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About the Contributors

Clare Barker ( is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Leeds. Her research explores representations and constructions of health, illness, and disability in postcolonial literature, with a particular interest in indigenous writing. She is the author of Postcolonial Fiction and Disability: Exceptional Children, Metaphor and Materiality (2011) and the co-editor (with Stuart Murray) of a 2010 JLCDS special issue entitled Disabling Postcolonialism. She is currently working on two new strands of research: one focuses on genetic science and biopiracy, and the other explores the relationships between postcolonial fiction and health activism in the global South.

Mary J. Couzelis ( is currently working toward her PhD in critical literacy with an emphasis on children’s literature at Texas A&M University at Commerce. She received her MA in children’s literature from Hollins University, and a second MA in literature with an emphasis on Native American fiction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Currently she teaches undergraduate courses in composition and multi-ethnic American literature. Her areas of interest are young adult historical fiction and multi-ethnic American literature. She has published articles in the Journal of Children’s Literature Studies and MP: An Online Feminist Journal. She has two forthcoming chapters: one focused on race in contemporary young adult dystopian novels, and the second focused on gender in an Edgar Allan Poe graphic adaptation.

Maria Frawley ( is Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program at George Washington University where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century British Literature. She is the author of Invalidism and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2005) and the editor of the Broadview Edition of Harriet Martineau’s Life in the Sick-Room (2004). In addition to her work on nineteenth-century medical history, she studies nineteenth-century women’s history and is the author of Anne Bronte, A Wider Range: Travel Writing by Women in Victorian England, and an array of articles on nineteenth-century women writers and print culture. She is currently at work on a book titled Keywords of Jane Austen’s Fiction.

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch ( is an Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Her main areas of interest are medical rhetoric and the history of psychiatry, with emphasis on nineteenth-century psychiatry. She most recently co-authored articles based on archival research of nineteenth-century asylums: “Occult Genres in a Victorian Asylum” (in Written Communication, 2011) and “Narrative Survival: Personal and Institutional Accounts of Asylum Confinement” (in Literature and Medicine, 2012). Her current projects focus on the art of people who are mentally ill and the legal aspects of psychiatric confinement in nineteenth-century America.

Penelope Kelsey ( is associate professor of English and ethnic studies at University of Colorado at Boulder. She is of Seneca descent (patrilineal) with familial roots in western Pennsylvania and New York. She is the author of Tribal [End Page 243] Theory in Native American Literature (2008). Her edited collection, Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Poet, won the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers Best Literary Criticism Award in 2012. Her work-in-progress, Reading the Wampum, examines Haudenosaunee literature, visual culture, and intellectual history, and considers the role of wampum in intellectual transmission and cultural resurgence.

Petra Kuppers ( is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Art and Design and Theatre at the University of Michigan. Her books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performance and Contemporary Art (2007), and Community Performance: An Introduction (2007). Her most recent book, Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011), which explores arts-based research methods, won the Biennial Sally Banes Prize by the American Society for Theatre Research. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective. She is currently at work on two projects: a study of disability in Australian and Aotearoan contexts, and a study on social somatics, performance, and embodiment.

Kaye McLelland ( is...