Research Team

Paddy Bullard is lecturer in eighteenth-century studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and a lecturer in English at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. From January 2005 to December 2009 he was an AHRC Research Fellow attached to the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, and Rank Junior Research Fellow at St. Catherine's. He has also been a tutorial fellow at St. Anne's and Mansfield Colleges in Oxford. He has completed a monograph, titled 'Edmund Burke: Rhetoric and Ethics', and is currently completing a handbook and catalogue of Burke's library and reading, and a new scholarly edition of Burke's 'Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful'. Ongoing research includes work on the third earl of Shaftesbury, and the writing of a second monograph, 'The Egotistical Sublime: Romanticism and the Eighteenth-Century Crisis of Confidence'.

Daniel Cook is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow and Assistant Director of the Centre for Romantic Studies at the University of Bristol. He held a research fellowship on The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift between 2008 and 2009. Before that he completed his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge with a thesis on the reception history of Thomas Chatterton, which he recently turned into a monograph. His research and teaching interests focus on English literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is particularly interested in literary biography and biographical criticism, textual scholarship and book history, influence and reception history, and the 'author'. He has published and forthcoming articles on Chatterton, Tyrwhitt, D'Israeli, Swift, Johnson, among others, and a critical anthology of Swift scholarship for "Bloom's Classic Critical Views".

James McLaverty is emeritus professor of textual criticism at Keele University. With David Womersley he is one of the principal investigators on the AHRC-funded ‘Textual Edition and Archive of the Works of Jonathan Swift’ (2005-2010), and served as one of the general editors of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift from 2005 to 2010. He has published articles and essays on the theory of textual criticism, Swift, Pope, and Johnson, revised for publication David Foxon’s Pope and the Early Eighteenth-Century Book Trade and David Fleeman’s Bibliography of Samuel Johnson, and is the author of Pope, Print, and Meaning.

Adam Rounce is senior lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his doctorate (on mid-eighteenth-century English poetry) at the University of Bristol in 1999, and was a Research Fellow and lecturer at Bristol until 2004, when he joined the Jonathan Swift project, at Keele University. He arrived at MMU in 2008. He has published extensively on poetry and literary criticism in the ‘long’ eighteenth century, from Dryden and Johnson to Joseph Warton, William Cowper, Charles Churchill, and Mark Akenside. His main ongoing research involvement is with the Cambridge edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, for which he is co-editing one volume, and contributing an accompanying Chronology as a reference work. He has also recently written a book about literary failure – concerning the unsuccessful careers of writers that were known to Samuel Johnson.

David Womersley is the Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College; previously he was a Fellow and Tutor in English at Jesus College, Oxford.  His publications include The Transformation of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Cambridge, 1988), a three-volume edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin, 1994), a collection of Contemporary Responses to Gibbon (Thoemmes, 1997), the proceedings of the Gibbon Bicentenary Colloquium entitled Edward Gibbon: Bicentenary Essays (Oxford, 1994), Gibbon and the Watchmen of the Holy City: the Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815 (Oxford, 2002), and Divinity and State (Oxford, 2010).  He has also edited Edmund Burke’s Pre-Revolutionary Writings (Penguin, 1998), a collection of Augustan Critical Writing (Penguin, 1997), English Literature: Milton to Blake (Blackwell, 2000), an abridged edition of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall (Penguin, 2000), Restoration Drama: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2000), Samuel Johnson’s Selected Essays (Penguin, 2003), Cultures of Whiggism (University of Delaware Press, 2005), Literary Milieux (University of Delaware Press, 2008), and Boswell’s Life of Johnson (Penguin, 2008).  He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

His current projects include a biography of Gibbon (for Yale University Press), and a monograph provisionally entitled English Literature and Colonial Tension, 1765-88. He is a General Editor of The Complete Writings of Jonathan Swift (Cambridge University Press), for which he is editing Gulliver’s Travels (forthcoming).

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