ISSUE 12.1 (SPRING 2016)


Contributor Biographies


Anna Andes is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Susquehanna University where she teaches courses such as theatre history, dramatic literature and theory and criticism. Her scholarship in recent years has focused upon late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century British and American women playwrights.  Her recent publications include her articles “Burgeoning New Women of Suffrage Drama: Envisioning an Autonomous Self” recently published in Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies; "Sexual Desire, Responsibility and the Fallen Man: Rachel Crothers ' Ourselves and When Ladies Meet" published by Praxis: The Journal for Theatre, Performance Studies and Criticism; and "The Evolution of Cicely Hamilton’s Edwardian Marriage Discourse: Embracing Conversion Dramaturgy” recently published  in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920.  

Lois Burke is a candidate at Edinburgh Napier University, having completed a Romantic and Victorian Literature MA at Durham University. Her research examines girlhood and notions of development in the nineteenth century, and she is currently focusing on representations of female puberty in the era. She is looking at girls' writers and periodicals, medical discourse, as well as unpublished archival writings. Her other interests include fin-de-siècle fiction, Neo-Victorianism, theory and psychoanalysis. 

Juliette De Soto is finishing her PhD in English at Claremont Graduate University and teaches literature at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, CA.

Adrienne E. Gavin is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Co-founder of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW), Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Author of Dark Horse: A Life of Anna Sewell (2004), she has produced critical editions of Caroline Clive’s Paul Ferroll (2008), Henry de Vere Stacpoole’s The Blue Lagoon (2010), C. L. Pirkis’s The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective (2010), and Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty (2012). She is editor of The Child in British Literature (2012) and Robert Cormier (2012), and co-editor of Mystery in Children’s Literature (2001), Childhood in Edwardian Fiction (2009), Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle (2011), and Transport in British Fiction (2015).

W. C. Harris teaches queer studies and early American literature at Shippensburg University.  His publications include Slouching Towards Gaytheism, Queer Externalities, and articles in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, American Literary History, and Papers on Language and Literature.

Janine Hatter is an Early Career Researcher at the University of Hull. Her research interests centre on nineteenth-century literature, art and culture, with particular emphasis on Mary Braddon and popular fiction. She has published on Mary Braddon, Bram Stoker, the theatre and identity, and Victorian women’s life writing, as well as on her wider research interests of nineteenth to twenty-first century Science Fiction and the Gothic.

Christine Bayles Kortsch is the author of Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women’s Fiction: Literacy, Textiles, and Activism (Ashgate, 2009). She teaches literature at the University of Baltimore.

Kate Faber Oestreich is Assistant Professor of Literature, Writing, and New Media at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Her scholarship and scholarly reviews have appeared in the Victorians Institute Journal, The CEA Critic, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the edited collection Straight Writ Queer: Non-normative Expressions of Heterosexual Desire in Literature. Her areas of specialization include English literature of the long nineteenth century and critical theory, especially those concerned with feminism, hierarchies of sexual pleasure, cultural materialism, and multimodal composition.

Beth Palmer is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey. Her published work includes a monograph, Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies, (Oxford University Press, 2011) and a co-edited volume entitled A Return to the Common Reader: Print Culture and the Novel, 1850-1900 (Ashgate, 2011).

Rachel Schulkins has a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool and is the author of Keats Modesty and Masturbation (2014). Her work also appeared in the European Romantic Review, Otherness: Essays and Studies, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies and The BARS Review. She is currently working on her second book, Shylock and the Romantic Imagination.

Christine Sutphin is Professor of English at Central Washington University. She has written articles on August Webster in Women’s Writing and Victorian Poetry and edited Webster’s Portraits and Other Poems (Broadview 2000). She is the author of “Beyond the ‘Innocent Title’: Home Thoughts and Home Scenes” (Children’s Literature, Palgrave 2004). She has also edited Frances Trollope’s Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw, an early anti-slavery novel (Pickering and Chatto (2009) and written on The Barnabys in America in Women’s Writing (2011).

Dawn Vernooy is Associate Professor at Shippensburg University, and she is the editor of Mary Robinson’s Vancenza and The Widow (Pickering & Chatto).