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John H. Baker

John H. Baker was born in Watford, England in 1972. He was educated at Mill Hill School in North London, Manchester University, and was awarded his PhD by King’s College London in 1999. A revised version of his doctoral thesis, Browning and Wordsworth, was published by Farleigh Dickinson University Press in 2004. He teaches at the University of Westminster, UK and is currently working on the relationship between literature and religion.
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.
Clare Brant

Clre Brant is senior lectuerer in English at King’s College, London. She is currently writing a book on ballooning. Her most recent publications are: Eighteenth-Century Letters and British Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) and (with Susan E Whyman) Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay’s Trivia (1716) (Oxford University Press 2007) – an interdisciplinary essay collection and new edition of John Gay’s comic epic poem about London.
Rachel Clements

Rachel Clements is a PhD student in the drama and theatre department at Royal Holloway, London, and is writing a thesis on ghosts and hauntology on the contemporary British stage. She completed a BA at the University of Oxford and an MA at University College London. She is on the editorial board of Platform, a postgraduate e-journal in theatre and performing arts ( ).
Vic Gatrell

Professor Vic (V.A.C.) Gatrell was born in South Africa and first studied History and English at Rhodes University. At Cambridge, he completed a further BA in History and then got his Cambridge PhD for a dissertation on class, politics, and the cotton industry in early nineteenth-century Manchester. Since 1967, he has been both a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and a Lecturer and then Reader in British Social and Cultural History in the Cambridge Faculty. He took up his Essex chair in 2003. He has held fellowships at Yale University and the Australian National University, and remains a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. Specialising in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British social, cultural, and economic history, at Essex he teaches courses on the history of English ‘deviance’, law, and social order c.1750-1914, and on cultural change in the age of revolution.
James Graham

James Graham teaches part-time in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, and for the London Studies Programme in the faculty of Continuing Education at Birbeck College, University of London. He has published on Southern African and contemporary British literature and culture.
Kristina Groover

Kristina Groover joined the Department of English at Appalachian State University in 1996. She teaches 20th century British and American literature, women’s literature, and African American literature. Her recent research is on literary constructs of spirituality, and she is especially interested in intersections between feminist theology and women’s literary texts. Her current projects include a study of Virginia Woolf and the problem of the soul and a study of Latina writers and Latina feminist theology.
Toby Litt

Toby Litt was born in 1968 and grew up in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. He has published eight books: Adventures in Capitalism, Beatniks, Corpsing, Deadkidsongs, Exhibitionism, Finding Myself, Ghost Story, Hospital, Learn more on his web site:
Cory MacLauchlin

Emma McEvoy

Emma McEvoy was educated at the University of Leeds (BA Hons in English, 1986) and the University of Wales, Cardiff (PhD in English, 1994). Before working at Westminster, she was also employed at Goldsmiths, University of London and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Republic of Ireland. She is also a musician and is musical director for a youth drama group. Emma’s major research interests are in Romantic writing, the Gothic and theatre. She is co-editor (with Catherine Spooner) of the volume Routledge Companion to the Gothic (2007), in which she has essays on ‘Romantic Gothic’ and ‘Contemporary Gothic Theatre’, and has also published on Mary Shelley, G. K. Chesterton, J. Meade Falkner, Nick Cave, Ann Radcliffe and the Picturesque. She wrote the introduction and notes for the OUP edition of Matthew Lewis’s The Monk (1995) and is co-author (with Catherine Spooner again) of Beginning Gothic (forthcoming MUP 2008). She is currently working on a book on Gothic Music and an edition of Charlotte Dacre’s Confessions of the Nun of St Omer (1805).
Alan Morrison

Alan Morrison was educated at Queen’s University, Belfast (BA (hons) in Philosophy, History & English), where he was also a full-time research student in the Department of Philosophy from 1966 to 1969. During that time he also studied Renaissance philosophy and aesthetics in Florence, funded by the British Council. He has taught at the University of Westminster for over twenty years and is now Principal Lecturer in English Literature. He is also the organiser of the Westminster/Smithsonian collaboration, which has generated a number of high profile events under his stewardship, including the ongoing Nobel Conversations at Westminster and the American Sublime conference at Tate Britain in 2001. He was most recently co-convenor of Square Politics, a major conference on public space at London’s National Gallery held in May 2003.
Beth Palmer

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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.
Anne Witchard

Anne Witchard was educated at the University of North London (BA Hons in English 1997) and Birkbeck College (PhD in English 2003), and lectures in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture at Westminster. Her research and teaching interests are in Gothic, the Fin de Siecle, London Studies and Modernism. Her first book Thomas Burke’s Dark Chinoiserie was published by Ashgate in 2008, and her current project, A Forbidden Passion: China and the Gothic Imagination, is an examination of the role of chinoiserie in the modern construction of the Gothic.
Julian Wolfreys

Julina Wolfreys is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at Loughborough University. His recent publications include: Writing London vol. III: Inventions of the City (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Derrida: A Guide for the Perplexed (London : Continuum, 2007); Dickens to Hardy 1832-1884: The Novel, the Past, and Cultural Memory in the Nineteenth Century (Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); The Old Story, with a Difference: Pickwick’s Vision (Ohio State University Press, 2006); Occasional Deconstructions (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004); Thinking Difference: Critics in Conversation (New York: Fordham University Press, 2004); Writing London vol. II: Materiality, Memory, Spectrality (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); ed., The J. Hillis Miller Reader (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005); ed., Richard Marsh, The Beetle (Ontario: Broadview Press, 2003); Glossalalia (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003)