Billy Hall

Assistant Professor, English

4104 JFSB


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Teaching Experience

My primary assumption is that students are interested developing practical skills and exercise in conceptual thinking. All my assignments, classroom procedures and assessment grow from this this assumption.


My research field is eighteenth-century British literature and cultural history. In particular, I take a cultural analytics approach to the study of eighteenth-century poetry by using computational methods for analysis of style, authorship and communities.

Selected Publications

  • William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes (1809, 1834) TEI encoder and Technical editor. Nicholas Mason and Paul Westover Content Eds., Romantic Circles Electronic Editions (2015)
  • “Technofacts: Christopher Smart and the Curiosity Cabinet,” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era (2019)
  • “Text Mining and Data Visualization: Exploring Cultural Formations and Structural Changes in Fifty
    Years of Eighteenth-Century Poetry Criticism (1968-2018)”, Data Visualization in Enlightenment Literature and Culture. Ileana Baird ed., Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming 2021)


College and university citizenship is an important and valuable opportunity to contribute to the direction and the tone of work we do as faculty both for each other and for our students.

Citizenship assignments

English 291 Course Coordinator

Faculty Advisor to Criterion, the student journal of literary criticism