Banu Akin obtained her BA and MA in English and plurilingualism and foreign language teaching (concentration on French) at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Her research focuses on women’s experiences in different novels from Arab American and Arab Francophone literature.
Danica Čerče is Associate Professor of Literatures in English at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She works on contemporary American and Australian literature, indigenous Australian literature, and cultural studies. She has authoredthree books,including Reading Steinbeck in Eastern Europe (2011) and John Steinbeck in East European Translation (2017), and contributed to edited volumes, including A Companion to Aboriginal Literature (2013), Transculturation and Aesthetics: Ambivalence, Power, and Literature (2014), and Symphony and Song: The Intersection of Words and Music (2016). She is on the editorial board of Coolabar and Steinbeck Review, and a Vice President of the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars.
Elyssa Y. Cheng received her PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. She is Associate Professor of Western Languages and Literature at National University of Kaohsiung, where she teaches Shakespeare and early British Literature. She has published articles (in Chinese and English) on the politics and poetics of labor in English Renaissance Drama. Her current research focuses on postmodern film renditions of Shakespeare’s plays.
Joy Shihyi Huang is Associate Professor in the English Department at Tamkang University, Taiwan. She earned her PhD degree in the Theatre Department at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include contemporary American drama, feminist drama, ecocriticism (eco-theatre) and cultural studies. Her recent publications include 〈歷史之餘：當代非裔美人劇場中缺席的父親們〉(“Leftovers from History: Absent Fathers in Contemporary African American Theatre”)《中外文學》(Chung Wai Literary Quarterly) (June 2015) and “Utopia in Theatre: ‘Mulian Rescues Mother Earth’” in Taiwanese Ecocriticism: Transnational Island Identities (Lexington Books, 2016), edited by Chia-ju Chang and Scott Slovic.
Brigitte Le Juez is Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at Dublin City University, Ireland, and General Coordinator of the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies/Réseau Européen d'Etudes Littéraires Comparées. She is also Chevalier des Palmes Académiques. Her interests in scholarship include reception study, imagology, ekphrasis, geocriticism, myth and film adaptation, and ethics in literature. In addition to numerous articles, her book publications includeBeckett avant la lettre (Grasset, 2007) translated as Beckett before Beckett (Souvenir P, 2008), andShipwreck and Island Motifs in Literature and the Arts (Brill | Rodopi, 2015), co-edited with Olga Springer.
Chia-Jung Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. She was educated at the University of Manchester, UK, where she completed a doctoral degree in English Studies before embarking on an academic career. Her career has both embraced teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and research. She works on the Romantic literature with a special emphasis on William Wordsworth’s writing of self, time, and the French Revolution. She has published in several esteemed journals in Taiwan.
Emer O’Sullivan is Professor of English Literature at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany. She has published widely in German and English on image studies, children’s literature and translation.Kinderliterarische Komparatistik (Winter, 2000) won the IRSCL Award for outstanding research in 2001, and Comparative Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2005) the Children’s Literature Association 2007 Book Award. Historical Dictionary of Children’s Literature (Scarecrow P) came out in 2010, and Kinder-und Jugendliteratur im Fremdsprachenunterricht co-authored with Dietmar Rösler) in 2013. Imagining Sameness and Difference in Children’s Literature (co-edited with Andrea Immel) will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.
Jennifer Allport Reid had studied at Oxford, Cambridge, and Leeds before undertaking a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London exploring the relationship between early modern English and Scottish folklore and the theatre. She is also interested in representations of the interactions between humans, animals, and the landscape in the period. She has recently presented variously on Robin Hood, Mayday customs, fairy-lore, and the symbolisms of the hunt in early modern popular culture.
Oksana Weretiuk is the Head of Comparative Studies at University of Rzeszow, Poland. Her current research focuses on comparative study of Slavonic literatures, confrontation of Slavonic literatures with literatures of English-speaking countries; literatures of borderlands; cultural identity; imagology, problems of literary reception and literary translation; geopoetics and ecocriticism.
Emanuela Zirzotti obtained her PhD in Literatures in English at Sapienza University of Rome in 2008 with a dissertation on Greek and Roman influences in the work of Irish poet Seamus Heaney. She works mainly on modern and contemporary literature, focusing in particular on the intertextual approach of poetry and prose. Her publications include essays on Anglo-Irish authors, American Graphic Novels, translations, and the monograph Incontrando l’antichità: Seamus Heaney e i classici greci e latini (Meeting Antiquity: Seamus Heaney and Greek and Roman Classics) (2014).
Alexis Wolf is a PhD Candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. Her thesis, Women’s Textual Production Abroad: the Wilmot Coterie, is an archival-based study of manuscript culture and women’s travel writing in the late eighteenth century. She was awarded a Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship in 2016, and was a 2014 recipient of the British Association for Romantic Studies Stephen Copley Postgraduate Bursary. In November 2015, she co-convened Silence in the Archives: Censorship and Suppression in Women’s Life Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century, an interdisciplinary conference at Wolfson College, Oxford.