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Dr Nicola Wilson – University of Reading

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Dr Nicola Wilson

Dr Nicola Wilson
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Lecturer in Book and Publishing Studies
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I joined the University of Reading as a postdoctoral researcher in 2008, following a Masters in Women's Studies and doctoral research and teaching at the University of Warwick. I became a lecturer in the English Literature department in 2015.

I have broad research interests in twentieth-century literature and print culture, and working-class writing. I have specialist interests in using The Archive of British Publishing and Printing held in UoR's Special Collections, and have written book chapters and articles on publishers' archives, libraries and book distribution, colonial editions, literary censorship, twentieth-century reading patterns, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press. British Academy

My current book project, Broadbrows and book clubs: The Book Society Ltd., 1929-69, explores the literary and cultural impact of the first mail-order book club to operate in Britain.  See

My first book is Home in British Working-Class Fiction (Ashgate, 2015). This explores the representation of home in working-class writing from the Edwardian period through to the early 1990s and argues for the importance of 'home' to discussions of 'class'.  This was reviewed in the TLS as "an ambitious and welcome addition to the few studies about the working class by  the working class" (March 4 2016).

I am General Editor of the Ethel Carnie Holdsworth Series featured in The Big Issue in the North (20-26 June 2016) and involved with colleagues in Canada and the States on a digital humanities project called 'The Modernist Archives Publishing Project'. For more details please see the Modernist Archives 

In 2017 we are hosting the Annual International Virginia Woolf conference at Reading to mark the centenary of the founding of The Hogarth Press.

I also co-convene the School's Archives & Texts seminar series:

I would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in pursuing graduate work in my areas of interest.

For full details of my research please see: Dr Nicola Wilson Research.


I teach a Part 3 module called 'Class Matters' and convene the Part 2 module 'The Business of Books'. I also contribute lectures to EN1GC 'Genre and Context', EN1RC 'Research in Criticism', and EN2CC 'Contemporary Literature'. I teach on the Masters courses - 'Modern English Studies' and 'Materiality & Textuality'. I have previously taught in English and History departments and in adult education.

I have worked with undergraduates on two UROP awards and students have also contributed to 'The Modernist Archives Publishing Project'. Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.


For full details of my publications please see: Dr Nicola Wilson Publications.


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