Karina Williamson has research interests in three areas: English literature, especially poetry, of the long eighteenth century (1660-1830), twentieth-century Caribbean writing, and British West Indian literature and history of the colonial period. She is principal editor of The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart (6 vols., 1980-96), and co-editor with Marcus Walsh of the Penguin Classics Christopher Smart (1990). She has recently edited the anonymous novel, Marly; or, A Planter's Life in Jamaica  for Macmillan Caribbean Classics (2005). Other publications include essays on the impact of Smart on modern American and English poets, eighteenth-century women poets, science and poetry in the eighteenth century, Augustan verse epistles and gender cross-dressing, the Jamaican writer Roger Mais, and Jean Rhys and Phyllis Shand Allfrey.
She is currently compiling an anthology of representations of West Indian slavery in prose and verse, 1657-1834.
This article was published on Mar 18, 2011