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Notes on Contributors

K. L. Anderson

Kristin Anderson is tutor and Instructor of English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford University.

Steven Barfield

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.

Charles Bennett

CHARLES BENNETT was born in the North West of England, left school at 16, and later attended London University where he wrote his doctorate on Seamus Heaney. In 2007, Enitharmon published his second collection, How to Make a Woman Out of Water. After six years as Director of Ledbury Poetry Festival, he is now Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Northampton.

Cynthia L. Caywood

Cynthia L. Caywood is a Professor of English at the University of San Diego, where she teaches courses in Restoration and Eighteenth Century British literature, women’s literature, practical criticism and drama. She is the co-editor of Teaching Writing: Pedagogy, Gender and Equity and has published essays on Aphra Behn, Jane Austen and Henry Mackenzie. She is currently co-editing and contributing to a special issue of College Literature on the late August Wilson.

Stefania Ciocia

Stefania Ciocia works in the field of 20th and 21st century writing in English. She has a background in comparative literature and postcolonial studies, and a burgeoning interest in American fiction and culture. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Language Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she teaches courses on contemporary writing and children’s literature. She is currently writing a monograph on Tim O’Brien and co-editing a collection of essays on Paul Auster.

Susan Alice Fischer

Susan Alice Fischer is Professor of English at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York.

Sebastian Groes

Sebastian Groes studied English Literature at the Free University (Amsterdam) and University of East Anglia. He taught at UEA, the University of Greenwich, and is now a Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University. Currently, he is working on articles discussing writers working in English, and editing Contemporary Critical Perspectives, a series on contemporary British writers for Continuum, who will also publish his monograph British Fiction of the Sixties. He lives in N8.

James Heartfield

James Heartfield wrote Let’s Build! Why we Need Five Million New Homes in the Next 10 Years (Audacity, 2006).

Johan Höglund

Johan Höglund is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and former Head of English at the University of Kalmar, Sweden. Educated at Brown University, Rhode Island and Uppsala University, Sweden, his research interests comprise late-Victorian and Edwardian popular literature, but also the cultural impact, and interconnectedness, of British and American imperialism. In this field he has most recently published “Gothic Haunting Empire” in the anthology Memory Haunting Discourse (2005).

Alan Kirby

Alan Kirby completed a PhD in 20th century British travel fiction at the University of Exeter. His recent publications include “To the New Belsen: Textual Repetition-Compulsion in Stephen Poliakoff’s Caught on a Train” in Comparative Critical Studies. He is currently completing a book on the impact of new digital technologies on contemporary cultural forms, to be published by Continuum in 2009.

Esme Miskimmin

Esme Miskimmin is a tutor at the University of Liverpool, with research interests in crime and mystery writing and Renaissance drama. Her book, Starting Shakespeare (Continuum) is due for publication in 2008 and she is currently working on another monograph, Dorothy L. Sayers: Detection, Dogma, Drama (Liverpool University Press, 2009).

Christopher Ringrose

Christopher Ringrose is Principal Lecturer in English and Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator, School of the Arts, Universoty of Northampton. He is also Contemporary Literature Editor for the Annotated Bibliography of English Studies.

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts has worked in the advertising and communications industry for five years, currently at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, the industry trade association. He has always lived in Stoke Newington. His enthusiasm for ‘Ghost Signs’ began when he started to notice them around his home and began a process of documenting them with his camera.

Susie Thomas

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.

Rudolf Weiss

Rudolf Weiss is Associate Professor in the English Department of Vienna University. He holds a PhD from Vienna University and took his ‘postdoctoral degree’ in 2000, with a study of the dramatic aesthetics of the Edwardian New Dramatists; the monograph –- Der Januskopf der traditionellen Moderne: Die Dramenaesthetik St. John Hankins und John Galsworthys –- was published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier in 2002. He has mainly published on 19th and 20th century drama and theatre as well as reception history; recent research interests focus on contemporary fiction in English, cultural transfer, and musico-literary studies.