Projects & Publications

Major Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, C21 Editions: Editing and Publishing in the Digital Age, Irish Researcil Council & Arts & Humanities Research Council UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities, 2021-2024 (€269,873, IRC/W001489/1)


O’Sullivan, James, Towards a Digital Poetics: Electronic Literature & Literary Games, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Edited Books

O’Sullivan, James (ed.), The Bloomsbury Handbook to the Digital Humanities, Bloomsbury Academic, 2023.

O’Sullivan, James (ed.), Digital Art in Ireland: New Media and Irish Artistic Practice, Anthem Press, 2021.

Grigar, Dene, and James O’Sullivan (eds.), Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and Practices, Bloomsbury Academic, 2021.

Ross, Shawna, and James O’Sullivan (eds.), Reading Modernism with Machines: Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Book Chapters

O’Sullivan, James, Publishing Electronic Literature, in Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, & Practices, edited by Dene Grigar and James O’Sullivan, Bloomsbury Academic, 2021: 255-266.

O’Sullivan, James, and Dene Grigar, The Origins of Electronic Literature as Net/Web Art, in The SAGE Handbook of Web History, edited by Niels Brügger and Ian Milligan, SAGE, 2019: 428-40.

Heckman, Davin, and James O’Sullivan, Electronic Literature: Contexts and Poetics, in Literary Studies in a Digital Age, edited by Kenneth M. Price and Ray Siemens, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2018.

Heckman, Davin, and James O’Sullivan, ‘your Visit Will Leave a Permanent Mark’: Poetics in the Post-Digital Economy, in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature, edited by Joseph Tabbi, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018: 95-112.

Mattson, Mark, Sarah Pickle, Andrew Gearhart, and James O’Sullivan, Infrastructure for Open Access: Mechanics, Economics, Politics, in Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communications, edited by Kevin L. Smith and Katherine A. Dickson, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016: 161-81.

O’Sullivan, James, Christopher P. Long, and Mark Mattson, Dissemination as Cultivation: Scholarly Communications in a Digital Age, in Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research, edited by Constance Crompton Richard J. Lane, and Ray Siemens, Routledge, 2016: 384-97.

Selected Journal Articles

O’Sullivan, James, The sociology of style: The sociology of style: Writing and influence within literary families, in Poetics vol. 92, part A, June 2022 (first published online October 2021).

McCarthy, Rachel, and James O’Sullivan, Who Wrote Wuthering Heights?, in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities vol. 36, issue 2, June 2021: 383-391 (first published online June 2020).

O’Sullivan, James, The Digital Humanities in Ireland, in Digital Studies/Le champ numérique vol. 10, 2020.

O’Sullivan, James, Electronic Literature in Ireland, in Electronic Book Review, 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, The Equivalence of Books: Monographs, Prestige, and the Rise of Edge Cases, in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies vol. 24, no. 5, 2018: 494-503.

Weidman, Sean G., and James O’Sullivan, The Limits of Distinctive Words: Re-Evaluating Literature’s Gender Marker Debate, in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, vol. 33, no. 2, June 2018: 374–390 (first published online April 2017).

O’Sullivan, James, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Maciej Eder, and Jan Rybicki, Measuring Joycean Influences on Flann O’Brien, in Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique vol. 8, no. 1, 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, ‘The Dream of an Island’: Dear Esther and the Digital Sublime, Paradoxa vol. 29, special issue entitled Small Screen Fiction, edited by Astrid Ensslin, Pawel Frelik, and Lisa Swanstrom, 2017: 317-26.

Hswe, Patricia, Tara LaLonde, Kate Miffitt, James O’Sullivan, Sarah Pickle, Nathan Piekielek, Heather Ross, and Albert Rozo, A Tale of Two Internships: Developing Digital Skills through Engaged Scholarship, in Digital Humanities Quarterly vol. 11, no. 3, 2017.

Gade, Prasad, Mary Galvin, James O’Sullivan, Paul Walsh, and Órla Murphy, Reactions to Imagery Generated Using Computational Aesthetic Measures, in Leonardo vol. 50, no. 5, 2017: 453-460.

O’Sullivan, James, Modernist Intermediality: The False Dichotomy between High Modernism and Mass Culture, in English Studies vol. 98, no. 3, 2017: 283–309.

Fuller, Simon, and James O’Sullivan, Structure over Style: Collaborative Authorship and the Revival of Literary Capitalism, in Digital Humanities Quarterly vol. 11, no. 1, 2017.

Allen, Graham, and James O’Sullivan, Collapsing Generation and Reception: Holes as Electronic Literary Impermanence, in Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures 15, 2016.

O’Sullivan, James, Diane Jakacki, and Mary Galvin, Programming in the Digital Humanities, in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, vol. 30, suppl 1, special issue edited by Melissa Terras, Claire Chivaz, Deb Verhoeven, and Frederic Kaplan, 2015: i142–i147.

O’Sullivan, James, Órla Murphy, and Shawn Day, The Emergence of the Digital Humanities in Ireland, in Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, 2015.

O’Sullivan, James, The New Apparatus of Influence: Material Modernism in the Digital Age, in International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing vol. 8, no. 2, 2014: 226–38.

O’Sullivan, James, Finn’s Hotel and the Joycean Canon, in Genetic Joyce Studies 14, 2014.

O’Sullivan, James, Time and Technology in Orlando, in ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews vol. 27, no. 1, 2014: 40–45.

Reports & Whitepapers

Murphy, Órla, Shawn Day, and James O’Sullivan, A Report on Digital Humanities at University College Cork, in Chinese Journal of Digital Humanities 数字人文 no. 3, 2020: 169-174.

O’Sullivan, James, Scholarly Equivalents of the Monograph? An Examination of Some Digital Edge Cases, for The Academic Book of the Future project, University College London, 2017.

Edited Special Issues

Nilsson-Fernàndez, Pedro and James O’Sullivan, ELO2019 Gathering (Cork, Ireland), in Electronic Book Review, 2020.

O’Sullivan, James, DHSI Colloquium Special Collection, in Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique vol. 8, no. 1, 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, Mary Galvin, and Diane Jakacki, DHSI Colloquium 2014 Special Issue, in Digital Humanities Quarterly vol. 10, no. 1, 2016.


McCarthy, Aoibhie & James O’Sullivan (eds.), 1st Symposium on Digital Art in Ireland: Programme & Book of Abstracts, Sample-Studios & University College Cork, July 2020.

O’Sullivan, James, Text Is Dead, Long Live Text!, in The Future of Text, edited by Frode Alexander Hegland, 2020: 206.

Clarke, Chris & James O’Sullivan (curators), Peripheries: ELO2019 Exhibition Programme, The Glucksman, University College Cork, July 2019.

O’Sullivan, James, Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Arts Festival (ELO2019): Programme & Book of Abstracts, University College Cork, July 2019.

Selected Digital Projects

The Digital Archive of the Cork International Film Festival Distributed Scholarship and Philip K. Dick’s Exegesis

The Joyce Word Dictionary

The Works of Mary Devenport O’Neill

Selected Essays, Features & Reviews

O’Sullivan, James, “The Brontës, the Shelleys, Kingsley and Martin Amis: new research suggests literary relatives share similar writing styles”, in The Conversation, November 2021.

McCarthy, Rachel, and James O’Sullivan, Who Wrote Wuthering Heights?, in The Irish Times, July 2020.

O’Sullivan, James, We are failing young people if we can’t teach them common decency, in The Irish Times, June 2020.

O’Sullivan, James, Good literature can come in digital forms: just look to the world of video games, in The Conversation, December 2019.

O’Sullivan, James, Literary Cork, in Stranger’s Guide Issue 4 (Ireland), 2019: 47-51.

O’Sullivan, James, The humanities have a reproducibility problem, in Talking Humanities, July 2019.

O’Sullivan, James, The Place of Literature in a City Rising, in Blog // Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, Edge cases as academic possibility, in Talking Humanities, November 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, ‘Places We Actually Go’: Three Irish Poets’ Debuts, in Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, We Need to Talk about the Digital Humanities Job, in Talking Humanities, July 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Co-Authors – but Who Did the Writing?, in The Guardian, June 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, Forget the Ivory Tower – Lecturers Are Working Class Too, in The Irish Times, April 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, Introduction: Digital Humanities as Dissonant, in Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique vol. 8, no. 1, 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, Universities Have Become like Ikea – Just Follow the Instructions, in The Irish Times, February 2018.

O’Sullivan, James, Publishing Holes, in Holes: Decade I, New Binary Press 2017: 109–13.

O’Sullivan, James, Electronic Literature’s Contemporary Moment: Breeze and Campbell’s ‘All the Delicate Duplicates’, in Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2017.

O’Sullivan, James, Computing differences in language between male and female authors, in RTÉ Brainstorm, October 2017.

O’Sullivan, James, The Realities of Independent Publishing in Ireland, in The Irish Times, June 2017.

O’Sullivan, James, Why You Don’t Need to Write Much to Be the World’s Bestselling Author, in The Conversation, April 2017.

Chenier, Natasha R., and James O’Sullivan, Regarding the Joyce Word Dictionary, in James Joyce Quarterly vol. 53, no. 1–2, Fall 2015-Winter 2016: 17–21.

PhD Supervision

Marian Keyes and the Irish Socio-Literary Landscape: A Critical Analysis using Close and Distant Reading, Supervisor, Postgraduate Enterprise Partnership Scheme awarded to Maria Butler, 2021-2024 (€82,500)

Selected Creative Writing

Poetry Collections

O’Sullivan, James, Courting Katie, Salmon Poetry, 2017.

O’Sullivan, James, Groundwork, Alba Publishing, 2014.

O’Sullivan, James, Kneeling on the Redwood Floor, Lapwing Publications, 2011.


Corpse Paths, in The Stinging Fly Issue 41, vol. 2, edited by Cal Doyle, November 2019.

Vienna, in Southword 35, edited by Mary Noonan, 2018.

The State Theatre, in Banshee 6, edited by Laura Jane Cassidy, Claire Hennessy, and Eimear Ryan, 2018.

Ghosts, in Prairie Schooner vol. 91, no. 3, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2017.
Galaxies, in Prairie Schooner vol. 91, no. 3, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2017.

Rust, in Poetry Salzburg Review no. 30, University of Salzburg, edited by Wolfgang Görtschacher, 2017.
Abandoned Places, in Poetry Salzburg Review no. 30, University of Salzburg, edited by Wolfgang Görtschacher, 2017.

Picture Box, in Crannóg Issue 43, edited by Sandra Bunting, Ger Burke, Jarlath Fahy, & Tony O’Dwyer, 2016.

Extract from Designing Waste, in Banshee 1, edited by Laura Jane Cassidy, Claire Hennessy, & Eimear Ryan, 2015.

Different Kinds of Life, in Southword 29A, edited by Patrick Cotter, 2016.

The Laundry, in Cyphers, edited by Leland Bardwell, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, & Macdara Woods, 2015.

Children’s Ward, in Southword 25, edited by Thomas McCarthy, 2013.

Remember When, in The SHOp, Issue 43, edited by Hilary Wakeman & John Wakeman, 2013.

Moll’s Gap, in Revival Literary Journal Issue 26, edited by Noel King, 2013.