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Changes at VS:
With this volume, we must bid a reluctant farewell to two excellent VS editors. Since completing her tenure as Managing Editor, Miranda Wojciechowski has not been able to stop seeing the passive voice in everything she writes (or missing her lovely VS colleagues and the delicious fruits of their stress-baking). When she’s not practicing her babka technique, she can be found drafting her second dissertation chapter on criminal conversation trials and false accusations of adultery, which is part of a larger project on reading heterosocial possibilities in the Victorian novel.
Trevor McMichael, former Book Review Editor, currently holds a dissertation fellowship through Indiana University’s Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies. His dissertation examines the form and aesthetics of everyday revenge in British Romantic literature, and he is presently at work on his third chapter, which discusses the ways in which suspense functions as one example of such everyday revenge. He very much misses working with his VS colleagues and seeing all of the exciting new scholarship produced in Victorian studies, and he is always on the lookout for the chance to change “how” to “the ways in which” in his or others’ writing.
Chelsey Moler Ford has recently taken over the position of Managing Editor. She is currently writing a chapter on sexual violence, malicious prosecution, and unnarration in Richardsonian fiction for her dissertation project, which focuses broadly on women’s trauma and the rise of the eighteenth-century novel. During her tenure at Victorian Studies, she has very much enjoyed the witty conversation and assortment of baked goods provided by her colleagues.
Richard Allberry has started as Assistant Managing Editor. His focuses include Victorian conceptions of causality and contingency, evolutionary theory and financial capitalism in fiction, and walking pronouns to their referents across long clauses.
Jordan Bunzel has taken over the position of Book Review Editor. While he misses working with Miranda and Trevor very much, Jordan enjoys editing with his new colleagues and baking for the office. He is currently writing a dissertation on nineteenth-century schoolboy stories, radical pedagogies, and queer Bildungsromane. [End Page 715]
Sara Loy has taken over the position of Assistant Book Review Editor. She is of the controversial opinion that the em dash is an excellent piece of punctuation (apologies to Jordan), and she relishes striking out extraneous prepositional phrases. Her research explores imagination in Victorian children’s literature and the Bildungsroman.
This fall we have also had the privilege of working with two excellent undergraduate interns. Daun Fields majors in English literature and studies succubi in Afro-Gothic works by immigrant fiction writers. She is an avid fan of Victorian vampire lit; the more swooning, the better. Her plans after graduation include pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing and criticism and learning to snorkel. She would like to thank the VS staff for kindly sharing their wisdom, skills, and baked goods.
Kayla Thimling is majoring in English with a minor in Spanish. She is unsure of the future but is considering creative writing or publishing as potential career paths. She would like to thank the staff at VS for their ever warm advice, their insightful and cheeky conversations, and their camaraderie forged by a shared love of everything food.
As always, Victorian Studies thanks the Indiana University Hutton Honors College, without whose generous support our internship program would not be possible. [End Page 716]