John Armstrong received his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in 2008 and has published several articles and reviews on modern and contemporary American poetry, in particular on the works of Edward Dorn. He has more recently written and published on the Gothic in American and Vietnamese war writing, and is currently continuing his research on Vietnamese postwar fiction for a forthcoming collection on South-East Asian Gothic. Since 2010, he has lived in Taiwan and currently teaches English and American literature in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University.


Marie Rose B. Arong is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Cebu. She is completing her Ph.D. (English) at the School of Arts and Media in the University of New South Wales. Her thesis examines how the novels of early Filipino authors in English formally portray postcolonial themes. Her current research is locating the Gothic in Philippine fiction. She is also interested in Philippine culture and history, postcolonial fiction, and narratology.


Uilleam Blacker is a Lecturer in Comparative East European Culture at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He specializes in the cultures of Ukraine, Poland and Russia. He has worked with Molodyi Teatr London since 2010, and is the author of Bloody East Europeans (2014), and co-author, with Olesya Khromeychuk, of Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent (2016). He has also published short stories in Stand, The Edinburgh Review and New Writing Scotland, and translations of several contemporary Ukrainian writers.


Małgorzata Dąbrowska teaches in the Department of Medieval History, University of Łódź. Her lectures concern the history of the Middle Ages, but her seminars and major research interests focus on the late Byzantine Empire (13th–15th centuries). She deals with the matrimonial policy of the Palaiologoi dynasty, the relations between Byzantium and the West, the history of the Empire of Trebizond and the Polish perspective on Byzantium. She has published in Byzantiaka, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Byzantinoslavica, Byzantina et Slavica Cracoviensia, etc. She was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford (2001), and Visiting Professor at Rice University, Houston, TX, where she taught for three years (2005–2008).


Glen Donnar is a Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He has published diversely on stardom and popular cultural representations of masculinities, terror, monstrosity and disaster in American film and television, including 9/11 and the Great Recession in action, horror and post-apocalyptic film. He has also published on the mediation of terror in the Australian news media, the ethics of news viewership, and contemporary learning and teaching practice in Media education.


Monika Elbert is Professor of English and Distinguished University Scholar at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Recent publications include essays on Emerson, on Hawthorne, on Julia Ward Howe, and on Louisa May Alcott. She has the following books forthcoming: Hawthorne in Context (Cambridge UP); Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism (co-edited, U of Alabama P); and Anglo-American Travelers and the Hotel Experience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (co-edited, Routledge).


Dorota Filipczak teaches British and postcolonial literature as well as translation theory in the Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Łódź. Her monograph on Malcolm Lowry was published in The Malcolm Lowry Review (Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, 1998–99). Her recent publications are Unheroic Heroines: The Portrayal of Women in the Writings of Margaret Laurence (Łódź UP, 2007) and “Is Literature Any Help in Liberating Eve and Mary?” in New Topics in Feminist Philosophy of Religion, ed. Pamela Sue Anderson (Springer, 2010). With Agata Handley she co-edited Bringing Landscape Home in the Writings of Jane Urquhart (Łódź UP, 2010). She has published five books of poetry, and is a member of the Association of Polish Writers.


Tomasz Fisiak teaches in the Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Łódź. In 2014 he defended his Ph.D. in which he analyzed the portraits of female tyrants in selected Gothic novels. He also holds an MA degree in International Gender Studies, Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Łódź. Gothicism as a widely understood cultural phenomenon, as well as gender/queer issues, remain the main subjects of his research. He has published articles on feminist auto/biographies, horror cinema, modern erotic fiction.


Neil Forsyth, Professeur Honoraire at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, is the author of The Old Enemy: Satan and the Combat Myth (1989/93) and The Satanic Epic, 2002 (both Princeton UP), as well as a biography of Milton (Oxford: Lion, 2008) and essays on topics as various as Gilgamesh, Homer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton’s Bible, Marvell, Frankenstein, Emily Dickinson, Dickens, Rushdie, Alice’s Wonderland, D. H. Lawrence, Angela Carter, Bachelard and the relation of art to science. His article on filming the Shakespearean supernatural was updated for an edition of Macbeth in 2011, while an essay on Milton’s Satan was published in the Cambridge Companion to Paradise Lost in 2014. He sometimes reviews

for the Times Literary Supplement.


Bill Gaston is a Canadian writer based in Victoria, British Columbia, where he is a professor at the University of Victoria. He is an author of seven novels (e.g., The Good Body, The Order of Good Cheer, The World), six short fiction collections (e.g., Sex is Red, Mount Appetite, Gargoyles, Juliet Was a Surprise), a poetry collection (Inviting Blindness), as well as a memoir and scripts for both stage and screen. His writings have garnered, among others, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Timothy Findley Award (for a body of work), the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, the CBC Canadian Literary Award, and several National Magazine Awards for fiction, as well as nominations for both the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His fiction has been translated into several languages, including French and Polish. He is married to the writer Dede Crane.


Antoni Górny (MA) is a doctoral student at the University of Warsaw. In 2012 he received the Fulbright Junior Advanced Research Award for a six-month fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He translated into Polish such authors as Slavoj Žižek (Violence,2010), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (The Post-Colonial Critic, 2011, cotranslator), Terry Eagleton (The Idea of Culture, 2012), or Tom Clancy (Command Authority, 2014, co-translator). He is currently teaching at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw and working on a dissertation on the black action films of the 1970s.


Agata G. Handley is a researcher and a lecturer in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Łódź. In 2014 she completed her Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Constructing Identity: Continuity, Otherness and Revolt in the Poetry of Tony Harrison” and is currently working on a book on Tony Harrison’s work. The main areas of her academic interest are: literature translation, culture of the English North, contemporary British and Canadian poetry.


Joanna Kosmalska is a research-and-teaching fellow in Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Łódź. She is the author and deputy coordinator of the project Polish (e)migration literature in Ireland and Great Britain since 2004 (DEC-2011/01/B/HS2/05120) and the editor of the Virtual Archive The Polish Diaspora in the UK and Ireland. Migrations in Literature and Culture:


Kristen Lacefield is a Lecturer of English and Film at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Her publications include The Scary Screen: Media Anxiety in “The Ring,” an edited collection of essays concerning the Japanese Ring horror film series; an article entitled “Julie Taymor’s Hermeneutics of Violence in Titus,” and an article entitled “Uneasy Mothering in Jane Austen’s Emma.” Lacefield received her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of North Carolina, and she currently teaches film and literature courses at TCU.


Corinna Lenhardt is a Ph.D. candidate and research assistant at the University of Münster, Germany. Her research and teaching interests include ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, race, gender, and Gothic fiction. She has published essays on Larissa Lai’s Gothic poetry, contemporary American Indian Gothic fiction, and the role of social media in American Indian activism.


Marie Liénard-Yeterian is Full Professor of  American literature and cinema at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. Her major fields of research are Southern Literature, American Theatre and the American South in Film. Her publications include articles on William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy and Janisse Ray, and the films Deliverance, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Cold Mountain, No Country for Old Men, and The Help. She has also published Faulkner et le cinéma (2010), a book on the Southern Gothic and Grotesque titled Nouvelles du Sud: Hearing Voices, Reading Stories (2012) and the first volume of a collection she created (“Play and Film”) devoted to A Streetcar Named Desire (A Streetcar Named Desire: From Pen to Prop, 2012). She has co-edited Culture et Mémoire (2008) and Le Sud au Cinéma (2009). She is currently working on a book on the grotesque on screen.


Agnieszka Łowczanin teaches in the Department of British Literature and Culture at the University of Łódź. Her main areas of academic interest are the diversities and paradoxes of the eighteenth century, and the potentialities of the Gothic in literature and film. Together with Dorota Wiśniewska she co-edited a volume of critical essays All that Gothic (2014), and published numerous articles on various aspects of the Gothic. Since 2009 she has been one of the editors of DeKadentzya, a journal of Polish poetry, prose and art. She is now working on a book which traces the expansion of the Gothic to the territory of Poland at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Agata Łuksza is a Research Associate in the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw, where she completed her Ph.D. in the field of cultural studies (Glamour, kobiecość, widowisko. Aktorka jako obiekt pożądania, forthcoming). Her research interests include: gender, body, and sexuality; the history of the nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century theatre, particularly popular genres; the history of women in theatre; popular and American culture, especially in the area of Gothic Studies. She has published in major Polish journals (e.g., Dialog, Didaskalia, Tematy z Szewskiej) and Feminist Media Studies.


Karen E. Macfarlane is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her recent research has focused on monsters at the turn of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries and she has published “The Monstrous House of Gaga” in The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: Pop Goth, ed. Jason Edwards and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, Routledge, 2012, 113–34, and “Mummy Knows Best: Knowledge and the Unknowable in Turn of the Century Mummy Fiction” in Horror Studies 1.1 (2010), 5–24, related to that focus. She has articles forthcoming on American Horror Story and on the figure of the Creepy Little Girl.


Krzysztof Majer is an Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of Łódź. His academic interests include contemporary North American literature and musico-literary intermediality. His doctoral dissertation was devoted to Mordecai Richler; he contributed to the Richler issue of Canadian Literature (2010). He has also published on V. Nabokov, S. Millhauser, R. Hage, M. A. Jarman, J. Kerouac and T. Bernhard. With Grzegorz Kość, he co-edited Tools of Their Tools: Communications Technologies and American Cultural Practice (2009). He is also a translator, e.g., of Allen Ginsberg’s letters (2014, awarded the Literatura na Świecie prize).


Barry Murnane is Associate Professor and Fellow in German at St. John’s College, University of Oxford. He has published widely on Kafka, the Gothic, popular culture, and literature and science. His current research focuses on the history of pharmacy and literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and he currently holds a Research Fellowship at the Science Museum, London. Key publications are: Verkehr mit Gespenstern. Gothic und Moderne bei Franz Kafka (Würzburg: Ergon Verlag 2008); Popular Revenants. The German Schauerroman and its International Reception, ed. Barry Murnane and Andrew Cusack (New York: Camden, 2012), and Zwischen Popularisierung und Ästhetisierung: Hanns Heinz Ewers und die Moderne, ed. Barry Murnane and Rainer Godel (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2013).


Wit Pietrzak teaches at the Institute of English, University of Łódź. He wrote his Ph.D. on the poetry of W. B. Yeats, Wallace Stevens and T. S. Eliot, later published as Myth, Language and Tradition (Newcastle, 2011). Pietrzak has written on modernist and recent British and American poetry as well as on philosophy and theory of literature. He is also the author of “Levity of Design.” Man and Modernity in the Poetry of J. H. Prynne (Newcastle, 2012) and Życie po życiu (published in Polish; Łódź, 2012).


Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She is the author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Ashgate, 2010) and the editor of several collections of essays, including The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (with Justin Edwards, Routledge, 2012), and Neoliberal Gothic: The Gothic in a Neoliberal Age (with Linnie Blake, MUP, forthcoming 2017). She is also the co-editor of a special issue of Gothic Studies (with Marie Liénard-Yeterian, published by MUP), on “The Gothic in an Age of Terror(ism).” Her essays and reviews have appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, European Journal of American Studies, Comparative American Studies, and Novel. Currently Agnieszka Soltysik is writing a book on the use of genre, including horror, in representations of combat death in American war literature and film.


Justyna Stępień is an Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies in the English Department of Szczecin University, Poland. She is the editor of Redefining Kitsch and Camp in Literature and Culture (Cambridge Scholars, 2014) and the author of British Pop Art and Postmodernism (Cambridge Scholars, 2015). Her research interests encompass the transmediatization of cultural productions, aspects of everyday aesthetics, posthuman subjectivity analyzed from a transdisciplinary perspective and new materialism. She has published essays on popular culture, postmodern literature, film and visual arts, combining her interests in philosophy and critical theory.