Simon Frost

Dr Simon Frost

  • Principal Academic in English
  • Weymouth House W314, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Simon studied and received his Masters and Phd in Denmark, pursuing a career in publishing, translation and arts before academia, joining Bournemouth University in September 2012 as Senior Lecturer in English. Simon is a senior editor for Oxford University Press ORE (Oxford Research Encyclopaedia) and is on the editorial board of two French and one international (Anthem) book series.

He has published with Johns Hopkins, Palgrave Macmillan, Rodopi, Wiley-Blackwell, Chadwyck-Healey, for less well-known publishers in France, Holland, Denmark, Poland and South Africa, and has lectured at Harvard. His previous monograph was reviewed in the TLS, and his forthcoming monograph, Reading, Wanting and Broken Economics will be published by SUNY Press (2020). Simon has strong global networks and is currently an Executive Board member and Director of Transnational Affairs for SHARP, the Society for the History of Authorship Reading and Publishing, with responsibility for the society's global affairs and its ca...



Literature studies; print- and media history; material transmission of knowledge and of literature; cultural studies and theory; communication theories and strategies; reading history; history of economic discourse; technologies of literature (15th–21st centuries); gender and literary professionalization; textual studies; bibliography; transnationalism; film history; aesthetic theory and analysis; and pictorial analysis.


  • Frost, S., 2021. Reading, Wanting, and Broken Economics A Twenty-First-Century Study of Readers and Bookshops in Southampton Around 1900. Suny the History of Books, Pub.
  • Frost, S., 2014. “Economising in Public: publishing history as a challenge to scientific method”. Book History, 17, 365-379.

Journal Articles

  • Frost, S., 2023. “Economic Imaginings of Consumption in Book Retail: from a Monumental Logic to a (Passing) Political Moment?”. LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community.
  • Frost, S. and Madders, C., 2023. A Vast Amount of Strategy: Soviet Mapping, Neoliberal Publishing and Political Communication. Jounral of Promotonal Communication, 10.
  • Frost, S., 2023. Economic Imaginings of Consumption in Book Retail. LOGOS-JOURNAL OF THE WORLD PUBLISHING COMMUNITY, 34 (2), 16-25.
  • Frost, S., Mbah, M. and Eccles, S., 2018. Student Perceptions and Institutional Targets: the matches and mismatches of financial bursary support. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.
  • Frost, S., 2017. Othering ourselves: Re-reading Rudyard Kipling and 'The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes' (1885). NJES Nordic Journal of English Studies, 16 (2), 12-32.
  • Frost, S., 2017. Readers and retailed literature : Findings from a UK public high street survey of purchasers' expectations from books. Logos (Netherlands), 28 (2), 27-43.
  • Frost, S., 2016. Bespoke Bookselling for the 21st Century: John Smith’s and Current UK Higher Education. Book 2.0, 5 (1-2), 39-57.
  • Frost, S. and Hall, S., 2015. John Smith’s: historical perspectives and historical precedence. Book 2.0, 5, 27-37.
  • Frost, S., 2014. “Economising in Public: publishing history as a challenge to scientific method”. Book History, 17, 365-379.
  • Frost, S., 2014. Elettra Carbone & Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, eds. Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies, vol. 51, no. 2 (2012): “Nordic Publishing and Book History: Celebrating Scandinavica’s 50-year Jubilee 1962–2012”. London: Norvik Press, 2012. 298p. ISBN 9781909408043. £18.50 (paperback). SHARPNews, 23 (4), 19.
  • Frost, S., 2013. The Romanticization of Close Reading: Coleridge, Crusoe and the Case of the Missing Comma. Bibliologia: an international journal of bibliography, library science, history of typography and the book, 8, 85-110.
  • Frost, S., 2009. “Introduction to SHARP Copenhagen: A Nordic Conference of International Print Culture”. Library and Information History, 25 (3), 171-172.
  • Frost, S., 2009. A Toga Tale of Ingomar the Barbarian: from print and drawing rooms, to William Haggar, Fairgrounds and Hollywood. Publishing History: the social, economic and literary history of book, newspaper, and magazine publishing, 7-30.
  • Frost, S., 2009. “Shopping Beyond the Parenthesis: an equivalence of books and bottled ketchup”. Orbis Litterarum: international review of literary studies, 64 (2), 81-103.
  • Frost, S., 2008. The Good in a Little Fiction. English in Africa, 35 (1), 45-66.
  • Frost, S., 2007. “Masterworks and Merchandise: Showing off the Goods of Middlemarch”. Variants: the journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, 6, 223-242.
  • Frost, S., 2007. “‘A handsome volume’: fra litteraturhistorie til den litterære teksts sociologi”. Passage, 57, 29-45.
  • Frost, S., 2007. “A World Elsewhere: Orality, Manuscript and Print Culture in Colonial and Post Colonial Cultures”. SHARP News, 16 (3), 3-4.


  • Frost, S., 2021. Reading, Wanting, and Broken Economics A Twenty-First-Century Study of Readers and Bookshops in Southampton Around 1900. Suny the History of Books, Pub.
  • Frost, S., 2012. Business of the Novel. Pickering and Chatto.
  • Frost, S. and Rix, R., 2010. Introduction: moveable type, mobile nations. Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen.
  • Frost, S., 2008. Football with the Foe. University Press of Southern Denmark.
  • Frost, S., 2006. Gymnastics and politics Niels Bukh and male aesthetics. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press.


  • Frost, S., 2023. Readers, Markets and a Packet of Literary Media, please – efferent readers and their ordering of a new economics. In: Ensslin, A., Round, J. and Thomas, B., eds. Routledge Companion to Literary Media. Routledge.
  • Frost, S., 2015. Public Gains and Literary Goods: A Coeval Tale of Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, and Francis Marion Crawford. Transitions in Middlebrow Writing, 1880-1930. 37-56.
  • Frost, S., 2015. “A trade in desires: emigration, A.C. Gunter and the Home Publishing Company – calls for a user-oriented model”. In: Wilson, N., ed. The Book World: Selling and Distributing Literature, 1900–1940. Ser. Library of the Written Word, 49.. Leiden: Brill, 31-51.
  • Frost, S., 2015. “Public Gains and Literary Goods: a coeval tale of Conrad, Kipling and Francis Marion Crawford”. In: MacDonald, K. and Singer, C., eds. The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism: British Middlebrow Writing 1880-1930. Palgrave Macmillan, 37-56.
  • Frost, S., 2015. Reconsidering the Unknown Public: a puzzle of literary gains. Studies in Victorian and Modern Literature: A Tribute to John Sutherland. Lanham, MA, USA: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press & Rowman and Littlefield, 3-16.
  • Frost, S., 2015. Nærlæsningens romantik: Coleridge, Crusoe og den ejendommelige sag om et komma. In: Rix, R.W., ed. Mellum Ånd og Tryksvært: Romantikken i samtidens bogmarked. Copenhagen: Musuem Tusculanum Press [Copenhagen University], 113-141.
  • Frost, S., 2012. “Commodity Readers: an introduction to a frame for reading”. The History of Reading, volume 3, Methods, Strategies, Tactics.. Palgrave Macmillan, 27-45.
  • Frost, S., 2011. Book, Work and Text: from Material Book History to New Literary Theories. In: Colle-Bak, N., Latham, M. and Ten Eyck, D., eds. Tracing the Contours of Literary Works:. Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 67-80.
  • Frost, S., 2010. “Literatura Jako Towar: Industrializacja branzy wydawniczej". Barwy Nauki: Nowoczesne technologie ICT w upowszechnianiu osiagniec nauki. Lublin: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawla II and EU FP7 Human Capital Operational Programme, 397-426.

PhD Students

  • Kimberley McFarland, 2020. “Entrepreneurial and Business Literacy in an Era of Post-Crash Economics in Mexico” BU CEMP. Doctor of Education [Ed.D], Creative and Media Education
  • Imran Khan, 2022. “Likes, Follows and Notes: Social Media-Based Poetry, Transnational Communities and Digital Poets as Culture Influencers” On BAME diversified online self-representation. Faculty of Media and Communication. Doctor of Philosophy.
  • Mike (Micheal) Latto, 2022. “How important is landscaping in shaping cultural identity in Ukraine?”
  • Timothy Roy Watson, 2025. “From confessional poetry to autopoetics”
  • Jo Royle. Ed D.

Invited Lectures

  • Pushed off the Platform, University of Copenhagen, 15 Nov 2019 more
  • Political Readings and Economic Events, Uni of Oslo. National Library of Norway, 31 May 2017 more
  • “In the Bookshop: political readings and economic, University Southern Denmark, 14 Dec 2016 more
  • Especially from the High street, Bedfordshire University, 09 Mar 2016 more
  • Respondent to William St Clair, University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 128, 2300 Cope, 04 Dec 2015 more
  • “Retailed Literature in the 21st Century, Stirling centre for International Publishing and C, 06 Nov 2015 more
  • “Reading on Our Own”, BU EBC, 19 Jun 2014 more
  • “One Million Per Annum", Université de Lorraine, 21 Nov 2012 more


  • Made Abroad: Producing Norwegian World Literature in a Time of Rupture, 1900-1950 [MAP] (Research Council of Norway (RCN), 01 Jul 2023). Awarded
  • Narrative and Reception (BU Research Impact Funding, Strand 3, 01 Jan 2020). Awarded
  • Bursary Influence on Choosing the Right HEI. (BU UoA23(25) Research Development Fund - CEMP, 01 Dec 2015). Awarded
  • Private Gains and retailed Literature: pathways to an economics-based account of reading (FUSION, 01 Sep 2014). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • University of Bedfordshire, External Examiner (2017-2021)
  • Anthem Scholarship - 'Anthem Studies in Book History, Publishing and Print Culture', Editorial Board (2015-)
  • Oxford University Press, Senior Editor (2015-2999)
  • Literary Citizens of the World - Research Council of Norway funded project ( "SAMKUL - cultural conditions underlying social change") 9.8 million NOK (840K GBP), Research network member (2015-)
  • US Library of Congress, Development Group member Washington: SHARP Futures (2013-)
  • Regards croisés sur le monde anglophone / Interdisiplinary Perspectives on the English-speaking Wolrd, Presses Universitaires de Nancy (PUN – University of Nancy Press), France., Editorial Board (2011-)
  • bilingual series Itinéraires du texte et du livre / Book Practices and Textual Itineraries, Presses Universitaires de Nancy (PUN – University of Nancy Press), Editorial board (2010-)
  • SHARP Society for the History of Authorship reading and Publishing, Executive Committee / Director of External Affairs (2006-),

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader, MA ELM
  • Dissertation Coordinator, BAE UG
  • CEMP Fellow, CEMP
  • Impact Champion - UOA29, REF

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Publishing History, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jan 2020
  • Utopian Studies, Anonymous peer review, 01 Feb 2018
  • Oxford Research Encyclopaedia: Literature (online), Anonymous peer review, 01 Jan 2016
  • SHARP News, 23, 4 (2014), Postpublication review, 01 Jan 2014

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • ERASMUS (01 Jan 2018)
  • Lightening Seed Grants for ECRs (01 Jan 2017)
  • Copenhagen Book Forum (12 Nov 2016)
  • Scholarship assessment committee. (01 Jul 2015)
  • International Summer School
  • Erasmus Agreement

Conference Presentations

  • Indigeneity, Nationhood and Migrations of the Book, “Colonising Disciplines: reading, consumption and an economics that is not broken”, 13 Jul 2019, Amherst, USA
  • Technologies of the Book, “Not Bytes, but Buying: preliminary results from a UK-wide high-street survey”, 08 Jun 2017, Victoria Canada
  • Reading Communities: connecting past and present, “In the Bookshop: political readings and economic events”, 15 Sep 2016, Senate House, Uni of London
  • Générations et régénérations du livre/The Generation and Regeneration of Books, Collaborations and Consumers: New Directions for Book History Scholarship and the Case of Twenty-First Century Book Retail / Clientèle et collaborations: la vente de livres au détail et les nouvelles, 07 Jul 2015, University of Sherbrooke, Longueuil and McGill University, Montreal (Canada)
  • Générations et régénérations du livre/The Generation and Regeneration of Books., “Right on the Money”, 07 Jul 2015, Montreal (Canada)
  • The Battle for Books, “Economising in Public: marginalism, Jevons and the communication of economic science from the late nineteenth century”, 26 Jun 2012, Trinity College Dublin
  • Authors, Readers and Publishers: selling and distributing literary cultures, 1880–1940, “Selling Hope: Emigration, A.C. Gunter and the Home Publishing Company – calls for a new paradigm”, 24 Mar 2012, Reading University
  • Book Culture from Below, “Reading Between States: ship’s libraries and selling hope”, 17 Aug 2010, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Material Cultures 2010, “Moveable Type, Mobile Nations: interactions in transnational book history”, 16 Jul 2010, University of Edinburgh
  • Evidence of Reading, Reading the Evidence, “Commodity Readers: an introduction to a frame for reading”, 21 Jul 2008, University of London
  • Teaching and Text, SHARP 2008, “Unpacking my metaphors: from material book history to new categories for theory”, 24 Jun 2008, Oxford Brookes
  • Les Vies du Livre/Lives of the Book, “Book, Work, Text and Crusoe: from material book history to literary theory”, 20 Jun 2008, Nancy-Université, Nancy, France
  • 5th Annual Symposium of Textual Studies, “Book, Work, Text and Aesthetics: the strange surprising adventures of a famous problem”, 28 May 2008, Centre for Textual Scholarship, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Cross-Media Co-operations, “A Toga Tale of Ingomar the Barbarian: in print, in drawing rooms, at fairgrounds and in Hollywood”, 12 Apr 2008, Institute of English Studies, University of London

Attended Training

  • BU Doctoral Supervision Development


  • PhD in Literature Aesthetics and Culture (University of Aarhus, Denmark, 2006)


  • Oxford University Press, Steering group for OUP Research Encylopedia (2015-),
  • NAWE: National Association of Writers in Education, Member (2014-),
  • MeCCSA, Member (2012-),
  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, Executive and Director of Transnational Affairs (2006-),