Dr Hazel Wilkinson, Fitzwilliam



Biographical Information

I am a research fellow in English at Fitzwilliam College. I received my BA from the University of Oxford, my MA in Renaissance Literature from the University of York, and my PhD from University College London. My monograph, Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book is due with Cambridge University Press in 2017. I am the Principal Investigator on Fleuron (http://fleuron.lib.cam.ac.uk), an online database of eighteenth-century printers' ornaments, funded by the Bibliographical Society, Cambridge University, and Microsoft. 

I have held library fellowships at the Bodleian Libraries, the Library of Congress, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, and I have held fellowships from the Bibliographical Society and the American Printing History Association.

I supervise students on parts 1 and 2 of the English tripos, including Paper 6 (1660–1840) and Paper 1 (Practical Criticism).

Research Interests

My research concerns the eighteenth-century book trade, with a particular focus on eighteenth-century publications of Renaissance poets and dramatists. My new project is focuses on the London printing house owned by John Watts and Richard Hett (1718–1785). It will investigate how the book trade helped to formalise the study of the English literary past. I have also carried out research into Benjamin Franklin's early career as a printer, and his involvment in the shipwreck narrative of Richard Castelman. Other ongoing projects include articles on the applications of computer vision in the humanities, and the bibliographical history of the Spectator.


Areas of Graduate Supervision

Eighteenth-century book history.


Selected Publications


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


  • ‘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.

Book Chapters:

  • ‘Edmund Spenser and Coterie Culture in the Late Eighteenth Century’, in Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie 1550–1850, ed. by W. J. Bowers and H. L. Crumme (forthcoming; London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).
  • ‘The Spenserian Revival’, in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660–1789, ed. by Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Oxford: Wiley–Blackwell, 2015).

Selected Review Essays:

  • The Literary Correspondence of the Tonsons, ed. Stephen Bernard (Oxford, 2015), Critical Quarterly 58.2 (2016): 123–126.
  • Judith Milhous and Robert D. Hume, The Publication of Plays in London 1660–1800 (London, 2015), The Review of English Studies 67 (280) (2016): 595–597.