Bill Bell, BA (Lynchburg), MA (Bowling Green), PhD (Edinburgh) is Professor of Bibliography at Cardiff University, and was previously founding Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at Edinburgh University. He specialises in 19th-century literature and culture, and has written extensively on the sociology of the text, the history of the book and theories of cultural production. He was for several years a member of the editorial team of the Duke–Edinburgh edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (vols 19–24) and is general editor of the Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland (4 vols, Edinburgh University Press), of which he was also editor of volume 3, Industry and Ambition, 1800–1880 (2007). He is joint author of Travels into Print: Exploration, Writing and Publishing 1760–1860 (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press) and is completing Crusoe’s Books: Journeys through the Textual Imagination, a study of itinerant reading communities.
Michael Goodman, BA (Manchester), MA PhD (Cardiff) is a postdoctoral reasearcher whose thesis, ‘Illustrating Shakespeare: Practice, Theory and the Digital Humanities’ explores how digital technology can be used to make sense of historical (specifically Victorian) illustrations of Shakespeare’s plays. The project saw the launch this summer of the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive, an online open access resource that contains over 3000 illustrations taken from Victorian editions of Shakespeare’s plays. A founding member of Forms of Innovation (an AHRC collaborative project that investigated the interplay between technology and literature), Michael has also worked on the forthcoming Women in Trousers: A Visual Archive, designed the online medical humanities gallery Visualising the Condition and Experience of Seizures and is on the advisory board of the new Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Science Humanities’ initiative at Cardiff University. He has recently been appointed RA on Cardiff University’s new Digital Cultures Network.
Harriet Gordon, BA MA (Cardiff) is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Cardiff University. Her thesis, ‘“At Home in the World”: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Global Literary Networks’, focuses on the global peregrinations of Robert Louis Stevenson, examining the social networks that facilitated his cross-continental publishing and considering the influence of such movements and networks on his textual productions. As it widest objective, the project aims to examine late nineteenth-century authorship in a global context, whilst considering the relationship between travel/location and literary texts. Her project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW-DTP).
Robert Lloyd, BA MA (Cardiff) is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Cardiff University. His thesis focuses on mid- to late-twentieth-century ghost stories written by women, with a particular emphasis on the construction of gendered spectrality through matrices of looking and spectatorship, and attempts to diagnose the emergence of a form of spectral agency that is distinctive to twentieth-century writing. His research interests include the gothic; spectrality and hauntology; contemporary women’s writing; feminist literary theory; the twentieth-century short story; and horror cinema.
Anthony Mandal (Director), BA (Dunelm), MA PhD (Wales) is Reader in Print and Digital Cultures 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 (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, 2010–11), 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.
Katherine Mansfield, BA (Swansea), MA (Bristol) PhD (Cardiff) recently completed her PhD on ‘Sensationalising the New Woman: Crossing the Boundaries between Sensation and New Woman literature, 1859–1901’. The project explores the relationship between Sensation and New Woman fiction to investigate the extent to which Sensation literature is a forerunner to the early development of the New Woman novel; and consequently how the two genres blur, or cross, temporal and conceptual boundaries. Her research interests are in Victorian literature and culture, particularly popular and late Victorian fiction; women’s writing; gender studies; and the rediscovery of forgotten writers and novels.
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.
Rebecca Spear BA (Glamorgan/South Wales), MA (Cardiff) is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Cardiff University. Her thesis, ‘Jane Austen and Science’, explores Jane Austen’s interactions with eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century science, arguing that domestic access, promoted by membership of a female scientific community, encouraged Austen’s dissemination of knowledge through her novels. The project thus aims to reclaim Austen for knowledge culture, presenting her as a proto-feminist, learned woman. Rebecca is editorial assistant for the Journal of Literature and Science and was research assistant for, and co-curator of, an AHRC-funded medical humanities gallery entitled Visualising the Conditions and Experiences of Seizures. The gallery forms part of a larger research project led by Rebecca’s supervisor, Professor Martin Willis, at Cardiff University. Rebecca’s research interests include Jane Austen; literature and science; the Gothic; and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women’s writing.
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 three AHRC-funded digital projects: the Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration (2004–07) and an enhancement second version of this resource, the Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration 2.0 (2010–11), as well as Lost Visions: Retrieving the Visual Element of Printed Books from the Nineteenth Century (2014–15). 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 constructions of Shakespeare.