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Paul Fyfe

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Assistant Professor


Paul Fyfe joins NC State from an appointment in the English department and History of Text Technologies program at Florida State University. His research areas include British Victorian literature, nineteenth-century book and media history, scholarly communications, and a broad spectrum of digital humanities practices. He has just completed a book on representations of the metropolis and accidents in nineteenth-century literature, and is now developing projects including: “Victorian Telecommunication,” a hybrid print and digital exploration of the consequences of writing in a new era of steam transport and electric communications media; a reader of critical essays in book history; and an interdisciplinary project to virtually reconstruct Queen Victoria's garden pavilion as an interactive three-dimenional model. He teaches courses in digital humanities as well as British and Victorian literature. As the Coordinator of Digital Humanities for the English department, he organizes NC State's new graduate certificate in digital humanities as well as events and working groups as part of the Triangle Digital Humanities Network.

Funded Research

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, Rare Books School, 2015-2017.

"Victoria's Lost Pavilion: Reconstructing the Arts in Digital Space." CHASS Scholarship and Research Award, 2014.

"Tracking Networks, Tracing Genre in Historical Text Bases." Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, North Carolina State University, 2014-2015.

Extension & Community Engagement

Facilitator, THATCamp RTP: Digital Knowledge. James B. Hunt Library, March 28, 2014.

Co-organizer, The CHAT Festival: Collaborations in Humanities, Arts, and Technology. February 28, 2014.


By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“1862, Accidental Death: Lizzie Siddal and the Poetics of the Coroner’s Inquest.” Victorian Review (forthcoming 2014).

"The Scholarly Monograph Unbound." Literature Compass 10.8 (August 2013): 643-654. (preprint)

"Illustrating the Accident: Railways and the Catastrophic Picturesque in the Illustrated London News." Victorian Periodicals Review 46.1 (Spring 2013): 61-91. (web copy) (INCS Essay Prize)

"The Opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, 1830." BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (2012). Web.

"Electronic Errata: Digital Publishing, Open Review, and the Futures of Correction." Debates in the Digital Humanities. Ed. Matthew Gold. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. 259-280.

"Digital Pedagogy Unplugged." Digital Humanities Quarterly 5.3 (Summer 2011). Web.

"How to Not Read a Victorian Novel." Journal of Victorian Culture 16.1 (Spring 2011): 102-106. (preprint)

"Accidents of a Novel Trade: Industrial Catastrophe, Fire Insurance, and Mary Barton.Nineteenth-Century Literature 65.3 (December 2010): 315-346.

"The Random Selection of Victorian New Media." Victorian Periodicals Review 42.1 (Spring 2009): 1-23. (web copy) (Rosemary VanArsdel Prize)

Online edition of "Mrs. Holmes Grey" by William Michael Rossetti. The Rossetti Archive. Ed. Jerome McGann. Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia.


"Serendipity In/As Digital Humanities." Keynote panel, Association of English Graduate Students Conference, North Carolina State University (2015)

"What Is Fair Use of Seven Terabytes?" Scholarly Communication Interest Group, Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (2015)

Convener, "Visualization and Virtual Spaces: Scholarly Communication Beyond Text" working group. Triangle Scholarly Communications Institute, Duke University (2014)

"The Scale of Digital Pedagogy." Keynote lecture, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium, Case Western Reserve University (2014)

"Radiant Virtuality." Victorians Institute Meeting, Charlotte, NC (2014)

“Digital Pedagogy from Handwriting to Critical Making.” North Carolina English Teachers Association, North Carolina State University (2014)

 “Technologies of Serendipity.” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, University of Delaware (2014)

“Counting Words with Henry James.” Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska—Lincoln (2013)

Organizer and Chair for linked panels “Rebooting Graduate Training: Collaboration, Computing, and the New Thesis” and “The Third Degree: Joint Programs in Languages, Literature, and Libraries” (selected for the Presidential Theme, “Avenues of Access”). Modern Language Association, Boston, MA (2013)

 “The Scholarly Monograph Unbound.” Invited lecture for The Future of Scholarly Publishing, Faculty Luncheon Series, Florida State University (2012)

“Is the Mail Coach the Message? Thomas De Quincey’s Textual Networks.” Seminar paper. North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), University of Wisconsin (2012)

“How to Not Read a Victorian Novel.” MLA, Seattle, WA (2012)

“The Chapter of Accidents of the Victorian Newspaper.” Invited lecture for the Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of Georgia (2011)

“Performing Wombats; or, The Past and Future Play of Victorian Proofreading.” NAVSA, Vanderbilt University (2011)

“Boz on the Bus.” Victorians Institute, Coastal Carolina University (2011)

“Open Access, Open Secrets: Peer Review and Alternative Scholarly Production.” Invited lecture for Open Access Week, Florida State University Libraries (2010)

“Illustrating the Accident: Railways and the Catastrophic Picturesque.” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, Yale University (2010)

“The Great Exhibition and the Explosion of Print.” Material Cultures, Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh (2010)

“Digital Pedagogy Unplugged.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (2009)

Panel chair, “Ephemeral Arts.” Paper, “Popular Media and Random Access.” NAVSA, Yale University (2008)

“Accidents of a Novel Trade: Insurance, Industrial Catastrophe, and Mary Barton.” NAVSA, University of Victoria (2007)

“Accidents and Omnibus Agency in Sketches by Boz.” NAVSA, Purdue University (2006)

“‘The Palace of Art’ in the Age of Museological Reproduction.” Victorians Institute, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2005)

“Double Tech: ‘Lightning Communication’ and Mark’s Telephonic Twainness.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), Louisiana State University (2005)

“Couplets and Eighteenth-Century Science: A Much-Abused Poetic Alliance.” Society for Literature and Science, Durham, NC (2004)

“Cultural Landscape and Network Topologies in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.” Society for Literature and Science, Austin, TX (2003)


  • BA in English from Wake Forest University, 1998
  • PhD in English from University of Virginia, 2009