Anna Despotopoulou is Associate Professor in English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is the author of Women and the Railway, 1850–1915 (Edinburgh UP, 2015), and co-editor of Henry James and the Supernatural (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011) and Transforming Henry James (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). She has published articles on Henry James, George Eliot, Jane Austen, Christina Rossetti, Rhoda Broughton, Joseph Conrad, and Peter Shaffer.
Katherine E. Hummel is a PhD student in English language and literature at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include contemporary postcolonial literature, ecocriticism, new materialism, and visual culture. Her work on ecofeminism, ethics of place, and “strange kinship” in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy is forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.
Beth Lau is Professor of English Emerita at California State University, Long Beach. Her most recent book is the edited collection Jane Austen and Sciences of the Mind (2018). Other books include Keats’s Reading of the Romantic Poets (1991), Keats’s Paradise Lost (1998), and Fellow Romantics: Male and Female British Writers, 1790–1835 (2009).
Samantha Morse is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently working on her dissertation analyzing the aesthetics of dread in conjunction with conceptions of the will in British Gothic fiction from 1790 to 1900.
Jennifer Spitzer is Assistant Professor of English at Ithaca College. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Modernism/modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, and Oscholars: Oscar Wilde and his Worlds. She is completing a book entitled Secret Sharers: Modernism and the Debate with Psychoanalysis, which argues for the centrally formative impact of psychoanalysis on some of modernism’s key aesthetic innovations.
Erica Stevens received her PhD in English from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently a full-time instructor of composition and literature at Houston Community College. Her essay on John Rollin Ridge’s The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta appears in the journal ESQ. At present, she is working on a book-length study of nineteenth-century New Orleans and representations of the city’s social life.