Victorian Popular Fictions 5.1 Contributors


Ailise Bulfin researches representations of major social issues and their reception in nineteenth-century and contemporary culture. She has publications on child abuse, sexual violence, xenophobia, war, catastrophe and climate change, including the monograph, Gothic Invasions: Imperialism, War and Fin-de-Siècle Popular Fiction (2018). She is Assistant Professor in Literature and the Medical Humanities in University College Dublin and a European Research Council Starting Grant 2021 awardee.

Emma Butler-Way is an Associate Lecturer at Aberystwyth University, where she completed her PhD in 2022. She has recently had work published in Victoriographies, and is in the process of developing elements of her thesis, which examined the use of sartorial and somatic coding in British sensation fiction, into a monograph.

Thomas G. Cole II earned his Ph.D. from the English department at the University of Florida. His research focuses Victorian, Gothic, and science fiction as well as popular culture. His work has appeared in Genders and Medical Humanities, where a complementary essay appears titled, “The Production of Medicoethical Misconduct.”

Camilla Del Grazia earned her PhD in English Literature at the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics, Pisa University. Her current research focuses on contemporary fantastic fiction and its deconstruction of traditional narrative strategies in the framework of the metropolis. She also works on late-Victorian fiction, and has published a monographic study titled No Ghosts Need Apply: Gothic Influences in Criminal Science, the Detective and Doyle’s Holmesian Canon (Edward Everett Root Publishers, 2020).

Kevin Hart is a lecturer at Mahidol University International College. His research centres on literary modernism and the contemporary novel and on the intersection of literary studies with the social sciences. His selected recent articles have appeared in James Joyce QuarterlyThe Journal of Studies in the English Language, and Irish Studies Review.

Flore Janssen is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her research interests focus on the global long nineteenth century with an emphasis on gender, class and marginalization. Her monograph Women’s Activism in the Transatlantic Consumers’ Leagues, 1885–1920 is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2024.

Sebastian Antonio Kukavica is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). His research interests include decadent novel, decadent political imagination, anti-modernism, theories of conservatism, as well as moral geographies of the European South in Victorian travelogues.

Paolo Miccoli holds a Masters degree in foreign languages for business and international cooperation. His main interests in the academic field marry the course of studies he has undertaken, including English, Chinese and Anglo-American language, literature, culture and institutions, with a focus on the domestic politics of the three countries, as well as the teaching of Italian as a second language.

Kathryn Nogue is an academic editor, writer, and unaffiliated scholar of Victorian literature and culture. She is currently at work, with her colleague Dr. Susan Johnston, on a book-length study tentatively titled Vicious Rumour: Print Culture and the Social Imagination of Crime in the 1870s.

Katie Brandt Sartain holds an MA in English literature from San Francisco State University (2017) and is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is the graduate assistant director of the UIC Writing Center. Her dissertation focuses on the construction of the addict in the nineteenth-century British novel and how the novel itself employs addiction as one of its prevailing technologies.

Tabitha Sparks is an Associate Professor of the nineteenth-century British Novel at McGill University, where she also serves as Associate Dean of the Graduate School.  Her publications include Victorian Metafictions (2022) and The Doctor in the Victorian Novel (2009), and her primary interests are the social codes embedded in narrative prose and non-canonical fiction.   

Elizabeth Steere teaches English at the University of North Georgia. Her publications include The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction: “Kitchen Literature” (2013) and articles in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Victorian Network, Neo-Victorian Studies, and Brontë Studies.

Scott C. Thompson is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida. His research areas include Victorian literature, history of science and psychology, and health humanities. His writing has appeared in Studies in the NovelVictorian Review, George Eliot – George Henry Lewes Studies, Synapsis, and other venues.  

Joanna Turner is a Doctoral Researcher at Loughborough University. Her thesis investigates paternal thematics in Marie Corelli’s work. Joanna is writing the Corelli volume for the VPFA Key Popular Women Writers series and has contributed two entries on Corelli’s novels to the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women Writers.

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