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Norman Aselmeyer is a researcher in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Previously he was a Research Associate at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany where he also served as Assistant Editor of Geschichte und Gesellschaft. He holds a Master of Research from the European University Institute and a Staatsexamen (Master’s equivalent) from the University of Mainz, Germany. His academic interests include the global history of East Africa and the Indian Ocean, food history, and the history of health and disease.

Ashleigh Blackwood is a doctoral candidate at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK. Her thesis analyzes how literary and medical authors explored the changing face of childbirth and reproductive medicine in the eighteenth century. Since beginning her doctoral studies, Ashleigh’s research has been part of the Leverhulme-funded project “Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832,” run jointly between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities. She is an Assistant Editor for The Shandean and has published on eighteenth-century poetry and the novel.

Monika Class was appointed Junior Professor of English Literature and Culture at the Department of English at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2016. Before that she was a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, and has also served as a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, fixed-term lecturer and co-convenor of the MSc in Medical Humanities at King’s College London’s English Department. Her specialties include eighteenth and nineteenth-century studies, the theory and history of reading and the novel, and medical humanities. Her current book project is called “The Visceral Novel Reader: A Cultural History of Embodied Reading in Britain.”

Pauls Daija, senior researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia (Riga), has published articles on eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Baltic German and Latvian literary culture. He is author of the book Apgaismība un kultūrpārnese [Enlightenment and Cultural Transfer] (2013) and editor-in-chief of the journal of humanities Letonica.

Eva Eglāja-Kristsone, senior researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia (Riga), is the author of the book Dzelzsgriezēji: Latvijas un Rietumu trimdas rakstnieku kontakti [Iron Cutters: Contacts Between Latvian and Western Exile Writers] (2013) and has published articles about the history of feminism in Latvia in the nineteenth century.

Michelle Faubert is Associate Professor of Romantic literature at the University of Manitoba in Canada and Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University, UK. [End Page 509] Her books include Rhyming Reason: The Poetry of Romantic-Era Psychologists (Pickering and Chatto, 2009), Romanticism and Pleasure (Palgrave, 2010), Medical Writings: Depression and Melancholy, 1660–1800 (Pickering and Chatto, 2012), Mary Wollstonecraft’s Mary and The Wrongs of Woman (Broadview, 2012) and Mary Shelley’s Mathilda (Broadview, 2017); she has also edited journal issues for Literature Compass (2015) and European Romantic Review (2016). Faubert’s current monograph projects are on Romanticism and revolutionary suicide, and on the abolitionist Granville Sharp.

Victoire Feuillebois holds her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of Poitiers (France). She has taught Comparative Literature at the University of Aix-Marseilles and the University of Tours (France). She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium) within the Marie Curie/Move In Louvain programs. Her current research is entitled “Art that Kills, Art that Heals: Representing the Romantic Work of Art as a Pharmakon.”

James Kennaway is a Research Associate in the History of Medicine at Newcastle University. He has previously worked at Oxford, Stanford, Vienna, and Durham. In 2012 he published Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease (Ashgate). He has also published an edited volume Music and the Nerves, 1700–1900 (Palgrave, 2014) and articles in journals such as Social History of Medicine, Journal for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, and Gesnerus.

Anita O’Connell is Leverhulme Research Fellow in English Literature at Northumbria University where she is writing a monograph on The Fashion for Disease in the Spas of Romantic Literature as part of the Leverhulme-funded project “Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature...


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