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sarah bilston is a professor of English literature at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of The Awkward Age in Women’s Popular Fiction, 1850–1900: Girls and the Transition to Womanhood (Oxford UP, 2004) and The Promise of the Suburbs: A Victorian History in Literature and Culture (Yale UP, 2019). She has also published two novels with HarperCollins.

katy brundan teaches at the University of Oregon. She has published a number of articles on translation, philology, and Victorian literature. She is currently working on a book, The Translational Imagination: Rethinking the Nineteenth-Century English Novel.

rachel hope cleves is a professor of history at the University of Victoria. She is the author of Unspeakable: A Life Beyond Sexual Morality (U of Chicago P, 2020), Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford, 2014), and The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery (Cambridge, 2009). She is presently at work on a SSHRC-funded project titled “Good Food, Bad Sex: A History of Illicit Pleasures.”

alexis easley is a professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of First-Person Anonymous: Women Writers and Victorian Print Media, 1830–70 (Ashgate, 2004) and Literary Celebrity, Gender, and Victorian Authorship, 1850–1914 (Delaware UP, 2011). She co-edited, with Andrew King and John Morton, The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century Periodicals and Newspapers (Routledge, 2016) and Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies (Routledge, 2017), both recipients of the Colby Prize. Her third essay collection, Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s–1900s, co-edited with Clare Gill and Beth Rodgers, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019. Her current book project is titled New Media and the Rise of the Popular Woman Writer, 1832–60 (forthcoming, Edinburgh UP, 2020). This project was a 2019 recipient of the Linda H. Peterson Prize awarded by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.

robert finnigan obtained his PhD at the University of Sunderland and is currently based at Nottingham Trent University. Robert is currently researching Anglo-Irish contributions to Aestheticism and Decadence within the fin-de-siècle period. His primary research interests lie in the areas of Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, Decadence, and book history, as well as forgotten, neglected, and repressed authors. For several years, he has been involved in NEICN (North East Irish Culture Network) activities and events to promote and encourage research into the various characteristics of Irish culture and society.

judith fisher is a professor emerita at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she specialized in nineteenth-century studies. Her books include The Adventures of Philip by William Makepeace Thackeray (a scholarly edition), William Makepeace Thackeray: Lives of Victorian Literary Figures, and Thackeray’s Narrative Skepticism and the Egoism of Authorship. She has published in Victorian Studies, Victorian Periodicals Review, Studies in the Novel, and Nineteenth-Century Literature, and has published an essay on food adulteration and tea in BRANCH.

judith flanders is a senior research fellow in nineteenth-century social history at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham. She is the author of A Circle of Sisters (2001), nominated for the Guardian First Book Award; The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed (2003); The Invention of Murder (2011), shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction; The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London (2012), shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year; The Making of Home (2014); and Christmas: A History (2017). A Place for Everything, a history of alphabetical order, will be published in 2020. In her copious leisure time, she also writes the Sam Clair series of comic crime novels.

maria frawley is a professor of English at George Washington University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century literature. She is the editor of the Broadview edition of Harriet Martineau’s Life in the Sick-Room (2004) and the author of several books, including Invalidism and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Chicago, 2005). Her current projects include co-editing a Companion to Jane Austen, forthcoming from Routledge, as well as a collection of primary sources...


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