Contributor Biographies – Neo-Victorian Collins Special Issue
Kimberly Cox is Assistant Professor at Chadron State College where she teaches courses in British literature, composition, and Gender Studies. Her book, Touch, Sexuality, and Skin in British Literature, 1740–1900, is under contract with Routledge, and her articles have appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature, and Victorian Network.
Dr. Kathryne Ford is currently a researcher in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University, where she completed her PhD in 2019. Prior to moving to Australia, Kathryne studied English at the University of Memphis. Her research interests include narratology, life-writing, biofiction, and art, especially in relation to Victorian and Neo-Victorian literature and culture. Kathryne also manages the Australian Literary Studies academic journal, and she has previously published in the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies.
Dr Indu Ohri is currently an Assistant Professor, General Faculty at the University of Virginia. She holds an MA from Boston University and a PhD in English from the University of Virginia. She is working on a book project that examines how the ghosts in women’s supernatural fiction reflect various unspeakable social concerns of Victorian Britain. Her article examining the ways in which Amelia Edwards’s ghost stories offer an ecocritical critique of Victorian tourism has appeared in the Victorians Institute Journal Digital Annex 42. Her essay arguing that the late Victorian female occult investigator combines the opposing disciplines of religion, science, and occultism by approaching fictional ghosts with compassion is forthcoming in Preternature. Another article analyzing Deborah Noyes’s neo-Victorian rewriting of Edith Wharton’s ghost story “Kerfol” (1916) as the young adult novel The Ghosts of Kerfol (2008) has been solicited for inclusion in a collection of essays edited by Amy Montz and Dana Lawrence.
Dr Claire O’Callaghan is a Lecturer in English at Loughborough. Her research interests include the lives and works of the Brontës, Sarah Waters, and the representation of gender and sexuality across neo-Victorian media. Claire is the author of Sarah Waters: Gender and Sexual Politics (2017) and Emily Brontë Reappraised (2018). Her work has appeared in Victorians: A Journal of Literature and Culture, Brontë Studies, Women: A Cultural Review, Victoriographies, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Women’s Writing, and Neo-Victorian Studies.
Melissa Purdue is a Professor of English at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her current research focuses on late 19th-century supernatural fiction and her most recent article (in Revenant) was on Clemencre Housman’s The Were-Wolf. Other recent publications have been in Domestic Fiction in Australia and New Zealand (Pickering & Chatto 2014) and The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies. Purdue is also co-editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. She has recently taught classes on both “Neo-Victorian Fiction” and “Animals & Literature: The Victorians” which have sparked her interest in exploring further the portrayal of human-animal hybrids and mad scientists in Neo-Victorian literature.
Beth Sherman is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English from Queens College, where she teaches in the English department. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The James Joyce Quarterly, The Portland Review, Sou’wester, Newsday and Marathon Literary Review. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and has written five mystery novels.