Dr. Thomas Vranken

Position title: Lecturer in Literary Studies

Contact Info

Phone #: +679 323 1026
Office location: SPACE building, Room 319
Email: thomas.vranken@usp.ac.fj

Qualifications: PhD (Melbourne)

Expertise: Literature and Technology; Nineteenth-Century Literature; Popular Fiction


Thomas Vranken joined USP in 2022. He completed his doctorate at the University of Melbourne (2017), and a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of British Columbia (2019-2021). His research explores literature’s relationship with technology, the materiality of books, adventure fiction, and the place of Pacific literature in an interconnected nineteenth-century world. He welcomes inquiries from students looking to do graduate research in any of these areas, or in literary studies more generally.



Simulating Antiquity in Boys’ Adventure Fiction: Maps and Ink Stains (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Literary Experiments in Magazine Publishing: Beyond Serialisation (Routledge, 2019).

Edited Collections

Thomas Vranken and Suzy Anger eds., Victorian Automata: Mechanism and Agency in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, in press).

Book Chapters

‘‘‘A Well-Preserved Piece of Useless Antiquity’: The Gentleman’s Magazine and Anti-Emotional National Identity’’, in Jock Macleod, William Christie, Peter Denney eds., Politics and Emotions in Romantic Periodicals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Journal Contributions

‘‘‘A Medium More Important than Bodily Sense’: Wilde, the Antipodes, and the
Techno-Imagination’’, Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies 4.1 (2021).

‘‘‘Oscar Wilde’s Book’’: Early American Reviews of The Picture of Dorian Gray’, PMLA 133.1 (2018).

‘‘From Copying to Originality in Tit-Bits’’, Victorian Periodicals Review 51.4 (2018).

‘‘A Century’s Worth of Huckleberry Finn: Commerce, Property, and Slavery in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine’’, Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal 40.2 (2018).

‘‘‘Look at This Map’: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Use of Diegetic Illustrations in The Return of Sherlock Holmes’’, Clues: A Journal of Detection 35.1 (2017).

‘‘The Public, the Press, and Celebrities in The Return of Sherlock Holmes’’, Authorship 4.2 (2015).


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