Dickens in a Minute

    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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    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.