Research Professor of Publishing in Research Institute for Media, Art and Performance and UNESCO Chair in New Media Forms of the Book
Alexis completed her doctorate at Oxford University and went into the publishing industry. She was recruited as one of the four Leverhulme funded research fellows for the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain project. In 1995 she co-founded Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies with Julia Knight and they co-edited the journal until 2018. She has held the roles of SubDean QA, Director of Research Institute and was founding Head of the School of Culture and Communication (2008-2017). She became the University of Bedfordshire's UNESCO chair in New Media Forms of the Book in 2012 and this was renewed in 2016.
She has written on book publishing since 1800 and is a specialist in the use of quantitative methods in the study of the industry. She has a chapter in Blackwell's Companion to Book History on the topic and a historical essay on the economics of publishing in The Oxford Companion to the Book. She edited the five volume collection The History of the Book in the West (Ashgate 2010). She was principal investigator on the 'Cross-Media Practices in the 1920s and 1930s' project researching the role of authors in the early days of writing for the radio and for film (2005-2009) and co-authored Elinor Glyn as Novelist, Moviemaker, Glamour Icon and Businesswoman (2014) as a direct result of the project. In 2016 she received a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin Texas to work in the archive on early examples of transmedia authorship in the work of Hugh Walpole, Clemence Dane and Arnold Bennett and the Selnick archive. Her research in new media forms of the book ranges from 'Books as Media' chapter in the Cambridge History of the Book: The Twentieth Century to augmented reality books, and she has worked with various companies on applying mobile and digital innovation in their business.
In 2013 Alexis led the practice-led research group for 'Sherwood Rise' a research inquiry into the AR book is designed and realised by David Miller, story written by David Moorhead.
She welcomes applicants for research degrees or collaborative research projects in new media and related areas (new media writing, gaming, publishing) book history and literary production.
Alexis has taught units and workshops in research methods, books and the media, adaptation and online media, editing and readerships, trends in new media publishing, nineteenth and twentieth century literary production. She currently supervises Masters by Research and PhD students in adaptation and transmedia storytelling and new forms of the book, literary production and publishing.
Alexis is currently researching the origins of transmedia storytelling in early attempts at co-operation between media companies and publishers in the 1920s and 1930s, particularly in the sale of broadcast rights, film options and in the timing and release of book, film and radio tie-ins. She is focusing on some popular authors as salient examples of cross-media writing at this time.
Her work will provide a conceptual model for early cross-media interactions and will demonstrate the relevance of this historical context through comparison with modern examples of hybrid books and transmedia storytelling.
- Director of Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
- Member International Association of University Professors of English (member)
- Member Bibliographical Society
- Member of the advisory group, The Reading Experience Database
- Member of the advisory group, Robert Louis Stevenson critical edition
- Critical friend of research group in the publishing history of the Philosophical Transactions
- External examiner at the Universities of Bath Spa, Loughborough, Middlesex, Napier, Oxford Brookes and Westminster.
Books and special issues
- Alexis Weedon, Victorian Publishing: The Economics of Book Production for a Mass Market, Ashgate, 2003.
- Vincent L. Barnett and Alexis Weedon, Elinor Glyn as Novelist, Moviemaker, Glamour Icon and Businesswoman, Ashgate 2014.
- Alexis Weedon (general editor) History of the Book in the West 5 volume series Ashgate 2010
- Alexis Weedon (volume editor) of History of the Book in the West The twentieth century 2010
- Stephen Colclough and Alexis Weedon (volume editors) History of the Book in the West The nineteenth century Ashgate 2010.
- Simone Murray and Alexis Weedon (eds) 'Adaptations, Cross-Media Practices and Branded Entertainments, 'Special issue' Convergence, 17(1) 2011.
- Karen Randell and Alexis Weedon, (eds) Special issue on Elinor Glyn, Women: A Critical Review, 29(2) 2018 in press.
Articles and chapters since 2008
- 2018 Karen Randell and Alexis Weedon, 'The special relationship and the allure of transatlantic travel in the work of Elinor Glyn' in Karen Randell and Alexis Weedon, (eds) Special issue on Elinor Glyn, Women: A Critical Review, 29(2) 2018 in press.
- 2018 Alexis Weedon, 'Elinor Glyn, an introduction to her life and legacy' in Karen Randell and Alexis Weedon, (eds) Special issue on Elinor Glyn, Women: A Critical Review, 29(2) 2018 in press.
- 2018 Alexis Weedon, 'Books as media' in Andrew Nash and Clare Squires, Cambridge History of the Book in Britain : The Twentieth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press.
- 2017 Samantha Pearce and Alexis Weedon, 'Film adaptation for knowing audiences: Analysing fan on-line responses to the end of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012),' Participations, Journal of audience reception studies, 14.2 November. http://tinyurl.com/yagsbouw
- 2016 Alexis Weedon,‘The effect of emerging new media in book publishing: lessons from the origins of cross-media storytelling in the early twentieth century for contemporary transmedia researchers’ in Kenneth Womack and James M. Decker, Victorian Literary Cultures: Studies in Textual Subversion . Lanham, Maryland: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Rowman & Littlefield, pp.101-114.
- 2015 Karen Randell and Alexis Weedon, ‘Reconfiguring Elinor Glyn: Ageing female experience and the origins of the ‘It Girl’, in Deborah Jermyn and Su Holmes Women, Celebrity and Cultures and Ageing, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
- 2015 Alexis Weedon, ‘Wheels of Desire: The Popular Adaptations of A.E.W. Mason’s Thrillers from 1900s to the 1930s’ in William Baker (ed.) Studies in Victorian and Modern Literature: A Tribute to John Sutherland (Lanham, Maryland: The Rowman & Littlefield Press. 2015) 61-79.
- 2014 Alexis Weedon and David Miller, Claudio Pires Franco, David Moorhead and Samantha Pearce, ‘Crossing media boundaries: Adaptations and new media forms of the book’, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 20: 108-124,
- 2014 Teresa Gerrard and Alexis Weedon, ‘Working class women’s education in Huddersfield: A case study of the Female Educational Institute Library 1856-1857’ Information & Culture: A Journal of History 49.2 (2014): 234-264. Project MUSE. Web. 6 Jun. 2014.
- 2013 and Teresa Gerrard, 'The lower classes are very hard readers': Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855-1856, Library and Information History, May.
- 2012 Alexis Weedon, 'The Book as a Dynamic System for the Commodification of Ideas and Cultural Expressions' Primerjalna knji?evnost, 35.1 June 177-186.
- 2011 Alexis Weedon, 'Childhood reading in the 1870s and 1880s: the recollections of Molly Hughes' in History of Reading: An introduction to reading in the past. Open Learn. openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4387
- 2010 Alexis Weedon, 'The Economics of the Book' in Michael Suarez SJ and H. R. Woudhuysen (eds) Oxford Companion to the Book. Vol 1. Oxford University Press.
- 2010 Alexis Weedon, 'The Numbers Game: Quantifying the Audience' chapter in Dennis Ray Cutchins, Laurence Raw, James Michael Welsh, Redefining Adaptation Studies. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press.
- 2010 Alexis Weedon, 'DIGITAL FORUM Digital Resources and Quantitative Research 'Journal of Victorian Culture Vol. 15, No. 2, August 2010, 297–301.
- 2009 Entries in Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (eds) Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism British Library.
- 2008 Alexis Weedon,'Textual production and dissemination in book history. A case study of cross-media production between the wars.' In Marianne Thorm?hlen (ed.) English Today, University of Lund.
- Various entries The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press
- Various entries Dictionary of Literary Biography Gale USA
- Encyclopeadia of the Victorian Era Grolier, USA
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