ISSUE 6.2 (SUMMER 2010)


Contributor Biographies


Margaret Beetham’s publications include A Magazine of her Own; Domesticity and Desire in the Woman’s Magazine 1800-1914 (Routledge, 1996) and The Victorian Women’s Magazine: An Anthology , with Kay Boardman ( Manchester U.P., 2001) as well as a range of articles and chapters on the periodical press, cookery books and the histories of popular reading. She is one of the Associate Editors of the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (2009). She retired this year from the English Department of Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working on representations of the domestic in nineteenth-century popular print.

Chris R. Vanden Bossche is Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Carlyle and the Search for Authority and editor-in-chief of the University of California Press Edition of the Writings of Thomas Carlyle editor for which he has edited Historical Essays and Past and Present. He has published articles on a range of topics in Victorian literature and culture from copyright to separate spheres. His most recent work deals with agency and class in the Victorian novel.

Maria DiCenzo is Associate Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published on feminist media history and the British suffrage press in journals such as Media History, Women’s History Review, and Victorian Review. She is co-editor, with Lucy Delap and Leila Ryan, of Feminism and the Periodical Press, 1900-1918 (Routledge, History of Feminism Series, 2006). Her book, Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere, co-authored with Delap and Ryan, will be published by Palgrave in 2010.

Nicole Fluhr is Associate Professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University. She has published articles in Texas Studies in Language and Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Studies, Victorians Institute Journal, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and ELT, and has an article forthcoming in Victorian Poetry. She is currently working on a book on Victorian epistolary literature.

Jill Galvan is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University and the author of The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, the Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919 (Cornell University Press, 2010). She is currently researching ideas of the posthuman in the séance and elsewhere. 

Susan Hamilton is Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.  She is the author of Frances Power Cobbe and Victorian Feminism (Palgrave Macmillan), and editor of Animal Welfare and Anti-Vivisection, 1870 – 1910 (Routledge), Criminals, Idiots, Women and Minors:  Nineteenth-Century Writing by Women on Women. (Broadview), and (with Jan Schroeder) Women’s Education in Britain, 1840 -1900 (Routledge).

Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, specializes in Victorian literature, publishing history, and women’s studies. She is the author of Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (2005) and The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2010). She has co-authored with Michael Lund The Victorian Serial (1991) and Victorian Publishing and Mrs. Gaskell’s Work (1999), and has additionally completed several editorial projects. Her most recent essays include “‘Frater, ave?’ Tennyson and Swinburne,” in Tennyson Among the Poets: Bicentenary Essays (Oxford University Press, 2009) and “Discoursing of Xantippe: Amy Levy, Classical Scholarship, and Print Culture” (Philological Quarterly, Summer 2009 [published May 2010]).

Joanna Shawn Brigid O’Leary is a doctoral student at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her research interests include chemistry and medicine in literature, child mortality, feminist and sexuality studies, and food history. She has published in Victorian Network and is currently working on a project on representations of infectious diseases in nineteenth-century British and American novels.

Christopher L. Reese is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky. His dissertation project is concerned with the ways in which humor is used to shape shifting national identities in the mid-eighteenth to early nineteenth-century novel. His general interests include the eighteenth-century novel, literature by women, and comedy and theories of humor.

Solveig C. Robinson is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Publishing & Printing Arts Program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She is the author of a number of articles on Victorian publishing history and the editor of A Serious Occupation: Literary Criticism by Victorian Women Writers (Broadview, 2003).

Janice Schroeder is an Associate Professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She has published articles on the Victorian feminist press and platform in such journals as Victorian Periodicals Review and Nineteenth Century Contexts, and is the co-editor of Nineteenth Century British Women’s Education, 1840-1900 with Susan Hamilton. Her current research is on the nineteenth-century schoolroom and voice culture.

Joanne Shattock teaches at the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester, UK. Her publications include The Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (2005-6) of which she was General Editor, and Editor of vol. 1, Journalism, Early Fiction and Personal Writings. She has edited The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1830-1914 (2010) to which she contributed an essay “The Culture of Criticism.” She is currently editing, with Elizabeth Jay, a 25 volume edition of Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant, forthcoming in 2011.

Michelle Tusan is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is the author of Women Making News: Gender and Journalism in Modern Britain (2005) and most recently “The Business of Relief Work: A Victorian Quaker in Constantinople and Her Circle” in Victorian Studies (Summer 2009). She is currently writing a cultural history of the Eastern Question.

Teresa Zackodnik teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the U of A, specializing in early African American feminism, African- and Asian American literature, and critical race studies. She is author of The Mulatta and the Politics of Race (UP of Mississippi, 2004), and editor of African American Feminisms 1828-1923, 6 volumes (Routledge: History of Feminisms Series, 2007) and We Must Be Up and Doing: A Reader in Nineteenth-Century African American Feminisms (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2010).