ISSUE 6.3 (WINTER 2010)


Contributor Biographies


Lee Behlman is an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University, where he teaches courses on Victorian poetry and prose and on classical and biblical literatures in translation.  He received his PhD in English at the University of Michigan and has taught at Kansas State University.  He has published an essay on Alice Meynell’s writings about motherhood in the collection Mothers Who Deliver: Feminist Interventions in Public and Interpersonal Discourse (SUNY Press, 2010), as well as other essays in such journals as Nineteenth-Century Prose, Victorian Poetry, Shofar, The Journal of Victorian Culture (forthcoming in 2011), and in the book collection Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum (Getty Museum, 2007).

Nicole Diederich is a professor of English and chair of the English Department at The University of Findlay, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature, composition, and writing center pedagogy. Her research interests include the representation of women in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature as well as writing center pedagogy and practice. She has published articles on writing center issues, D. H. Lawrence, and Anne Brontë.

Molly Engelhardt is an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi where she specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, dance and gender studies.  She has published works on dance manias and Victorian medicine, Jane Austen and dance semiotics, American cheerleaders and the 1970s popular press;  her book, Dancing out of Line:  Ballrooms, Ballets and Mobility in Victorian Literature and Culture was released in 2009 by Ohio University Press.  Engelhardt is currently working on a project that studies flower semiotics and secret language systems within female communities.

Cheryl Blake Price is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University. Her dissertation explores the figure of the poisoner in Victorian literature and culture. She has an article forthcoming in Victorian Review and will be travelling to the UK on a research fellowship this spring.

Rachel A. Seiler is a doctoral student specializing in British literature of the long eighteenth century at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research interests include gender and sexuality studies, theories of food, dietetics, and consumption, women writers, and performance/theatre. Her current project involves revisiting late seventeenth-century figurations of Eve in conjunction with post-Miltonic representations of “eating” women and, more specifically, regulatory discourses surrounding women’s diet and bodies in relation to their sexual, economic, literary and social “appetites.”

Elizabeth Lee Steere is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia, and previously earned the MA and M.Ed from North Carolina State University.  Her interests in the nineteenth century include sensation fiction and the colonial romance.

Alyssa Straight is working on her Ph.D. in English at Miami University with a focus on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British literature and also completing a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include questions concerning narrative form and genre constructions, technology and communication, and formations and representation of the modern body.

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