Dr Hamish Mathison


Room 5.19, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 28456
Tel: +44 (0)114-222-8456
Fax: +44 (0)114-222-8481

email : h.mathison@sheffield.ac.uk


I joined Sheffield´s team of eighteenth-century literature specialists in 2000 following an undergraduate degree from Keble College, Oxford and a PhD called Communities in Print: Robert Burns and Late Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry taken at the University of Aberdeen.


My main research field is of Scottish eighteenth-century literature.

My PhD was a study of how poetry was popularised and marketed in the eighteenth century, and it looked at how the poetry of Robert Burns (1759-1796) was promoted at the time. I maintain an interest in the theoretical work of Jürgen Habermas and "Frankfurt School" critical theory.

My most recent work has been on the connections between print culture and patriotic sentiment in the eighteenth-century Scottish newspaper press, part of a larger interest I have in developing the literary history of early Scottish newspapers.

My work in the field of eighteenth-century studies is heavily invested in the emerging discipline of `book history´, and this has led me back to the origins of Scottish print in the sixteenth century.


Principally, I lecture on and often convene the department's second-level core course on `Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature´, and similarly contribute to our third-level core teaching in the field of Romantic and Victorian poetry.

Most years I offer two optional modules: 'Satire and Print in the Eighteenth Century' which is all about print culture in the first half of the century, and 'Writing in Enlightenment Britain' which is about the connections between moral philosophy and literary work in the second half of the century.

Alongside my undergraduate teaching activity, I teach a module on eighteenth-century Scottish poetry at MA level and contribute to and sometimes convene our core module on the Eighteenth-Century Studies MA programme.


I welcome applications from potential research students who wish to work upon the literature of the eighteenth-century. At present I'm supervising PhD students working on topics as diverse as Scottish song, balladry, antiquarian collecting and publishing, literary paratexts and the evolution of literary truth claims in the eighteenth century.

  • ‘Tam O’Shanter and the Folk’ in The Voice of the People, ed. Matthew Campbell and Michael Perraudin (Cambridge: Anthem Press, 2011)
  • ‘Submarine Novels “After History”’, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century English and American War Literature, ed. Adam Piette (Edinburgh: EUP, 2011)
  • ‘Scotland’ in The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, ed. Joad Raymond (Oxford: OUP, 2010)
  • ‘Robert Burns and National Song’ in Scotland, Ireland, and the Romantic Aesthetic, ed. David Duff and Catherine Jones (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2007) pp. 77-92.
  • Instruments of Enlightenment, ed. and intro. Hamish Mathison and Angela Wright, a special issue of History of European Ideas (ISSN: 0191-6599), 31/2, 2005.
  • '"To enter into connections": furious moderation in the Scottish Enlightenment' in Instruments of Enlightenment, ed. Hamish Mathison and Angela Wright, History of European Ideas (ISSN: 0191-6599), 31/2, 2005.
  • ‘Robert Hepburn and the Edinburgh Tatler: a study in an early British periodical’ in Media History, vol 11, n. 1/2, 2005.
  • ‘Tropes of Promotion and Well-Being: Advertisement and the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Periodical Press’ in Prose Studies (ISSN: 0144-0357), Vol. 21, No. 3, December 1998, pp. 206-225.
  • ‘Tropes of Promotion and Well-Being: Advertisement and the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Periodical Press’ in The News, 1600-1800: New Approaches to Newspaper History in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, ed. J. Raymond (Frank Cass, 1999) pp. 206-225.
  • ‘“Gude Black Prent”: How the Edinburgh Book Trade dealt with Burns’s Poems’ The Bibliotheck (ISSN: 0006-193X) Vol. 20, 1995, pp. 70-87.