University of Edinburgh (Department of English Literature)
Tom Mole is Adjunct Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at McGill University and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His book, Byron’s Romantic Celebrity: Industrial Culture and the Hermeneutic of Intimacy (Palgrave, 2007), won the Elma Dangerfield Prize. It argues that modern celebrity culture emerged in the early nineteenth century, and that Lord Byron should be studied as one of its earliest examples and most astute critics. Under that rubric, Mole investigates the often strained interactions of artistic endeavour and commercial enterprise, the material conditions of Byron’s publications, and the varieties of printed ephemera that supported celebrity profiles. This approach was extended in an edited collection of essays, Romanticism and Celebrity Culture (Cambridge, 2009). Mole has also edited one volume in a six-volume set of Blackwood’s Magazine 1817-1825: Selections from Maga’s Infancy (Pickering and Chatto, 2006). This is the first time extensive and fully annotated selections from this important nineteenth-century literary journal have been published. Mole is currently working on the reception of Romantic authors in later nineteenth-century Britain, focussing on the material objects and cultural practices that brought texts and authors to the attention of later audiences.