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Hilary Havens

Hilary Havens

Hilary Havens

Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Humanities Interdisciplinary Program

408 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-5401
Fax: (865) 974-6926


Hilary Havens’s book, Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Authorship from Manuscript to Print, was published in 2019 with Cambridge University Press. In it, she recovers and analyzes 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.

With Jessica Richard, Susan Egenolf, and Robin Runia, Hilary Havens is one of the editors of Maria Edgeworth Letters, an NEH-funded digital edition of the correspondence of Maria Edgeworth. Members of the public can contribute to this project by transcribing Edgeworth’s letters through the Zooniverse platform. She is also the editor of Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820 (Routledge, 2017), and she is the co-editor of the correspondence of Samuel Richardson and Edward Young, which is forthcoming in volume 8 of the Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. Dr. Havens is under contract with Cambridge University Press to produce two editions of Frances Burney’s Cecilia, an academic edition and a student edition.


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



  • Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Authorship from Manuscript to Print (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). Monograph.
  • Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820 (New York: Routledge, 2017).  Edited Collection.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  • “From Archive to Database: Using Crowdsourcing, TEI, and Collaborative Labor to Construct the Maria Edgeworth Letters Project,” co-authored with Eliza Alexander Wilcox, Meredith Hale, and Jamie Kramer, Digital Humanities Quarterly 18.2 (2024), forthcoming.
  • “Samuel Richardson and Edward Young’s Authorship Network,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 56.4 (2023): 601-18. Honorable mention for the 2024 Percy G. Adams Prize from the Southeastern Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.
  • “Digital Defoe,” in Daniel Defoe in Context, ed. George Justice and Albert J. Rivero (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 137-44.
  • “‘How is our Blue club cut up!’: Frances Burney’s Changing Views of the Bluestockings,” Eighteenth-Century Life 46.1 (2022): 37-55.
  • “Memorializing Sorrow in Frances Burney’s ‘Consolatory Extracts,’” Eighteenth-Century Life 43.3 (2019): 23-40.
  • “Manuscript Studies and the Eighteenth Century,” Literature Compass 16.7 (2019), e12537.
  • “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, 1790-1820. Ed. 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.

National Awards, Honors & Grants

  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundation Grant, co-principal investigator with Jessica Richard, Susan Egenolf, and Robin Runia (2022-24)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Connections Planning Grant, co-director with Amy Elias and Amir Sadovnik (2021-22)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, “Building Capable Communities for Crowdsourced Transcription” (2021-22)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2016)
  • Huntington Library Mayers Fellow (2015-16)
  • New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship (2014-15)