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Brenda Ayres teaches nineteenth-century English literature and advanced writing at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Recent publications include Betwixt and Between: The Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers: A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century. Forthcoming publications are Victorians and Their Animals and Marie Corelli, Woman Warrior: A Critical Consideration.

Patricia Bredar is a doctoral student in the English Department at University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on gender, space, and the body in the Victorian novel. She is particularly interested in the intersections between social critique and women’s movement and mobility.

Kirsty Bunting is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. Recent publications include essays on Vernon Lee; on Clementina-Anstruther Thomson’s experimental physiological aesthetics; and on Victorian poet Alice Meynell and her novelist daughter, Viola Meynell. A book review editor for LATCHKEY: Journal of New Woman Studies, she is also co-founder and director of the Local Youth Engagement Project, which is inspired by the life and works of Ada Nield Chew (

Susanne Calhoun is a PhD candidate in historical theology at Wheaton College and adjunct professor at Trinity International University. She has previously published with Newman Studies Journal on the christology of John Henry Newman. She specializes in nineteenth-century British theology with an emphasis on the doctrine of God.

Sharon E. Cogdill is Professor of English, Victorian Studies and Digital Humanities, at St. Cloud State University (Minnesota). Her research includes social networks in late 19th century London and the ways social events are presented in late-Victorian newspapers. Her article “For Isis and England: The Golden Dawn as a Social Network” treats the secret Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as a social network. [End Page 214]

Jane S. Gabin (PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) has published three books and contributed chapters on topics ranging from 19th century American poetry to Oscar Wilde to the New Woman. She is on the national lecturers’ list of the English-Speaking Union (US) and has spoken at conferences and other venues in the US, the UK, France, and Canada. She is currently working on the English writer, Lady Kate Magnus (1844-1924).

F. Elizabeth Gray, Associate Professor at Massey University, New Zealand, is the author of Christian and Lyric Tradition in Victorian Women’s Poetry, and the editor of Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siècle: Making a Name for Herself. Her articles have appeared in Journalism Studies, Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorian Poetry, and English Literature in Transition. Research interests include the intersections of nineteenth-century poetry and journalism, the essays and poetry of Alice Meynell and Dora Greenwell, and the history of New Zealand newspaper press.

Alyson Hunt is a PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University researching the role of dress in Victorian short crime fiction. She is Research Associate for the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers as part of a project entitled From Brontë to Bloomsbury: Realism, Sensation and the New in Women’s Writing from the 1840s to the 1930s. She also serves as Assistant Reviews Editor for Nineteenth Century Gender Studies.

Flore Janssen is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research interests include issues of gender and social class in the midto late-nineteenth century; her thesis explores women’s work, writing, and activism through the work of Margaret Harkness and Clementina Black. With Lisa C. Robertson, she edits the Harkives, an online open access repository of sources on and by Harkness. [End Page 215]



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