Samantha Rayner


Job Title:   Director, UCL Centre for Publishing
Affiliation:    UCL
Twitter:   @samartha

Samantha Rayner

Why I am supporting the Academic Book of the Future Project:

I’m the Principal Investigator on the Project!

Research Interests:

I teach and write on publishing and book related topics, with special interests in publishing archives and publishing paratexts, bibliography, the culture of bookselling, editors and editing, bibliotherapy, and academic publishing. I have also taught extensively on English Literature courses and have particular interests in Medieval and Arthurian texts.

Recent Publications:


Monograph: Kingship in the work of the Four Major Ricardian Poets (Boydell and Brewer, 2008).


  • “University Presses and Academic Publishing” in The Cambridge History of the Book, Vol VII (forthcoming, Cambridge UP, 2015)
  • “How love and I togedre met”: Gower, Amans, and the Lessons of Venus in the Confessio Amantis, in Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain (D. S. Brewer, 2014)
  • “Death and the grimly voice in David Jones’s ‘In Parenthesis’” – (Boydell, 2009) Arthurian Way of Death, ed. Kevin Whetter and Karen Cherewatuk


  • “The Case of the ‘Curious Document’: Malory, William Matthews, and Eugène Vinaver”, Journal of the International Arthurian Society (JIAS), forthcoming, 2015.
  • “A New Spirit of Hope”: Educating the Book Trade, 1920–1930, Publishing Research Quarterly, May 2013
  • “Grey Areas in Malory and the Stanzaic Mort Arthure”, Arthuriana (2012)


See Sam’s UCL profile here: