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Hilary Havens

Hilary Havens

Assistant Professor


My book, Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Authorship from Manuscript to Print is forthcoming in fall 2019 with Cambridge University Press. In it, I recover and analyze material from novel manuscripts and post-publication revisions to identify a form of 'networked authorship'. By tracing authors' revisions to their novels, the influence of familial and literary circles, reviewers, and authors' own previous writings can be discerned. The book focuses on the work of Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney, Jane Austen, and Maria Edgeworth to challenge the individualistic view of authorship that arose during the Romantic period, and argues that networked authorship shaped the composition of eighteenth-century novels.

I am currently the co-editor of the correspondence of Samuel Richardson and Edward Young for the Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. I have two future projects: one will focus on the digital recovery of obliterated text and negative representations of subjectivity in eighteenth-century novels and life-writing, and the other will explore intersections of age and sexuality during the period.


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



Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Memorializing Sorrow in Frances Burney’s ‘Consolatory Extracts,’” Eighteenth-Century Life 43.3, forthcoming in August 2019.
  • “Two Decades of the Burney Society and Burney Studies,” The Burney Journal 14 (2017): 71-87.
  • “Editions,” in Samuel Richardson in Context, ed. Peter Sabor and Betty Schellenberg (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017): 37-44.
  • "Maria Edgeworth’s Revisions to Nationalism and Didacticism in Patronage." in Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820. Ed. Hilary Havens. New York: Routledge, 2017, 142-59.
  • "Introduction" in Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820Ed. Hilary Havens. New York: Routledge, 2017, 1-20.
  • “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, Book Reviews and Other Short Pieces

  • “Invisible and Indispensable: Women and the Gift,” Review of Linda Zionkowski, Women and Gift Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Richardson, Burney, Austen (2016), Eighteenth-Century Life 42.3 (2018): 52-58.
  • “Maria Edgeworth’s (Deleted) Thoughts on Frances Burney’s Evelina,” Aphra Behn Online Public: An Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 (October 7, 2016).
  • Review of Brian McCrea, Frances Burney and Narrative Prior to Ideology (2013), Eighteenth-Century Fiction 28.1 (2015): 189-92.
  • 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.
  • Review of Catherine M. Parisian, Frances Burney’s Cecilia: A Publishing History (2012), The Johnsonian Newsletter 65.2 (2014): 43-45.
  • “Frances Burney,” co-authored with Peter Sabor, in Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). 
  • “Year in Burney Studies, 2007-2009,” The Burney Journal 10 (2010-11): 111-19.

Awards, Honors & Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2016)
Huntington Library Mayers Fellow (2015-16)
New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship (2014-15)

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