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  • Contributors

susan david bernstein is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her most recent book is Roomscape: Women Writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf (2013).

karen chase is Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Eros and Psyche: The Representation of Personality in the Works of Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot (1984), George Eliot: Middlemarch (1991), and The Victorians and Old Age (2009); co-author, with Michael Levenson, of The Spectacle of Intimacy: A Public Life for the Victorian Family (2000); and editor of Middlemarch in the Twenty-First Century (2006).

esme cleall is a lecturer in the history of the British Empire at the University of Sheffield. Her new book, Missionary Discourses of Difference: Negotiating Otherness in the British Empire, 1840–1900 (2012), explores issues of race, gender, and identity across the British empire. She is now researching experiences and representations of disability in colonial contexts.

eileen cleere is a professor of English at Southwestern University. She is the author of Avuncularism: Capitalism, Patriarchy and Nineteenth-Century English Culture (2004), and her essays on a variety of nineteenth-century topics have appeared in ELH, Representations, and Novel. Her most recent book, The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns, was published by Ohio State UP in 2014.

mary jean corbett is a professor of English and an affiliate of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is the author of Representing Femininity: Middle-Class Subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian Women’s Autobiographies (1992); Allegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790–1870: Politics, History, and the Family from Edgeworth to Arnold (2000); and Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf (2008). Her current research explores late-Victorian contexts for the life and writing of Virginia Woolf.

ginger s. frost is a professor of history at Samford University. She is the author of three books, including Living in Sin: Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2008); a former fellow of the National Humanities Centre (2002–03); and a former member of the Institute of Advanced Study (2009–10). She is currently writing a legal and social history of illegitimacy in Britain from 1860 to 1930. [End Page 229]

holly furneaux is a reader in Victorian literature at the University of Leicester and the author of Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (2009). She is also co-editor, with Sally Ledger, of Dickens in Context (2011) and editor of John Forster’s Life of Dickens (2011). She is now working in partnership with the National Army Museum on a project entitled “Military Men of Feeling: Masculinity, Emotion and Tactility in Victorian Warfare.”

esther godfrey is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her first book, The January-May Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2009. Her research focuses on issues within nineteenth-century marriage.

kelly hager is an associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies at Simmons College, where she teaches Victorian literature and children’s literature. She is the author of Dickens and the Rise of Divorce: The Failed-Marriage Plot and the Novel Tradition (2010) and of articles on children’s literature, canon formation, and the Brontës and adolescence.

matthew ingleby teaches at University College London. He has published articles on Morris and the geography of his utopian fiction, on Victorian building plots, and on the bachelorization of Bloomsbury. He co-edited the essay collection G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity (2013) with Matthew Beaumont, and he is presently writing a monograph about the role of nineteenth-century fiction in the production of the metropolitan locality of Bloomsbury.

richard a. kaye, an associate professor in the Department of English at Hunter College, cuny and the Graduate Center, cuny, is the author of The Flirt’s Tragedy: Desire without End in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction (2002) and Voluptuous Immobility: St. Sebastian and the Decadent Imagination (forthcoming). His essays have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in English Literature, Modernism...


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