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University of Leeds
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authorship, Charles Dickens, digital humanities, life writing, literary networks, media history, nineteenth-century literature, newspapers, periodicals, publishing, reception history, scholarly editing
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About Me

I am a digital humanist, literary scholar and cultural historian with research interests in Charles Dickens, scholarly editing, transatlantic news exchange in the nineteenth-century, and life writing, literary circles and commemoration. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow on the Leverhulme-funded ‘Society of Authors, 1884-1914’ project at the University of Leeds.

I’m interested in why certain authors get remembered and how. I’ve published on Dickens’s legacy in different forms, from the word ‘Dickensian’ to Dickens on the big and small screen.

I’m also fascinated by the role new technologies can play in approaching the past. I’ve published on major digital collections of nineteenth-century newspapers, and I’m co-editor of the Curran Index to Victorian Periodicals. I’m developing a social network visualisation of the members of the Society of Authors, and I’m a fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute. I also edit Dickens’s letters for

Recent Publications
  • ‘Writing the Death of Dickens.’ Victoriographies 10.3 (2020): 270-91.
  • ‘Dickens, Death and Afterlives: Introduction.’ With Claire Wood. Victoriographies 10.3 (2020): 213-227.
  • The Atlas of Digitised Newspapers & Metadata: Reports from Oceanic Exchanges. Ed. M. H. Beals and Emily Bell. Loughborough University, 2020. DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.11560059.
  • Map of Digitised Newspaper Metadata v.1.0.0. M. H. Beals and Emily Bell. Loughborough, 2020. DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.11560110.
  • Dickens After Dickens. Ed. Emily Bell with a foreword by Juliet John. White Rose UP, 2020. DOI:10.22599/DickensAfterDickens.
  • ‘Of Global Reach Yet of Situated Contexts: An Examination of the Implicit and Explicit Selection Criteria that Shape Digital Archives of Historical Newspapers.’ Tessa Hauswedell, Julianne Nyhan, M. H. Beals, Melissa Terras and Emily Bell. Archival Science 20.2 (2020): 139–65.
  • ‘Evidence and Invention: The Materials of Literary Biography.’ A Companion to Literary Biography. Ed. Richard Bradford. Wiley & Blackwell. 309-23. 2018.
  • ‘Dickens, Mary Angela.’ Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction. Ed. Kevin A. Morrison. McFarland & Co., Inc. 2018.
  • ‘Crime and Detection in Oliver Twist.’ The Dickens Magazine 8.3 (2018): 24-25.
  • ‘The Dickens Family, the Boz Club and the Fellowship.’ The Dickensian 113.3 (2017): 219-32.
  • ‘A Lost Autobiographical Sketch.’ Wilkie Collins Journal 14 (2017).
  • ‘Blogging in Humanities Teaching.’ Forum: Enhancing Learning & Teaching 40 (2016): 18-19.
  • ‘Zola, Emile.’ Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. Taylor and Francis, May 2016.
  • Peer English: (Re)Negotiating Victorian Biography (2015) with Emma Butcher. Introduction: 5-10.
Media Coverage
As consultant: Homeschool History
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Family, Literary History, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Public History, Technology