Victorian Popular Fictions 5.2 Contributors


Éadaoin Agnew is a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University, London. She is the author of Imperial Women Writers in Victorian India: Representing Colonial Life, 1850-1910 (2017) and editor of Women’s Travel Writing in India 1777-1854, vol III (2020). She is also the PI for the AHRC-funded Victorian Diversities Research Network.

Steve Asselin teaches at the University of Winnipeg. His research deals with the intersection of ecocriticism and genre fiction in the nineteenth century, including apocalyptic literature and the EcoGothic. He is currently working on a monograph on the origins of disaster fiction in the nineteenth century.

Richa Dwor is an Instructor in the English Department at Douglas College in B.C., Canada. She has published widely on Anglo-Jewish women’s writing and is the author of Jewish Feeling (Bloomsbury 2015) and the editor of Religious Feelings (Routledge 2021).

Denae Dyck is Assistant Professor of English at Texas State University. She has published a range of articles on topics related to nineteenth-century literature and culture, religion, and poetry. Her first book, Biblical Wisdom and the Victorian Literary Imagination, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury.

Helena Goodwyn is Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in English Literature at Northumbria University, Newcastle (UK). Her work has featured in the Journal of Victorian Culture, Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, Women’s Writing, and the edited collection Margaret Harkness: Writing Social Engagement, 1880-1921 (Manchester University Press, 2018). She is currently working on a monograph entitled The Americanization of W. T. Stead.

Adele Guyton is a doctoral researcher at KU Leuven. Her dissertation is focused on the representation of astronomical knowledge in popular German and British periodicals between 1890 and 1950.

Naomi Hetherington is a University Tutor in the Department for Lifelong Learning, University of Sheffield. She is the General Editor of the 4-volume Routledge Historical Resource on Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature and Society (2020) and the co-editor of Amy Levy: Critical Essays (2010).

Chetna Jena is a PhD student at the University of Greenwich and a member of the LNCSS-GS committee. Her research explores the narrative functionality of flora in the scientific romances of H. G. Wells and aims to situate his works within changing perceptions of botanical life in fin de siècle Britain. Her main research interests include human-plant entanglements and the intersection of science and literature in Victorian fiction.  

Andrew King is Professor of English at the University of Greenwich. He is the author/ editor of 10 volumes and many articles and chapters, mostly concerned with Victorian popular fiction. His current major project is on Geographies of the Press with Marysa Demoor, Andrew Hobbs and Lisa Peters due out 2025. A 1920s edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was the only book of poetry in his house when he was a child in Wales.

Janette Leaf is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a Victorianist and neo-Victorianist. Her interdisciplinary research strands include fin-de-siècle Gothic; Ancient Egyptian Reception Studies manifested in Egyptianised fiction and Orientalist art; literary and Pre-Raphaelite representations of female redheads; Cultural Entomology, especially insect imagery on the page and in material objects; and Nautical Gothic with a focus on ghost ships. She is co-editor of Crawling Horror: Creeping Tales of the Insect Weird (London: British Library Publishing, 2021).

Niyati Sharma is an Assistant Professor of English at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India. Her research interests include Victorian popular fiction, nineteenth-century psychology and science, and Postcolonial literatures. She is currently working on a book-length project which examines representations of the mind and race in nineteenth-century literatures. In her next project, she plans to map out popular reading practices in the context of nineteenth-century Hindi fiction.

Clare Stainthorp is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on the nineteenth-century freethought movement and their periodicals. She is the author of Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet (2019) and co-editor of the Routledge volume Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature and Society: Disbelief and New Beliefs (2020), among other publications.

Jessica White is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool, researching representations of the textile industry in nineteenth-century British fiction. She is also a culture writer, and her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Faber Journal, i-D, Dazed, The Face, Little White Lies and The Irish Times.

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