John Considine

John Considine


Office: 4-55 Humanities Centre
Office Hours: By appointment


MA, DPhil Oxford

Supervisory and research interests

I would be happy to supervise MA or PhD students in any of the following areas: lexicography; the history of learned texts in English or Latin; the history of the English language; early modern British literature and culture; the history of the book 1500–1800. I have supervised PhD theses bearing on early modern travel writing and on the history of the book from 1580 to 1800.

Courses taught

My undergraduate teaching regularly includes courses on the history and present state of the English language and on early modern British language and literature. I have recently taught senior seminars in lexicography and etymology, and graduate courses in 17th-century manuscripts and scholarly editing.

Representative publications

Academy Dictionaries 1600-1800. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming August 2014.

Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers
vol. 4: The Seventeenth Century

[collection of reprinted essays, with my introduction and index, and original chapters by me on the lexicography of the learned languages and of exotic languages]. Ashgate Publishing, 2012.

[With Sylvia Brown] The Ladies Dictionary (1694) [facsimile with our introduction and index of sources]. Ashgate Publishing, 2010.

Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage
. Cambridge University Press, 2008.


I am at present finishing a book about small dictionaries of unofficial language varieties from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. I used to be an assistant editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and before that, my graduate studies were in early modern English literature and the classical tradition. Most of my research and teaching therefore addresses words and dictionaries, or the early modern period, or both.