A journal of turn-of-the-century theatre

Issue 4 - Summer 2012

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Anastassiya Andrianova received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her dissertation, A Spirit of the Earth: Vitalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature, examines the philosophical ramifications of the Vitalist movement in science, literature, pedagogy, and social theory, with a focus on Butler, Meredith, Tolstoy, and Shaw. Anastassiya has published several poems and reviews, as well as a personal essay, and she regularly teaches global literature and composition at Queens College and Fordham University.

Louise Burns holds her Master’s degree in Text and Performance from King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A visiting lecturer in drama at St Mary’s University College and on the ‘London Now’ programme at Arcadia University, she is also a literary agent with Andrew Mann Ltd representing playwrights and authors of fiction, nonfiction and theatre studies.

Robert Dean received his PhD from Aberystwyth University in 2010. His thesis was entitled ‘Musical Dramaturgy in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Theatre on the British Stage.’ He is currently the Award leader for Drama at the University of Glamorgan.

Paul Elsam PhD (Hull) is Associate Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Teesside University in the UK, and is the regular Acting Techniques tutor at ALRA North drama school. He is also a visiting professor at the Savannah College of Art & Design in the USA. Paul’s text Acting Characters, a Methuen bestseller, is available in Russian translation. He is currently working on a monograph on theatre innovator and provocateur Stephen Joseph.

Helena Gurfinkel is Assistant Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and co-editor of UpStage.

Heather Marcovitch teaches Victorian literature and critical theory at Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada. She is the author of The Art of the Pose: Oscar Wilde’s Performance Theory (Peter Lang, 2010) and the co-editor of two collected essays on television: American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations (Lexington Books, 2011) and Mad Men: Essays on Gender and Generation (Lexington Books, 2012).

John McRae was nominated Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies at the University of Nottingham in 1992, currently has regular Visiting Professorships in China, France, Lebanon, Spain and South Africa, and has lectured in more than sixty countries worldwide. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland, of which a third edition is in preparation, and he edited the first critical edition of Wilde's Teleny (GMP, 1986), which was celebrated in a special Oscholars volume in 2008: . He currently lives in Providence RI and London.

Dr. Richard Mills is a Programme Director in Cultural Studies and an MA in Irish Studies at St Mary's University College. Richard's research interests are in Irish Literature and Popular Culture. He has a PhD in Anglo-Irish literature from the University of Ulster and he has published on Irish themes in publications such as Irish Studies Review, Writing Ulster and books including New Voices in Irish Criticism (Four Courts: 2000), Popular Music on British Television (Ashgate: 2010), The Impact of the Beatles on Contemporary Culture (University of Lodz Press: 2010) and The Playful Air of Lightness in Irish Literature and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Press: 2011).

Margaret D. Stetz, the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware, has published over 100 essays on women’s literature and culture, on film, and on 19th and 20th Century publishing history. She has also been curator or co-curator of numerous exhibitions on late-Victorian print culture and the visual arts at venues ranging from the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa, FL, to Harvard University, to the Library of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 2011, she was a contributor to The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement, 1860-1900, published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Among her recent books are British Women’s Comic Fiction, 1890-1990 (2001), Gender and the London Theatre (2004), Facing the Late Victorians (2007), and a volume co-edited with Cheryl A. Wilson, Michael Field and Their World (2007).

Lawrence Switzky is assistant professor of English and drama at the University of Toronto. He has published essays on modernism and theatre, the reception history of Shakespeare, the rise of theatre directing, and the plays of Bernard Shaw.