Dr Anthony Mandal (Director), BA (Dunelm), MA PhD (Wales) is Reader in English Literature at Cardiff University. He is the author of Jane Austen and the Popular Novel: The Determined Author (2007), and co-editor of The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe (2007) and The English Novel, 1830–1836: A Bibliographical Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles (2003). He has recently completed the first full scholarly edition of Mary Brunton’s Regency best-seller, Self-Control: A Novel, to be published by Pickering & Chatto for 2014. He is the developer of British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception (1998–2004) and the Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration (2004–07), and is co-investigator in a follow-up project. He is the editor of Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 and is one of the General Editors of the New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (2009–20). His research interests include Jane Austen, nineteenth-century fiction, the gothic, print culture and history of the book, and digital humanities. He is currently working on various projects, including a collection of essays on Austen and Englishness, and a 230,000-word encyclopaedia of gothic publishing in the Romantic period, as well as an AHRC-funded pervasive media adaptation of Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, entitled Jekyll 2.0: Embodying the Gothic Text.
Professor Julia Thomas (Associate Director), BA MA PhD (Wales) is Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University. She is the author of Pictorial Victorians: The Inscription of Values in Word and Image (2004) and Victorian Narrative Painting (2000), and co-editor of The Routledge Critical and Cultural Theory Reader (2008) and Reading Images (2000), and principal investigator in two AHRC-funded digital projects: the Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration (2004–07) and an enhancement of this resource (2010–11). She is also one of the editors of the Journal of Illustration Studies, and has written numerous articles on word–image relationships, Victorian illustration and literature and digital humanities. Her current research focuses on the Victorian construction of Shakespeare.
Professor David Skilton, MA MLitt (Cantab) is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University, and was Director of CEIR between 2004 and 2008. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Victorian literature, among them Anthony Trollope and his Contemporaries (1972, 1996) and Defoe to the Victorians: Two Centuries of the English Novel (1985). He was General Editor of the Complete Novels of Anthony Trollope (1988–2000) and editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Trollope’s An Autobiography (1996), and is co-editor of the Journal of Illustration Studies. His research focuses on Anthony Trollope, illustration studies, Victorian literature, the art and literature of London, and the literary representation of ruins.