18th C Studies

I am a researcher of early eighteenth century Anglo-Irish print cultures. My postgraduate thesis on Swift and his Dublin printers of the 1720’s was published online at Monash University in 2015. This thesis is a broad discussion of Swift’s working relationships with his Dublin printers through 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.

Since the publication of my thesis my research has unearthed further matters related to Swift’s treatment of his Dublin printers of the 1720’s. These concern, in particular, 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. I hope to have all of this research published soon.

In the meantime, some of my research is available either in written or spoken (presentation) form at the links here.

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

‘Evidence that Swift’s Drapier’s Letters were prepared by Sarah Harding, not John Harding, March 2021 – accessible here.

”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.