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My main research interests lie in Literature of the Civil War and Restoration periods, especially the work of Andrew Marvell and John Milton, Early Modern Literature and Diplomacy, and Early Modern Literature’s relationships with the Atlantic World.
I am currently working on a monograph project, provisionally titled Literature and Empire in the British Atlantic World, 1630-1740, which will look at the production and reception of work across the Anglophone Atlantic, focussing on texts by George Herbert, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, John Dryden, Cotton Mather, Edward Taylor, and James Thomson.
I have an ongoing interest in Literature of the Civil War and Restoration periods, especially the work of Andrew Marvell, John Milton and John Dryden, and the political contexts of their writing. In 2008 I published the monograph Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate: Culture, Politics, and Institutions, and co-edited the 2019 Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell with Martin Dzelzainis.
I also have an interest in connections between early modern literature, diplomacy, and international law, and have published several essays and journal articles in this area. I am also interested in early modern and early eighteenth century reading, and evidence of early modern reading practices in print and manuscript archives.
My postgraduate research teaching includes recent doctoral projects on satire and news culture in the later seventeenth century, early modern literature's representations of labour, and the the circulation of poems in manuscript by royalist readers. I would be pleased to supervise PhD research connected with any of the areas of my research interests. Please get in touch if you are considering working on a connected topic.
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1/09/17 → 31/08/18
PI for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with The National Archives and The National Maritime Museum
1/10/16 → 31/08/19
11/07/16 → 11/07/16
Andrew Marvell and the Dutch Fifth Column: New Evidence from a Copy of Mr Smirke with Authorial AnnotationsHolberton, E. W., Dzelzainis, M. & Coster, S., 19 Oct 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Seventeenth Century. 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile14 Downloads (Pure)
Jan Hennings, 1 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 50, 3, p. 565–586
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)24 Downloads (Pure)
Holberton, E. W. & Avery, J. A. S., 2020, (Unpublished) North Sea Crossings: The Literary Heritage of Anglo-Dutch Relations. Levelt, S. & Putter, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a book
Rutgers University and The City University of New York (CUNY) conference “Gold, Sugar, Tobacco, Rice: The Stuff of the Early Modern Atlantic"
Edward W Holberton (Participant)26 Mar 2020 → 27 Mar 2020
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Edward W Holberton (Participant)28 Nov 2019
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course