Peter C. Grosvenor is Associate Professor of Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. His work focuses on the intersections of history, politics, and literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His publications include studies of the work of W. H. Auden, George Orwell, and Erich Fromm.
Sandro Jung is Research Professor of Early Modern British Literature and Director of the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture at Ghent University. He coordinates the funded projects “Genettian Theories of Para- and Hypotextuality and Thomson’s The Seasons” (2011–14) and “The Translation, Cultural Mediation, and Reception in Britain of Rousseau’s Discours sur les Sciences et les Arts” (2012–15). His most recent monographs are David Mallet, Anglo-Scot: Poetry, Politics and Patronage in the Age of Union (University of Delaware Press, 2008) and The Fragmentary Poetic: Eighteenth-Century Uses of an Experimental Mode (Lehigh University Press, 2009). James Thomson’s “The Seasons,” Print Culture, and Visual Interpretation, 1730–1842, is forthcoming.
Katie Lanning is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her areas of research include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, book history, and print culture. She is particularly interested in the indistinct borders between text and paratext and the reading practices that emerge from encounters with such texts.
Katherine Malone is Visiting Assistant Professor of Intellectual Heritage at Temple University. Her research focuses on Victorian women literary critics and the history of criticism. Her essay “Anne Thackeray Ritchie’s Links with the Past: Nostalgic for Progress” recently appeared in English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 (July 2011). [End Page 105]
Tara Moore celebrates Christmas in rural Pennsylvania. She is an instructor in the English Department at Pennsylvania State University’s York campus. She writes about Victorian Christmas practices, especially when they intersect with the publishing industry. Her book, Victorian Christmas in Print (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), examines the evolution of different Christmas genres. She is currently working on a forthcoming book, Christmas (Reaktion Press, 2013), which follows themes in the development of the modern global Christmas.
Gary Simons is an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at the University of South Florida where he completed his PhD in the spring of 2011. A former scientist and businessman, he took early retirement to study Victorian literature. His dissertation concerned the critical journalism of William Makepeace Thackeray. He is currently working on a biographical study of fashionable novelist Catherine Gore.
Teresa Huffman Traver is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Chico. Her research examines the intersection of religious identity, English national identity, and domesticity in works by John Henry Newman, Margaret Oliphant, Charlotte Yonge, Charles Dickens, and Charlotte Brontë. [End Page 106]