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    Dr Claire Wilkinson

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    Fellow in English; Tutor




    • BA (Cambridge)
    • MA (York)
    • PhD (Cambridge)

    Research Interests

    • Eighteenth Century literature
    • Economics and literature, 1688–1850


    Claire studied for her BA at Cambridge (New Hall / Murray Edwards, 2007-2010) before studying for an MA at York (2010-2011). She returned to the Faculty of English in 2013 to begin work on her PhD as the Winton Doctoral Scholar in English and Economics. The degree was awarded in 2017.

    Since January 2018, she has held the post of Teaching Associate in Eighteenth-Century Literature at the Faculty of English.  She is a Fellow and a Tutor at Murray Edwards College and a Senior Member of Robinson College.

    She is particularly interested in issues related to access to further education and has run the Faculty of English’s Sutton Trust and Experience Cambridge programmes for the past seven years, alongside a large project funded by the Cambridge Admissions Office, which aims to introduce university level English to students from non-selective state schools.


    Claire is currently working on a monograph which offers a new assessment of literature written at the time of 1720's South Sea Bubble.  Her research looks at hitherto neglected writers and their work (including their letters, plays, poems, and wills, amongst other things), alongside new scholarship in history and economics, to argue that the cultural narratives that shape our understanding of the Bubble need to be revised.

    Selected Publications

    Wilkinson, C. L, ‘The Problem of Profit: Finance and Feeling in Eighteenth-Century British Literature’, Journal of British Studies, 60 (2021), 706–710.

    Wilkinson, C. L., ‘The Literary Origins of Financial Crisis’, Cambridge Quarterly, 48 (2019), 78–83

    Wilkinson, C. L., ‘The Empty Centre of Conrad's Nostromo’, Cambridge Quarterly, 47 (2018), 201–21

    Wilkinson, C. L., ‘“The Visionary Scene was Lost in Air”: the South Sea Bubble in Literature', in Political Economy, Writing, and the Formation of Knowledge, 1720-1850, ed. by Richard Adelman and Catherine Packham (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018), pp. 5­–34