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Contributors Francesca Benatti is an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral FeUow. She is currendy based in the Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research focuses on the Irish periodical press and its role in Irish cultural nationaüsm during the 1 830s and 1 840s. Dagni Bredesen received a PhD from the University of Washington and teaches at Eastern IUinois University in the EngUsh department and in Women's Studies. Her research areas include nineteenth-century British uterature and culture, and Postcolonial studies with an emphasis on South African Uterature. She has pubUshed widely on Victorian Uterature and is currently working on a monograph titled Over His Dead Body: Widows in Victorian Fiction. Michael John DiSanto is currently completing a PhD in EngUsh at Dalhousie University entitled "A Revaluation of Values: Joseph Conrad's novels as a Criticism of the Nineteenth Century." Mary Poovey is the Samuel Rudin University Professor at New York University and the founding director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge. Her last two books are A History of the Modern Fact (Chicago 1998) and a coUection of documents, The FinancialSystem in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Oxford 2003). Mark Simpson, Associate Professor of EngUsh at the University of Alberta, is the author of Trafficking Subjects: The Politics of Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Minnesota Press, 2005). His current research takes up the North American postcard "craze" circa 1 900. Andrew Smith is Reader in EngUsh Studies at the University of Glamorgan, where he is Head of Humanities. His seven pubUshed books include Victorian Demons: Medicine, Masculinity and the Gothic at thefin de siècle (2004), Gothic Radicalism: Uterature, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis in the Nineteenth Century (2000), and Empire and the Gothic: The Politics of Genre Victorian Review (2005)1 35 Contributors (edited with WiUiam Hughes: 2003). He is the co-series editor of Gothic Uterary Studies, pubUshed by the University of Wales Press. Laurence Talairach-Vielmas is Senior Lecturer in EngUsh at the University of Toulouse-Le MiraU. He completed his PhD on "Secrecy and the Body in Sensation Fiction" in 2000. He has pubUshed a number of articles on Victorian Uterature in international journals as weU as in edited volumes. Anthea Trodd is Senior Lecturer in EngUsh at Keele University. Her books include Domestic Crime in the Victorian Novel (1989) and Women's Writing in English: Britain 1900-1945 (1998). She is working on the coUaborative writings of Dickens and CoUins withJohn Bowen. Tamara S. Wagner obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is currently assistant professor at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Nanyang in Singapore. Recent pubUcations include Longing: Narratives of Nostalgia in the British Novel, 1740-1890 (2004) and Occidentalism in Novels of Malaysia and Singapore, 1819-2004 (2005). Her latest project is a book-length study of financial speculation in Victorian Uterature. 136volume 31 number 2 ...


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