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Dr Paddy Bullard – University of Reading

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Dr Paddy Bullard

Dr Paddy Bullard
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Associate Professor



I am Director of Teaching and Learning for the Department of English Literature, and academic lead for the university-wide Collections Research Network at the HCIC. I am a member of the review college for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a fellow of the HEA.

Areas of Interest

My teaching and research focus on English writing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Satire, political thought and the history of the printed book (together with material culture studies more broadly) are the big themes in my work. I also write on a range of rural topics, including georgic poetry, traditional song and non-urban environments. My work in this area has involved many collaborations with the Museum of English Rural Life, most recently on the ACE-funded 'Museum of the Intangible' project, for which I was academic lead.

My current monograph, The Enlightenment Mock-Arts, describes how writers in an age of open inquiry dealt with knowledge that cannot be disseminated freely in print (the conventional technology of enlightenment) because it is tacit and unspecifiable, reproducible only by example or personal habituation. My first book, Edmund Burke and the Art of Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press, 2011), traces the origins of Burke's thinking about political deliberation in seventeenth-century theories of moral psychology, and in the 'commonwealthsman' political culture of eighteenth-century Ireland.

For OUP I am editor of The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire (forthcoming, 2019)

I have an on-going interest in scholarly editing. With Timothy Michaels I am co-editor of volume 15 (Later Prose) of The Oxford Edition of the Works of Alexander Pope. Since 2004 I have worked on the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift , first as an AHRC research fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and currently as associate editor. This collaboration has yielded a volume of essays, Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book (Cambridge University Press, 2013), co-edited with James McLaverty, and the digital archive at the Jonathan Swift Archive

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

Research Supervision

I have supervised successful PhDs on the early-modern book trade and on the eighteenth-century novel. I am interested in supervising doctoral research on all aspects of eighteenth-century and Romantic writing, on book history and on traditional song.

Research groups / Centres

Recent Publications

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Recent and forthcoming publications:

'Gulliver, Medium, Technique', forthcoming, ELH, 2016. ISSN: 0013-8304

'Swift's Razor', forthcoming, Modern Philology, 2015. ISSN: 0026-8232

'Eighteenth-Century Minds: from Associationism to Cognitive Psychology,' in Oxford Handbooks Online, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015

Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book (Cambridge University Press, 2013), co-edited with James McLaverty. ISBN 978-1-107-01626-2.

'What Swift did in Libraries', in Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book, ed. Paddy Bullard and James McLaverty (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 65-84

'The Scriblerian mock-arts: pseudo-technical satire in Swift and his contemporaries', Studies in Philology, 110.3 (2013), 611-636.

'Rhetoric and Eloquence: the Language of Persuasion', in The Oxford Handbook to British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, ed. James A. Harris (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 84-105. ISBN 978-0-19-954902-3.

'Digital humanities and electronic resources in the long Eighteenth Century', Literature Compass (2013): 1-13, 10.1111/lic3.12085

'Elocution, hypocrisy and the pulpit in Jonathan Swift's satire', Rhetorica 30 (2012), 252-79. ISSN 9734-8584.

'Digital editing and the eighteenth-century text: Works, archives and miscellanies'. Eighteenth-Century Life, 36 (2012), 57-80. ISSN 0098-2601

'Burke's aesthetic psychology', chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke, eds. David Dwan and Christopher Insole (Cambridge University Press, 2012), 53-66. ISBN 978-1-107-00559-4.

Edmund Burke and the Art of Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press, 2011) ISBN 1-10700-657-0.

'Burke Among the poets: Milton, Lucretius and the Philosophical Enquiry', in The Science of Sensibility: Reading Burke's Philosophical Enquiry, eds. Koen Vermeir and Michael Funk Dekard (Dordrecht: Springer 'International Archives for the History of Ideas', 2011), pp. 247-263. ISBN 978-94-007-2101-2.

'The Figure of Enlightenment: traditions of paradox in Rousseau and Burke', in Enlightenment and Emancipation, eds. Susan Manning and Peter France (Bucknell University Press, 2007). ISBN 0-83875-619-0

'The Meaning of the 'Sublime and Beautiful': Shaftesburian contexts and rhetorical issues in Edmund Burke's Philosophical Enquiry', Review of English Studies, 56.224 (2005), 169-191. ISSN 0034-6551. RES Prize Essay, 2005

Cultures of Whiggism: New Essays on English Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century, collection of scholarly articles co-edited with David Womersley and Abigail Williams (University of Delaware Press, 2005). ISBN 0-87413-896-5

'The Latitude of Whiggism: Burnet, Tillotson and Lord William Russell in Whig historiography, 1675-1775', in Cultures of Whiggism, ed. Womersley et al., above.

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