18th C Studies

I am a researcher of Anglo-Irish print cultures and politics of the early eighteenth century and am currently writing a book concerned with Jonathan Swift. This book will disclose never-before-seen evidence concerning Swift’s treatment of his Dublin printers of the 1720’s. This evidence concerns the circumstances of the death of his printer John Harding in April 1725 as well as Swift’s neglect of Harding’s widow, Sarah, through the years that followed.

My postgraduate thesis on Swift and Anglo-Irish print cultures was published online at Monash University in 2015. This thesis is a much broader discussion of Swift’s working relationships with his Dublin printers through this same period, the 1720’s. It is entitled I am no inconsiderable Shop-Keeper in this Town: Swift and his Dublin Printers of the 1720’s: Edward Waters, John Harding and Sarah Harding, and is accessible here.

The thesis, too, contains a good deal of never-before seen evidence. Since submitting it, however, I have discovered matters that are more significant still. The book I am writing is drawing everything together.

Papers presented

”Elegy on the death of John Harding’ – evidence of Swift’s authorship’, in XVII David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies: ‘Dark Enlightenments’, online event, 13 November – 11 December 2020. Zoom presentation accessible here, with an introduction by Professor Dianne Hall.

‘The death of Swift’s printer John Harding – new evidence that implicates Swift’, Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series Online, 17 November 2020. Video presentation accessible here.

‘Sarah Harding: new evidence in her association with Swift.’ 24th Annual Conference of Irish Studies Association of Australasia, Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, 12 December 2019.

‘Swift & His Dublin Printers: Waters & Harding.’ Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar, The Oratory, Newman College, The University of Melbourne, 29 April 2008.

‘Swift & Harding: A Question of Money.’ The Sixth Annual Dublin Symposium on Jonathan Swift, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Deanery, Dublin, 20 October, 2007.

‘Swift and his Drapier’s Letters,’ The Monash University Postgraduate Colloquim,’ 9 December 2005.