Larisa S. Asaeli is a doctoral candidate in English at Texas Christian University. Her dissertation project focuses on citizenship and social activism in nineteenth-century American texts, with special emphasis on the abolition, temperance, and suffrage movements.
Emily A. Bernhard Jackson is a lecturer in nineteenth-century literature at the University of Exeter. Her first book, The Development of Lord Byron’s Philosophy of Knowledge: Certain in Uncertainty, was published by Palgrave in 2010. She has also published articles on Byron, Edmund Spenser, composition and rhetoric, and Pre-Raphaelite representations of nineteenth-century poetry. She is currently at work on a composition handbook and on a study of nineteenth-century literary uses of medical and folk ideas about twins.
Alistair Black is a full professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A historian of information management and library science, he has written five books, the latest of which is Books, Buildings and Social Engineering (2009), a socio-architectural history of early public libraries in Britain, co-authored with Simon Pepper. With Peter Hoare, he edited Volume 3 (1850–2000) of the Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (2006). He was the editor of Library History (2004–08) and the North American editor of Library and Information History (2009–13); he is currently Co-editor of Library Trends.
G. A. Bremner is a senior lecturer in architectural history at the University of Edinburgh. He was a Gates scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he completed his PhD in the history of Victorian architecture at Gonville and Caius College. He specializes in the history of British imperial and colonial architecture and is a recipient of both the Hawksmoor Medal (2002) and the Founders’ Award (2011) for excellence in the field of architectural history. His current research concerns global Anglicanism and its architectural manifestations worldwide, and his most recent book, Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire, c.1840–70, has just been published by Yale UP.
Karen Bourrier is a lecturer at Boston University. She has recently completed a book manuscript, Strength out of Weakness: Disability and Masculinity in Victorian Fiction, and is Project Director of Nineteenth-Century Disability: A Digital Reader, available at <http://www.nineteenthcenturydisability.org>. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture and Prose Studies. She recently edited a special issue of Women’s Writing on Dinah Mulock Craik. [End Page 233]
David Buchanan is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. Recent publications include articles in European Romantic Review, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, and Studies in the Humanities. Current book projects include The Historical Novel and the Nation State, 1814–1867 and Proletarian Literature in Canada, 1872–1919.
Paul Dobraszczyk is a lecturer in art history and visual studies at the University of Manchester. His main research interest is, broadly, visual culture in the nineteenth century, and he has particular interests in the urban underground, ruins, iron and ornament in architecture, and everyday print culture. He has published articles on such diverse topics as the ruins of Chernobyl, market halls, gardening catalogues, census forms, London guidebooks, sewage pumping stations, and information for cab passengers. His first book, Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers, was published by Spire Books in 2009.
Barry Edginton is Professor and former Chair of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg. His interests are in social theory, the history of madness, and the history of the design of mental institutions. He has many presentations and publications on the primary focus of his research—the design and building of the York Retreat in late eighteenth-century England by the Society of Friends. He also published the first medical sociology text in Canada and founded the first journal on health care in Canada: Health and Canadian Society.
Barry J. Faulk is a professor of English at Florida State University. He is the author of Music Hall and Modernity (2004) and British Rock Modernism (2010).
Alana Fletcher is a doctoral candidate in the...