Professor Bill Bell

Professor Bill Bell

Professor

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
bellb@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5621
Location:
2.42, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Bill Bell is Professor of Bibliography at Cardiff University and is also a Senior Fellow of the University of Goettingen. He was the founder of the Centre for the History of the Book at The  University of Edinburgh in 1995, of which he was Director until 2012, and has held visiting posts at The Australian National University, The University of  Ottawa, and St John's College, Oxford, Jadavpur University, and The University  of Munich.

Bill Bell  is Professor of Bibliography at Cardiff University and Senior Fellow of the University of Goettingen. He founded the Centre for the History of the Book at The  University of Edinburgh in 1995, of which he was Director until 2012. He has  held visiting posts at The Australian National University, The University of  Ottawa, and St John's College, Oxford, Jadavpur University, and The University  of Munich.

He has been twice elected to the Council of The Bibliographical Society and from 2008-2014  was Editor of the Society's quarterly, The Library: Transactions of the  Bibliographical Society. He has served on the advisory boards of  a number of organisations, including the Research Society for Victorian  Periodicals (RSVP) and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and  Publishing (SHARP). He is one of three editors of Palgrave Studies in the  History of Media and has served on the editorial boards of several publications,  including the Routledge Series in Media History and the American annual Book History.

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Bill Bell specialises in nineteenth-century literature and culture  and has written extensively on the sociology of the text, the history of the  book, and theories of cultural production. He was for several years a member of  the editorial team of the Duke-Edinburgh edition of The Collected Letters of  Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (vols 19-24) and is general editor of the Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland (4 vols, Edinburgh  University Press), of which he was also editor of volume 3, Industry and  Ambition, 1800-1880 (2007).

He is joint author of Travels into Print: Exploration, Writing and  Publishing 1760-1860 (Chicago, 2015) and has recently completed Crusoe's Books: Readers in the Empire of Print, 1800-1918, a study of nineteenth century itinerant readers.