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Dr Joshua Phillips

Roles and subjects

Junior Research Fellow in English

Academic Background

Joshua Phillips studied for his BA in English Language and Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford, and holds an MA in Culture and Thought after 1945 from the University of York. He completed his PhD in English Literature at the University of Glasgow in early 2022, where he researched the late draft writings of Virginia Woolf.

In addition to holding a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Joshua is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of English.

Undergraduate Teaching

Virginia Woolf; modernist and twentieth-century literature more broadly; digital bibliography and scholarly editing.

Research Interests

Joshua’s current research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is titled ‘The Digital “Anon”: A Digital, Genetic Edition of Virginia Woolf’s Final Essays’.

In the final months of her life, Virginia Woolf worked on an unfinished literary history known as ‘Anon’ and ‘The Reader,’ extant only as a set of fragmentary drafts. A 1979 print edition published a limited amount of this material but to date there is no complete edition of the drafts.

Based around a new digital edition of the ‘Anon’ drafts that centres the draft page as material object, this project will re-examine the radical view of literary history Woolf developed as a response to the crises that gripped Europe in the years prior to her death.


See also Dr Phillips’s personal academic website.

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