College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Victorian Studies
James is a PhD candidate interested in the relations between the Victorian sensation novel, physiology and temporality, which he intends to foreground by focusing on instances of delay, disruption, and hesitation in this sub-genre.
The project aims to critically juxtapose a number of distinct, yet interrelated, concerns: the scientific and cultural contexts of these texts; the reader's physiological responses to them; and the temporalities involved in the appearances of these novels as serials.
James completed his BA (Hons.) in English (First-Class) at the University of Exeter in 2014, and continued there to complete an MA (Distinction) in 2015; his dissertation considered the representations of food adulteration in mid- to late Victorian Britain. This interest in the period and in the body was taken further with a successful application to the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), who are fully funding his current doctoral project, co-supervised at the universities of Exeter and Reading.
James is the Book Reviews Editor for the interdisciplinary journal Literature & History, published biannually by SAGE. He is also a Research Assistant for the COVE, an innovative, scholar-driven project for publishing peer-reviewed Victorian material. As well, James is a freelance copy-editor for a private provider of health and social care policies.