ISSUE 5.3 (WINTER 2009)


Contributor Biographies

Luca Caddia obtained his doctorate in 2008 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” His dissertation deals with the relationship between character and career in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels. In the 2009-10 academic year he was awarded a residential fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art. He has published articles on Dickens, Thackeray, and Trollope and together with Elisa Bizzotto he co-edits Ravenna, an online journal devoted to the relationship between fin-de-siècle Britain and Italy (

Daniela Garofalo is an assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her first book, Manly Leaders in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, examines representations of male power after Napoleon while her current book project studies literary representations of women and commodity culture in the Romantic period.

Stephanie Green is currently Lecturer: Public Writing with Griffith University. A co-author of Gender and the Victorian Periodical (CUP, 2003), with Hilary Fraser and Judith Johnston, Stephanie’s research interests include nineteenth-century narrative, public communication and contemporary visual culture. Widely published as a cultural commentator and creative writer, she is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Too Much Too Soon (Pandanus, 2007).

Helena Gurfinkel is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she teaches Victorian literature, literary and cultural theory, and gender studies.

Kirstin Hanley is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia where she teaches courses in eighteenth-century literature and composition. Her research interests include late eighteenth-century feminism, didactic fiction, and composition theory.

Narin Hassan is an assistant professor in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture (LCC) at The Georgia Institute of Technology where she teaches courses in Victorian literature and culture, postcolonial and gender studies, and the history of medicine.  Her book manuscript, titled “Foreign Bodies: Women, Travel, and the Culture of Colonial Medicine” is under review at Ashgate Publishing.  Her publications include the book collection Consuming Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century: Narratives of Consumption 1700-1900 (co-edited with Tamara Silvia Wagner, 2007) as well as articles on women writers including Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Krupabai Satthianadhan.  She is beginning a new project on conservatories and gardens in Victorian fiction.

Julia Kuehn is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests lie in the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, with particular focus on popular and travel writing. Her publications include Glorious Vulgarity: Marie Corelli’s Feminine Sublime in a Popular Context (2004), and the edited collections A Century of Travels in China (2007), Travel Writing, Form, and Empire (2008), and China Abroad: Travels, Subjects, Spaces (2009). Julia is currently working on a monograph on representations of the exotic in canonical and popular women’s writing published between 1880 and 1920.

Kirstyn Leuner is a PhD candidate and instructor in English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her dissertation research focuses on the British Romantic novel and visual culture in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In addition, she works on textual digitization projects such as the Romantic Circles Electronic Edition of "The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle" and "The Poetess Archive." Kirstyn is also an executive board member and webmaster for the inaugural year of the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus. She holds a BA in English from Davidson College and an MA in English from CU-Boulder.

Daniel Lewis is an English PhD candidate at Ball State University. His dissertation focuses on female Victorian writers and the representations of masculinity in their works.

Elsie B. Michie is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University.  She is the author of Outside the Pale: Cultural Exclusion, Gender Difference, and the Victorian Woman Writer, editor of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: A Casebook, and co-editor with Susan David Bernstein of Victorian Vulgarity: Taste in Verbal and Visual Culture. She is currently completing a study of rich women in the novel of manners entitled “The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses from Austen to James.”

Deborah Denenholz Morse is Professor of English and Murphy Faculty Fellow at The College of William and Mary.  She is the author of Women in Trollope’s Palliser Novels, and the co-edited anthologies The Erotics of Instruction (with Regina Barreca), Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture (with Martin Danahay), and The Politics of Gender in the Novels of Anthony Trollope (with Margaret Markwick and Regenia Gagnier).  Professor Morse is currently writing a book on narrative and tolerance in Anthony Trollope’s novels.  She has published articles on Anne Bronte, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mona Simpson, Elizabeth Gaskell, Hesba Stretton, Elizabeth Coles Taylor, A.S. Byatt, and Kay Boyle as well as her work on Trollope.

Whitney Womack Smith is an Associate Professor of English and Honors Director at Miami University Hamilton. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century transatlantic literary culture.  She has published articles and biographical entries on Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rebecca Harding Davis, Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth Siddal, and Margaret Sackville.

Yevgeniya Traps is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center-CUNY. Her studies focus on representations of gender and sexuality in the nineteenth century.