Rhona Brown is a lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. She has published widely on Scottish literature of the eighteenth century, with particular focus on the work of Robert Fergusson. Her first monograph, entitled Robert Fergusson and the Scottish Periodical Press, was published in 2012. She has recently edited two newly discovered works by eighteenth-century Scottish authors: James Beattie’s Grotesquiad and a lost poem on the Cape Club by Robert Fergusson. Brown continues to research eighteenth-century Scottish authors’ relationship with the periodical press and club culture and eighteenth-century Scottish poetry more generally.
Gerard Carruthers is Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is General Editor of the new multi-volume Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns (Oxford UP 2014–), and his recent books include The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature (Cambridge UP 2012), co-edited with Liam McIlvanney, and Scottish Literature: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh UP 2009). He is also (since 2013) editor of the Scottish Literary Review
Michael Edson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has published in Wordsworth Circle, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, European Romantic Review, and Nineteenth-Century Prose. His current research explores the retirement trope in eighteenth-century poetry and its influence on philosophical discussions of abstract thought.
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 is also a professorial fellow at the University of Strasbourg. His most recent books are: David Mallet, Anglo-Scot: Poetry, Patronage, and Politics in the Age of Union (U of Delaware P, 2008); The Fragmentary Poetic: Eighteenth-Century Uses of an Experimental Mode (Lehigh UP, 2009); and James Thomson’s “The Seasons,” Print Culture, and Visual Interpretation, 1730–1842 (forthcoming Lehigh UP, 2015). His Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene,” Its Paratexts, and Illustrations, 1706–1805 (Manchester UP) will be published in 2015. He edited the 2013 number of the English Association’s Essays and Studies (Boydell), on print culture and literature, and is currently co-editing (for publication in 2015) the MHRA’s Yearbook [End Page 161] of English Studies on book history and literature. He is currently working on a political biography of John Gay for Pickering and Chatto.
Kate Parker is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has published work on D. A. F. de Sade and Eliza Haywood and is co-editor, with Courtney Weiss Smith, of Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered (Bucknell UP 2013). She currently serves as the series co-editor (with Greg Clingham) of Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850 at Bucknell UP, and is at work on a book about affective communities and their impact on literary selfhood in eighteenth-century Britain and France.
Tess Somervell is a doctoral candidate at Clare College, Cambridge. She is currently working toward completing her thesis on time and eternity in the long poems of John Milton, James Thomson, and William Wordsworth.
Katarina Stenke is Director of Studies and College Teaching Officer in English at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. After a BA in English at University College, Dublin, she moved to the University of Cambridge where she completed an MPhil in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature and a PhD on eighteenth-century long poems (2012). Current research interests include the overlap between eighteenth-century literary and material culture, religious poetry, and the writings of Joseph Addison. In addition to reviewing for the Year’s Work in English Studies, she is currently completing a monograph on epic form in Enlightenment poetry. An article on mazes in eighteenth-century design and literature will be published in JECS in 2015.
Kwinten Van De Walle is a PhD student working under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture based at the Department for Literary Studies (English Studies) at Ghent University. His doctoral project focuses on the textual, print-cultural, and transnational lives of James Thomson’s The Seasons. He examines Thomson’s revisions of the original text of the poem...