Dr Anna Brecke is lecturer in Literary Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design where she teaches classes on literary theory, fairy tales, and gothic fiction. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Rhode Island in 2018 and holds MA degrees in both English and Gender/ Cultural Studies from Simmons College in Boston, MA and a Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from URI. She has published on sensation fiction, speculative fiction, and women’s writing, as well topics concerning gender and popular culture.

Dr Janine Hatter is a lecturer whose research interests centre on nineteenth-century literature, art and culture, with particular emphasis on popular fiction. She has published on Mary Braddon, Bram Stoker, the theatre and identity, short stories as a genre, and Victorian women’s life writing, as well as on her wider research interests of nineteenth to twenty-first century Science Fiction and the Gothic. She is co-editor of two series: New Paths in Victorian Fiction and Culture and Key Popular Women Writers, both for Edward Everett Root Publishers, and is Associate Editor for Victorian Popular Fictions Journal. Janine is conference co-organiser for the Victorian Popular Fiction Association and has co-founded the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association. You can follow her on twitter using @janine_hatter, or view her page.

Dr Madeleine Seys  was awarded a PhD from The University of Adelaide (South Australia) in 2015. Her thesis on the use of dress in representations and narratives of femininity and female sexuality in Victorian popular literature was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Madeleine also holds the title of John Howard Clark Scholar. Madeleine is currently a sessional lecturer and tutor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide where she teaches eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture. Her research interests include the narrative and generic conventions of Victorian popular literature, Victorian culture, gender and sexuality, fashion and textile history, and material culture, museology and museum curatorship. Madeleine is Costume Curator at the National Trust of South Australia’s Ayers House Museum. Her essay on dress and female literary subjectivities in M. E. Braddon’s The Doctor’s Wife has recently been published in the edited collection Changing the Victorian Subject (The University of Adelaide Press, 2014). Madeleine’s work on fashion history can be found on The Conversation (Australia).

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2 Replies to “Organisers

  1. Currently teaching an undergraduate class in Mexico, I am thinking of a dozen of Braddon short stories for teaching materials next term. Last month, I happened to read “Her Last Appearance” and found it very intriguing. So sensational and thrilling!

    Would you mind recommending eight or so of her short stories? I would like to translate them into Spanish for sale. Your recommendation would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Hi Jan,

      If you haven’t seen it already, I helped a translation of Braddon’s ghostly tales into Spanish a few years ago for La biblioteca de Carfax. I hope this suits your class!


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