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MemberDavid Mastey

I teach and write about transatlantic literatures of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am especially interested in how narratives from one transatlantic region—Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and/or the Americas—circulate and are consumed in other regions. For the past few years my main focus has been on African child soldier narratives, a transnational genre of novels and memoirs that achieved notable success in the United States and Europe, despite the relative indifference toward African writing in Western book markets. My research on this genre tends to revolve around predominant literary conventions, e.g. the ambivalent portrayal of humanitarian aid workers or how the texts make claims for the innocence of children who brutalize adults during wartime. I write about these and other features in Research in African Literatures, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Interventions, Genre, and English Studies. I am currently working on related projects/outputs in this area.

MemberAnna Faktorovich

Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She is currently teaching college English at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, she taught for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She published two poetry collections Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012). She also released two historical novels: The Romances of George Sand (2014), and The Battle for Democracy (2016). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim’s Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She also wrote and illustrated a children’s book, The Sloths and I (Anaphora, 2013). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical, Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

MemberJason Gulya

I am currently a Full-Time Lecturer in the Rutgers University Writing Program, where I teach literature and composition. My interests and dynamic and diverse. They include Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature, Allegory, Pedagogy, Representations of Writing in Literature, Children’s Literature, Renaissance Literature, Religion and Literature, Genre Studies, the Graphic Novel, Modern Adaptations of 17th- and 18th-Century Literature, Rhetoric and Composition.

MemberSimone Pinet

I work at the intersection of discourses in medieval Iberian literatures, that is, I like asking questions that come up when one sees an apparently unrelated or distant sphere intervening in the literary, whether it be politics, or cartography, or economics, which is what I am currently working on for a book project. As an extension of this, I am interested in how the medieval intervenes in other periods, other geographies, that is, how the medieval informs (or disinforms) discourses about modernity or secularism or civilization, and how it shapes imperial and colonial projects, or contemporary Latin American literatures.

MemberElizabeth Chang

Elizabeth Chang focuses in her research and teaching on the literature and visual culture of nineteenth-century Britain, with a particular emphasis on the cultural productions of the British empire during the Victorian era. Her monograph Britain’s Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford 2009) traces the cultural influences of Chinese places, things, and people, real and imagined, on the development of a modern British literary and visual culture in the nineteenth century. She is also the editor of a five-volume collection of nineteenth-century British travel writing from China (Pickering and Chatto 2010). Most recently she has published Novel Cultivations: Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century (Virginia 2019), which takes up the role of plants as both setting and subject in the Victorian genre novel to argue for a reconfigured understanding of environmental agency in popular literature.

MemberEmily Travis

I’m a PhD student of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus in women’s life writing in Europe and the Americas from the 19th-century to present. I explore the creative registers and cultural/historical resonances of letters, diaries, journals, biographies, autobiographies, fictional novels, and social media which represent individual lives. My studies place lesser known authors and forms alongside more traditional figures and genres to consider whose lives are worth knowing, why, by whom, and in what forms.