Professor Simon James’s research interests are largely in the literary culture of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periods, especially late-Victorian and Edwardian fiction.
He has co-curated the following exhibitions at Palace Green Library: Outrageously Modern!’ Avant-garde magazines 1884-1922, Robots! and Books for Boys: Heroism, Adventure & Empire at the Dawn of the First World War. He curated an exhibition of H. G. Wells books and manuscripts for the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, for Wells’s 150th birthday in 2016. Summer 2017 will see an exhibition on time travel at Durham’s Palace Green Library.