Dr Carly Watson

I am the Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the Leverhulme-funded project A New History of Reading and Authorship in the Eighteenth Century, led by Professor Abigail Williams. My research interests focus on the circulation and reception of poetic texts in the eighteenth century; I am interested in the role of poetic miscellanies in literary culture, and their relationships with other media, such as newspapers and magazines, and commonplace books and manuscripts. I received my PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2014, for a thesis on the history and literary importance of a collection of books donated to Winchester College Fellows' Library in 1767, which includes material relating to the poetry of James VI and I and Lewis Theobald's edition of Shakespeare. The thesis reflects my interests in the history of the book and libraries, the practice of eighteenth-century Shakespeare editors, and the literary culture of James VI's court in Scotland.

I currently teach early eighteenth-century literature and the history of the book. At the English Faculty, my teaching includes lectures on Swift and Pope for FHS Paper 4 (English Literature 1660-1760). I am also contracted to teach a literature module for postgraduate students at the Department for Continuing Education.

Twitter: @dmioxford


  • From Restorer to Editor: The Evolution of Lewis Theobald's Textual Critical Practice

  • From Wadham to Winchester: Reconstructing an Eighteenth-Century Gentleman’s Library

  • Working with Data: Excel, XML, and Poetry

  • How Many Authors Make a Miscellany? Authorship in Printed Verse Miscellanies of the Eighteenth Century

  • Verse Miscellanies in the Eighteenth Century

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