Dannie Leigh Chalk is Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature at the American University in Bulgaria, where she is also the director of the Women and Gender Resources Center. She earned her PhD in English from Pennsylvania State University in 2009. Her research interests lie in early modern literature and medicine and in women’s literary history.
Sharon L. Decker is the eighteenth-century specialist at Centenary College (NJ). Her research interests include the notions of family, motherhood, and maternity; gothic literature; and identity theory. She has written about Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Clara Reeve’s The Old English Baron and is currently working on eighteenth-century gothic tales.
Kristine Jennings is Visiting Assistant Professor of World Literature at Appalachian State University. She earned her doctorate in comparative literature from Binghamton University (SUNY), and her research interests include gender and sexuality studies, the history of the novel and of women’s writing, and folk and fairy tales.
Elizabeth Johnston teaches writing, literature, and gender studies at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Her scholarly work centers on representations of female sexuality in literature, television, and film and has been published in a number of academic journals and edited collections, most recently in Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood (Lexington, 2014) and The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters (KH, 2015). Her creative work, which also evidences her commitment to feminist themes, has been nominated for Pushcart awards, recognized in national literary contests, and published widely in academic and literary journals and books. She is a founding member of the Rochester-based writer’s group, Straw Mat, and facilitates writing workshops at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
Katherine Richards is a Doctoral candidate at West Virginia University where she specializes in eighteenth-century British medicine and celebrity theory.
Devon Sherman is currently completing her PhD in Literatures in English at Rutgers University. Her dissertation addresses the role of parody in the [End Page 153] Gothic genre from the eighteenth century through to its current incarnations.
Jan M. Stahl is an Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She has published articles on violence and sexuality as depicted in eighteenth century fiction. She is completing a book on female characters’ responses to sexual violence in early-eighteenth-century British novels.
David Shane Wallace is Associate Professor of English at Galveston College specializing in multiethnic American literature. He is currently revising a book manuscript titled From Native to Nation: Copway’s American Indian Newspaper and the Formation of American Nationalism. He has penned articles on the intersection of race, sexuality, and national identity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century multi-ethnic American fiction and in the field of whiteness studies. His current research project investigates American identity construction and considers the role of the often overlooked Romani (Gypsies) in the American cultural imagination through an examination of literary texts, film, television, and music and considering the ways in which representations of these individuals, positioned on the margins of American society, have historically assisted in defining American concepts of place, property, freedom, class, stability, sexuality, and the supernatural. [End Page 154]