[ skip to content ]

Toggle Mobile Menu

Edward Jacobs

Edward Jacobs



English Department

Contact Information


Education/Credentials



  • Articles

    Jacobs, E. (2017). Edward Lloyd’s Sunday Newspapers c.1840-1843 and the Cultural Politics of Crime News in Early Victorian Newspapers (forthcoming). Victorian Periodicals Review
    Jacobs, E. (2012). Review of Victorian Servants, Class, and the Politics of Literacy, by Jean Fernandez. Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Routledge, 34 (1), pp. 65-68.
    Jacobs, E. (2011). “Shrinking Historicism”. Review of The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing 1764-1820, by Dale Townshend. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 52,
    Jacobs, E. (2010). John Cleave’s Weekly Police Gazette (1834-36), Francis Place, and the Pragmatics of the Unstamped Press: An Attribution and Interpretation of Annotation on the 18 April 1835 Issue of the Weekly Police Gazette at Glasgow University Library. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 104 (1), pp. 53-75.
    Jacobs, E. (2009). The Pursuit of an Unstamped Newspaper: Interactions between Prosecution and the Evolving Form, Politics, and Business Practices of John Cleave’s Weekly Police Gazette (1834-36). Publishing History, 65, pp. 41-69.
    Jacobs, E. (2008). The Politicization of Everyday Life in Cleave’s Weekly Police Gazette. Victorian Periodicals Review, 41, pp. 225-47.
    Jacobs, E. (2003). Eigtheenth-Century British Circulating Libraries and Cultural Book History. Book History, 6, pp. 1-22.
    Jacobs, E. (2000). Dispersing Gothic Discourse. Gothic Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1 (2),
    Jacobs, E. (1999). Buying into Classes: the Exercise of Power through Book Selection in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 31, pp. 43-64.
    Jacobs, E. (1995). `Lost Books' and Publishing History: Two Annotated Lists of Imprints for the Fiction Titles Listed in the Circulating-Library Catalogs of Thomas Lowndes (1766) and M. Heavisides (1790), of Which No Known Copies Survive. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 89, pp. 260-97.
    Jacobs, E. (1995). A Previously Unremarked Circulating Library: John Roson and the Role of Circulating-Library Proprietors as Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 89, pp. 61-71.
    Jacobs, E. (1995). Anonymous Signatures: Circulating Libraries, Conventionality, and the Production of Gothic Romances. ELH, 62, pp. 603-29.
    Jacobs, E. (1995). Bloods in the Street: London Street Culture, `Industrial Literacy,' and the Emergence of Mass Culture in Victorian England. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 18, pp. 321-47.
    Jacobs, E. (1994). Review of Things, Thoughts, Words, and Actions: The Problem of Language in Late Eighteenth-Century British Rhetorical Theory, by H. Lewis Ulman (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Journal of Advanced Composition, 14, pp. 605-7.
    Jacobs, E. (1991). Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto and `the Semiotics of Waste. Revista da Associaçäo Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos, 1, pp. 25-37.
  • Books

    Jacobs, E., and Mourao, M. (2007). Jack Sheppard, by William Harrison Ainsworth. Petersborough, Ontario: Broadview Press.
  • Book Chapters

    Jacobs, E. (2014). Ann Radcliffe and Romantic Print Cutlure.Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism, and the Gothic (pp. 49-66). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    Jacobs, E., and Mourao, M. (2011). Newgate Novels.A Companion to Sensation Fiction (pp. 26-37). London, UK: Blackwell.
    Jacobs, E. (1996). Disvaluing the Popular: London Street Culture, `Industrial Literacy,' and the Emergence of Mass Culture in Victorian England." Victorian Urban Settings. (pp. 89-113). New York: Garland.
  • Presentations

    Jacobs, E. (September 15, 2007). The Politicization of Everyday Life in Cleave’s Weekly Police Gazette, 1834-36 presented at Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
    Jacobs, E. (September 3, 2006). The Politicization of Science and Technology in Cleave’s Weekly Police Gazette, 1834-36 presented at North American Society for the Study of Romanticism & North American Victorian Studies Association joint meet Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
    Jacobs, E. (November 21, 2004). Cosuming Jack Sheppard presented at Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Annual Conference Orlando, Florda.
    Jacobs, E. (June 23, 2004). Romantic Emblematizations and the Problematics of Periodization presented at Romanticism, History, Historicism Inaugural Conference Aberystwyth, Wales.
    Jacobs, E. (June 12, 2002). Learning to Love the Panopticon;or, How Eighteenth-Century British Newspapers Discouraged Civic Activism presented at Places of Exchange: Periodical Publication in Britian 1640-1850 Glasgow, UK.
    Jacobs, E. (November 15, 2001). The Past is a Foreign Country, So Who Are You? Paratextuality and the Problematics of Modernity and Empire presented at Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Philadelphia, PA.
    Jacobs, E. (July 28, 2001). Anonymous Women, Irish Pirates, and Circulating Libraries: British fiction Publishing 1766 vs. 1790 presented at Fiction in the Age of the Circulating Library Sheffield, UK.
    Jacobs, E. (November, 2000). Restituting Doubt: Nathaniel Bacon and the Civil War between Artificial and Common Reason presented at Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies New Orleans, LA.
    Jacobs, E. (October, 2000). Time and Trouble: How the Newspaper Format Subverted Bolingbroke’s Historiographical Essays in the Craftsman presented at East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Norfolk, VA.
    Jacobs, E. (October, 2000). Who’s Afraid of Michel Foucault? presented at Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies.
    Jacobs, E. (July 23, 1998). Circulating Library Manufacture': the Cultivation of Generic Writing by Female and Anonymous Authors presented at Scenes of Writing, 1750-1850 (University of Wales Project Corvey) Gregynog, Wales.
    Jacobs, E. (April 5, 1998). Textual/Architectural Orders: Publishing, Bookselling and the Construction of Social Space presented at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Notre Dame, Indiana.
    Jacobs, E. (April 5, 1998). Managing Modernity's Bloody Fluxes: Eighteenth-Century British Newspapers and the Conquest of Mutability presented at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference Notre Dame, Indiana.
    Jacobs, E. (April 5, 1998). Panel Chair. Textual / Architectural Orders: the Social Construction of Space in the Eighteenth Century presented at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference Notre Dame, Indiana.
    Jacobs, E. (April 13, 1997). The Gothic Library; or, The Strange and Interesting Romance of Mrs. Ann Radcliffe and Mr. Thomas Hookham presented at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Nashville, Tennessee.
    Jacobs, E. (October 8, 1995). The Politics of Incomprehensibility: Gothic Romances, Philology, and the Dream of a Common Language in Regency Britain presented at Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Dallas, Texas.
    Jacobs, E. (April 9, 1995). Buying into Classes: the Construction of Genres and Tradition by Circulating Libraries, Catalogs, and the Provincial Book Trade in Eighteenth-Century England presented at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Tucson, Arizona.
    Jacobs, E. (April 16, 1994). Whig Novel / Tory (Gothic) Romance: The Economic and Political History of Eighteenth-Century British Fiction Publishing presented at Conference on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers East Lansing, Michigan.
    Jacobs, E. (April 17, 1993). Bloods in the Street: Street Culture, `Disvalue,' and the Emergence of `Mass Literature' in England presented at Midwest Victorian Studies Association Chicago, Illinois.
    Jacobs, E. (March 6, 1993). Anonymous Signatures: Circulating Libraries and the Production of Gothic Romance Authors presented at Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Birmingham, Alabama.
    Jacobs, E. (July 11, 1992). Partying with Jack: Street Culture, Trickster Festivity, and the `Problem' of Early-Victorian Penny Literature presented at The Twenty-fifth Anniversary Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Manchester Polytechnic, England.
    Jacobs, E. (April 13, 1991). Patriot Missiles or Historical Women? A Cultural Account of the Gothic Romance Genre and its "Mis"-readings presented at Encontro da Associaçäo Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos Braga, Portugal.
    Jacobs, E. (March 13, 1991). Vampires, Tricksters, and Street People: The Oral Readership of Victorian `Penny Dreadfuls presented at Forum de Literatura e Teoria Literária Vila Real, Portugal.
    Jacobs, E. (October 13, 1989). Horace Walpole and the Ethic of Triviality: Recovering The Castle of Otranto as a Satire on `Literary' Reading Modes presented at Representing Culture: Text, Society, and Discourse Iowa City, Iowa.
    Jacobs, E. (March 25, 1988). Gothic Discourse and the Veil of Language presented at Popular/American Culture Association Annual Convention New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Jacobs, E. "Robin L. Hixon Research Fellowship" . 2009 - 2010
    Jacobs, E. "The Cultural Effects of Common Layout Practices in British Working-Class Weekly Newspapers, c. 1830-1855" $7. 2007 - 2008