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Professor David Skilton - MA (Cantab) MLitt (Cantab) FRSA FEA

Overview

Professor David Skilton Position: Emeritus Professor Email: Skilton@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74040
Extension: 74040
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

English Literature

Research Interests

Illustration Studies; Victorian literature; Nineteenth-century illustrated texts; Anthony Trollope; Gustave Doré; the art and literature of London; Digital Humanities; the Capture, curation and processing of bimedial texts.

Selected Publications

‘Tourists at the Ruins of London: the metropolis and the struggle for empire.’ Cercles: revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone 17 (2007), 93-119.

‘“Sweet Thames, run softly”: the Construction of a Clean River.’ Literary London Journal: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London 5 (March 2007).

‘“When Dreams Are Coming”: Wordsworth, Jefferies and Visions of the London Crowd.’ In Lawrence Phillips (ed.), A Mighty Mass of Brick and Smoke: Victorian and Edwardian Representations of London, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007.

‘Sites Unseen: the Visibility and Invisibility of Monuments.’ In Ed. Astradur Eysteinsson. The Cultural Reconstruction of Places. Reykjavik: University of Iceland Press, 2007, pp. 165-77.

‘The Centrality of Illustration in Victorian Visual Culture: the example of Millais and Trollope, 1860-64.’ Journal of Illustration Studies 1 (December 2007).

‘“Depth of Portraiture”: What should distinguish a Victorian Man from a Victorian Woman?’ In M. Marwick et al, The Politics of Gender in Trollope. (London: Ashgate: 2008  CUP x 2

‘Anthony Trollope’ in The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists, ed. Adrian Poole (Cambridge University Press; 2009), pp. 210-24.

‘The Construction of Masculinities’ in ed. Carolyn Dever and Lisa Niles. The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope. (Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 128-41.

‘Gustave Doré’s London /Londres: Empire and Post-Imperial Ruin’, forthcoming, Word and Image (2013)

Publications

Anthony Trollope and his Contemporaries: a study in the theory and conventions of mid-Victorian fiction, (Longman and St Martin's; 1972; and Macmillan 1996)

Defoe to the Victorians: two centuries of the English novel (Penguin, 1985).

The early and mid-Victorian Novel
, (Routledge 1993).

Journal of Illustration Studies (JOIS), a founding editor 2007 -

General Editor of the complete novels of Anthony Trollope, the Trollope Society, and Pickering & Chatto, 48 vols, 1988- 2000 with original illustrations.

Anthony Trollope, An Autobiography, new transcription of the MS, with textual and explanatory notes (Penguin Classics, 1996).

‘Georg Brandes, English literature and British parliamentary democracy’, in H. Hertel et al (eds.),
The Activist Critic: a symposium on the political attitudes, and literary methods of Georg Brandes (Copenhagen: Orbis Litterarum; 1980), pp. 36-48.

'Some Victorian readings of American fiction', in T. Frank et al (eds.), The Origins and Originality of American Culture (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó; 1985), pp. 113-20

'The Trollope Reader', in J. Hawthorn (ed.),
The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
(Stratford-upon-Avon Studies, Edward Arnold; 1986), pp. 143-56

‘Georg Brandes and the English novel’, Proceedings of the Conference of British Scandinavists, 1985 (Lampeter, 1986).

‘Schoolboy Latin and the mid-Victorian novelist : a study in reader competence’, Browning Institute Studies 16 (1988), 39-55.

‘The Relation between Illustration and Text in the Victorian Novel: A New Perspective’. In ed. Daly, Höltgen and Lottes, Word and Visual Imagination. Studies in the Interaction of English Literature and the Visual Arts. Erlangen Forschungen 43 (1988), pp. 303-25.

‘Contemplating the Ruins of London: Macaulay’s New Zealander and Others’. Literary London Journal: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London (March 2004)

“From Venice and New Zealand to the Thames: Ruin and the Loss of Empire”. . In ed. Adriana Corrado and Maurizio Ascari, Sites of Exchange: European Crossroads and Faultlines. (Amersterdam: Rodopi, 2006), pp. 131-40.

‘The Centrality of Illustration in Victorian Visual Culture: the example of Millais and Trollope,
1860-64.’
Journal of Illustration Studies 1 (December 2007).

‘Poetic Prophecy and the American Revolution: Tourists at the Ruins of London’. In ed. Stephanos Stephanides, Cultures of Memory/Memories of Culture. (Nicosia:University of Nicosia Press, 2007), pp. 285- 307.

‘Sites Unseen: the Visibility and Invisibility of Monuments’. In ed. Astradur Eysteinsson. The Cultural Reconstruction of Places. (Reykjavik: University of Iceland Press, 2007), pp. 165-7.

‘“Sweet Thames, run softly”: the Construction of a Clean River’, Literary London Journal: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London 5 (March 2007).

‘Tourists at the Ruins of London: the Metropolis and the Struggle for Empire’. Cercles: revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone 17 (2007), 93-119(.

“When Dreams Are Coming”: Tennyson, Wordsworth, Jefferies and Visions of the London Crowd’. In ed. Lawrence Phillips, A Mighty Mass of Brick and Smoke. (Amersterdam: Rodopi, 2007).

‘Anthony Trollope’ in The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists, ed. Adrian Poole (Cambridge University Press; 2009), pp. 210-24.

‘“Depth of Portraiture”: What should distinguish a Victorian Man from a Victorian Woman?’ in The Politics of Gender in Trollope, ed. Margaret Marwick, Deborah Morse and Regenia Gagnier (London: Ashgate, 2009), pp.207-20

‘The Construction of Masculinities’ in ed. Carolyn Dever and Lisa Niles. The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope. (Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 128-41.

‘Gustave Doré’s London /Londres: Empire and Post-Imperial Ruin’, forthcoming, Word and Image (2013)

Research

I have several complementary strands to my current research:

  • illustration, and in particular meaning production by words and images working together in the privileged environment of an illustrated work of literature
  • the development of digital tools for the processing of bimedial texts
  • anticipated ruins: vision of London in ruins in the future.

My principal research interests have been Victorian, and I am best known for work on fiction, especially Anthony Trollope, for whose collected novels, published by the Trollope Society in forty-eight volumes, I was general editor.

In recent years I have worked on the art and literature of London, with particular emphasis on modes of urban vision and the multiplicity of urban narratives. I am preparing a book on visions of London in ruins. The other main strand of my research is in illustration and illustrated texts, and I am one of the founding editors of the Journal of Illustration Studies, which is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal devoted to the systematic study of literary illustration as a discipline in its own right, having its own subject-matter and its own critical and scholarly methods. I was co-investigator in the AHRC-funded project, A Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration (DMVI), and held an AHRC grant for a series of illustration workshops run in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum under the title “Literary Illustration: Conservation, Access, Use” (LICAU).

I am currently collaborating on the development of digital tools and digital research platforms capable of processing text and image together.

 

Biography

As one of the founders and later the Chair of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, I encouraged work at the intersection of book history, cultural history, and textual and editorial studies, and helped advance the application of ICT in these fields.
I was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Copenhagen, and held posts at Stockholm, Glasgow and Lampeter before becoming Head of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University in 1988, where I was also Pro Vice-Chancellor 1992-96.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the English Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts