caroline baylis-green is a postdoctoral researcher and visiting lecturer at the University of Sussex. Her research interests include forms of coding in nineteenth-century literature, links between material culture and identity, and queer theoretical approaches. She was awarded her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016 for her research on queer subjectivities, closeting, and non-normative desire in nineteenth-century women’s writing.
anne-marie beller is a senior lecturer in Victorian literature and culture at Loughborough University, UK. She is the author of Mary Elizabeth Braddon: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (McFarland, 2012), Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Writing in the Margins (Routledge, forthcoming in 2019), and co-editor of Rediscovering Victorian Women Sensation Writers (Routledge, 2014). Anne-Marie has research interests in sensation fiction, New Woman writing, and the nineteenth-century short story.
h.j.e. champion is a doctoral student at both Université Bordeaux Montaigne and the University of Eastern Finland. Her PhD project is concerned with “queering” nineteenth-century short stories by American women writers. A literary detective, she cracks cryptograms, examines naughty nuances, and searches for the sexual in the textual in an attempt to coax these stories out of the “canonical closet.”
karen dieleman is the author of Religious Imaginaries: The Liturgical and Poetic Practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Adelaide Procter (2012) and of articles on EBB and the Greek Christian poets, the memorializing of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Emily Pfeiffer’s sonnets on evolution, and the impact of the translated Aurora Leigh on Dutch literary and reform culture. She is currently working on theologies of creation in Victorian poetry. She is the dean of humanities and a professor of English at Redeemer University College.
valerie fehlbaum teaches in the English department at the University of Geneva, where she specializes in the nineteenth century and Shakespeare. Her primary research interests are Victorian periodicals and fin-de-siècle literature, especially that of the so-called New Woman writers, many of whom contributed innumerable short stories to the periodical press.
anna feuerstein is an associate professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa. She is the author of The Political Lives of Victorian Animals: Liberal Creatures in Literature and Culture (Cambridge, 2019) and co-editor of Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies and Animal Studies (Routledge, 2017). Her work has appeared in Victorian Writers and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives (Routledge, 2017), Society and Animals, Victorians Institute Journal, 19, the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, and the Journal of Victorian Culture. Her current project explores intersections between race and animality in the Victorian empire.
shanyn fiske is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University (Camden), where she also directs the MA program. Her areas of interest include Victorian literature and culture, classical reception studies, and gender studies. She is the author of Heretical Hellenism: Women Writers, Ancient Greece, and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Ohio, 2009).
andrew forrester is an independent scholar in Austin, Texas. He recently defended his dissertation, Party Politics: Dinners, Parties, and the Reaches of Sociability in Victorian Literature, which makes a case for the Victorian dinner party as both a literary convention and a cultural icon, at once a practice indicative of the period’s commitment to strict standards of etiquette and a capacious arena in which to test the already blurred boundary between the public and private spheres.
zoé hardy is completing a PhD in British literature at the University of Angers (France) in joint registration with the University of Leuven (Belgium). Her thesis focuses on the connections between artificial creation, procreation, and gender in fin-de-siècle short fiction, including works by H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
tatiana kontou is a senior lecturer in nineteenth-century literature at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is the author of Spiritualism and Women’s Writing: From the Fin de Siècle to the Neo-Victorian (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and the editor of Women and the Victorian Occult (Routledge, 2015). Tatiana co-edited The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult (Routledge, 2017) and is currently working on a multi-volume collection of...