VPFJ 4.2 Contributors



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Stephen Basdeo is a historian and lecturer who has studied the life and works of George W.M. Reynolds and Eugene Sue for over a decade. He has recently published the first ever biography of Reynolds, titled Victorian England’s Best-Selling Author: The Revolutionary Life of G.W.M. Reynolds (2022) and he is also the author of biographies of other figures in English radical history such as Joseph Ritson (1752–1803) and Wat Tyler (d. 1381). Stephen is currently working on a book provisionally titled “Mysteries of the People, Mysteries of the World” which will examine all nineteenth-century “mysteries” novels from Europe, Latin America, North America, and Australia.  

Brooke Cameron is Associate Professor of English at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of Critical Alliances: Economics and Feminism in English Women’s Writing, 1880–1914 (University of Toronto Press, 2020) and co-editor (with Lara Karpenko) of The Vampire in Nineteenth-Century Literature: A Feast of Blood (Routledge, 2022). She has also published articles and essays on vampires and the Gothic in nineteenth-century literature and culture.  

Victoria Clarke is a Lecturer in Modern British Social History at Durham University. Her research has explored the role of the Northern Star in community-building within the Chartist movement. Her interests include periodical history, political networks, representations of labour and textiles in the Victorian period.  

Nicole C. Dittmer is a Lecturer of Victorian Gothic Studies at The College of New Jersey, Proofreader and editorial board member at the Studies in Gothic Fiction, and advisory board member of ETAP for Rowman & Littlefield’s imprint, Lexington Books. Her works include “Malignancy of Goneril: Nature’s Powerful Warrior”, published in the collection, Global Perspectives on Eco-Aesthetics and Eco-Ethics: A Green Critique (2020); the monograph, Monstrous Women and Ecofeminism in the Victorian Gothic, 1837-1871 (November 2022); the edited UWP collection Penny Dreadfuls and the Gothic; or, Investigations of Pernicious Tales of Terror (January 2023); forthcoming British Library collection Penny Bloods: Gothic Tales of Dangerous Women (May 2023); and the contribution “Victorianism and Ecofeminist Literature” for The Routledge Handbook of Ecofeminism and Literature (2022) edited by Douglas Vakoch.

Madeline B. Gangnes is an assistant professor of English at the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania). Her main research and teaching lie at the intersections of nineteenth-century British literature, visual studies, periodical studies, digital humanities, and book history. She also teaches and conducts research on comics, science fiction, climate fiction, and adaptation. She is a coeditor of Studies in Comics and the editor of Sequentials. Her scholarship appears in the Victorian Periodicals ReviewStudies in Comics, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, among other publications. She is also the creator of The (De)collected War of the Worlds (http://decollected.net). More information on Dr. Gangnes’s scholarship and teaching can be found at http://mbgangnes.com.

Weiquan Gao is Assistant Professor in English at Tongji University. His work on Victorian writers such as Oscar Wilde and Robert Louis Stevenson has appeared in such journals as Foreign Literature Review, Foreign Literature, Comparative Literature in China and English and American Literary Studies, etc. He is currently working on a study of Celtology and discourses of empire.

Luiz Felipe Anchieta Guerra holds a Licentiate in History by the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Currently an MPhil candidate at the State University of Montes Claros, he is board member of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism (ISSM). His research focuses on political medievalisms in Brazil and he has published papers on the uses of medieval imagery by far-right and extremist groups in Brazil. Recent publications include “The Internet Crusade Against Communism: Political Neomedievalism in 21st-Century Brazil” in Routledge’s Engaging the Crusades.

Sara Hackenberg is professor of English at San Francisco State University. She has published on the penny fiction of Alcott, Frost, Reynolds, and Rymer and is currently completing a monograph titled The Mysteries of Modern Life: Popular Narrative and the Politics of Vision, which traces the mystery genre from the urban mysteries novels of the mid-nineteenth century to early cinema.

Laurie Langbauer teaches nineteenth-century British literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her most recent monograph was The Juvenile Tradition: Young Writers and Prolepsis, 1750-1835 (Oxford University Press 2016). This essay, “Young America: Dime Novels and Juvenile Authorship,” is part of a longer chapter in a book study, “Youth and Writing: the Juvenile Tradition in the Nineteenth Century.” Another chapter – “Young England” – appeared in the Journal of Juvenilia Studies. She is also working on a project about young Victorian artists.

Robert L. Mack was educated at Columbia, Oxford, and Princeton Universities. Now retired, he taught at both Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities before taking up a position as Lecturer with the University of Exeter, in Devon, in 1999. His edition of the original text of Sweeney Todd (The String of Pearls) was published by Oxford University Press in 2007; his exploration of the urban legends that inspired the Todd myth appeared that same year, as The Wonderful and Surprising History of Sweeney Todd (Continuum, 2007). Mack’s other work include the biography Thomas Gray: A Life (Yale University Press, 2000) and The Genius of Parody (Palgrave, 2007). He has also prepared editions of a number of major eighteenth-century titles, including: The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments (OUP, 1995); Oriental Tales (OUP, 1992); Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (Everyman, 1993), and Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield (OUP, 2006).  

Rebecca Nesvet, Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, has written about James Malcolm Rymer in journals including Victorians Institute Journal, Victorian Popular Fiction Journal, and Nineteenth-Century Studies. Nesvet wrote the Rymer bibliography in the Oxford Bibliographies of Victorian Literature series. She is a 2022-3 UW System Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Technical Editor at the scholar-driven, open-access COVE Editions (https://editions.covecollective.org/).

Sophie Raine is a final-year PhD candidate at Lancaster University studying penny dreadfuls and their representations of ‘other’ urban spaces. Sophie has previously published “Mapping the Metropolis through Streetwalking in Parker’s The Young Ladies of London” (2019) in Victorian Popular Fictions Journal and “Subterranean Spaces in Penny Dreadfuls” in The Palgrave Handbook of Steam Age Gothic (2021). Sophie is also currently co-editing the forthcoming Penny Dreadfuls and the Gothic: Investigations of Pernicious Tales of Terror due to be published with UWP in 2023. In addition to this, Sophie is the peer-review editor for the Victorian Network.

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