Dr Wim Van Mierlo
- Dr Wim Van Mierlo
- University of Antwerp (BA, MA) and University of Miami (PhD, 1997)
- Acting Director
- Institute of English Studies
- The Institute of English Studies School of Advanced Study University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
- 020 7862 8675
- Email address:
Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- English Literature, History of the book, Irish Studies, Manuscript studies, Modernism, Romanticism
- Europe, Ireland, North America
- Summary of research interests and expertise:
I am the Acting Director of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advacend Study. My research broadly treats the production, transmission and reception of English literary works from 1700 onwards, with a specific focus on the Romantic period, the late nineteenth century, and the early twentieth century (including Modernism). I have published on James Joyce, T. Sturge Moore, Flann O'Brien, Thomas Pynchon, and W. B. Yeats, and on aspects of textual editing, historical bibliography and book history; modern literary manuscripts, reception history, literary history and canon formation, the study of marginalia, reading notes and writers' libraries; migration and Irish literature, and historical representations in twentieth-century fiction in English.
I am the Editor of Variants: the Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship. Together with Gail McDonald (Goldsmiths College, University of London, I direct the annual T.S. Eliot International Summer School, and I convene the Textual Scholarship Seminar.
Spoken Written German Intermediate - French Intermediate - Other Fluent Fluent Other: Dutch
- Publication Details
Date Details 01-Jan-2013 Reflections on Textual Editing in the Time of the History of the Book
Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship 10 (2013): 133-161.
13-Sep-2013 The Archaeology of the Manuscript: Towards Modern Palaeography
"The Archaeology of the Manuscript: Towards Modern Palaeography", in The Boundaries of the Literary Archives: Reclamation and Representation, ed. by Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 15-29.
01-Jan-2013 Review of the Manuscript of Great Expectations: from the Townshend Collection, Wisbech
Review of the Manuscript of Great Expectations: from the Townshend Collection, Wisbech, Variants 10 (2013): 295-296.
21-Sep-2012 A Biblioteca Particular de Fernando Pessoa/Fernando Pessoa's Private Library (2010). Edição de Jéronimo Pizarro, Patricio Ferrari e Antonio Cardiello. Lisboa: D. Quixote
Pessoa Plural: Revista de Estudas Pessoanes/A Journal of Fernando Pessoa Studies 2 (Fall 2012): http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Portuguese_Brazilian_Studies/ejph/pessoaplural/index.html
28-Jun-2012 W.B. Yeats, Where There is Nothing and the Unicorn from the Stars: Manuscript Materials
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (The Introduction to this edition is available from SAS-Space)
01-Jan-2012 “For polemypolity’s sake”: Editing Finnegans Wake — A Consideration and Review
“For polemypolity’s sake”: Editing Finnegans Wake — A Consideration and Review. Review of Finnegans Wake, ed. Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon, Genetic Joyce Studies, 12 (Spring 2012)<http://www.geneticjoycestudies.org/>
01-Jan-2011 Editing the Wake
Review of Finnegans Wake, ed. Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon, James Joyce Literary Supplement, 25.2 (Fall 2011): 6-9.
01-Jan-2011 Review of Our Secret Discipline, by Helen Vendler.
Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen163.1 (2011): 205-207.
01-Jan-2010 “‘I have met you too late’: James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and the Making of Chamber Music”
Writing Modern Ireland, ed. by Catherine Paul, special issue of South Carolina Review 43.1(2010), 50-73.
01-Jan-2008 “James Joyce: Author Timeline”
The Literary Enccylopedia, The Literary Dictionary Company, Autumn 2008
01-Jan-2007 “James Joyce and Caradoc Evans”
Genetic Joyce Studies 7 (Spring 2007)
01-Jan-2007 Textual Scholarship and the Material Book
A special issue of Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship 6 (2007).
01-Jan-2007 'The Subject Notebook: A Nexus in the Composition History of Ulysses -A Preliminary Analysis'
Genetic Joyce Studies 7 (Spring 2007)
01-Jan-2006 'The Greater Ireland beyond the Sea: James Joyce, Exile, and Irish Emigration'
Joyce, Ireland, Britain. Eds. Andrew Gibson and Len Platt. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006
01-Jan-2006 'Stemmatics, Genetics, and the Genealogy of James Joyce's Later Works'
The Evolution of Texts: Confronting Stemmatological and Genetical Methods. Eds. Caroline Macé, Philippe Baret, Andrea Bozzi et al. Pisa, Roma: Institute Editoriali e Poligrafica Internazionale, 2006.
The Literary Encyclopedia , The Literary Dictionary Company, 18 February 2006.
The Literary Encyclopedia. The Literary Dictionary Company, 10 April 2006.
01-Jan-2005 "Fred D'Aguiar"
Post-War Literatures in English: A Lexicon of Contemporary Authors, Groningen: Martinus Nijhoff, September 2005.
01-Jan-2004 "Samuel Beckett", "Seamus Heaney", "James Joyce"
Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Twentieth Century, 1914-2000, ed. John Powell, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004.
01-Jan-2004 Reading Notes (ed.)
Variants: Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship 2/3
01-Jan-2004 The Reception of James Joyce in Europe (eds.)
London: Continuum, 2004.
01-Jan-2004 'Reading W.B. Yeats: The Marginalia of T. Sturge Moore'
Reading Notes, eds. Dirk Van Hulle and Wim Van Mierlo, Special issue of Variants: Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship 2/3 (2004).
01-Jan-2003 'Pynchon, Postmodernism and Quantification: An Empirical Content Analysis of Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow'
Language and Literature 12 (February 2003): 27-41 [Co-authors: Luc Herman, Robert Hogenraad].
01-Jan-2002 'Reading Joyce in and out of the Archive'
Joyce Studies Annual 2002. Ed. Thomas F. Staley. Austin: University of Austin Press, 2002.
01-Jan-2002 "Neutral Auxiliaries and Universal Idioms: Otto Jespersen in 'Work in Progress'"
James Joyce: The Study of Languages, ed. Dirk Van Hulle, New Comparative Poetics 6, Brussels: PEI/Peter Lang, 2002, 55-70. [Co-author: Erika Rosiers].
01-Jan-2002 'Catholicism, Nationalism, and Exile: Sheed and Ward's Irish Way in VI.B.34'
Genetic Joyce Studies 2 (Spring 2002), On-line [Co-author: Ingeborg Landuyt]
01-Jan-2001 'Spatial Memory in David Bradley's Chaneysville Incident and Fred D'Aguiar's Dear Future: New Literatures, History, and Literary History'
Convergences and Interferences: Newness in Intercultural Practices, eds. Kathleen Gyssels, Isabel Hoving and Maggie Bowers, Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race 8, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001.
01-Jan-2001 "Flann O'Brien"
Post-War Literatures in English: A Lexicon of Contemporary Authors, Groningen: Martinus Nijhoff, [June] 2001, 1-20
01-Jan-2000 "Tropologie en Geschiedenis in het Werk van de Franse Fotograaf Nadar"
Obscuur 6.18 (December 2000): 28-37.
01-Jan-1999 'Finnegans Wake and the Question of Histry!?
Genitricksling Joyce, eds. Sam Slote and Wim Van Mierlo, European Joyce Studies 9, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999, 43-64.
01-Jan-1999 Genitricksling Joyce (ed.)
European Joyce Studies 9. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999
01-Jan-1998 'Indexing the Buffalo Notebooks: Genetic Criticism and the Construction of Evidence'
Writing Its Own Wrunes For Ever: Essays in Joycean Genetics, eds. Daniel Ferrer and Claude Jacquet, Tusson, France: Du Lérot.
01-Jan-1997 'The Freudful Couchmare Revisited: Contextualizing Joyce and the New Psychology'
Joyce Studies Annual 1997, ed. Thomas F. Staley, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.
01-Jan-1994 'Traffic in Transit: Some Spatio-Temporal Elements in Finnegans Wake'
"Finnegans Wake": Teems of Times, ed. Andrew Treip. European Joyce Studies 4. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994. 107-17.
01-Jan-1993 'Paul van Ostaijens 'Verkeerde' Wereld: Een Vlaamse Vorm van Sade'
Er Waart een Spook door 't Huis: 9 Opstellen over Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, Ed. Kris Humbeeck, Restant 21.1 (1993): 97-133.
01-Jan-1992 "St. Martin of Tours"
A Finnegans Wake Circular 7 (1991-92): 29-44.
- Research Projects & Supervisions
Current PhD topics supervised:
Dates Details From: 03-Oct-2011
Literature as History: Finding Fiction’s Place in the History of the American Midwest by Corntey Napurski
Co-supervised with Professor Iwan Morgan (ISA)
The Perception of British Literature in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) by Volker Jansen
Co-supervised by Patrick Major, Professor of Modern History at the University of Reading
Dislocation: regarding Dante in T.S. Eliot by Carey A. Karmel
Available for doctoral supervision: Yes
- Professional Affiliations
Name Activity European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) International James Joyce Foundation bieannial conference; newsletter; website Group for Literary Manuscripts and Archives (GLAM) bi-annual meeting; website T.S. Eliot Society annual meeting; newsletter; website Association for Archives and Manuscripts in Research Collections (AMARC) annual meeting; newsletter; grants Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM) Seminars, Publications
Name Type Activity Start date End date The Arrow of Gold - a scholarly edition Research Commissioned scholarly edition for the Cambridge Conrad Edition, co-edited with Robert Hampson (RHUL) 01-Nov-2011
- Relevant Events
Date Details 06-Jul-2013 T. S. Eliot International Summer School
Executive director of the 5th annual T.S. Eliot International Summer School was held 6-14 July 2013. Delivered a lecture on "Eliot's London" and led a seminar on The Making of the Waste Land.
15-Mar-2013 Writers and their Libraries: an International Conference
This conference held on 15-16 March 2013 at the Institute of English Studies (SAS, University of London) on the History of Reading brought together scholars working on the private libraries of some of the major literary figures in world literature. The aim of the conference was to explore reading habits, note-taking practices, marginalia and other traces of reading experience and book collecting in a comparative context. At the same time, the conference offered a forum for the discussion of theories and methodologies that underpin this kind of research, as well as the problems and challenges of reclaiming, representing and editing the evidence of reading writers and writing readers from the archive. The Twitter hashtag for this conference was #writerslibs and the blog http://writersandtheirlibraries.wordpress.com/.
16-Mar-2013 Revision in the Margins: T. Sturge Moore and the Social Theory of Reading
Writers and their Libraries: an International Conference, Institute of English Studies, London, 15-16 March 2013
22-Nov-2013 Variance in textual scholarship and genetic criticism/La variance en philologie et dans la critique génétique
The 10th annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, École Normale supérieure, Paris, 22-24 November 2013.
12-Oct-2013 Vision and Revision in the Manuscripts of William Wordsworth and W. B. Yeats
"Fasioning the Fictive: Literary Creation from Inspiration to Publication, 20th and 21st Century British and Irish Novels, Short Stories and Poems. An international joint conference EMMA-ITEM, Universite Paul Valery - Montpellier 3, 11-12 October 2013.
28-May-2013 (Re)Presenting texts and things: curation, editing and public engagement
Roundtable presentation at (Re)Presenting the Archive Conference, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 28 May 2013
23-Nov-2012 Documenting the Fundamentals
"Editing Fundamentals: Historical and Literary Paradigms in Source Editing", Ninth Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22-24 November 2012
25-Jan-2012 The Making of the Waste Land
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Seminar, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, 25 January 2012
27-Apr-2012 Unlocking the Literary Heritage: Digital Tools for Analyzing and Interpreting Manuscripts
Words on the Page, and the Meanings Beyond: The Innovative Interpretation of Manuscripts, 26-27 April 2012, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
01-Jan-2012 Unlocking the Literary Heritage: Digital Tools for Analyzing and Interpreting Manuscripts
"Unlocking the Literary Heritage: Digital Tools for Analyzing and Interpreting Manuscripts". Paper presented at Words on the Page, and the Meanings Beyond: The Innovative Interpretation of Manuscripts, 26-27 April, 2012, Jerwood Centre, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
01-Jan-2012 Transcribing and Editing Documents: Palaeography after 1700
Research training event at the London Palaeography Summer School, 22 June 2012, Institute of English Studies
01-Jan-2012 T.S. Eliot International Summer School
Executive director of the T.S. Eliot International Summer School, 7-15 July 2012, Institute of English Studies
01-Jan-2012 The Making of the Waste Land
Research Training seminar for the T.S. Eliot International Summer School, 7-15 July 2012, Institute of English Studies
09-Jul-2012 “‘These Fragments I Have Shored against my Ruins’: Another Look at the Manuscripts and Typescripts of The Waste Land”
Lecture delivered at the T.S. Eliot International Summer School, 9 July 2012, Institute of English Studies
01-Jan-2012 "What do users of literary archives want, and what obstacles do they perceive exist"
Presentation at the Diasporic Archives network, 7-8 June 2012, University of Reading.
05-Oct-2012 How Eclectic Can You Be? The Cambridge Conrad Edition and Current Textual Theory
St. Mary’s Conrad Colloquia on Textual Studies: Colloquium 3, 5 October 2012, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham (London)
06-Nov-2012 Tracking Creativity in the Archive: Understanding Literary Manuscripts
Archives and Texts Seminar, University of Reading, 6 November 2012
23-Nov-2011 Reflections on Textual Editing in the Time of the History of the Book
Eighth Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, in association with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Germanistische Edition on Inter-National and Inter-Disciplinary Aspects of Scholarly Editing, University of Bern, 15-18 February 2012.
01-Jan-2011 Eliot/Pound—Collaborators: Influence and Confluence in The Waste Land
Paper given at 32nd Annual Meeting of the T. S. Eliot Society, Paris Institut du Monde Anglophone,
Université Paris III Sorbonne nouvelle, 18–22 July 2011
01-Jan-2011 How to Work with Modern Manuscripts in a Digital Environment — Some Desiderata
Paper given at ‘Digital Resources for Palaeography’ Symposium, Kings College London, 5 September 2011
01-Jan-2011 The Future Perfect of the Book
One-day colloquium, with support from the Book History Research Network, co-organized with Cynthia Johnston, 25 November 2011.
01-Jan-2011 “The Archaeology of the Poem”
Paper given as part of the Dean's Seminar, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
01-Jan-2011 “was it for this”: Unlocking Creativity in the Early Manuscripts of The Prelude
Innovative Interpretation of Manuscripts conference, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.
01-Jan-2011 ''I sing whatever is well made': a workshop on W B Yeat's Method of Composition'
Seminar given at King's College London Poetry Reading Group
01-Jan-2011 "T. Sturge Moore: Man of Letters"
Lecture, at SHeLF: Friends of the Senate House Library, University of London.
01-Jan-2011 Modern Literary Manuscripts
Research Training given at London Rare Books School, IES, University of London.
01-Jan-2011 Pound-ing Eliot: Re-assessing The Waste Land Typescripts
24th Ezra Pound International Conference: Erza Pound and London, IES
01-Jan-2011 T. Sturge Moore: Man of Letters
“T. Sturge Moore: Man of Letters”, Lecture for SHelF: Friends of the Senate House Library, 24 May 2011, University of London.
01-Jan-2011 T.S. Eliot International Summer School
Executive director of the 3rd annual T.S. Eliot International Summer School was held 9-16 July 2011. Led a seminar on The Making of the Waste Land.
01-Jan-2010 Walter de la Mare and T. Sturge Moore: Literary Champions (w/ Karen Attar)
Joint Curator (with Karen Attar) of Exhibition at Senate House Library, University of London.
01-Jan-2010 “The Archaeology of the Poem”
Reclamation and Representation: The Boundaries of the Literary Archive conference at University of Exeter
01-Jan-2010 "The T.Sturge Moore Collections at Senate House Library"
Lecture given at Senate House Library, University of London.
01-Jan-2010 "What Texts Are Too Difficult to Edit? A Case Study of Finnegans Wake"
Texts Worth Editing: 7th Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, Pisa.
01-Jan-2010 Palaeography and Post-Palaeography: Manuscripts from the 1st to the 21st Century
Joint Conference Organizer. Conference organized under the auspices of AMARC (w/ Michelle Brown).
01-Jan-2004 '"To Read the Same Book Twice is the Beginning of Wisdom": T. Sturge Moore's Annotated Copies of W. B. Yeats'
'"To Read the Same Book Twice is the Beginning of Wisdom": T. Sturge Moore's Annotated Copies of W. B. Yeats', Innovations in Book History, The White Rose Book History Seminar, University of Leeds, 21 January 2004
01-Jan-2004 "Exile or Emigrant? James Joyce and the Irish Diaspora"
"Exile or Emigrant? James Joyce and the Irish Diaspora", Irish Studies Seminar, University of London, 19 May 2004.
01-Jan-2004 "Jews, Jesus, Weininger, and Words: New NOtes for Ulysses"
"Jews, Jesus, Weininger, and Words: New NOtes for Ulysses", Bloomsday 100, 19th International James Joyce Symposium, Dublin, 12-19 June 2004.
01-Jan-2004 "Jews, Jesus, Weininger, and Words: New Notes for Ulysses"
"Jews, Jesus, Weininger, and Words: New NOtes for Ulysses", Bloomsday 100, 19th International James Joyce Symposium, Dublin, 12-19 June 2004.
01-Jan-2004 "Biographical Iconographies in Richard Hampton's Carrington"
"Biographical Iconographies in Richard Hampton's Carrington", Back to Bloomsbury, 14th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of London, 23-26 June 2004.
01-Jan-2004 "Endogenetic and Exogenetic Criticism: James Joyce's Notes for Ulysses and Finnegans Wake"
"Endogenetic and Exogenetic Criticism: James Joyce's Notes for Ulysses and Finnegans Wake", Textual Critics and Genetics: Confronting Methods, Universite Catholique de Louvain-la-neuve, 1-2 September 2004.
01-Jan-2003 "Postexilic Joyce"
"Postexilic Joyce", The James Joyce Annual Summer School 2003, University College Dublin
01-Jan-2003 "In the Margins: W B Yeats, T. Sturge Moore, and the Patterns of Reading"
"In the Margins: W B Yeats, T. Sturge Moore, and the Patterns of Reading". Dean's Seminar, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 12 November 2003
01-Jan-2003 "James Joyce and the Irish Diaspora", Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education Conference (BAAHE),
"James Joyce and the Irish Diaspora", Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education Conference (BAAHE), University of Ghent, 22 November 2003
Other editing/publishing activities:
Date Details 2013 Variants: the Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship
Variants, the peer-reviewed journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarhip, is published annually. The first number was published in 2002 by Brepols. From the second volume onwards, a double issue (2/3) on Reading Notes, the journal was published in association with Rodopi.
Knowledge transfer activities:
Details MSS: Modern Manuscript Studies
A blogspot devoted to raising awareness about the relevance of studying modern manuscripts and literary drafts to literary history and the history of the book.
Writers and their Libraries
A blog accompanying the Writers and their Libraries conference at the Institute of English Studies, 15-16 March 2013.
- Consultancy & Media
- Available for consultancy:
- Media experience: