Justin Tonra

Postdoctoral Researcher

Justin Tonra


Justin Tonra is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow engaged in a research project to reassess the life and work of nineteenth-century author Thomas Moore in the light of a range of new and neglected critical methodologies. The project will result in a critical monograph and a number of new digital research resources.

He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and NUI Galway, and has recently completed a period of postdoctoral work at the University of Virginia.

Research Interests

Justin's current research period includes the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, though many of his research interests focus on issues that span literary history. These include Book History, Textual Studies, and Bibliography, and topics related to authorship, textual transmission, and the materiality of the literary work. He is interested in Digital Humanities, and has worked on the Thomas Moore Archive URL:] and Transcribe Bentham URL:] projects. He is also interested in the history, theory, and practice of Scholarly Editing.

Selected Publications

Thomas Moore: Case Studies in Globalisation and Book History. In progress.
Benatti, Francesca, Sean Ryder and Justin Tonra, eds. Thomas Moore: Texts Contexts Hypertext. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012 (forthcoming).
Conrad, Joseph. Chance. Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad. Eds. Susan Jones, Allan H. Simmons and Justin Tonra. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (forthcoming).


Causer, Tim, Justin Tonra, and Valerie Wallace. 'Transcription Maximized; Expense Minimized? Crowdsourcing and Editing The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham.' Literary and Linguistic Computing 27.2 (2012): 119-37.
Moyle, Martin, Justin Tonra, and Valerie Wallace. 'Manuscript Transcription by Crowdsourcing: Transcribe Bentham.' LIBER Quarterly 20:3 (2011). <>
'Textual Studies and the TEI: Encoding Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh.' Jahrbuch für Computerphilologie 10 (2009): 25-36. <>
'Googling Thomas Moore.' Thomas Moore: Texts Contexts Hypertext. Eds. Francesca Benatti, Sean Ryder and Justin Tonra. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012 (forthcoming).


Rev. of The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online <>, ed. John van Wyhe. Variant 8 (2011): 224-27.
Rev. of Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters <>, eds. Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker. Jahrbuch für Computerphilologie 11 (2011). <>
Rev. of Ireland and Romanticism: Publics, Nations and Scenes of Cultural Production, ed. Jim Kelly. Romantic Textualities 22 (Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2012).
Rev. of British Periodicals and Romantic Identity, by Mark Schoenfield. Studies in Romanticism 51.3 (Forthcoming Autumn 2012).