Centre for the History of the Book


Find out more about the team of academics who organised the symposium.

The Reading beyond Reading symposium was organised by Tom Mole (Edinburgh), Jonathan Sachs (Concordia), Andrew Stauffer (Virginia), and Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford).


Dr Tom Mole

Reader, Director of the Centre for the History of the Book

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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 Tom Mole specialises in literature of the Romantic period in Britain, particularly the poetry of Lord Byron. He is interested in book history and print culture, the cultural history of celebrity, periodical writing, and reception history. He is currently researching the reception of Romantic writers in Victorian Britain, paying attention to the material artefacts and cultural practices that sustained Romantic writers’ reputations. Dr Mole is Director of the Centre for the History of the Book, which was established at the University of Edinburgh in 1995 as 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.


Dr Jonathan Sachs

Associate Professor

  • Concordia University

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Jonathan Sachs specialises in British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the uses of antiquity in forging literary and political modernity in Britain during this time. Professor Sachs is the author of Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832 (Oxford, 2010). He is currently finishing a new book-length study of cultural decline which seeks to explain anxieties about decline in connection with three other major features of the late eighteenth century: the development of political economy, the rapid expansion of print media, and the emergent fascination with ruins.


Dr Andrew Stauffer

Associate Professor, Director of NINES

  • University of Virginia

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Andrew Stauffer specialises in nineteenth-century British literature and Digital Humanities. He is the Director of Nineteenth-century Scholarship Online (NINES), a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first. Professor Stauffer also leads Book Traces, a crowd-sourced web project that anticipates the withdrawal of large portions of nineteenth-century print collections in favour of digital surrogates. Book Traces aims at identifying unique copies of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books on library shelves, focusing on customisations made by original owners in personal copies, such as marginalia and inserts.


Professor Kathryn Sutherland

Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism

  • Oxford University

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Kathryn Sutherland is working on a book-length comparative study of five Romantic-period novelists through their surviving manuscript drafts: Jane Austen, William Godwin, Mary Shelley, Walter Scott, and Frances Burney. The study will attach particular significance to the relationship between manuscript as linguistic structure (as text) and physical support (as object) and will argue for an intimate correlation between writing surface and the evolution of composition. This project builds on Professor Sutherland’s recent work for a digital edition of Austen’s fiction manuscripts, www.janeausten.ac.uk. Her recent publications include Jane Austen’s Textual Lives (Oxford UP, 2005) and Transferred Illusions: Digital Technology and the Forms of Print (Ashgate 2009).



This event was presented in association with:

The Centre for the History of the Book

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (IASH)


The University of Oxford

Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES)

Interacting with Print