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CONTRIBUTORS BRENDA ASSAEL will be completing a Ph.D. in the History Department of the University of Toronto this academic year. Her thesis, "The Circus and Respectable Society in Victorian Britain, 1843-1897" is an interdisciplinary study that examines class, gender, age, and ethnicity. RICHARD CONNORS is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow and visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. He has written a number of articles upon Hanoverian and Imperial history and his doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Cambridge, is to be published by Macmillan Press. He is also the editor of Souls of State and Empire: Essays in memory of Philip Lawson (forthcoming). ROBIN ST. JOHN CONOVER, a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Victoria, is currently at work on a dissertation which studies both the evolution of the demonic archetype and the development of the author/narrator in the juvenilia of Charlotte Bronte. She earned her M.A. in English at the University of Victoria in 1992, and her A.B. in English and music at Smith College in 1991. GINGER FROST is Assistant Professor of History at Samford University. She is the author of Promises Broken: Courtship, Class, and Gender in Victorian England (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995), and is on the executive board of the Southern Conference on British Studies. Her newest project is a large-scale study of cohabitation in Britain in the nineteenth century. PAMELA K. GILBERT is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Fellow of the Center for Twentieth Century Studies in Milwaukee, 1996-1997. Her work has appeared in English, Victorian Newsletter and Essays in Literature. LESLIE HOWSAM teaches history at the University of Windsor. Her Victorian Imprint Kegan Paul: Books, Publishing and Cultural History will be published this year by University of Toronto Press. SHAWN MALLEY teaches in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. He has published articles on Walter Pater, H. Rider Haggard, Victorian book illustration, and travel literature. He is investigating aspects of archaeological representation in Victorian Britain. Announcements227 JULIET McMASTER, who is University Professor of English at the University of Alberta, is the author of books on Austen, Thackeray, Dickens, and Trollope, and of many articles on the Brontes and other eighteenth-and nineteenth-century novelists. She is General Editor of the Juvenilia Press. MARJORIE MORGAN teaches British history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is the author of Manners, Morals and Class in England, 17741858 and is currently working on a study of travel writing and national identity in Victorian Britain. PETER SINNEMA is Assistant Professor of Victorian literature in York University's Department of English. He has published articles on the Illustrated London News in Victorian Review and Victorian Periodicals Review, and is currently working on representations of heroic death in mid-nineteenth century Britain. LISA SURRIDGE is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Victoria. Her research interests and publications focus on theatricality and domestic violence in nineteenth century literature, as well as on Victorian sensation fiction. She is currently editing (with Richard Nemesvari of St. Francis Xavier University) Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Aurora Floyd for Broadview Press. CHRISTINE WIESENTHAL teaches Victorian Literature at the University of Alberta. Her first book. Figuring Madness in Nineteenth Century Fiction is forthcoming with Macmillan Press in 1997. ANNOUNCEMENTS The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for papers on all aspects of nineteenth-century studies to be delivered at its 26th annual conference, hosted by UNBC, 2-4 October 1997. Submissions on the broad themes of Education, Environment, Empire are especially welcome. Keynote speakers include Thomas W. Laqueur: University of California, Berkeley; Anne McClintock: Columbia University; A.P. Thornton, University of Toronto. The Association welcomes proposals for single-speaker sessions (35 minutes speaking time) as well as for 'pre-packaged' panels of three or four speakers (15 minutes each). Panel proposals should identify a contact person. Proposals are also welcome for the Association's standing panel 'Representing the Victorians: Issues of Pedagogy and Research'. Proposals (one page maximum) and brief c.v. should be sent by 1 March 1997 to: Isobel Findlay, President, VSAWC. Department of English...


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