Ayşe Çelīkkol is Assistant Professor of English at Bilkent University, Turkey, and author of Romances of Free Trade: British Literature, Laissez-Faire, and the Global Nineteenth Century (2011). Her areas of research include nineteenth-century British and American literature, liberalism, and the history of globalization.
Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, is the author most recently of Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (2005) and The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry (2010), which approaches poetry in the context of print culture. Two recent essays have appeared in VP: “Inventing Poetry and Pictorialism in Once a Week: A Magazine of Visual Effects” (Spring 2010) and “Ironizing Prosody in John Davidson’s ‘A Ballad in Blank Verse’” (Summer 2011).
Albert D. Pionke is Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama and author of The Ritual Culture of Victorian Professionals: Competing for Ceremonial Status, 1838–1877 (2013) and Plots of Opportunity: Representing Conspiracy in Victorian England (2004), and co-editor with Denise Millstein of Victorian Secrecy: Economies of Knowledge and Concealment (2010). He is currently working on an archival and digital excavation of the distinctively British vision of Cuba in the long nineteenth century.
Justin Sider is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Yale University. He is currently completing a dissertation entitled “Parting Words: Address and Exemplarity in Victorian Poetry,” which studies valedictory speeches and scenes of departure as sites within which poets re-imagined the publicness of poetic address. His article on farewells and failures in the writings of John Ruskin has recently been published in Studies in English Literature.
Lorraine Wood, a recent Ph.D. at University of Utah, teaches British Literature and Women’s Studies at Brigham Young University. Her interests include the interrelationship of music and literature, nineteenth-century aesthetics, performance theory, the Pre-Raphaelites and aesthetes, and women writers and the Gothic tradition. She has published on James Joyce and is currently working on studies of Vernon Lee’s interpretation of Wagner and Thomas De Quincey’s incorporation of the musical sublime. [End Page 561]