Dickens in a Minute

    Susan Zieger on Cigarette Cards

  • Susan Zieger specializes in nineteenth-century British and related literatures and cultures, with an emphasis on the novel, ephemera, and other mass media forms. Her first book, Inventing the Addict: Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008), describes how metaphors of addiction such as exile, self-enslavement, and disease circulated through literature and culture to forge the new identity of the addict. Her second book, forthcoming from Fordham University Press in 2018, is The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century. The book contends that our twenty-first century moment of digital media saturation was formed through nineteenth-century encounters with printed ephemera. Zieger is currently researching Logistical Subjects, a cultural history of the rise of efficient shipping and transportation in commercial and military spheres since 1800.

  • Zoe Beenstock on Politics and Literature

  • Zoe Beenstock is a lecturer at the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Haifa. Her book The Politics of Romanticism: The Social Contract and Literature came out in 2016 with Edinburgh University Press. Her newest project deals with Romantic Palestine. Zoe has published articles in European Romantic ReviewMLQ and Philosophy and Literature.

  • Mark Celeste on Maritime Fiction


    Mark Celeste is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Rice University. He studies maritime fiction and maritime networks during the British long nineteenth century. His dissertation examines how historical maritime genres (e.g., the logbook, the sea chantey, the shipwreck tale) make visible the exchanges between the literary marketplace and the political, social, and economic networks of the maritime world. His work has appeared in The Gaskell Journal, and he has a forthcoming article with Victorian Review.

  • Melisa Klimaszewski on Dickens, Today


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    Dr. Melisa Klimaszewski is Associate Professor of English at Drake University where, in addition to Victorian studies, she specializes in critical race and gender studies and the literature of South Africa. She has edited nine of Dickens’s collaborative works for publication in their entirety with Hesperus Press. She has also authored a biography of Wilkie Collins and co-authored a brief biography of Charles Dickens for Hesperus. Her book-in progress examines Dickens's collaborative Christmas works to rethink collaboration in the Victorian periodical press.

  • Jennifer Tinonga-Valle on Needlework in Victorian Novels

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    Sewing Samplers by the Brontë Sisters and Jane Austen
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    A Ph.D. candidate in English at UC Davis, Jennifer Tinonga-Valle’s research explores how designing, discussing, and creating craft items offers a distinctive type of participation with literary texts, as it is linked with the still accessible legacy of craft practices and values, a legacy in which authors such as Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Brontë participated.