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Dr Harriet Phillips, PhD (Cambridge)


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow



I arrived at Queen Mary in 2013, after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge on cheap print and Tudor nostalgia. Until 2017 I worked as a Research Assistant on the Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne. I am currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, working on a project about the early modern invention of popular culture.



Undergraduate Teaching

I have taught on:

  • ESH101: Shakespeare

Postgraduate Teaching

I have convened:

ESH7019: Early Modern Archival Skills


Research Interests:

My key research interests are:

  • early modern popular culture
  • print culture and the material text
  • collecting
  • nostalgia
  • Thomas Browne



Nostalgia in Print and Performance, 1510-1613: Merry Worlds (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press)


Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, ed. Kevin Killeen, Harriet Phillips, and Jessica Wolfe, The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne, vols. 2 and 3 (contracted with Oxford University Press)

Thomas Browne, ‘Of Language’, ed. Harriet Phillips, in Tracts, ed. Kathryn Murphy and Olivia Smith, The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne, vol. 5 (contracted with Oxford University Press)

Edited Collections

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts, ed. Claire Loffman and Harriet Phillips (Routledge, forthcoming in 2018)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

'Common Errors, Common Readers: Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica and the Scientific Public, 1646-c.1800', Studies in Philology, 117 (2020), pages tbc

(with Claire Loffman) 'Introduction' and 'An Early Modern Addendum', pp. 1-7 and 46-48, in A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts (Routledge, 2018)

‘Discretion in the Early Modern Public Sphere: The Contention betwyxte Churchyeard and Camell’, Review of English Studies, 67 (2016), 660-678

Hereditary Error and Popular Culture in Pseudodoxia Epidemica’, Renaissance Studies, 31 (2017), 6-24

‘Introduction’ and ‘Managing an Edition: An Early Modern Addendum’, with Claire Loffman, in A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts (Routledge, forthcoming in 2017), pp. tbc.

'Old, old, very old men: nostalgia in the early modern broadside ballad', in Approaches to Early Modern Nostalgia, ed. Kristine Johanson, special issue of Parergon 33.2 (2016), 79-95

Late Falstaff, the Merry World, and The Merry Wives of Windsor’, Shakespeare, 10 (2014), 111-137

Reviews and Review Essays

'The Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama after 1550: 1. General’, Year’s Work in English Studies, 94 (2015), 283-292

‘Whither archaism?’, review of Lucy Munro, Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1667 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Cambridge Quarterly, 43 (2014), 277-282

‘The Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama after 1550: 1. General’, Year’s Work in English Studies, 93 (2014), 277-283

‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Popular Literature’, review of The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Volume 1, Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660, ed. Joad Raymond (Oxford University Press, 2011), Cambridge Quarterly 40 (2011), 368-74


'A Cabinet of Rarities: The Curiosity Cabinet of Sir Thomas Browne', Commentary, February 2017, pp. 24-26 (

'Thomas Browne and the Invention of Popular Science', The Conversation, January 2017 (

The contention betwyxte Churchyeard and Camell, vpon Dauid Dycars dreame sette oute in suche order that it is bothe wyttye and profytable for all degryes (1560)’, EEBO Introductions Series (2011). Read online

Public Engagement

I am co-curating 'A Cabinet of Rarities: The Curious Collections of Sir Thomas Browne', an exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians in London from 30 January to 27 July 2017.

I also co-produced 'A Quincunx for Sir Thomas Browne' (dir. Kevin Jackson, 2016), a short film about Thomas Browne and the exhibition. You can watch it here:

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