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.
Michael Chanan is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England, and a documentary film-maker. His most recent film is Detroit: Ruin of a City (2005) and his latest book, The Politics of Documentary will be published by the BFI later this year.
Martyn Colebrook is a student at the University of Hull. He is currently in the third year of a part-time MPhil examining the works of Iain M. Banks in relation to post 1970s British Fiction. He has research interests in contemporary British and American fiction and is also a book reviewer for Aesthetica magazine.
Murray Fraser is a professor in the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster. His latest book, Architecture and the “Special Relationship”, is forthcoming (Routledge, 2007).
John McLeod is Reader in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures at the School of English, University of Leeds, UK. His published work includes Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis (Routledge, 2004) and J. G. Farrell (Northcote House, 2007).
Stuart Oliver lectures in Geography and Cultural Studies at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. His book Chains on the River (Historical Geography Research Group), tracing the cultural origins of the Thames Embankments, was published in 2002.
David Skilton is Research Professor in English at Cardiff University, where he was previously Head of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. He is Literary Adviser to the Trollope Society, and was General Editor of the Trollope Society/Folio Society edition of Trollope’s novels. He was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and Copenhagen University. His books include Anthony Trollope and his Contemporaries (1972 and 1996), Defoe to the Victorians (1985), The Early and Mid-Victorian Novel (1993), and numerous editions of Victorian works. He teaches and writes about the art and literature of London, and is currently working on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century visions of the future ruins of the Metropolis.
Susie Thomas (PhD London) studied literature at Ulster University and Royal Holloway College. She has lectured on British literature to American students in London for twenty years and has run classes on creative writing for the universities of Pittsburgh and Minnesota. She has published scholarly articles on a wide range of British Literature and a monograph on Willa Cather (Macmillan). Her most recent volume is A Reader¹s Guide to Hanif Kureishi (2005). She is currently completing a book entitled Burning Books: Encounters in the Post-war London Novel.
Alex Warwick is Head of the Department of English and Linguistics, University of Westminster. She has two books forthcoming this year: Oscar Wilde (Northcote House 2007) and (with Martin Willis) Jack the Ripper: Media, Culture, History (Manchester University Press, 2007).
Keith Wilson is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa. His publications include Thomas Hardy on Stage (Macmillan, 1995), the Penguin Classics editions of The Mayor of Casterbridge (1997; 2003) and The Fiddler of the Reels and Other Stories (co-edited with Kristin Brady), and most recently the edited collection Thomas Hardy Reappraised: Essays in Honour of Michael Millgate (University of Toronto Press, 2006). Articles on 19th and 20th-century literature have appeared in a wide range of books and journals. He is currently editing a volume on Hardy for the Blackwell Companion series, and working on the 20th-century literary representation of London.
Gregory Woods is Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1998), This Is No Book: A Gay Reader (Nottingham: Mushroom Books, 1994) and Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1987). His poetry collections are The District Commissioner’s Dreams (Manchester: Carcanet, 2002), May I Say Nothing (Manchester: Carcanet, 1998), We Have the Melon (Manchester: Carcanet, 1992).