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Professor Simon James - all publications

Authored book

  • James, Simon J. (2012). Maps of Utopia: H. G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • James, Simon J. (2003). Unsettled Accounts: Money and Narrative in the Novels of George Gissing.. London: Anthem Press.

Edited book

  • James, Simon J. (2022). Decline and Fall. The Collected Works of Evelyn Waugh. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • James, Simon J. (2014). Books for Boys: Literacy, Nation and the First World War. Insitute of Advanced Study.
  • James, Simon J. (2013). Desert Island. Insitute of Advanced Study.
  • Saul, Nicholas. & James, Simon J. (2011). The Evolution of Literature: Legacies of Darwin in European Cultures. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 152. Rodopi.
  • Shapcott, John. (2010). Some Versions of Realism: Arnold Bennett and H. G. Wells. Arnold Bennett Society.
  • Simon J. James (2005). H.G. Wells, The History of Mr Polly. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  • Simon J. James (2005). H.G. Wells, Kipps. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  • Simon J. James (2005). H.G. Wells, Love and Mr Lewisham. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  • Simon J. James (2005). H.G. Wells, The New Machiavelli. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  • Simon J. James (2004). George Gissing, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study. London: Grayswood.

Chapter in book

  • James, Simon J. (2018). H. G. Wells’s London. In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies. palgrave. 1.
  • James, Simon J. (2016). Charles Dickens, Mental Time-Travelling and Autobiographical Memory. In Unsettling Dickens: Process, Progress and Change. Huguet, Christine & Vita, Paul Paris: Éditions du Sagittaire. 33-54.
  • James, Simon J. (2015). 'Ugly Meanings in Beautiful Things': Reading the First Wilde Trial. In The Persistence of Beauty: Victorians to Moderns. O'Neill, Michael, Sandy, Mark & Wootton, Sarah London Brookfield, Vermont: Pickering and Chatto. 45-58.
  • James, Simon J. (2014). Afterword. In The Time Machine by H. G. Wells; with an Introduction by Greg Bear and a New Afterword by Simon J. James. New York: Penguin. 119-128.
  • James, Simon J. (2014). Q is for Queen: The Reading Nation. In Books for Boys: Literacy, Nation and the First World War. James, Simon J. Durham: Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. 6-9.
  • James, Simon J. (2013). Island of Memory. In Desert Island. James, Simon J. Institute of Advanced Study. 10-13.
  • James, Simon J. (2011). H. G. Wells's The Time Machine and the End of Literature. In The Evolution of Literature: Legacies of Darwin in European Cultures. James, Simon J. & Saul, Nicholas. Rodopi. 113-123.
  • Saul, Nicholas & James, Simon J. (2011). Introduction: The Evolution of Literature. In The Evolution of Literature: Legacies of Darwin in European Cultures. Saul, Nicholas & James, Simon J. Rodopi. 9-18.
  • James, Simon J. (2011). Realism and the Fiction of Modern Life: From Meredith to Forster. In The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940. Parrinder, Patrick. & Gasiorek, Andrzej. Oxford University Press. 4: 87-102.
  • James, Simon J. (2008). The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In A Companion to Charles Dickens. Paroissien, David. Malden, MA: Blackwell. 444-451.
  • James, Simon J. (2008). Fin-de-Cycle: Romance and the Real in The Wheels of Chance. In H. G. Wells: Interdisciplinary Essays. McLean, Steven. Amersham: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 34-48.
  • James, Simon J. (2005). 'The Discontents of Everyday Life: Civilization and the Pathology of Masculinity in The Whirlpool'. In George Gissing: Voices of the Unclassed. Ryle, Martin. & Bourne Taylor, Jenny. Aldershot: Ashgate. 93-105.
  • James, Simon J. (2005). In Public: George Gissing, Newspapers and the City. In Gissing and the City: Cultural Crisis and the Making of Books in Late-Victorian England. Spiers, John. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 189-188.
  • James, Simon J. (2004). 'Pip's Counterfeit Money: Forgery and Great Expectations.'. In Fakes and Forgeries. Knight, Peter. & Long, Jonathan. Amersham: Cambridge Scholars Press. 41-49.
  • James, Simon J. (2001). 'Experiments in Realism: How to Read a George Gissing Novel'. In A Garland for Gissing. Bouwe Postmus Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 11-21.
  • Simon J. James (2000). 'George Gissing'. 'Demos'. 'In the Year of Jubilee'. 'The Odd Women'. In The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Margaret Drabble. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • James, Simon J. (1999). 'Pathological Comsumption: Commodities and the End of Culture in H G Wells' Tono-Bungay'. In Consuming for Pleasure: Selected Essays on Popular Fiction. Julia Hallam & Nickianne Moody. Liverpool: Liverpool John Moores University Press. 44-61.

Journal Article

  • Hardey, Mariann & James, Simon J. (2021). Digital Seriality and Narrative Branching: Season One, the Podcast Serial. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Ward, Sophie, James, Simon, James, Kate, Brown, Chris, Kokotsaki, Dimitra & Wigham, Jade (2021). The Benefits of Music Workshop Participation for Pupils’ Wellbeing and Social Capital: The In2 Music Project Evaluation. Arts Education Policy Review
  • James, Simon J. (2018). Daily bread: food and drink in the Holmes canon. Critical Quarterly 60(3): 5-13.
  • James, Simon J. & Miller, Emma V. (2016). A Body Undressed for Text: Trilby in Parts. Feminist Theory 17(1): 83-105.
  • James, Simon J. (2016). The Worlds of H. G. Wells. Nature 537: 162-164.
  • James, Simon J. (2016). We should remember HG Wells for his social predictions, not just his scientific ones. The Conversation
  • James, Simon J. (2013). Marie Corelli and the Value of Literary Self-Consciousness: The Sorrows of Satan, Popular Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Canon. Journal of Victorian Culture 18(1): 134-151.
  • James, Simon J. (2012). Witnessing the End of the World: H. G. Wells's Educational Apocalypses. Literature and Theology 26(4): 459-473.
  • James, Simon J. (2011). Research-Led Teaching? The Gissing Journal 47(4): 11-14.
  • James, Simon J. (2011). Teaching Gissing in the Twenty-first Century. The Gissing Journal 47(4): 1-3.
  • James, Simon J. (2008). A Prophet Looking Backwards: H. G. Wells's Curriculum for the Future. English 57(218): 107-124.
  • James, Simon J. (2001). The Truth about Gissing: Reassessing the Literary Friendship of George Gissing and H.G. Wells. The Wellsian 24: 2-21.
  • Simon J. James (1997). Negotiating The Whirlpool. The Gissing Journal 33(2): 15-25.

Book review

  • James, Simon J. (2019). Review of 'Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press' by Will Tattersdill. Victorian Popular Fictions Journal 1.
  • James, Simon J. (2015). Review of Charles Dickens and ‘Boz’ The Birth of the Industrial-Age Author. By Robert L. Patten. Modern Language Review 108(4): 1275-1276.
  • James, Simon J. (2013). Review of Dickens and Victorian Print Cultures. Ed. Robert L. Patten. Dickens Quarterly 30(2): 156-159.
  • James, Simon J. (2010). Review of Keith Williams, H. G. Wells, Modernity and the Movies. Science Fiction Film and TV 3(1).
  • James, Simon J. (2008). Review of Peter Edgerley Firchow, Modern Utopian Fictions. The Wellsian 31: 55-57.
  • James, Simon J. (1998). The Correspondence of H G Wells. The Times Literary Supplement (4962): 14.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • James, Simon J. (2011). Science and Literature. The Grove 17: 33-35.
  • James, S.J. (2010). The Wells Archive at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The H. G. Wells Society Newsletter 5(20): 5-7.
  • Simon J. James (2002). Tell Me a Story: Lesley Glaister. Bloomsbury Magazine

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • James, Simon J. (2016). H. G. Wells, Time Traveller: An Online Exhibition.
  • James, Simon J. (2015). Ghosts and Dickens.
  • James, Simon J. (2013). In conversation with Professor Simon James.
  • James, Simon J. (2013). The Idea of a Planned World: H. G. Wells's 'The First Men in the Moon'. youtube podcast. .
  • Simon J. James & Walker, David. (1993). Sissinghurst.


  • James, S.J., Houston, A., Newton, L., Daniels, S., Morgan, N., Coho, W., Ruck, A. & Lucas, B. (2019). Durham Commission on Creativity and Education. Arts Council UK.

Scholarly Edition

  • James, Simon J. (orig.) (2017). Wells, H.G., The First Men in the Moon . Oxford: Oxford University Press