Simon Frost

Dr Simon Frost

  • 01202 965514
  • sfrost at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • 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. His monograph has been reviewed in the TLS, and recently he lectured at Harvard.

Simon has strong global networks and is currently an Executive Board member and Director of External Affairs for SHARP, the Society for the History of Authorship Reading and Publishing, with responsibility for the society's global affairs and for its ca. 20 international liaisons, from the same number of countries.

His organisational duties have included conference organisation and international research grant applications, as well as, of course, teaching...



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.


Journal Articles

  • 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. Readers and Retailed Literature: findings from a UK public High Street survey into purchasers’ expectations from books. LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community, 28 (2).
  • 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., 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. “Shopping Beyond the Parenthesis: an equivalence of books and bottled ketchup”. Orbis Litterarum: international review of literary studies, 64 (2), 81-103.
  • 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., 2008. The Good in a Little Fiction. English in Africa, 35 (1), 45-66.
  • 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., 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., 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

  • Jo Royle. Ed D.
  • Mike (Micheal) Latto, 2022. “How important is landscaping in shaping cultural identity in Ukraine?”

Invited Lectures

  • 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
  • Stirling centre for International Publishing and C, 06 Nov 2015 more
  • “Reading on Our Own”, BU EBC, 19 Jun 2014 more
  • Université de Lorraine, 21 Nov 2012 more
  • Public Gains and Literary Goods: a coeval tale of Conrad, Kipling and Francis Marion Crawford: seminar presentation to the Narrative Research Group ( NRG), Media School, Bournemouth University, 21 Nov. 2012
  • Lifecycles of a Literary Text. Sole presenter at two-hour seminar to IDEA, Interdisciplinarity in English Studies / Interdisciplinarité dans les études anglophones. Nancy-Université 2, France. Followed by student class and masterclass. 11–14 April 2011.
  • Media in Transition: The Book as Concept and in Use from Manuscript to Print, PhD. Seminar, Aarhus University, November 26–27 2010.
  • “Book History for the second decade of the 2000s” Tekstvidenskab i det 21. århundrede/Textual Studies in the 21st Century, University of Copenhagen, 22 Nov 2010.
  • “Literature as a Commodity and the Industrialisation of the Booktrade”, Lublin, Poland, 11–12 May 2010. Sole presenter at two-day seminar (3 x 1½ hour papers: simultaneously translated into Polish, also as webcast).
  • “Scientific, Technical, Engineering and Medical (STEM): contributions for a European research project”, Stockholm, National Library of Sweden, 28 Jan 2010 “Book History Research European Network”, IES, University of London, 8 December 2009.
  • “Book History Research European Network”, IES, University of London, 8 December 2009.
  • Economising in Public: publishing history as a challenge to scientific method. Paper for a one-day conference, Mahindra Humanities Centre, Harvard University, 10 May 2013. Commentary and closing discussion by Robert Darnton and Elisabeth Eisenstein.
  • Plenary panel. Dream of Ferdinand: SHARP’s impossible global ambitions on post-national methodologies, SHARP2013, Geographies of the Book, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, July 18–21 2013.


  • Private Gains and retailed Literature: pathways to an economics-based account of reading (FUSION, 01 Sep 2014). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • 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-)
  • 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

  • Impact Champion - UOA29, REF
  • CEMP Fellow, CEMP

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Attended Copenhagen Bogforum [Book Forum] as published author on MTP Press stand.

Conference Presentations

  • 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)
  • 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


  • 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-),
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