ISSUE 13.3 (WINTER 2017)


Contributor Biographies

Mollie Barnes is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Her current book project—“Unifying Ambivalence: Transatlantic Italy and the Anglo-American Historical Imagination”—studies problem texts written by Anglo-American expatriates during the Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy. “Unifying Ambivalence” argues that Anglo-American writers’ complex representations of revolutionary and post-revolutionary Italy transform not only our understanding of historiography, temporality, and nationhood in literary texts, but also our very reading practices within nineteenth-century scholarship.

Abigail Boucher is a lecturer in English Literature at Aston University. She specialises in genre and popular fiction of the long nineteenth century, with interests in the body, class, and medicine and science in literature. She has been published in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Revenant, and The Wilkie Collins Journal.

Anjna Chouhan is Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon where she enjoys teaching students and enthusiasts from around the world. Anjna works on Shakespeare in the nineteenth century and Victorian theatre, as well as early modern theatre and performance history. After editing the Pickering and Chatto sourcebook on Henry Irving, Anjna contributed to the Dorling Kindersley Shakespeare Book and acts as Shakespeare Consultant to BB C Learning. Anjna has appeared on Great British Railway Journeys, Songs of Praise and was the lead Shakespearian for BBC’s digital project ShakespeareMe. 

Silvana Colella is professor of English and Faculty Director of Internationalisation at the University of Macerata, in central Italy. She is author of Il genere nel testo poetico: Elizabeth Barrett Browning e Christina Rossetti (1992); Romanzo e disciplina: la narrativa di Charlotte Brontë (1994) and Economia e letteratura: intersezioni discorsive nella cultura inglese di primo Ottocento (1999). Her publications in English include articles on Victorian print culture, Walter Scott, Fanny Burney, Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, and Dinah Mulock Craik. Her book Charlotte Riddell’s City novels and Victorian Business: Narrating Capitalism is forthcoming with Ashgate in 2016.

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).

Ellen Jordan is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Most of her research has been concerned with women and work, including literary work, in nineteenth century Britain, research which has involved considerable use of nineteenth century periodical literature. She has published two books and more than twenty articles on these subjects and was one of three scholars who created a website of the collected letters of the novelist Charlotte M. Yonge. 

Alice M Kelly is a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh supported by the Wolfson Foundation. She received an MA in English Literature and an MSc in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literature and Society, also from the University of Edinburgh, before beginning her PhD on female characters in Joseph Conrad’s imperial fiction. Her research examines the representations of women of color in the author’s work and how his canonical status relates to his treatment of gender, sexuality and race. Her academic interests revolve around the intersections of gender and Empire in fin de siècle British fiction.

Patricia Murphy is Professor Emerita of English with Missouri Southern State University.  She is the author of The New Woman Gothic: Reconfigurations of Distress (2016), In Science’s Shadow: Literary Constructions of Late Victorian Women (2006), and Time Is of the Essence: Temporality, Gender, and the New Woman (2001).

LeeAnne M. Richardson is Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she teaches British Literature, 1880-1920. Author of New Woman and Colonial Adventure Fiction in Late Victorian Britain: Gender, Genre, Empire (2006) she has also published articles on turn-of-the-century women poets Dollie Radford and Michael Field, writers of empire Olive Schreiner and Flora Steel, and “little magazines” of the late-Victorian era.