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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.

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.

MemberKristin J. Jacobson

Kristin J. Jacobson is a professor of American Literature, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey. She completed her Ph.D. at Penn State, her M.A. at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and her B.A. at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Her book Neodomestic American Fiction (2010, Ohio State University Press) examines contemporary domestic novels. Her next book-length project identifies a new genre of travel and environmental literature: the American adrenaline narrative. The project defines and then examine the genre’s significant tropes from an ecofeminist perspective.

MemberNicola Griffith

I was born in the UK now in the US. My six novels, most recently Hild, have all won awards and been translated other languages. Hild is a novel focalised around the woman born more than 1400 years ago who is today known as St Hilda of Whitby. The novel aims to operate as a second-order discourse regarding the “contingency of events” and illusory nature of history’s seeming solidity (Butler and O’Donovan, 2012: 15). It is a serious historical novel in the well-researched, realist mode established by Sir Walter Scott1 that deconstructs the intersectional construction of the oppressive discourse of gender, sexual orientation, and race (Reid, 2015). In 2015 I founded the Literary Prize Data, an international working group to uncover and tell the story of how gender bias operates within the publishing ecosystem. Direct results of that research include the $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Prize for prose and scripts by and about women (2016), and the new Her Voice literary festival in Toronto (2017). In 2016 I began #CripLit, an online community for writers with disabilities with >1,000 regular participants. I’m now a dual US/UK citizen, hold a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and married to writer Kelley Eskridge in Seattle. 1 As described by Lukács, as opposed to Jameson’s assertion of Scott’s essential melodrama (Anderson 2011). Butler, C. and O’Donovan, H. (2012). Reading History in Children’s Books. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Reid, R. (2015). Nicola Griffith’s Hild: the authenticity of intersectionality. In: H. Young, ed. The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre. Amherst: Cambria, pp 75-90.