Director: Dr Julia Thomas; Associate Director: Dr Anthony Mandal
The Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) was established in October 1997 as an interdisciplinary unit based in Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Its aim is to combine traditional scholarly skills with modern technological methodologies in order to investigate various aspects of the history of the book and material cultures. The interests of members of the Centre range from medieval studies to postmodern aesthetics, and they have employed both academic and digital resources while working on a number of significant editorial and bibliographical projects, including the creation of bilbliographic databases and electronic journals.
Over the past decade, CEIR has developed a number of online resources focusing principally on nineteenth-century literature, among them a database of fiction 1800–29, a bibliography of the novel 1830–36 and a database of mid-Victorian wood engravings. More recently, the Centre has linked up with the Wales–Ireland project in the School, and it is one of the key institutions involved in the preparation of a landmark scholarly edition of the collected works of Robert Louis Stevenson, which commenced in 2009 and will complete in 2020. CEIR also hosts two online journals: Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 and the Journal of Illustration Studies (JOIS).
In addition to research projects and publications, CEIR also runs a regular speaker programme on behalf of English Literature and offers a variety of facilities for members in order to support research, teaching and the creation of electronic resources. The Centre also supports advanced graduate training in editing, book history, illustration studies and material cultures as part of the MA and PhD in English Literature, as well as running interdisciplinary workshops on material cultures and the long nineteenth century across the University.