Jorge L. Contreras is an Associate Professor at American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. He has written numerous academic and trade articles relating to the English Pre-Raphaelite artists and writers. His legal research focuses on intellectual property law, including the manner in which intellectual property rights such as copyright and patent impact the creation of works of authorship, scientific research, and technological innovations.
Frank Fennell is Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. He is author or editor of six books, primarily on Victorian literature, including Rereading Hopkins: Selected New Essays, and he has published numerous articles, especially on Hopkins. His current project is a book on Hopkins and his readers.
Louisa Hall is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on a dissertation about four poets' uses of formal constraints to escape oppressive confinement. She has published articles on Robert Frost and Anne Bradstreet. Her novel, "The Carriage House," will be released in 2013.
Simon Humphries is a member of Linacre College, Oxford. He is the editor of Christina Rossetti's Poems and Prose (2008), and his essays have appeared in ELH, Review of English Studies, TLS, and VP. He is currently working on a volume on Christina Rossetti's reception for the Critical Heritage series and on a book on Rossetti's theological imagination.
Tracy Miller, a recent Ph.D. from New York University, currently teaches English and History at the Webb Schools in Claremont, California. Her dissertation, "Site-Specific: Placing Memory in Victorian Literature and Culture," examined the role that literature played in producing and preserving sites of mourning and memory in the nineteenth century and includes chapters on literary pilgrimage, on Thomas Hardy's Wessex maps, and on the elegy.
Matthew Potolsky is Associate Professor of English at the University of Utah. He is the author of Mimesis (2006) and The Decadent Republic of Letters: Taste, Politics, and Cosmopolitan Community from Baudelaire to Beardsley (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming), as well as numerous essays on literary theory and fin-de-siècle literature. He is also the co-editor of Perennial Decay: On the Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence (1999) and a special issue of New Literary History from 2004 entitled "Forms of/and Decadence." [End Page 257]
Valerie Purton is Reader in Victorian Literature at Anglia Ruskin University and editor of the Tennyson Research Bulletin. She is the co-author, with Professor Norman Page, of the Palgrave Literary Dictionary of Tennyson (2010) and, with Christopher Sturman, of Poems by Two Brothers (1993), the poetry of Tennyson's father and uncle. Her monograph Dickens and the Sentimental Tradition is to be published by Anthem Press in July 2012.
Aaron Worth is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at Boston University. His articles on nineteenth-century literature have appeared in such journals as Victorian Studies and Victorian Literature and Culture. He is currently completing a book project on the conceptual relationship between colonial and information systems within Victorian fiction. [End Page 258]