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Changes at VS:
With this volume, we must say goodbye to two excellent VS editors. Since completing her tenure as Managing Editor, Chelsey Moler Ford has been working on finishing her dissertation, “Formal Trauma: Women, Sexual Violence, and the Rise of the Novel.” She is currently working on a chapter about amatory fiction by Aphra Behn and Eliza Haywood. Quarantining in her Bloomington home, she misses the company of her VS colleagues and the lovely VS office. She would give anything to once again have an hours-long debate about the proper placement of a comma according to the mysterious yet trusty MLA8 handbook. Until then, she’ll be reading, baking, practicing yoga, and dreaming about her future alt-ac career in publishing.
Since completing his tenure as Book Review Editor, Jordan Bunzel has been missing his VS colleagues very much. In between writing, teaching a new class on gothic horror, nervously staring out the window to think about the state of the world, and then writing again, he often thinks about his colleagues’ work and looks forward to seeing their new VS issues in print. His dissertation project is tentatively titled “Learning through the Body: Experimental Educations and the Victorian School Novel.”
Richard Allberry has taken over the position of Managing Editor. He is working on the first chapter of his dissertation, “Gambling and Causality in the Victorian Novel,” which investigates the ways in which novelistic representations of gambling mediate shifting cultural conceptions of the relationship between cause and effect. He is confident—if in nothing else—that the positions of commas in his bibliography will observe the dicta of MLA8.
Sara Loy has recently taken over the position of Book Review Editor. She is proud of her VS colleagues who have managed to work from home while also, ironically, moving offices. In her research, Sara considers the ways in which Victorian Golden Age fantasy crafts, challenges, and plays with paradigms of childhood.
Christie Debelius has started as Assistant Managing Editor. She is currently writing a chapter about Letitia Elizabeth Landon, intermediality, and representations of women’s genius for her dissertation project, which examines theories of media in the works of Romantic women poets. When not reading poetry or untangling webs of clauses in order [End Page 715] to match verbs to their subjects, she can be found baking, playing with her cat Sherlock, or thinking about representations of talented women in popular culture.
Samantha Heffner was very excited to begin her position as Assistant Book Review Editor this fall. She is currently in the midst of her qualifying exam process, and hopes to make her dissertation about women behaving badly in Romantic and Victorian literature. When she isn’t obsessing over dramatic monologues or combing through book catalogs, you can find her still at home, knitting sweaters and challenging herself in the kitchen.
This fall, we’ve had the pleasure of working (remotely) with two outstanding undergraduate interns. Morgan Heck is double majoring in English and Journalism with a minor in Nonprofit Management. After graduation, she will pursue a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree so that she can work in library and museum archives with rare books, art, and other materials. Although she was unable to meet with the VS staff in-person due to the pandemic, she would like to thank them for giving her the opportunity to be part of the team from afar and for sharing their kindness, skills, and pets (in the background of Zoom sessions). Emma Smith is a senior at Indiana University studying English Literature, Studio Art, and Human-Computer Interaction. In addition to working with VS, Emma is a Humanities Editor for IU’s Journal of Undergraduate Research, a peer tutor for Writing Tutorial Services, and a gardener at Wylie House Museum. She...