will abberley is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford. His book English Fiction and the Evolution of Language, 1850–1914 was published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press. His current research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, investigates Victorian concepts of biological mimicry and disguise.
katherine j. anderson is a PhD candidate at Indiana University. Her dissertation, “Twisted Words: The Rhetoric of Torture in Mid-Victorian Britain,” draws on literary, historical, and phenomenological analysis to examine the evolution of the concept of torture in relation to four distinct institutional authorities that came under attack in Britain from the 1850s to the 1870s: the Church, the imperial government, the military, and the patriarchal family. Her research and teaching interests centre on representations of violence in the nineteenth century as well as in contemporary pop culture.
jordan bear is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Toronto. He was previously a lecturer in art history and archaeology at Columbia University, where he completed his doctorate on an acls/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. He has served as the Chester Dale Fellow in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His book Disillusioned: Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject is forthcoming from Penn State University Press.
maggie berg is a professor in the Department of English at Queen’s University specializing in Victorian literature and literary theory. She and coauthor Barbara Seeber, of Brock University, have a book under consideration, The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, and she is completing a book tentatively entitled Animals and Animality in the Brontë Novels.
aviva briefel is a professor of English and cinema studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (2006) and co-editor of Horror after 9/11: World of Fear, Cinema of Terror (2011). Her newest book, The Racial Hand and the Victorian Imagination, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. She is currently at work on a project titled Impossible Ghosts: Spectrality at the Limits of Evidence.
alisa clapp-itnyre is a professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana. She is the author of Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel (2002) and has published articles in Victorian Poetry, Victorians Institute Journal, Victorian Literature [End Page 207] and Culture, and Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, among others. Her book British Hymn Books for Children, 1800–1900: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood is forthcoming from Ashgate in 2016.
julie codell is a professor of art history at Arizona State University and affiliate faculty in English, gender studies, film and media studies, and Asian studies. She wrote The Victorian Artist: Artists’ Life Writings in Britain, ca. 1870–1910 (2003; paperback rev. ed. 2012); edited Transculturation in British Art, 1770–1930 (2012), Power and Resistance: The Delhi Coronation Durbars (2012), The Political Economy of Art (2008), Genre, Gender, Race, and World Cinema (2007), and Imperial Co-Histories (2003); and co-edited, with L. Brake, Encounters in the Victorian Press (2004), and with D.S. Macleod, Orientalism Transposed: The Impact of the Colonies on British Culture (1998).
nicholas daly is a professor of modern English and American literature at University College Dublin and has also taught at Wesleyan University, Dartmouth College, and Trinity College Dublin. He has published widely on Victorian literature and drama; his most recent book is The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City: Paris, London, New York (2015), and he is currently working on a collaborative project on Ruritanian narratives, from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries.
martin danahay is a professor of English at Brock University. He is the author of Gender at Work in Victorian Culture: Literature, Art and Masculinity (2005) and co-editor, with Deborah Denenholz Morse, of Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Victorian Culture (2007). He is the editor of Broadview editions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (second ed., 2005) and H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (2003...