Dr Paddy Bullard
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Iam co-director of the Centre for Collections-Based Research at Reading. My teaching and research are historical, and focus on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Satirical writing, 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.
I am working at the moment on a monograph, On Knowing More Than You Can Say: An Enlightenment Problem, 1640-1815. It 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 currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire.
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).
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.
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.