I was recently awarded my Ph.D. from Newcastle University. My AHRC-funded thesis - The Contemporary Middlebrow Novel: Feminism, Class and Domesticity - considers the place and role of contemporary women's writing in the context of prize culture and debates about the construction of literary value. My next research project examines women's experiences of education and social change in fiction from 1950 to the present.
I hold a PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Naples. My doctoral research focused on Angela Carter and the re-writing of fairy tales and Bildungsroman. I previously earned one MA in Philosophy and one in Women's Studies from the European programme Gemma.I am currently Visiting Fellow at Warwick University. My reaserch interests include contemporary women's fiction, gender studies, feminist and Postcolonial theory, and gender pedagogy.
Calum Gardner was born in Scotland and educated at the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge. Calum is now a PhD student at Cardiff University working on the reception of the theory of Roland Barthes in the avant-garde poetry of the English-speaking world.
Katie Garner completed her doctorate at Cardiff University. Her research interests include women's writing and the visual arts, intertextuality, and the Gothic. She has published work on feminist theory and Angela Carter. She currently teaches Gothic Literature and Romanticism at the University of South Wales.
Jessica Gildersleeve was awarded a PhD in Literature from the University of Bristol for her work on Elizabeth Bowen and trauma. She has published on work by authors including Bowen, Jean Rhys, Rosamond Lehmann, and Pat Barker, and currently teaches literature at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Marta Goszczynska is Assistant Professor in the Department of British Literature and Culture at the University of Lodz, Poland. She gained her Ph.D. in 2006 with a dissertation that explored the hybrid nature of late-twentieth-century neo-Victorian fiction. Her research interests include women’s studies, neo-Victorianism and metafiction. She has published, both nationally and internationally, on such diverse authors as William Trevor, Sarah Waters, Graham Swift, Valerie Martin, Jane Urquhart and Michel Faber. She is co-editor (with Katarzyna Poloczek) of Changing Ireland: Transitions and Transformations in Irish Literature and Culture (University of Łódź Press, 2010) and The Playful Air of Light(ness) in Irish Literature and Culture (Cambridge Scholars, 2011).
Dr Griggs is a lecturer in Media & Communications at UNE. Her research areas include Adaptation Theory, the Adaptation of Literature to Screen, Shakespeare on Screen, and Screenwriting. She is currently working on a monograph titled The Bloomsbury Introduction to Adaptation Studies (Continuum/ Bloomsbury), and she has an established publication record in the field of Adaptation Studies. Her most recent outputs include "Writing for the Movies: Writing and Screening Atonement," (in A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation, Wiley Blackwell, October 2012); King Lear on Screen (monograph published by Methuen, 2009); and articles in a number of international peer-reviewed journals (Adaptation, The Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Literature/Film Quarterly).
Mélanie Grué defended her PhD, "queer grotesque and abject knowledge in the work of Dorothy Allison," in December 2013. She currently teaches at Universite Paris Est. Her fields of interest are gay, lesbian and queer studies, women’s, gender and trauma studies, testimonial literature and American feminist theory. She is the author of « Déshumanisation, réification et célébration de l’humain: le témoignage minoritaire de Dorothy Allison" (Travaux en cours, n°6, December 2010) , « ‘Behind the story I tell is the one I don’t’ : Le cri silencieux de l’enfant abusée dans l’œuvre de Dorothy Allison » (Loxias, n°32, March 2011), "le rejet de l'autre bchez Dorothy Allison, de la marginalisation au refus d'intégration" (Cycnos, n. 28, 2012), "Trauma and Survival in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, or the Power of Alternative Stories" (in S. Pellicer-Ortin and S. Andermahr, Trauma Narratives and Herstory, Palgrave Maxmillan, 2013).
Jennifer Gustar is Association Professor and Department Head of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus in Canada. Her research focus is contemporary women's writing with an emphasis on women writing in the UK and, in particular, the emergence of contemporary women writing the 'postcolonial UK' from the position of multiple diasporas. Dr. Gustar has published on the work of Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, Zadie Smith, Elizabeth Knox and Anita Rau Badami. She is accepting graduate students who wish to pursue research in Contemporary Women's Writing in an Interdisciplinary context.