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. 

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, scholarly editing and the intellectual life of Restoration London.

Representative publications

Academy Dictionaries 1600-1800. Cambridge University Press, 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 have recently completed a book about small dictionaries and curiosity in Europe from the end of the Middle Ages to about 1800, and am now writing the first volume of a new history of British lexicography from 1500 to 1800.