Grossman, Jonathan H.


Kaplan 268
Tel: 310.825.4173 / Fax: 310.267.4339

(he / him / his)


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1996

B.A. Brown University, 1989

Current Interests

Standardization & infrastructure; History, form, and sociology of the novel; narrative and temporality; Nineteenth-century British literature.

Selected Works

Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel (Oxford, 2012) | Amazon US or UK; Oxford UK or Oxford US

The Art of Alibi: English Law Courts and the Novel (Johns Hopkins, 2002)


Jonathan Grossman is at work on a book about the history and theory of standardization. Current interests related to this project include the history of science and technology; metrology, or the history of measurement; mechanization and the repeating format and circulation of objects from the meter to bank notes. His last book, Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel, analyzed the rise of public transport, the standardization of time and space, and the novel. A long term interest in the relation of community to systems and networks lies behind both projects. Grossman received the UCLA Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.


Nineteenth-Century Literature (journal)

19th-Century Group

Dickens Universe

A Few Research Links

Interest Areas
• British Literature & Culture, 19th C. – Present
• Critical Theory