Angie Blumberg ( a doctoral candidate focusing on the British Long Nineteenth Century. She is interested in the Victorian historical self-consciousness, material culture, and fin-de-siècle decadence and early modernism. Angie’s dissertation project– “Our Real Life in Tombs”–examines the archaeological encounter in fin de siècle romance and early modernist texts. In addition to teaching composition and literature at SLU, Angie also enjoys teaching introductory film studies courses. .

Hal Bush ( is Professor of English at Saint Louis University. He is author of many essays and reviews in 19th and 20th century American literature, along with 3 books, most recently of Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His Age (2007) and Lincoln in His Own Time (2011).  He is currently  finishing work on 2 book projects:  the first is a monograph titled “‘Continuing Bonds with the Dead’: Parental Grief and Nineteenth-Century American Authorship,” under contract with the University of Alabama Press’s prestigious “Studies in American Realism and Naturalism” series and due out in Spring 2015.  The second is a volume of correspondence between Mark Twain and Joseph Twichell, which he is co-editing and co-writing with Peter Messent and which is under contract with the University of Georgia Press and due out in Fall 2015.  His next project is a volume on the intersections between spirituality, literature, and contemporary American culture.  He is past president and long-time board member of the conference on Christianity and Literature, an allied group of MLA, and also writes regularly in mainstream venues such as the Christian Century and Cresset Magazine.

Ellen Crowell ( is Associate Professor of English at Saint Louis University. Through research and teaching that seeks to link the late-Victorian intellectual and artistic movements of Aestheticism and Decadence to Modernist writing in English, her work illuminates the deep cultural histories of modernism. Particular areas of focus include: British and Irish modernism, the cultural history of Decadence and Aestheticism; queer theory and queer cultural history; particular figures of focus include Oscar Wilde, Charles Ricketts, W.B. Yeats, and Elizabeth Bowen. Her first book, Aristocratic Drag: The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction (Edinburgh, 2007), offered a comparative study of Anglo-Irish and American Southern “great house” novels; her current book project, Oscar Wilde’s Body, reconstructs forgotten subcultures of mourning, fandom, and queer self-fashioning to reimagine Oscar Wilde’s presence in the literary and cultural landscapes of early modernism. Other work has appeared in Eire-Ireland, BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History, Modern Fiction Studies and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Natalie Monzyk ( is a PhD student interested in the British Long Nineteenth Century. She completed her MA at Missouri State University with a thesis on gendered violence in mainstream comic books. She also holds a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies. Natalie is currently working on the prospectus for her dissertation, which will focus on how representations of science in sensation fiction influenced later fin-de-siècle texts.

Megan Sinner Brueske ( is a PhD student of 20th-C American Lit whose specific interests are writings between the World Wars, writing by women, and the theological and social changes that happened because of/surrounding the World Wars.  She earned her MA at the University of South Dakota and wrote her thesis on Willa Cather and Tillie Olsen.  She loves chocolate and drinks pop, not soda.

Anne Stiles ( is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Medical Humanities at Saint Louis University. She is the author of Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century (Cambridge UP, 2012) and the editor of Neurology and Literature, 1866-1920 (Palgrave, 2007). She also serves as Victorian section co editor of the Wiley-Blackwell journal, Literature Compass. Most recently, she has published essays on Silas Weir Mitchell and Frances Hodgson Burnett, focusing on alternative understandings of Mitchell’s rest cure for nervous women.

Emily Tuttle ( is a PhD student, specializing in British fiction from the long 19th century. She also holds certificates in women’s studies and rhetoric and composition and earned her MA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Emily is currently in the throes of writing her dissertation, which focuses on exemplary suffering–the idea that standards of female behavior, particularly shaped by conduct books, also affected the way that women experienced and embodied their physical and emotional pain. She also loves to talk about Mad Men.

Heather Bozant Witcher (  is a doctoral candidate, working on her dissertation that theorizes the collaborative process throughout the long-nineteenth century. Using 18th and 19th-century understandings of sympathy as a model framework for the ideal collaborative process, her dissertation argues that collaboration becomes a means of artistic construction and a lived experience of communal relations. Concentrations will include: the Shelleys, Rossettis, aesthetic presses, Michael Field, and Vernon Lee. She earned her MA at Saint Louis University, with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.


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