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Tom Mole

McGill University

Department of English


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Tom Mole (Principal Investigator) is an assistant professor in the Department of English at McGill University. His book Byron's Romantic Celebrity: Industrial Culture and the Hermeneutic of Intimacy (Palgrave, 2007) argues that modern celebrity culture emerged in the early nineteenth century, and that Lord Byron should be studied as one of its earliest examples and most astute critics. Under that rubric he investigates the often strained interactions of artistic endeavour and commercial enterprise, the material conditions of Byron's publications, and the varieties of printed ephemera that supported celebrity profiles. This project was funded by an FQRSC grant for nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs. Mole has also edited one volume in a six-volume set of Blackwood's Magazine 1817-1825: Selections from Maga's Infancy (Pickering and Chatto, 2006). This is the first time extensive and fully annotated selections from this important nineteenth-century literary journal have been published. His current project, funded by SSHRC, explores Byron's reception in the later nineteenth century, focussing on his mediation to new audiences through such print objects as illustrated editions and anthologies.

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