Steven Barfield is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster. His recent publications include: ‘Beckett and Heidegger: A Critical Survey’ in Richard Lane, (ed.) Beckett and Philosophy (London: Palgrave, 2002); (with Philip Tew), ‘Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Parody: Exceedingly Beckett’, in Samuel Beckett Today /Aujourd’hui, Vol. 12 (2002). ‘The Resources of Unrepresentability: A Lacanian Glimpse of Beckett’s Three Dialogues’ in Vol. 13 of the same (2003). ‘Dark Matters: On the Controversy Surrounding Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen in the USA’ Archipelago: An International Journal of Literature, The Arts and Opinion. He co-organised a conference on Beckett and Modern Theatre in January 2002, of which selected proceedings will be published as part of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui Vol 13 and a separate co-edited volume is also under consideration, as is a co-edited collection on Contemporary British Theatre Companies. He has been appointed to a Smithsonian Research Fellowship for December 2004.
Lorene M. Birden
Lorene M. Birden is a literary researcher and translator. Drawing on studies leading to degrees in French, Russian, and English literature, she has focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century prose fiction, producing studies on Triolet, Flaubert, Zola, Chekhov, Pasternak, Eliot, and Saki, and translations of Triolet, Cixous, Jacob, and Chekhov. This diversity of background has also allowed her to develop projects in comparative literature, with studies on Russian/French or French/English connections. She is currently a member of the British Association for Victorian Studies and the International Society for Humor Studies; the latter activity has allowed Dr. Birden to concentrate on the short story and to begin developing projects on humor in the short story in collaboration with other members of the society.
Brycchan Carey is Senior Lecturer in English at Kingston University, and the Assistant Editor of the Literary London Journal.
Having taught at the University of Lodz (Poland), York University (UK) and South East European University (Macedonia), Adam Hansen is now Stipendiary Lecturer in English at Brasenose College, Oxford. He has published on Early Modern drama, poetry and prose, and has an article forthcoming in Literature and History on Defoe. Current research interests include pleasure in the Renaissance, mobility and deviance, and Edwin Drood.
C. Bruna Mancini
C. Bruna Mancini teaches English Literature at the University of Calabria and Didactics of the English Literature at the SSIS of the University of L’Aquila. Already expert on English Literature at the University L’Orientale of Naples and on Cinema Studies at the University “Suor Orsola Benincasa” of Naples, she is interested in Translation Studies, Media Studies and Cultural Studies. She published essays on Shakespeare, on the contemporary rewritings of the Shakespearian texts, on fantastic cinema, on monstrosity and she is editor-in-chief of the review “Quaderni di Cinema” directed by Gaetano Strazzulla and of “Labirinti del Fantastico. Semestrale di Sociologia dell’Arte e della Letteratura” directed by Romolo Runcini. In the collection “Angelica” of the publishing house Liguori of Naples she published the Italian translation with parallel text of The Mercenary Lover / L’amante mercenario by Eliza Haywood. As a result of a two-year research at the Dipartimento di Culture Comparate of the University of L’Aquila she is now publishing a book entitled Sguardi su Londra. Immagini di una città mostruosa. Her present research (cofin MIUR 2003) is on “Ruoli sessuali e ruoli sociali nella letteratura e cultura di formazione di lingua inglese dal Cinquecento ai nostri giorni” with the University of L’Aquila, the University L’Orientale of Naples and the University of Calabria.
Elena Petrova is a PhD student at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her thesis deals with the biblical aspect of London literary myth in the 19th century. Other areas of interest include teaching English language and British culture to foreign students, and in this framework I supervise, in Russia, an educational program in primary and secondary schools.
Anne Witchard teaches on the BA Fin-de-Siecle course at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her current research centres on the influence of images and perceptions of China which were expressed both in popular culture and by the intellectual and artistic avant-garde in the early twentieth century. She is working on a book about Thomas Burke and cultural perceptions of Limehouse. An article, ‘Thomas Burke, the “Laureate of Limehouse”: A New Biographical Ouline’ will appear in English Literature in Transition, 48:2 (Jan 2005).
Zia Gluhbegovic works as a Teaching Assistant in English Literature 1625-1800 at Belgrade University and is completing her MA in Romantic and Victorian Literature. After having earned a BA in English Language and Literature from Belgrade University, she acquired an MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics from Cambridge University. In addition to translating fiction and non-fiction, she has published articles on Ackroyd and Joyce. Her current research interests focus on the ethics of reading and George Eliot.