Research Profile

James O'Sullivan

Biography

I am primarily concerned with the ways in which digital technologies are transforming culture, particularly modes of cultural production and the practices of reading and writing. I examine, among other things, electronic literature, literary video-games, digital publishing, and computer-assisted criticism. I consider myself as a literary and cultural scholar who crosses a number of disciplinary boundaries. I took up a lectureship at University College Cork in July 2017, having previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University.

A born-and-raised native of Cork city, I received my Ph.D. from University College Cork in 2016. I am the author of Towards a Digital Poetics (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). I have also edited several scholarly collections, namely Reading Modernism with Machines (with Shawna Ross; Palgrave Macmillan 2016). My research has appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed publications, including Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Literary Studies in a Digital Age, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique, Leonardo, and the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing

As a creative writer, I have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including The SHOp, Cyphers, and Southword. I am the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Courting Katie (Salmon Poetry 2017).

I contribute regular articles and features to a number of periodicals, including The Guardian, The Irish Times, and LA Review of Books.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2019)Towards a Digital Poetics: Electronic Literature & Literary Games.
O'Sullivan, James (2019) Towards a Digital Poetics: Electronic Literature & Literary Games. London: Palgrave Macmillan.   [DOI] [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2016)Reading Modernism with Machines: Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature
Ross, Shawna; O'Sullivan, James (Ed.). (2016) Reading Modernism with Machines: Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature London: Palgrave Macmillan.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'The Origins of Electronic Literature as Net/Web Art'
O'Sullivan, James; Grigar, Dene (2019) 'The Origins of Electronic Literature as Net/Web Art' In: Brügger, Niels; Milligan, Ian (eds). The SAGE Handbook of Web History. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE. [Details]
(2018)'Electronic Literature: Contexts and Poetics'
Heckman, Davin; O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'Electronic Literature: Contexts and Poetics' In: Kenneth M. Price and Ray Siemens (eds). Literary Studies in a Digital Age. New York: Modern Language Association.   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'your visit will leave a permanent mark: Poetics in the Post-Digital Economy'
Heckman, Davin; O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'your visit will leave a permanent mark: Poetics in the Post-Digital Economy' In: Joseph Tabbi (eds). The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature. London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic. [Details]
(2016)'Dissemination as Cultivation: Scholarly Communications in a Digital Age'
O'Sullivan, James; Long, Christopher P.; Mattson, Mark (2016) 'Dissemination as Cultivation: Scholarly Communications in a Digital Age' In: Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane, and Ray Siemens (eds). Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research. London and New York: Routlege. [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)'Infrastructure for Open Access: Mechanics, Economics, Politics'
Mattson, Mark; Pickle, Sarah; Gearhart, Andrew; O'Sullivan, James (2016) 'Infrastructure for Open Access: Mechanics, Economics, Politics' In: Kevin L. Smith and Katherine A. Dickson (eds). Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communications. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Electronic Literature in Ireland'
O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'Electronic Literature in Ireland'. Electronic Book Review,   [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'The Equivalence of Books: Monographs, Prestige, and the Rise of Edge Cases'
O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'The Equivalence of Books: Monographs, Prestige, and the Rise of Edge Cases'. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, :1-10   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Measuring Joycean Influences on Flann O’Brien'
O'Sullivan, James; Bazarnik, Katarzyna; Eder, Maciej; Rybicki, Jan (2018) 'Measuring Joycean Influences on Flann O’Brien'. Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, 8 (1)   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'The limits of distinctive words: Re-evaluating literature’s gender marker debate'
Weidman, Sean G.; O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'The limits of distinctive words: Re-evaluating literature’s gender marker debate'. Digital Scholarship In The Humanities, 33 (2):374-390   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Introduction: Digital Humanities as Dissonant'
O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'Introduction: Digital Humanities as Dissonant'. Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, 8 (1)   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'“The Dream of an Island”: Dear Esther and the Digital Sublime'
O'Sullivan, James (2017) '“The Dream of an Island”: Dear Esther and the Digital Sublime'. Paradoxa, 29 :314-326 [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'Structure over Style: Collaborative Authorship and the Revival of Literary Capitalism'
Fuller, Simon; O'Sullivan, James (2017) 'Structure over Style: Collaborative Authorship and the Revival of Literary Capitalism'. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 11 (1)   [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'Reactions to Imagery Generated Using Computational Aesthetic Measures'
Gade, Prasad; Galvin, Mary; O’Sullivan, James; Walsh, Paul; Murphy, Órla (2017) 'Reactions to Imagery Generated Using Computational Aesthetic Measures'. Leonardo, 50 (5):453-460   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'A Tale of Two Internships: Developing Digital Skills through Engaged Scholarship'
Hswe, Patricia; LaLonde, Tara; Miffitt, Kate; O’Sullivan, James; Pickle, Sarah; Piekielek, Nathan; Ross, Heather; Rozo, Albert (2017) 'A Tale of Two Internships: Developing Digital Skills through Engaged Scholarship'. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 11 (3)   [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'Modernist Intermediality: The False Dichotomy between High Modernism and Mass Culture'
O'Sullivan, James (2017) 'Modernist Intermediality: The False Dichotomy between High Modernism and Mass Culture'. English Studies, 98 (3):283-309   [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Collapsing Generation and Reception: Holes as Electronic Literary Impermanence'
Allen, Graham; O'Sullivan, James (2016) 'Collapsing Generation and Reception: Holes as Electronic Literary Impermanence'. Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, (15)   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2015)'The Emergence of the Digital Humanities in Ireland'
O'Sullivan, James; Murphy, Orla; Day, Shawn (2015) 'The Emergence of the Digital Humanities in Ireland'. breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies,   [Full Text] [Details]
(2015)'Programming in the Digital Humanities'
O'Sullivan, James; Jakacki, Diane; Galvin, Mary (2015) 'Programming in the Digital Humanities'. Digital Scholarship In The Humanities, 30 (1):142-147   [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'The New Apparatus of Influence: Material Modernism in the Digital Age'
O'Sullivan, James (2014) 'The New Apparatus of Influence: Material Modernism in the Digital Age'. The International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 8 (2):226-238   [Full Text] [Details]
(2014)'Finn’s Hotel and the Joycean Canon'
O'Sullivan, James (2014) 'Finn’s Hotel and the Joycean Canon'. Genetic Joyce Studies, (14)   [Full Text] [Details]
(2014)'Time and Technology in Orlando'
O'Sullivan, James (2014) 'Time and Technology in Orlando'. ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 27 (1):40-45   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2013)'The Anxiety of Change: Man’s Fear of Obsolescence as Expressed in Science Fiction'
O'Sullivan, James (2013) 'The Anxiety of Change: Man’s Fear of Obsolescence as Expressed in Science Fiction'. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 42 (115):7-13 [Details]
(2010)'Collective Consciousness in Science Fiction'
O'Sullivan, James (2010) 'Collective Consciousness in Science Fiction'. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 39 (110):80-85 [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2017)Scholarly Equivalents of the Monograph? An Examination of some Digital Edge Cases.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Scholarly Equivalents of the Monograph? An Examination of some Digital Edge Cases. The Academic Book of the Future (AHRC-funded project), London. [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2017)Publishing Holes.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Publishing Holes. Cork: Articles [Details]
(2015)Regarding the Joyce Word Dictionary.
Chenier, Natasha Rose; O'Sullivan, James (2015) Regarding the Joyce Word Dictionary. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Articles [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2019)The humanities have a ‘reproducibility’ problem.
O'Sullivan, James (2019) The humanities have a ‘reproducibility’ problem. London: Blog   [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)We need to talk about the digital humanities job.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) We need to talk about the digital humanities job. School of Advanced Study, University of London: Blog   [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)Edge cases as academic possibility.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Edge cases as academic possibility. School of Advanced Study, University of London: Blog   [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)The Place of Literature in a City Rising.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) The Place of Literature in a City Rising. Los Angeles: Blog   [Full Text] [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2019)Good literature can come in digital forms – just look to the world of video games.
O'Sullivan, James (2019) Good literature can come in digital forms – just look to the world of video games. Magazine article   [Details]
(2018)Places We Actually Go’: Three Irish Poets’ Debuts.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Places We Actually Go’: Three Irish Poets’ Debuts. Los Angeles: Magazine article   [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)Electronic Literature’s Contemporary Moment: Breeze and Campbell’s “All the Delicate Duplicates”.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Electronic Literature’s Contemporary Moment: Breeze and Campbell’s “All the Delicate Duplicates”. Magazine article   [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)Computing differences in language between male and female authors.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Computing differences in language between male and female authors. Magazine article   [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)Why you don't need to write much to be the world's bestselling author.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Why you don't need to write much to be the world's bestselling author. Magazine article   [Full Text] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2018)A time for honesty... here's what the church means to me.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) A time for honesty... here's what the church means to me. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2018)Bill Clinton and James Patterson are co-authors – but who did the writing?.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Bill Clinton and James Patterson are co-authors – but who did the writing?. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2018)Forget the ivory tower - lecturers are working class too.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Forget the ivory tower - lecturers are working class too. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2018)Universities have become like Ikea – just follow the instructions.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Universities have become like Ikea – just follow the instructions. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2017)The realities of independent publishing in Ireland.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) The realities of independent publishing in Ireland. Dublin: Newspaper Articles   [Details]

Poems

 YearPublication
(2017)Courting Katie.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Courting Katie. Clare: Poems [Details]
(2014)Groundwork.
O'Sullivan, James (2014) Groundwork. Uxbridge: Poems [Details]
(2011)Kneeling on the Redwood Floor.
O'Sullivan, James (2011) Kneeling on the Redwood Floor. Belfast: Poems [Details]

Sound recording

 YearPublication
(2017)The Baudelaire Song Project.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) The Baudelaire Song Project. Cork: Sound recording   [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)Telling stories at DHSI: Interviews with Ray Siemens.
Renihan, Colleen; Prellwitz, Andrew; Murphy, Liam; O'Sullivan, James (2016) Telling stories at DHSI: Interviews with Ray Siemens. Cork: Sound recording   [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)ELO2016 panel, “Feminist Horizons”.
O'Sullivan, James (2016) ELO2016 panel, “Feminist Horizons”. Cultural Mechanics: Sound recording   [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)Digital fiction, according to Alice Bell.
O'Sullivan, James (2016) Digital fiction, according to Alice Bell. Cork: Sound recording   [Full Text] [Details]
(2015)The Digital Autobiographic: Holes.
Galvin, Mary; O'Sullivan, James (2015) The Digital Autobiographic: Holes. Cork: Sound recording   [Full Text] [Details]
(2015)The Digital Search for Meaning: An Interview with Michael Maguire.
O'Sullivan, James (2015) The Digital Search for Meaning: An Interview with Michael Maguire. Cork: Sound recording   [Full Text] [Details]

Interview

 YearPublication
(2017)Discussing stylometry with Seán Moncrieff (Newstalk FM).
O'Sullivan, James; Moncrieff, Seán (2017) Discussing stylometry with Seán Moncrieff (Newstalk FM). Interview   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013High Commendation, The Charles Macklin Poetry Prize The Charles Macklin Festival
2016Third-place, Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize Munster Literature Centre
2010Best Innovation in an Emerging Space, Cork County and City Enterprise Boards CIT Prize for Innovation Cork County and City Enterprise Boards / Cork Institute of Technology
2013Honorable Mention, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Essay Prize Global Outlook::Digital Humanities
2014Shortlisted, Paul Fortier Prize Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
2014Shortlisted, Fish Short Story Prize Fish Publishing
2014High Commendation, Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition Munster Literature Centre
2014Honorable Mention, CSDH/SCHN Ian Lancashire Award Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des sciences humaines numériques (CSDH/SCHN)
2015Shortlisted, Fish Poetry Prize Fish Publishing
2016Shortlisted, Fish Poetry Prize Fish Publishing

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) Member/
Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) Member/
Modern Language Association (MLA) Member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria Associate Director2013 / 2018
Public Poetry Project, Pennsylvania Center for the Book Member of the Advisory Committee2015 / 2016
Strategic Working Group for Advancing University Research, Pennsylvania State University Committee Member2014 / 2015
Center for Humanities and Information, Pennsylvania State University Advisory Board2014 / 2016
Executive Board, ADHO GO::DH Appointed Member2014 / 2015
European Association for Digital Humanities Communications Fellow2014 / 2016

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Pennsylvania State University Digital Humanities Research Designer01-JUL-14 / 22-JAN-16
University of Sheffield Digital Humanities Research Associate25-JAN-16 / 03-JUL-17
Washington State University, Vancouver Adjunct Professor01-JAN-15 / 01-JAN-16
University College Cork Lecturer in Digital Arts & Humanities03-JUL-17 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2013University College Dublin Master of ArtsModernity, Literature & Culture
2016University College Cork Doctor of PhilosophyDigital Arts & Humanities
2012Cork Institute of Technology Master of ScienceComputer Science

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