Andrew D. Armond is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. His primary research interests center on questions of textual influence, authority, and interpretation in the literature and theology of the Victorians. He is currently engaged in a research project examining the use of catastrophic and evolutionary metaphors in nineteenth-century literature and theological polemic.
Kasey Bass Baker is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University—Kingsville. She completed research for this project with support in 2009 from Texas A&M University—Kingsville and in 2007 from the University of Tennessee, where she earned her Ph.D. degree. She is currently studying literary networks and fin-de-siècle women poets.
Nils Clausson has taught at the University of Regina since 1984. His primary areas of interest are Victorian and early twentieth-century British literature. He has published scholarly articles on Benjamin Disraeli, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Elizabeth Gaskell, Arthur Conan Doyle, WWI poetry, D. H. Lawrence, and Walt Whitman. He organized the 2008 International Arthur Conan Doyle Symposium at the University of Regina and is currently completing a book on Conan Doyle. He recently published an article on “Dover Beach” in Papers on Language and Literature.
Amanda French, an independent scholar, has published in the Yeats Eliot Jour and Meridian and recently contributed several articles to the forthcoming fourth edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. She is also a contributor to two planned volumes of essays: Hacking the Academy and #alt-ac: Alternate Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars. She publishes scholarly essays to her blog at http://amandafrench.net , and she has published the full text of her comprehensive history of the villanelle, Refrain, Again: The Return of the Villanelle, at http://amandafrench.net/villanelle . She is currently at work on a book about the poetics of Twitter titled “Here Is a Verbal Contraption: The Art of Twitter.”
Donna Richardson is Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has published a pedagogical text, Visual Paraphrasing of Poetry, and a variety of articles on Percy Bysshe Shelley, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Joseph Conrad, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, and popular subjects such as [End Page 291] Classis Illustrated comics. She is currently writing a book about Shelley and an article on Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans.
Talia Schaffer is a professor of Victorian literature at Queens College, CUNY and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England (2001), co-editor with Kathy A. Psomiades of Women and British Aestheticsm (1999), editor of Lucas Malet’s The History of Sir Richard Calmady (2003), and editor of Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (2007). She has published widely on Victorian women’s writing, noncanonical fiction, and material culture. Her new book on women’s domestic handicrafts and the novel is forthcoming in 2010 from Oxford Univ. Press. [End Page 292]