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Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR)

Director: Professor Julia Thomas

Associate Director: Dr Anthony Mandal

Visit our blog @ http://cardiffbookhistory.wordpress.com for the latest news regarding research at the Centre.

Wood engraving of a scholar studing at a table

The Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) was established in October 1997 as an interdisciplinary unit based in the English Literature section. Its aim is to combine traditional scholarly skills with modern technological methodologies in order to investigate various aspects of the history of the book and material cultures. The interests of members of the Centre range from Medieval Studies to postmodern aesthetics, and they have employed both academic and digital resources while working on a number of significant editorial and bibliographcial projects, including the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 3rd edn, the New Dictionary of National Biography, editions of Walter Scott and James Hogg, and online bilbliographic databases.

Over the past ten years, CEIR has developed a number of online resources focusing principally on nineteenth-century literature, among them a database of fiction 1800–29, a bibliography of the novel 1830–36, a database of mid-Victorian wood engravings and the digitisation of texts, and the electronic collation of variant editions. More recently, the Centre has linked up with the Wales–Ireland project in the School. CEIR also hosts two online journals: Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 and the Journal of Illustration Studies (JOIS). More information about these resources is on the Research Projects and Publications page.

The scope of CEIR's research is now expanding in various exciting and innovative ways with the acquistion by the University of the Cardiff Rare Books Collection in 2010. This collection of 14,000 items, ranging from the earliest days of the incunable era to twentieth-century private press books, offers unparalleled opportunities for scholarly research in Wales' capital city. More details about the Cardiff Rare Books can be found on the Cardiff Rare Books pages.

In addition to research projects and publications, CEIR also runs a regular speaker programme on behalf of English Literature and offers a variety of facilities for members in order to support research, teaching and the creation of electronic resources. CEIR also supports advanced graduate training in editing, book history, illustration studies and material cultures as part of the MA and PhD in English Literature.