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Dr Harriet Phillips, PhD (Cambridge)


Research Associate



I arrived at Queen Mary in 2013, after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge on cheap print and the popular past. Since then I have been working as a Research Assistant and subsequently as Editor on the Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne. I have published on Shakespeare, on Thomas Browne and popular culture, and on early modern broadsides and the public sphere, and am currently revising my doctoral thesis into a monograph.

Undergraduate Teaching

In 2016/2017 I am teaching on:

ESH101: Shakespeare

Postgraduate Teaching

In 2016/2017 I am convening the MA module:

ESH7019: Early Modern Archival Skills


Research Interests:

My key research interests are:

  • early modern popular culture
  • print culture and the material text
  • collecting
  • nostalgia
  • Thomas Browne

I am currently co-editing Pseudodoxia Epidemica, with Kevin Killeen and Jessica Wolfe, for Oxford University Press. 

I am also currently working on a book about post-Reformation nostalgia and cheap print, and starting a new project about the early modern discovery of popular culture.



Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, ed. Kevin Killeen, Harriet Phillips, and Jessica Wolfe, The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne, vols. 2 and 3 (contracted with Oxford University Press)

Thomas Browne, ‘Of Language’, ed. Harriet Phillips, in Tracts, ed. Kathryn Murphy and Olivia Smith, The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne, vol. 5 (contracted with Oxford University Press)

Edited Collections

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts, ed. Claire Loffman and Harriet Phillips (Routledge, forthcoming in 2017)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Discretion in the Early Modern Public Sphere: The Contention betwyxte Churchyeard and Camell’, Review of English Studies (forthcoming)

‘Hereditary Error and Popular Culture in Pseudodoxia Epidemica’, Renaissance Studies (forthcoming)

‘Introduction’ and ‘Managing an Edition: An Early Modern Addendum’, with Claire Loffman, in A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts (Routledge, forthcoming in 2017), pp. tbc.

‘Old old very old men: Nostalgia in the Early Modern Broadside Ballad’, Approaches to Pre-modern Nostalgia, ed. Kristine Johanson as a special issue of Parergon (forthcoming, 2016), pp. tbc.

Late Falstaff, the Merry World, and The Merry Wives of Windsor’, Shakespeare, 10 (2014), 111-137

Reviews and Review Essays

'The Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama after 1550: 1. General’, Year’s Work in English Studies, 94 (2015), 283-292

‘Whither archaism?’, review of Lucy Munro, Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1667 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Cambridge Quarterly, 43 (2014), 277-282

‘The Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama after 1550: 1. General’, Year’s Work in English Studies, 93 (2014), 277-283

‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Popular Literature’, review of The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Volume 1, Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660, ed. Joad Raymond (Oxford University Press, 2011), Cambridge Quarterly 40 (2011), 368-74


The contention betwyxte Churchyeard and Camell, vpon Dauid Dycars dreame sette oute in suche order that it is bothe wyttye and profytable for all degryes (1560)’, EEBO Introductions Series (2011). Read online

Public Engagement

I am co-curating 'A Cabinet of Rarities: The Curious Collections of Sir Thomas Browne', an exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians in London from 30 January to 27 July 2017.

I also co-produced 'A Quincunx for Sir Thomas Browne' (dir. Kevin Jackson, 2016), a short film about Thomas Browne and the exhibition. You can watch it here:

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