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.

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.  Since 2009 I have been editor of the Digital Forum in the Journal of Victorian Culture

I am currently working on a longstanding research project on secrecy and print culture in the nineteenth century.  I am also Principal Investigator on 'Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940'.  This AHRC research network is dedicated to linking together the various aspects of Lodge's life and will run until 2015.

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

  • (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

  • '"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 (£).