I hold a BA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a PGCE from King's College, London. I have previously worked at the University of Cambridge, the University of St Andrews and the Institute of English Studies, University of London.
I have held visiting fellowships at the University of Cambridge, Chawton House Library, and the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
PhD University of Cambridge
Thesis title "Jane Austen and Reading Women"
M.Phil. British Literature 1700-1830 University of Cambridge
BA (Hons) English Literature Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
My research interests lie mainly in the fields of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period literature and print culture, in particular Jane Austen and the history of reading, although I also work on Mary Russell Mitford and Margaret Oliphant. In addition, I have wide-ranging interests in contemporary reading practices and library history. I am a member of two AHRC research networks, the Digital Reading Network (http://www.digitalreadingnetwork.com/) and the Community Libraries:Connecting Readers in the Atlantic World, c.1650-c.1850 Network (http://communitylibraries.net/). I also sit on the Management Board of the Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945 (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/).
I welcome enquires from PhD students in any of the above fields.
Halsey K (2018) Book review of: Lynda A. Hall, Women and 'Value' in Jane Austen’s Novels: Settling, Speculating and Superfluity, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 225 pp. ISBN 978-3-319-50735-4, Review of English Studies, 69 (288), pp. 178-180.
Halsey K (2018) A "Quaint Corner" of the Reading Nation: Romantic readerships in rural Perthshire, 1780-1830. In: Roberts K, Towsey MRM (ed.). Before the Public Library: Reading, Community and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850. Library of the Written Word, 61, Leiden: Brill, pp. 218-235.
Vine A & Halsey K (2018) 'Dressed in a Little Brief Authority': Authority Before, During, and After Shakespeare's Plays. In: Halsey K, Vine A (ed.). Shakespeare and Authority: Citations, Conceptions and Constructions. Palgrave Shakespeare Studies, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-27.
Halsey K (2017) Book review of: The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820, ed. Peter Garside and Karen O'Brien, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 704 pp. ISBN: 9780199574803, Romanticism, 23 (3), pp. 282-285.
Halsey K (2015) Book review of: Mary Brunton, Self-Control, ed. Anthony Mandal. Chawton House Library Series. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013. Pp. 405. ISBN 9781848934023 and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. 304. ISBN 9780199945115, BARS Review (46).
Halsey K (2015) Book review of: Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England, Allan F. Westphall, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2014, 248pp. ISBN 978-0-271-06404-8, Library and Information History, 31 (3), pp. 216-217.
Halsey K (2014) Book review of: Women, Literature and the Domesticated Landscape, Judith Page and Elise Smith, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 313 pp. ISBN 9780521768658, Romanticism, 20 (2), pp. 202-204.
Halsey K (2013) Book review of: Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location and Celebrity, Janine Barchas, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, 317pp. ISBN 978-1421411910, Review of English Studies, 64 (266), pp. 715-717.
Halsey K (2011) Book review of: Barbara Sichermann, Well-Read Lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010, pages: 380, ISBN: 9780807833087, Library and Information History, 27 (2), pp. 131-132.
Halsey K (2010) Book review of: Janet Todd, The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pages: xi+152, ISBN 9780521858069 and Fiona Stafford, Brief Lives: Jane Austen, London: Hesperus Press, 2008, pages 114, ISNB: 9781843919063, BARS Bulletin and Review, 37, pp. 32-34.