David Brauner is a professor of contemporary literature at the University of Reading (UK) and executive co-editor of Philip Roth Studies. He is the author of three books—Post-War Jewish Fiction: Ambivalence, Self-Explanation, and Transatlantic Connections (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2001), Philip Roth (Manchester University Press, 2007), and Contemporary American Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2010)—and the co-editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction (2015) with Axel Stähler. His essays have appeared in a wide range of journals, including the Journal of American Studies, the Yearbook of English Studies, Modern Language Review, Canadian Literature, and Studies in American Jewish Literature.
Sophia Forster is an assistant professor of English at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she teaches American literature of all historical periods. Her research on nineteenth-century American literature has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and ESQ.
Dr. Ruth Gilligan is a bestselling novelist and lecturer in creative writing at the University of Birmingham. She holds degrees from Cambridge, Yale, UEA, and Exeter, and her research focuses on contemporary Irish and transcultural fiction. Her fourth novel, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, will be published in July 2016. She also contributes regular literary reviews to the Guardian, Irish Independent, Times Literary Supplement, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Jody Griffith recently received a PhD in English from Temple University in Philadelphia and is currently an adjunct instructor at Bryn Mawr College. Her work on the Victorian novel focuses on the intersection of architectural, social, and narrative structures in the novels of Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy, and the architectural writings of John Ruskin.
Anna Lindhé is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. She has a PhD in English literature from Lund University, Sweden. Her dissertation, Appropriations of Shakespeare’s King Lear in Three Modern North American Novels, came out as a book in 2012. She has also published on Margaret Atwood and on the didactics of literature.
Elyse Vigiletti recently defended her dissertation, “Reading the Middle: US Women Novelists and Print Culture, 1930–1960,” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is also published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. [End Page 143]