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Dr Katherine Hunt

Career Development Fellow in English


I grew up in London where I attended my local comprehensive, then came to Oxford for a degree in History and English. After graduating I spent some years as a museum curator at Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and at The British Museum/Birkbeck, where I was a Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded British Printed Images to 1700 Project. I have an MRes and a PhD from The London Consortium/Birkbeck, University of London. I have taught at Birkbeck and at the University of East Anglia, where I was a Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow in the department of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing. I joined Queen’s in October 2014 as College Career Development Fellow in English.


I teach the major Final Honour School papers on literature in English from 1550-1760, including Shakespeare.


I work on the written, material, and aural cultures of early modern Britain. My current research, which is based on my PhD thesis, is concerned with the seventeenth-century invention, and reception in writing, of change-ringing: the peculiar English way of ringing church bells. Other articles, published and forthcoming, are on topics that include Italian renaissance sculpture, early modern combinatorial practices, didactic playing cards, and jangling in the early modern playhouse. I am also co-editing, with Rebecca Tomlin, a special issue of the Journal of the Northern Renaissance on numbers in early modern writing (forthcoming 2014).


‘Campanologomania’, Cabinet 53 (2014)

‘Convenient characters: reading William Godbid’s printed tables’, The Journal of the Northern Renaissance 7 (forthcoming 2014)

‘A virtual museum or e-research?’ (with Stephen Pigney), in Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Culture ed. by Brent Nelson and Melissa Terras (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012)

‘Masterpiece or multiple?’ in Medieval and Renaissance Art: People and Possessions ed. by Glyn Davies and Kirstin Kennedy (London: V&A Publications, 2009)