Publishing and Book History Research Group

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Members of the Publishing and Book History research group work across all periods, from early modern to the digital present, focusing on a wide range of topics. Members are also active editors on external publishing projects, and contribute to the work of Fincham Press, the department's in-house publisher. Research interests can be summarised under two main headings:

Material Practice of Publishing

  • Human aspects of the lives of published texts
  • The evolution and transfer of editing culture and print culture
  • Collaborative networks that receive and circulate texts and bring them into being.


  • The Romantic Illustration Network (RIN)
  • Visual aspects of periodical publishing
  • Marginal and non-printed illustration
  • Visual culture and print culture

Romantic Illustration Network (RIN)

The Romantic Illustration Network (RIN) restores to view the importance of book illustration and visual culture across the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries. It brings together scholars to share research and develop new models for understanding the relationship between word and image in the period. RIN has produced an edited collection of essays and has partnerships with the House of Illustration and the University of the Third Age.

Funded PhD studentships are offered through the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership consortium. For further information please visit the TECHNE website and send expressions of interest to


Romantic Illustration Network