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 the Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellow in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard University, and will be taking up the James M. Osborn Fellowship in English Literature and History 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. At Magdalene I teach the paper on ‘English Literature and Its Contexts, 1660-1870’.

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 (2017), 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. For public engagement work I can be reached by email or found on Twitter.


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

  • ‘The Progress of Johnson’s Shakespeare: Subscription, Text, and Printing’, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, forthcoming. Co-authored with James McLaverty.
  • ‘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).
  • Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • ‘Daniel Defoe and the Whig Tradition in Satire’, English Literary History, 84 (2017), 865-90.
  • ‘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.