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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




Areas of Interest

I have specialist interests in using The Archive of British Publishing and Printing in my teaching and research, and have written on publishers' and digital archives, circulating libraries, colonial editions, literary censorship, reading patterns, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press. I am a Co-Director of The Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP) This is a critical digital archive that aims to reanimate the networks of C20 publishing. We are working with international partners to make parts of the Hogarth Press archive more widely available.

My current book, Books by Mail, is a literary and cultural history of the Book Society. Set up in the interwar period, this was the first book-of-the-month club to operate in Britain. I explore the impact of the club on reading patterns and tastes and analyse the lives of its judges. For more on the project see:

My first book, Home in British Working-Class Fiction, explores the representation of home in working-class writing from the Edwardian period through to the late C20. It argues that home is crucial to literary expressions of class experience and identity and aims to move away from the gaze of the social observer 'looking in'. It was reviewed in the TLS as an 'ambitious and welcome addition' to the study of working-class writing (March, 2016).

Research groups / Centres

 My research focusses on literature in the modern period. I have broad interests in literary history and print culture and my work is underscored by questions of feminism and class. My first book was Home in British Working-Class Fiction (Ashgate, 2015). The research for my second book, Books by Mail: The Story of the Book Society, 1929-69 has been funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Reflecting all of my interests, since 2011 I have sought to bring the writings of Lancashire mill woman Ethel Carnie Holdsworth back into circulation. This work was featured in The Big Issue in the North (June 2016)

I also co-convene the Archives & Texts seminar series with colleagues in Modern Languages:

Prior to working at Reading I studied at the Universities of Warwick, Oxford and Durham.

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


I run a Part 3 module, 'Class Matters', and a Part 2 module 'The Business of Books'. I co-convene the core Masters module 'Materiality & Textuality'.

I am currently supervising PhD projects on the Mills & Boon archive and literary censorship in Victorian Britain. I would be delighted to hear from prospective PhD students interested in any of my areas of research.


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  • Wilson, N. (2013) Circulating morals, 1900-15. In: Bradshaw, D. and Potter, R. (eds.) Prudes on the Prowl: Literature, Obscenity and Censorship in England, 1850-The Present Day. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 52-70. ISBN 9780199697564
  • Carnie, E. (2013) Miss Nobody. The Ethel Carnie Holdsworth Series, 1. Kennedy & Boyd, Kilkerran, pp264. ISBN 9781849211277





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