Dr Joseph Hankinson

BA MSt DPhil Oxf


Dr Joseph Hankinson is a Stipendiary Lecturer in English at St Hilda’s College, and is the acting Co-ordinator of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Research Centre, based at St Anne’s College. He teaches Prelims Papers 1, 3, and 4 to St Hilda’s undergraduates. 


Dr Hankinson studied English at Balliol College, completing his DPhil in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Matthew Reynolds. His research explores the interrelation between nationalism, belonging, foreignness, and style, with a particular focus on the period 1860-1960. 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. 

Selected Publications

‘King Multitude: Browning and Coriolanus’, Essays in Criticism, forthcoming. 

‘“the terror of sheer bigness”: Microplotting Immensity in Frank Norris’s The Octopus’, Style, vol. 55, no. 2 (2021), pp. 253-269. 

‘“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. 

‘“great words carrying the world”: Intercultural Translation in B. Kojo Laing’s “No needle in the sky”’, Moveable Type, iss. 10 (Summer, 2018), pp. 50-63.