VPFJ 1.1 (Spring 2019) Contributors



Silvia Antosa is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Enna “Kore,” Italy. She has published extensively on Victorian fiction, nineteenth-century travel accounts and contemporary British novels. Her books include: Frances Elliot and Italy: Writing Travel, Writing the Self (Mimesis 2018); Richard Francis Burton: Victorian Explorer and Translator (Peter Lang 2012) and Crossing Boundaries: Bodily Paradigms in Jeanette Winterson’s Fiction 1985-2000 (Aracne 2008).

Matthew Crofts conducted his doctoral research at the University of Hull, with his thesis focusing on the importance of tyranny to the Gothic mode using a range of Gothic novels and historical backgrounds, such as the Spanish Inquisition, Victorian imperialism and Cold War science fiction.

Catherine Delafield is an independent scholar. She is the author of Women’s Diaries as Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (2009) and Serialization and the Novel in Mid-Victorian Magazines (2015). She has published articles on Burney, Gaskell, Collins and Craik, and is currently completing a book for Routledge on women’s letters as life writing.

Janine Hatter is based at the University of Hull. Her research interests centre on nineteenth-century literature, art and culture, with particular emphasis on popular fiction. She has published on Mary Braddon, Gothic, crime, sensation and science fiction, the theatre and identity, and Victorian women’s life writing. She is one of the co-organisers of the VPFA annual conference.

Helena Ifill is based at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include sensation fiction, the Gothic, the popular press and literary engagements with science and medicine. Her monograph, Creating Character: Theories of Nature and Nurture in Victorian Sensation Fiction was released in early 2018.

Simon J. James is Professor of Victorian Literature at the Department of English Studies, Durham University. He has published on George Gissing, Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells, Victorian bestsellers and Oscar Wilde. He has edited Wells’s The First Men in the Moon for Oxford World’s Classics.

Andrew King is Professor of English at the University of Greenwich. His research focuses on nineteenth-century publication forms that have hitherto been marginalized by academia, including mass-market fiction and periodicals such as trade and professional (see e.g. BLT19) or the penny weekly.

Anne-Louise Russell was awarded her PhD in 2018 at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where she also gained her BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature. Her thesis, which was funded by AHRC, was titled “Sensation Novels, Magazines and Women’s Rights: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ellen Wood and Florence Marryat (1872-1876).”

Carol Senf, Professor at Georgia Tech, specializes in Gothic Studies. She has written on Stoker, Dracula, Stephen King, LeFanu, Mary Shelley, the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, and Sarah Grand. Her most recent book (co-authored with Sherri Brown and Ellen Stockstill) is A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English (2018).

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