Dr James Mussell

Dr James Mussell

Associate Professor

0113 343 8079

Summary: Nineteenth-century literature and culture; media history; history of science; digital humanities

Teaching Commitments:

  • Prose (UG core)
  • Victorian Literature (UG core)
  • Victoria's Secrets (UG option)
  • Beyond the Book (UG option)
  • Victorian New Media (PG option)

I joined the University of Leeds from the University of Birmingham, where I was lecturer from 2007-2013.  Before that, I was a postdoctoral research assistant on the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition and taught at various universities in London.  I currently serve as Director of the Centre for the Comparative History of Print (Centre CHoP).

My research focuses on the nineteenth-century media.  My first book, Science, Time and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical (Ashgate, 2007) looked at the way the forms of nineteenth-century periodicals affected the content within their pages.  While this book was in press, I was working on the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008), a major edition of six periodicals and newspapers.  This work led to my second book, The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (Palgrave, 2012), which considered how the digitization of the nineteenth-century press changes our understanding of both press and period.  2012 also saw the publication of a co-edited book, W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (British Library, 2012), a collection of essays that came out of the conference of the same name earlier that year.  With Laurel Brake, I also edited a special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century on Stead (2013), which appeared in Spring 2013.  I was editor of the Digital Forum in the Journal of Victorian Culture from 2009 until 2016.

More recently, I was the PI on an AHRC Research Network, 'Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940' that ran from 2013-2015.  This project took connection as its main theme, using to explore disciplinary specialization at a key moment in media history.  As Director of Centre CHoP, I am currently leading a second AHRC Research Network, this time focusing on print.  Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future looks at the legacy of letterpress, both in terms of the equipment that survives and its influence on typographic culture, but also considers what it has to teach us today. 

I am currently working on two book projects.  The first, provisionally entitled Whispers of Print is a monograph that looks at the way nineteenth-century printed texts reveal their contents.  The second is an edited collection on Oliver Lodge that draws on research carried out as part of the research network.

I blog at jimmussell.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @jimmussell.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Literature and science
  • Digital humanities

Publications

Below are all my publications.  I have provided links to published versions (wherever published), but also to green open access versions in an institutional repository.  Where an item is listed as 'post-print', this means it is the final, peer-reviewed, submitted version. 

Major Publications

Journal Articles
  • 'Repetition: Or, "In Our Last"', Victorian Periodicals Review, 48 (2015), 343–58.  Published version here (£).  A postprint version will be available via the White Rose repository soon.
  • '"Of the Making of Magazines There is No End": W.T. Stead, Newness, and the Archival Imagination', English Studies in Canada, 41 (2015),  69-91.  Published version here (£).  OA version will be available from the White Rose Repository once the embargo has passed.
  • (with Imogen Clarke) 'Conservative Attitudes to Old-Established Organs: Oliver Lodge and Philosophical Magazine', Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science (2015). Published version available here (£). A postprint version will be available from the White Rose Repository once the embargo has passed.
  • '"Scarers in Print": Media Literacy from Our Mutual Friend to Friend Me On Facebook', Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, 21 (2013 [actually published in 2015]), pp. 163-179. The published version is here (OA) and there is a copy in the White Rose repository (coming soon).
  • 'Elemental Forms: The Newspaper as Popular Genre in the Nineteenth Century', Media History, 20 (2014), pp. 4-20.  Published version available here (£).  A post-print version will be available in the White Rose repository soon.
  • 'Specular Reflections: John Brett and the Mirror of Venus', 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 17 (2013), pp. 1-19.  Published version available here (OA).
  • (with Laurel Brake), ‘Introduction’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 16 (2013), 1-7.  Published version available here (OA) and in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'The Passing of Print: Digitizing Ephemera and the Ephemerality of the Digital’, Media History, 18 (2012), 77-92.  Published version available here (£). A postprint version of this paper will be available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository soon.
  • 'Private Practices and Public Knowledge: Science, Professionalization and Gender in the Late Nineteenth Century’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 5 (2009).  Published version available here (OA).  This is also available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Arthur Cowper Ranyard, Knowledge and the Reproduction of Astronomical Photographs in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press', British Journal for the History of Science, 42 (2009), pp. 321-344.  Published version available here (£) or in Birmingham’s ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Cohering Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century: Form, Genre and Periodical Studies', Victorian Periodicals Review, 42 (2009), pp. 93-103.  Published version available here (£) and in Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • ‘Nineteenth-Century Popular Science Magazines, Narrative, and the Problem of Historical Materiality‘, Journalism Studies, 8 (2007), pp. 656-666. Published version available here (£) and there is a post print version in Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • ‘Pandemic in print: the spread of influenza in the Fin de Siècle‘, Endeavour, 31 (2007), pp. 12-17.
  • (with Suzanne Paylor) ‘Mapping the “Mighty Maze”: the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (2005).  Published version available here (OA).

Chapters in books

  • ‘Beyond the “Great Index”: Digital Resources and Actual Copies’, Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth Century Britain, edited by Joanne Shattock (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 17-30 (£). A post-print version of this will be available in the White Rose repository soon.
  • Digitization’, Routledge Companion to Victorian Periodicals, edited by Andrew King, Alexis Easley, and John Morton (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), pp. 17-28. A post-print version of this will be available in the White Rose repository soon.
  • ‘The Foundation and Early Years of the News of the World: “Capacious Double Sheets”’, ‘Journalism for the Rich, Journalism for the Poor’: The News of the World and the British Press, 1843-2011, edited by Laurel Brake, Chandrika Kaul, and Mark Turner (Palgrave, 2016), pp.11-26. Published version is here (£). A post-print version of this will be available in the White Rose repository soon.
  • (with Richard Altick), ‘Publishing’, A New Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture, ed. by Herbert Tucker (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), pp.312-329. A post-print version of this will be available in the White Rose repository soon.
  • '"Characters of Blood and Flame": Stead and the Tabloid Campaign’, in W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary, edited by Laurel Brake, Ed King, Roger Luckhurst and James Mussell (London: British Library, 2012), pp. 22-36.  A post-print version of this chapter is available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Doing and Making: History as Digital Practice', in History in the Digital Age, ed. by Toni Weller (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012), pp. 79-94.  A post-print version of this chapter is available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Writing the "Great Proteus of Disease": Influenza, Informatics, and the Body in the Late Nineteenth Century', in Minds Bodies Machines, 1790-1920, ed. by Deidre Coleman and Hilary Fraser (Palgrave: 2011), pp. 161-178. A post-print version of this chapter is available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Science', in Dickens in Context, ed. by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux (Cambridge University Press: 2011), pp. 326-333.  A post-print version of this chapter is available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Science and the Timeliness of Reproduced Photographs in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press', in The Lure of Illustration, ed. by Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009), pp. 203-219.  A post-print version of this is available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • (with Suzanne Paylor), 'Editions and Archives: Textual Editing and the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse)', in Text Editing, Print, and the Digital World, ed. by Marilyn Deegan and Kathryn Sutherland (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 137-158.  A post-print version of this chapter is available in the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Bug-Hunting Editors: Competing Interpretations of Nature in Late Nineteenth-Century Natural History Periodicals', in (Re)creating Science in Nineteenth-Century Britain: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. by Amanda Mordavsky Caleb (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2007), pp. 81-96.  The published version of this chapter is available via the University of Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • '"This is Ours and For Us": The Mechanic's Magazine and low scientific culture in Regency London’, in Repositioning Victorian Sciences, ed. by David Clifford et al. (London: Anthem Press 2006), pp. 107-118.

Shorter articles and posts

  • Review of Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt, Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), Sharp News, 25:1 (2016), 11.
  • ‘Moving On By Staying the Same’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 21 (2016), 1-7. Published version here (£). A post-print version of this will be available in the White Rose repository soon.
  • ‘Newspapers’, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. by Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes (Blackwell, 2015). Available via Blackwell Reference Online here (£). A postprint version will be available from the White Rose Repository soon.
  • '"In Chancery", Again', Dickens Our Mutual Friend Reading Project (1 February 2015).  Available here (OA).
  • Five contributions to '(Re)Presenting the Archive', Archive Journal, 4 (2014).  Published version available here (OA).
  • Review of Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era, Media History, 21 (2015), pp. 121-122.  Published version here (£).
  • Review of Raw Data is an Oxymoron, Media History, 20 (2014), pp. 105-6.  Published version here (£).
  • 'BJHS: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow', Viewpoint: Magazine for the British Society for the History of Science, 99 (October 2012), pp. 1-2.  This is available from the BSHS here.  I have also published this as a blog post here.
  • 'Blogging about Hacking the Book', Journal of Victorian Culture Online (20 August 2012).  Published version available here (OA).
  • 'Teaching Nineteenth-Century Periodicals Using Digital Resources: Myths and Methods', Victorian Periodicals Review, 45 (2012), pp. 201-209.  Published version available here (£) and in Birmingham's ePrints repository here (OA).
  • Review of Dallas Liddle, The Dynamics of Genre: Journalism and the Practice of Literature in Mid-Victorian Britain (Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press, 2009), English Studies, 92 (2011), pp. 113-4.  Published version available here (£).
  • 'Review of ProQuest Historical Newspapers, (review no. 1096)', Reviews in History (June 2011).  Published version available here (OA).
  • 'Ownership, Institutions, Methodology', roundtable contribution to Journal of Victorian Culture, 13 (2008), 94-100.  Published version available here (£) or in Birmingham’s ePrints repository here (OA).
  • 'Digital Culture, Materiality and Nineteenth-Century Studies', forum contribution to 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (2008).  Published version available here (OA) and in the University of Birmingham's ePrints Repository here.
  • Thirteen contributions to the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (Proquest;  British Library and Academia Press 2008).
  • Reviw of Grace Eckley, Maiden Tribute: A Life of W.T. Stead (Xlibris 2007), Sharp News, 18 (2009), 12.
  • Review of Christine Ferguson, Language, Science and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle: the Brutal Tongue (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), English Literature in Transition, 50 (2007), 339-343.  Published version here (£).
  • Review of Geoffrey Cantor et al., Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2004), Science Serialized: Representations of the Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals, edited by Geoffrey Cantor and Sally Shuttleworth (Cambridge, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press 2004), Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media, edited by Louise Henson et al. (Aldershot: Ashgate 2004), Media History, 12 (2006), 225-231.
  • ‘The “Reviewers Reviewed”: Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical’, a review essay in Metascience, 14 (2005), pp. 363-370.  Published version available here (£).