Victorian Popular Fictions 6.1 Contributors


Sarah Bliss is currently pursuing her PhD in Literature at Florida State University, where her research interests centre around how gender and empire interrelate in Victorian detective fiction.

Emma Butler-Way is Lecturer in Humanities on Aberystwyth University’s Integrated Foundation Programme. Her main research revolves around representations of the female body and the corset in Victorian and neo-Victorian fiction, on which she is currently writing a monograph. Her work has appeared in Victoriographies and Victorian Popular Fictions.

Michael Craske is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. Recent publications include ‘“Let us adore spilled blood”: Swinburne and the Scandal of Poems and Ballads’ for the Routledge Handbook of Scandals in Victorian Literature and Culture, and ‘Edmund Gosse and the Case of Swinburne’s Missing “Ear”’ for Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism.

Leonard Driscoll is an associate lecturer at Linköping University.  He earned his PhD in English Literature at Uppsala University. His current research interests include science and archaeology in late nineteenth and early twentieth century British fiction. He has previously published on Haggard and Egyptian archaeology, and is currently developing a project on literary footnotes.

Helena K. Esser holds a PhD from Birkbeck, London, and is interested in steampunk, neo-Victorian, and Victorian popular fiction. Her monograph on Steampunk London will be published with Bloomsbury in 2024, and her book on Ouida for the Key Popular Women Writers series as well. She co-organises the Victorian Popular Fiction Association reading group on ‘The Third Sex’.

Beth Gaskell is Lead Curator, News and Moving Image at the British Library. Her publications include “Bibliographic issues: titles, numbers, frequencies” (Routledge, 2018), “News Breaker” profiles (British Library, 2022), and “Crafting the Professional Reader: Book Reviews in the Military and Medical Press” with Alison Moulds (Victorian Periodicals Review, 2022).

Silvia Granata has published on detective fiction, representations of animals in British literature and culture, and the relationship between literature and science. Her latest monograph is The Victorian Aquarium. Literary Discussions on Nature, Culture, and Science (2021). She is currently working on the Victorian encounter with China.

Hanna Khan graduated with her Ph.D. in the English Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago in December 2023. Her research interests are in nineteenth-century British literature, the English novel, narrative, print and media culture, postcolonial and post-secular critique, and debates in nineteenth-century liberalism. She completed a dissertation on nineteenth-century realism, Victorian omniscient narration, and the role of the character-driven narrator in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel.

Janette Leaf is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a Victorianist and a neo-Victorianist. Her interdisciplinary research strands include fin-de-siècle Gothic; Nineteenth-Century Ancient Egyptian Reception Studies; female redheads; Shop girls; Cultural Entomology; and Nautical Gothic.

Dr. A. Luxx Mishou (she/her), author of Cosplayers: Gender and Identity (2021), is an independent scholar researching nineteenth-century literature and culture, gender, and cosplay. She has recently contributed to Sartorial Fandom (2023), Feminist Readings of Comics (2021), and Fashion and Material Culture in Victorian Popular Fiction and Periodicals (2019).

Rachel Stewart is a PhD Candidate at The Ohio State University studying Victorian popular fiction and culture, with expertise in the Gothic. She is interested in how popular fiction depicts the embodied supernatural, in creatures such as the vampire, and the print culture surrounding the production and consumption of these texts.

Daný van Dam is a university lecturer at Leiden University where she teaches in the English Literature and International Studies programmes. Her research on neo-Victorian fiction has been published in different places, including an article on racial and sexual passing in Neo-Victorian Studies 9.2 (2017) and one on pianos as postcolonial bodies in the edited collection Neo-Victorian Things (2022).

Adrian S. Wisnicki is a Professor of English and Digital Humanities Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a founding developer of Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom, lead developer for One More Voice, director of Livingstone Online, and Associate Director of COVE. His recent book is Fieldwork of Empire (Routledge, 2019). He has interests in Victorian and postcolonial studies, the digital humanities, artificial intelligence, activism, and racial and social justice.

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