edward beasley is a professor of History at San Diego State University. His first two books looked at a pro-imperial pressure group (Empire as the Triumph of Theory: A Study of the Founders of the Colonial Society of 1868, 2004) and at how the generalizing intellectual habits of the time fed into British imperialism (Mid-Victorian Imperialists: British Gentlemen and the Empire of the Mind, 2005) respectively. His third book (The Victorian Reinvention of Race: New Racisms and the Problem of Grouping in the Human Sciences, 2010) examined racial categorization in the works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Walter Bagehot, and Charles Darwin, among others.
danielle bird received her ma in English Literature from York University in 2013 after graduating summa cum laude from Concordia’s Honours English Literature ba program in 2012. She plans to pursue a career in intermediate or senior education.
kirstie blair is a professor of English literature at the University of Stirling. She is the author of Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion (2012) and Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart (2006) and has published widely on Victorian poetry, particularly in the fields of religious poetry and working-class poetry and poetics. She recently co-edited an essay collection, Class and the Canon: Constructing Labouring-Class Poetry and Poetics, 1750–1900 (2013) with Mina Gorji, and is currently working on a larger project on Scottish working-class poets in the Victorian period.
s. brooke cameron currently holds a limited-term appointment as an assistant professor of English at Queen’s University. She is at work on a book project entitled “Feminine Bonds: Economics and Feminism in English Writing, 1880–1938.”
nils clausson has taught at the University of Regina since 1984. His areas of teaching and research interest include Victorian and early twentieth-century British literature, drama, and detective fiction. After completing his doctoral dissertation on Disraeli, he worked for two years as a research associate at the Disraeli Project at Queen’s University. He has published several articles on Disraeli, as well as articles on Charles Dickens, Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joseph Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Oscar Wilde.
sheila cordner teaches in the Humanities Division of Boston University’s College of General Studies. She is completing a book entitled “Educational Outliers: Exclusion as Innovation in Nineteenth-Century British Literature.” [End Page 261]
amy coté is a junior fellow at Massey College and a PhD student in English at the University of Toronto, where she studies Chartist fiction and nineteenth-century theology. As a student in the University of Toronto’s collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture, she volunteers in the Robertson Davies Library print shop, where she works with nineteenth-century letterpresses and wood type. She has presented her research at several conferences and contributed two entries to the Orlando textbase.
kathleen davidson is an independent scholar and holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her research interests include the history of photography, nineteenth-century art of the British Empire, and the intersection of art and science. She was the 2012–13 C.P. Snow Memorial Trust Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and a visiting scholar at the Yale Center for British Art during 2014. Her book Photography, Natural History and the Nineteenth-Century Museum: Exchanging Views of Empire is forthcoming with Ashgate. Previously, she was the curator of international photography at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
sarah dredge holds a PhD from McGill University. She is currently a principal lecturer in nineteenth-century literature at Sheffield Hallam University. She specializes in mid- nineteenth-century fiction and its relationship to the contemporary women’s movement, but she is broadly interested in women’s literature as political writing.
ann-marie dunbar is a member of the English department at Winona State University, where she teaches courses on nineteenth-century British and American literature and multicultural American literature. Her work has appeared in Victorians Institute Journal, American Drama, and The cea Forum. She is currently at work on a study of the Japanese novelist Natsume Sōseki in late-Victorian London.
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