School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Joseph Hone

Academic Track Fellow in English Literature



I am an Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellow in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University. Specialising in the political writing of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, I received my doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2015, following which I was appointed to the Lumley Fellowship in the Humanities at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Since 2014 I have held visiting fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and at the Institute of English Studies in London.  

My research focuses on the communication of political ideas during the period known at the 'Enlightenment', although I also have longstanding interests in poetry, intellectual history, book history, and bibliography from the early modern period up to the present day. My first book, Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne (2017), was shortlisted for the 2019 University English Book Prize. My second book, The Paper Chase (2020), investigates a three-hundred year old mystery involving an anonymous sectarian pamphlet, a masked woman, a down-on-his-luck printer, and a plot to overthrow the government. My third book, Alexander Pope in the Making, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021.

I enjoy communicating my research in various different ways, ranging from scholarly articles and monographs to works of creative non-fiction aimed at general readers, combining detailed archival investigation with evocative storytelling. In previous roles I have organised public workshops with the Historical Association, the Bodleian Libraries, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Recently I have been interviewed and consulted on programmes for the BBC and Sky Arts. I am a member of the Materiality, Artefacts and Technologies in Culture and History Research Group (MATCH) and of the Newcastle Intellectual History Research Group.


MA (Oxon); MA (Exon); DPhil (Oxon)

Previous Positions

Lumley Fellow in the Humanities, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge; Impact Manager, University of Exeter; Retained Lecturer in English Literature, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Visiting Positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London; James M. Osborn Fellow in English Literature and History, Beinecke Library, Yale University; Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellow in Descriptive Bibliography, Houghton Library, Harvard University


Current Research

I am currently engaged in four major projects. (1) A substantial exploration of clandestine printing and the underground book trade in early eighteenth-century England that aims to transform our current understanding of politics, culture, and society in that era. (2) A work of creative non-fiction exploring the forgery of rare books, to be published by Chatto & Windus. (3) A scholarly edition of Pope's early poems for volumes one and two of The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope. (4) An edited collection of essays on Jonathan Swift in Context, for Cambridge University Press.  

Postgraduate Supervision

My own work straddles literary studies, political thought, bibliography, and intellectual history, so I particularly welcome applications from postgraduate research students who wish to explore areas across those disciplines. My research on Pope, Swift, and literary culture during the Stuart and Hanoverian periods means I am also interested in supervising topics that bridge the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.



SEL2202: Writing New Worlds, 1660-1800