Author Biography

Alan Hogarth is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Leicester. He works on computational approaches to Aphra Behn’s writing, and is co-editing (with Prof. Elaine Hobby) The Emperor of the Moon for the Cambridge Behn. Alan has research interests in early-modern Natural Philosophy, and has published on the literary and scientific writing of John Donne, and on gender and coach travel in early modern London. His current projects include an article on the style of Robert Boyle (with Mike Witmore), and a book on Donne and the poetics of motion. Laura L. Runge is Professor and Chair of English at the University of South Florida, specializing in eighteenth-century women’s writing. She has published three recent essays on Behn’s Oroonoko, and her co-edited collection of essays (with Jessica L. Cook) “Circuit of Apollo”: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, which begins with reflections on the impact of Behn as a poet, is forthcoming from University of Delaware Press. She is general editor of ABO. Gillian Wright is a Reader in English and Irish Literature at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include Producing Women’s Poetry, 1600-1730: Text and Paratext, Manuscript and Print (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Poetry, co-edited with Jill Seal Millman (Manchester University Press, 2005). Alongside her current work on Aphra Behn, she is also completing a monograph on Restoration poetry, provisionally entitled The Restoration Transposed.


This interview provides a view of the work in progress for the Cambridge University Press edition of the Complete Works of Aphra Behn. Gillian Wright serves as a general editor (with Elaine Hobby, Claire Bowditch, and Mel Evans) as well as the volume editor for Behn’s poetry. Alan Hogarth is the Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Mel Evans on the computational stylistics and author attribution testing. The discussion focuses on the scope and principles of editing the poetry of Aphra Behn, the role of stylometry in establishing the corpus, the status of work, a few particular poems, and some surprises.


poetry, Restoration, attribution, computational stylistics, drama, Burnet