Dr Joseph Hankinson

BA MSt DPhil Oxf

Teaching

Dr Joseph Hankinson is a Stipendiary Lecturer in English at St Hilda’s College, and is the acting Co-ordinator of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Research Centre, based at St Anne’s College. He teaches Prelims Papers 1, 3, and 4 to St Hilda’s undergraduates. 

Research

Dr Hankinson studied English at Balliol College, completing his DPhil in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Matthew Reynolds. His research explores the interrelation between nationalism, belonging, foreignness, and style, with a particular focus on the period 1860-1960. His work routinely involves the tracing of relations which proliferate beyond temporal and geographical boundaries, and the development of innovative comparative methodologies—two activities united in a forthcoming monograph which stages an encounter between the Victorian poet Robert Browning and the contemporary Ghanaian poet and novelist Kojo Laing. 

Selected Publications

‘King Multitude: Browning and Coriolanus’, Essays in Criticism, forthcoming. 

‘“the terror of sheer bigness”: Microplotting Immensity in Frank Norris’s The Octopus’, Style, vol. 55, no. 2 (2021), pp. 253-269. 

‘“the bourgeois nature in difficulties”: The Crisis of Liberalism in Robert Browning’s Aristophanes’ Apology (1875)’, Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 48, no. 3 (Autumn, 2020), pp. 551-575. 

‘“great words carrying the world”: Intercultural Translation in B. Kojo Laing’s “No needle in the sky”’, Moveable Type, iss. 10 (Summer, 2018), pp. 50-63.