UCL English


Michael Bundock

Email: m.bundock@ucl.ac.uk

Michael Bundock is an Honorary Research Associate in the UCL English Department. He was educated at the University of Dundee (LLB) and UCL (LLM) and is a barrister. 

He has research interests in the literature of the long eighteenth century (especially Samuel Johnson), the social and legal history of the period, and law and literature.

He is a director of Dr Johnson’s House Trust and Chair of the Johnson Society of London.

Recent publications

‘Prime’, The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Johnson, ed. Jack Lynch (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022)

"A neutral being between the sexes": debating Johnson's feminism', Kate Chisholm and Michael Bundock, The Johnson Society Transactions 2021, pp. 24-40

‘ “A little charity”: Dr Johnson and his household’, The Book Collector, Vol 69 No 3 (Autumn 2020), pp. 395-404

‘The slave and the lawyers: Francis Barber, James Boswell and John Hawkins’ in Britain’s Black Past, ed. Gretchen H. Gerzina (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020), pp. 27-43

‘From Somerset to Scotland: Samuel Johnson on slavery’, The New Rambler 2017-2018, Ser. F No XXI (2020), pp. 25-33

‘ “To put you in mind of Johnson”: afterlives in London and Lichfield’, The Transactions of the Johnson Society 2017, (2018), pp. 12-23

‘ “ Pleased to renew our old acquaintance”: James Boswell and Francis Barber’, The New Rambler 2015-2016, Ser. F No XIX (2018), pp. 53-66

The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson’s Heir (New Haven and London, 2015, revd edn, 2021: Yale University Press)

‘Searching for the invisible man: the images of Francis Barber’ in Editing Lives: Essays in Contemporary Textual and Biographical Studies in Honor of O M Brack, Jr, ed. Jesse G. Swan (Lewisburg, 2014: Bucknell University Press)