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Jessica Cox is a lecturer in English at Brunel University, where she teaches on women’s writing, Victorian literature and culture, and neo-Victorian fiction.   Her research interests include Victorian sensation literature, the Brontës, New Woman Fiction, neo-Victorianism, and feminism and popular culture.  Jessica obtained her PhD from Swansea University in 2007 and worked as a lecturer at the University of Wales Lampeter before moving to Brunel in 2009. She is currently writing a book on neo-Victorian sensation fiction, editing a collection on the work of Victorian sensation writer Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and co-editing, with Dr. Mark Llewellyn (Liverpool University), an anthology set entitled Women and Belief.  Recent publications include ‘Gender, Conflict, Continuity: Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) and Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins (1893)’ (Brontë Studies, 2010) and a short biography of Charlotte Brontë (Hesperus, forthcoming 2011).

Nadine Muller is a doctoral student at the University of Hull. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Salford in 2008 and, having been awarded an 80th Anniversary Doctoral Scholarship in Neo-Victorianism by the University of Hull, she took up her PhD research the same year. Nadine’s thesis examines representations of gender and sexuality in twenty-first century neo-Victorian fiction within the context of third-wave feminism, focusing in particular on illustrations of matrilineal narratives, prostitution, pornography, women’s mental health and fictional biography. Her wider research interests fall into the following intersecting areas: contemporary feminist theory and practice (particularly third-wave feminism); gender and sexuality in Victorian literature and culture; neo-Victorianism in literature and on screen; public engagement in gender and sexuality studies; and twenty-first century women’s fiction. She is a member of the executive committee of the Feminist & Women’s Studies Association (UK & Ireland), a steering group member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN), the co-editor of the Journal of Gender Studies 2011 special issue Feminisms, Sex and the Body (with Mark Llewellyn), and she currently teaches at the University of Salford. For more information and a list of publications and current research activities please visit


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