stuart Coronation’, in Paulina Kewes and Andrew McRae (eds), Literature of the Stuart Successions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • ‘Isaac Newton and the Medals for Queen Anne’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 79 (2016), 119-48.
  • ‘A New Portrait of Defoe in the Pillory’, Notes & Queries, 63 (2016), 70-71.
  • ‘Pope’s Lost Epic: Alcander, Prince of Rhodes and the Politics of Exile’, Philological Quarterly, 94 (2015), 245-66.
  • ‘Pope and the Politics of Panegyric’, The Review of English Studies, 66 (2015), 106-23.
  • ‘Politicising Praise: Panegyric and the Accession of Queen Anne’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 37 (2014), 147-57.


Selected Reviews

  • ‘Shakespeare Studies and Scholarly Method’, review essay of Terri Bourus, Young Shakespeare’s Young Hamlet: Print, Piracy, and Performance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Critical Survey, forthcoming.
  • ‘The Gentle Art of Editing’, review essay of Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, ed. Tom Jones (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016), Times Literary Supplement, forthcoming.
  • ‘Mighty Contests’, review essay of Donald W. Nichol (ed.), Anniversary Essays on Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016), Eighteenth-Century Life, forthcoming.
  • Philip Connell, Secular Chains: Poetry and the Politics of Religion From Milton to Pope (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), The Review of English Studies, 67 (2016), 1004-5.
  • Elizabeth R. Napier, Defoe’s Major Fiction: Accounting for the Self (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2016), Times Literary Supplement, 5932 (9 December 2016), 31.
  • Kate Loveman, Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), Notes & Queries, 63 (2016), 237-8.
  • Cedric D. Reverand II (ed.), Queen Anne and the Arts (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2015), Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, 30 (2015), 161-3.