Dr Wim Van Mierlo

  • UG Programme Leader (English)
  • Senior Lecturer in English

Since joining Loughborough in 2015, I have contributed to the teaching on the Publishing and English programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am Programme Director for Publishing, Digital Lead for the School of the Arts, English and Drama; and co-leader of DH@Lboro, our digital humanities research group.

Although much of my work has hitherto concentrated on 'Modernism' and the early twentieth century, my interests range across the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Authors I have published on are William Wordsworth, W. B. Yeats, T. Sturge Moore, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Thomas Pynchon and Fred D'aguiar. My primary area of expertise is in the study of literary manuscripts and archives, but I also work on textual scholarship and scholarly editing, reception history, literary history and literary heritage, marginalia, writers' libraries, digital humanities, poetry, Irish studies, and photography.

I am also President of the European Society for Textual Scholarship and Editor of the Society’s journal Variants.

I am the module convener for Introduction to Publishing, Text, Editing and Design; From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions; and Authors, Publishers and their Readers, 1700-1939.  I also contribute to Modernisms, How to Do Things with Digital Texts, and Text and Technologies (MA).

I am currently working on three, separate projects: a monograph on James Joyce and his relationship with the Irish Revival; a second book, The Archaeology of the Poem, which aims to understand comparatively how poetic creation works (and is reflected) in the manuscripts of poets from William Wordsworth to Ted Hughes; a scholarly edition (with Chrissie Van Mierlo) of May Sinclair’s The Combined Maze for Edinburgh University Press.

My publications include:

Scholarly editions

  • W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, Where There is Nothing and The Unicorn from the Stars: Manuscript Materials.  Cornell Yeats Series.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012.

Edited volumes

  • Genitricksling Joyce (co-edited with Sam Slote)European Joyce Studies 9. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999).
  • Reading Notes (co-edited with Dirk Van Hulle), a special issue of Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship,2/3 (2004).
  • The Reception of James Joyce in Europe (co-edited with Geert Lernout) (London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004)
  • Textual Scholarship and the Material Book, a special issue of Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, 6 (2007).


  • “Reading Joyce in and out of the Archive”. Joyce Studies Annual, vol. 13, 2002, pp. 32-63, doi: 10.1353/joy.2002.0007.
  • “Reading W. B. Yeats: The Marginalia of T. Sturge Moore”. Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, vol. 2/3, 2004, pp. 135–71.
  • “The Greater Ireland beyond the Sea: Joyce, Exile and Irish Emigration”. Joyce, Ireland and Britain, edited by Len Platt and Andrew Gibson. University Press of Florida, 2007, pp.178-197.
  • “’I have met you too late’: James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and the Making of Chamber Music”, Writing Modern Ireland, edited by Catherine E. Paul, special issue of South Carolina Review, 43, pp.50-73.
  • “Reflections on Textual Editing in the Time of the History of the Book”, Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, 10, pp.133-161.
  • “The Archaeology of the Manuscript: Towards Modern Palaeography”. The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation, edited by Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead, Ashgate, 2013, pp. 15–29.
  • “James Joyce and the Middlebrow”. New Quotatoes: Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age, edited by Ronan Crowley and Dirk Van Hulle, European Joyce Studies 25. Brill, 2016, pp. 141–62, doi:10.1163/9789004319622_010.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5324-4119

Twitter: @wvmierlo

I am Advisory Editor of the James Joyce Quarterly; and of The Collected Works of Wyndham (Oxford University Press, gen. ed. Paul Edwards).  I am also a member of the Project Management Board of the AHRC-funded Aphra Behn in the Digital Age project.

In 2014-15 I was the Principal Investigator of WISE: What Is Scholarly Editing? a Phd/ECR training network funded by the AHRC.

I regularly offer training in modern palaeography (post-1700) and scholarly editing.