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Hilary Havens

Hilary Havens

Assistant Professor


Dr. Havens' book project, “From Manuscript to Print: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel,” delineates the creative process of composition of eighteenth-century novelists, and the interactions between author, “editors” (to the extent that they existed in the eighteenth century), and audience in the early novel.  She has pioneered new digital techniques for analyzing manuscripts and recovering deleted material, techniques which she has already applied, with notable success, to the work of eighteenth-century novelists Frances Burney and Samuel Richardson.  Discovering how authors’ creativity was affected by the transition of their work from the manuscripts in which it was originally produced to the printed forms in which form their work was normally consumed, and what they deleted and changed during this process, tells us much about how the publishing environment controlled literary production in this first great age of the novel.


B.A. Harvard University
M.St. University of Oxford
Ph.D. McGill University



Book Chapters

Refereed Articles

  • “Revisions and Revelations in Frances Burney’s Cecilia Manuscript,” SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 55.3 (2015): 537-58.
  • “Omitting Lady Grace: The Provok’d Husband in Frances Burney’s Camilla and The Wanderer,” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 38.3 (2015): 413-24.
  • “Editing Evelina,” co-authored with Peter Sabor, XVII-XVIII: Revue de la Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècles 71 (2014): 285-305.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Eighteenth-Century Manuscripts: A New Approach to Digital Paleography,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.4 (2014).
  • “Patronage in the Novels and Letters of Charlotte Lennox,” The Eighteenth-Century Novel 9 (2012): 51-73.
  • “Revising the ‘prose Epic’: Frances Burney’s Camilla,” The Age of Johnson 22 (2012): 299-320.
  • “‘Nothing can come of nothing’: Systems of Exchange in Tate’s King Lear,”Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 26.1-2 (2011): 23-39.

Reference Works and Entries

  • Pamela as a Publishing Phenomenon,” in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of British Literature and Culture, 1660-1789, ed. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), 869-73.
  • “Frances Burney,” co-authored with Peter Sabor, in Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
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