Dr Hankinson studied English at Balliol College, completing his DPhil in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Matthew Reynolds. He has since taught at St Hilda’s College, St Anne’s College, and Jesus 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.


To Queen’s English undergraduates I teach both Prelims Paper 3, on nineteenth-century texts and contexts, and Prelims Paper 1b, an introductory paper on literary theory.


Dr Hankinson’s research explores the relations between nationalism, belonging, foreignness, and style, with a particular focus on the period 1860-present. 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. 


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