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The Australian National University

Dr Ian Higgins

BA (Hons), MA (Qld), PhD (Warwick)
Reader in English
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • British And Irish Literature 200503

Research interests

Contextual interpretation of literature from the late seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century; literature and politics; literature, polemics, and pamphlets in the Jacobite era 1688-1745; the life and works of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745); the career and writings of Charles Leslie (1650-1722)

Biography

Ian Higgins received his BA (with first class Honours in English) and MA from the University of Queensland and his PhD from the University of Warwick in England. He taught at La Trobe University in Melbourne before joining the Australian National University. He has lectured in Britain, Ireland, Europe, and the USA. He works in the field of British and Irish literary studies, and has a particular research interest in the period from the Revolution of 1688 to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. He teaches courses at the ANU on British and Irish literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Researcher's projects

Ian Higgins is a founding general editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 - in progress) which is his main ongoing research project. He is co-editing three volumes for the Cambridge Swift project: two volumes of Swift's Writings on Religion and the Church, and a volume of Swift's English Political Writings. He regularly reviews manuscripts, articles and books on eighteenth-century literature for publishers and scholarly journals and publishes essays in his research area.

Past student projects

Supervision of PhDs in the areas of early modern literature, eighteenth-century literature, modern literature, and contemporary literature. Recent successful PhD completions have included theses on Richard Lovelace and Royalist Poetry in context, 1639-49; on Christopher Smart's prose; and on Evelyn Waugh's satire.

Publications

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