Professor Anthony Mandal

BA (Dunelm), MA, PhD (Wales)

Professor in Print and Digital Cultures

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 5626
1.13, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am part of the School's English Literature section. I am also Director of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, and co-convenor of the Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar (CRECS). I am Vice-President of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS), and sit on the Editorial Boards of Cardiff University Press and a number of book series and scholarly journals. I also direct the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network, which brings together scholars, creative practitioners and library/museum professionals who are working in various aspects of the digital.

My research and teaching focus on history of the book, digital humanities and nineteenth-century literature, particularly the gothic and women’s writing 1790–1830. I am a General Editor of The New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, and founding editor of the online journal Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840. My most recent book is the first scholarly edition of the Regency best-seller, Self-Control by Mary Brunton (Routledge, 2014), and I am currently completing two book projects that focus on the gothic.

I have presented over 70 talks at conferences, research seminars and public lectures, including outreach talks for the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cardiff University’s Innovation Network, Cardiff BookTalk and the Historical Association, as well as writing for The Conversation.

I would welcome enquiries from potential research students interested in studying history of the book and print culture, nineteenth-century fiction, the gothic and digital humanities; and from public groups or media outlets interested in my research and scholarship.

After completing my undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Durham, I came to Cardiff in 1995 to read an MA in English Literature, focusing on nineteenth-century literature and its engagement with print culture. My postgraduate studies concluded in 2001, with a PhD entitled ‘Jane Austen and the Production of Fiction, 1785–1817’.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and member of a number of academic societies, and was elected as the Vice-President of the British Association for Romantic Studies in July 2015. I also sit on a number of editorial boards for journals and scholarly initiatives, as well as regularly peer reviewing submissions to various academic publications. I am co-organiser of  Cardiff Romanticism and Romanticism Seminar, and sit on the Editorial Board of Cardiff University Press.

More information is available on my page.

Academic positions

  • 2016– : Professor ofPrint and Digital Cultures, School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP), Cardiff University.
  • 2013–16: Reader in Print and Digital Cultures, ENCAP, Cardiff University.
  • 2009–13: Senior Lecturerin English Literature, ENCAP, Cardiff University.
  • 2004–09: Lecturer in English Literature, ENCAP, Cardiff University.
  • 2001–04: Postdoctoral Research Associate, ENCAP, Cardiff University.
  • 1997–2000: Associate Lecturer in English Literature, ENCAP.

Committees and reviewing

  • Editorial Board, Cardiff University Press.
  • Editorial Board, Open Book Publishers (
  • Editorial Board, Studies in Hogg and his World (ISSN 0960 6025).
  • Editorial Board, Studies in the Digital Humanities (ISSN 2050-7224).
  • Editorial Board, Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of the Works of James Hogg.
  • Editorial Board, The Edinburgh Edition of Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Editorial Board, Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics (Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Editorial Board, English Literature and Culture in Context (Peter Lang).

I teach undergraduate modules on the gothic and the nineteenth century, and postgraduate courses on Romanticism, book history and digital humanities. I have supervised MA dissertations on Jane Austen, the gothic and sensation fiction, and am currently supervising doctoral projects on Victorian fiction, literature and science, and the nineteenth-century book trade.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Era (BA Year 2).
  • Gothic Fiction: The Victorians (BA Year 3).

Postgraduate teaching (MA)

  • Narrative and Nation: Politics, Gender and History, 1780–1830, co-taught with Dr Sophie Coulombeau.
  • Project Management and Advanced Research Skills, co-taught with Prof. Julia Thomas.

Previous courses taught

  • Independent Study (BA Yearr 2, 2007–09).
  • Jane Austen in Context (BA Year 2, 2001–12).
  • The Novel in the Romantic Age: Austen and Scott (BA Year 2, 2012–14)
  • Gothic and Culture, 1764-1911 (BA Year 3, 2013–14)
  • Project Management and Research (BA Year 3, 2013–14)
  • Sensation Fiction (BA Year 3, 2006–15).
  • Victorian Sensation and Supernaturalism (BA Year 3, 2012–13)
  • Textual and Bibliographical Studies (MA, 2001–14).
  • The Popular Novel in the Age of Austen (MA, 2002–10).

My research focuses principally on nineteenth-century literature and its engagement with contemporary print culture. I am also interested in the gothic, book history and digital humanities. I am Director of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research at Cardiff, and have developed a number of digital resources, including two databases, a bibliography of fiction 1830–1836 and an online journal (Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840).

I have written books and essays on Jane Austen, the gothic, print culture and contemporary fiction. In 2009, I became one of the General Editors of The New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, which is to be published in 39 volumes: the first wave of volumes appeared from 2013.

Current and forthcoming research includes:

  • An invited book chapter on Jane Austen and digital culture.
  • An invited book chapter on the penny dreadful.
  • A monograph on gothic narrative and immersive play.
  • A co-authored reference book, The Palgrave History of Gothic Publishing: The Business of Gothic Fiction, 1764–1835.

I was also co-organiser of WISE: What Is Scholarly Editing?, funded by the AHRC's Collaborative Research Skills Development scheme. This comprised a series of workshops to be held in Cardiff, Durham and London between 2014 and 2015, in order to train doctoral students and Early Career Researchers in the theory and practice of editing. Since December 2015, I have been leading the development of a Digital Cultures Network at Cardiff University.

As well as academic research, since 2013, I have have been working as the academic lead in Hyde, an AHRC-funded knowledge-transfer project which adapts Stevenson's classic novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, into a pervasive media game driven by players’ bio-data.

Research interests

  • Romantic and Victorian fiction, particularly Jane Austen and Robert Louis Stevenson
  • gothic literature
  • book history and print culture
  • textual editing and bibliography
  • material cultures
  • digital humanities
  • literature and science
  • British–European literary exchanges.

I would welcome applications from potential graduate students interested in researching the following subjects:

  • book history, material cultures and digital humanities
  • popular fiction and/or print culture from 1780 to 1910
  • gothic literature and sensation fiction
  • Scottish literature
  • literature, science and medicine
  • Jane Austen, James Hogg, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson

Current supervision

Harriet Gordon

Research student

Alice Rowe

Research student

Past projects

Principal supervisor

  • Dewi Evans, ‘The Idea of the Book at the Fin de Si├Ęcle’ (awarded 2012).
  • Nicola Lloyd, ‘Sensibility and the Novel, 1800–36’ (awarded 2014).

Secondary supervisor

  • Victoria Gibbons, ‘Towards a Poetics of Titles: The Prehistory’ (awarded 2011).
  • Jessica George, ‘The “Other” in H. P. Lovecraft’ (awarded 2013).
  • Shayne Husbands, ‘The Roxburghe Club’ (awarded 2015).
  • Michael Goodman, ‘Shakespearean Illustration and the Archive, 1800–2011’ (awarded 2016).
  • Charlotte Boman, ‘Representations of Family Life in the Mid to Late Victorian period’ (awarded 2017).