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Prof Tom Mole

Personal Chair of English Lit & Book History

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Romanticism; Victorian; Print Culture; Book History

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Literature, University of Bristol

Biography

Tom Mole is Professor in English Literature and Book History and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book. He has previously held appointments at the University of Glasgow, the University of Bristol and, most recently, as Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he was Principal Investigator of the Interacting with Print Research Group.  He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Mole's books include Byron's Romantic Celebrity (2007), which won the Elma Dangerfield Prize from the International Byron Society, What the Victorians Made of Romanticism (2017), which won the Saltire Award for best research book and was commended for the SHARP Delong Prize, and The Secret Life of Books (2019).


The Centre for the History of the Book, which Mole directs, is an international and interdisciplinary centre for advanced research into all aspects of the material culture of the text - its production, circulation, and reception from manuscript to electronic text. With Michelle Levy, Mole edited The Broadview Reader in Book History (2014) and wrote The Broadview Introduction to Book History (2017).

Research outputs

  1. [Review of] Karen Swann, Lives of the Dead Poets

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  2. [Review of] Julia H. Fawcett, Spectacular Disappearances: Celebrity and Privacy, 1696-1801

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  3. The Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Research activities & awards

  1. Aye Write 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. How Books Shape Relationships

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Invited Talk at Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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Latest prizes

  1. Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

    Prize: Election to learned society

  2. Saltire Literary Award - Research Book

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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