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Dr Joseph Hankinson

Roles and subjects

Career Development Lecturer in English



Academic Background

Dr Hankinson studied English at Balliol College, completing his DPhil in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Matthew Reynolds. He has taught at St Hilda’s College, St Anne’s College, and The Queen’s College, and worked as the Co-ordinator of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Research Centre (OCCT), based at St Anne’s, where he currently leads a research strand on Comparative African Literatures.

Undergraduate Teaching

Dr Hankinson teaches Prelims papers 1, 3, and 4 to Jesus’s undergraduates.

Research Interests

Dr Hankinson’s research explores questions of kinship, belonging, foreignness, and style, with a particular focus on Atlantic literary culture from the period between 1860 and the present day. His work routinely involves the tracing of relations which proliferate beyond temporal and geographical boundaries, and the development of innovative comparative methodologies—two activities united in a forthcoming monograph which stages an encounter between the Victorian poet Robert Browning and the contemporary Ghanaian poet and novelist Kojo Laing.


  • Kojo Laing, Robert Browning, and Affiliative Literature: Relational Worlds (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2022)
  • ‘A poetics of parallax: The significant geographies of Derek Walcott’s Omeros (1990)’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, (2022). https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2022.2048265
  • ‘King Multitude: Browning and Coriolanus’, Essays in Criticism, vol. 72, iss. 2 (April, 2022), pp. 148-169. https://doi.org/10.1093/escrit/cgac014
  • ‘“the terror of sheer bigness”: Microplotting Immensity in Frank Norris’s The Octopus’, Style, vol. 55, no. 2 (2021), pp. 253-269. https://doi.org/10.5325/style.55.2.0253
  • ‘“the bourgeois nature in difficulties”: The Crisis of Liberalism in Robert Browning’s Aristophanes’ Apology (1875)’, Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 48, no. 3 (Autumn, 2020), pp. 551-575. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150319000172
  • ‘“great words carrying the world”: Intercultural Translation in B. Kojo Laing’s “No needle in the sky”’, Moveable Type, Issue 10, ‘Peripheries’; (Summer, 2018), pp. 50-63. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.1755-4527.083


See also Joseph’s personal website and his webpage on the Faculty of English website.