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Fully-Funded PhD Studentship - Print and the Provinces in Eighteenth-Century England

Newcastle University - School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th November 2019
Closes: 9th January 2020

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics invites applications for a fully-funded doctoral studentship within the area of Print and the Provinces in Eighteenth-Century England. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape their own research project related to this broad topic. Their research will be supervised by Dr. Joseph Hone and is expected to tie in with the work he is conducting as a Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellow.

The lapse of the Licensing Act in 1695 opened the door for books and newspapers to be printed beyond London, Oxford, and Cambridge. The appointed PhD researcher will investigate some aspect of how, over the coming decades, the provincial book trade helped to spread new literary, political, religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas beyond these traditional urban and academic centres.

Applicants will be expected to design their own programme of research, though possible topics may include: how provincial printers escaped government oversight in ways their London colleagues could not; families of printers and their national and international networks; the emergence of independent print cultures in provincial towns and cities such as Bristol, Newcastle, and York.

A demonstrable interest in the relations between the history of the book, literary studies, and intellectual history is essential. It is desirable that the successful applicant will have some training or experience in bibliography at Master’s level, though training will be provided. Candidates with backgrounds in the digital humanities may have the opportunity to develop a scheme of research linked to the ongoing Animating Texts at Newcastle University (ATNU) project.

The successful applicant will join a thriving School with an energetic, creative and well-resourced research culture that includes the North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, the Middle Modern Research Group, and ATNU. The School has particular strengths in the history of the book, with colleagues including Matthew Grenby, Jennifer Richards, Ruth Connolly, Kate De Rycker, Aditi Nafde, and Michael Rossington.

Applications should be submitted through the Newcastle University online portal, quoting ‘NUAcT/SELLL’ under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’. As part of their submission, applicants should provide a CV, a research proposal of no more than 750 words, a personal statement setting out how their past qualifications and experience have equipped them with the skills and knowledge base to undertake their proposed project, and the details of two referees.

The successful applicant is expected to start in September 2020. The studentship will cover annual tuition fees and comes with a stipend of £15,009.

For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Joseph Hone -

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