Jee H. An is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea. She has been teaching at SNU since 2004, and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute in 2010. She has also taught at Loyola University and University of Southern Maine. She grew up in Seoul, Korea, and received her BA and MA in English Literature at SNU and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003. Her interests center on African American literature and critical theory, feminist and postcolonial theory and cultural studies. Some of her recent articles include “Du Boisian Critique of American Exceptionalism and Its Limitations: From The Souls of Black Folk to Dusk of Dawn and “Why Dick and Jane Went Mad: Blues and Dolls in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” She is currently working on a book manuscript on the relationship between modernity and segregated home spaces in black women’s novels. Her most recent publication is a Korean translation of Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River.


Kathie Birat is Emeritus Professor of American, African American and Afro-Caribbean literature at the University of Lorraine. She has published numerous articles on Caryl Phillips, Fred D’Aguiar, Earl Lovelace, Robert Antoni and other writers from the English-speaking Caribbean, with particular emphasis on questions of voice and the representation of orality. Recent essays on Caryl Phillips’s Foreigners: Three English Lives and Dancing in the Dark have appeared in Commonwealth Essays and Studies (vols. 36, no. 1, and 37, no. 1). “The Dialogue of the Big and the Small: the poetry of Ben Okri,” appeared in a special issue of Callaloo edited by Vanessa Guignery (38.5, 2016). Kathie Birat edited (with Brigitte Zaugg) a collection of essays entitled Literature and Spirituality in the English-Speaking World (Peter Lang 2014).


Eleanor Byrne is a Senior Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literatures at Manchester Met, UK and has published on Postcolonial Theory and Literature, including a monograph on Homi K. Bhabha (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and a journal issue on Cosmopolitanism (Open Arts Journal, 2013). Her current work is on Transpacific cultural encounters with a focus on Hawaii.

Vanessa Guignery is Professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France in Paris. She is the author of several books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, including The Fiction of Julian Barnes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Conversations with Julian Barnes (Mississippi Press, 2009), co-edited with Ryan Roberts. She has published articles on various British and postcolonial contemporary authors, as well as monographs on B.S. Johnson and Ben Okri. She edited and co-edited several collections of essays on contemporary British and post-colonial literature (Janet Frame, Ben Okri, Alice Munro, among others), a special issue of the Journal of American, British and Canadian Studies on Julian Barnes (Sibiu, 2009), of Callaloo on Ben Okri (Fall 2015), and of Etudes anglaises on the British Contemporary Novel (April-June 2015), co-edited with Marc Porée. Her collection of interviews with eight contemporary writers, Novelists in the New Millenium, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

Christian Gutleben is Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, where he teaches nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century British literature and where he directs the journal Cycnos. His research focuses on the links between the Victorian and the postmodernist forms of art, and he is the author of one of the earliest critical surveys of neo-Victorian literature, Nostalgic Postmodernism: The Victorian Tradition and the Contemporary British Novel (Rodopi, 2001, reedited 2013). He has also published books on the English campus novel and Graham Greene, as well as numerous articles on postmodernism in British literature, and is co-editor (with Marie-Luise Kohlke) of Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series, including Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma: The Politics of Bearing After-Witness to Nineteenth-Century Suffering (Rodopi, 2010), Neo-Victorian Families: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics (Rodopi, 2011), Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence and Degeneration in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century (Rodopi, 2012), and Neo-Victorian Cities: Reassessing Urban Politics and Poetics (Rodopi/Brill 2015). The last two volumes of the Series (Neo-Victorian Humour and Neo-Victorian Biofiction) are due to be published in 2016 and 2017.

Mélanie Joseph-Vilain is  a Senior Lecturer at the Université de Bourgogne where she teaches postcolonial literature and translation. She has published articles and book chapters on South African, Nigerian, Guyanese and Zimbabwean literature, and co-edited Postcolonial Ghosts (with Judith Misrahi-Barak, PULM 2009), Healing South African Wounds (with Gilles Teulié, PULM 2009) and Another Life (with Judith Misrahi-Barak, PULM 2013). Her current research focuses on literary affiliations, postcolonial gothic, detective fiction, science fiction and the posthuman.


Catherine Lanone is an alumnus of the École normale supérieure and Professor of English literature at the Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is the author of two monographs on E. M. Forster and Emily Brontë and has published articles on Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster, Graham Greene and Iain Sinclair, among other modern and contemporary authors.


Hubert Malfray est enseignant de littérature anglo-saxonne en khâgne au lycée Claude-Fauriel de Saint-Etienne, traducteur littéraire, docteur en littérature anglaise de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, spécialiste du roman victorien et des écritures et genres mineurs. Il a déjà publié et communiqué sur les récits de voyages et sur la perception/construction de l’Autre colonial (Anna Leonowens, Thomas De Quincey, Joseph Conrad). Hubert Malfray est chercheur associé à l’unité mixte de recherche IHRIM (5317).


İ. Murat Öner is an assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature at International Burch University in Sarajevo. His research interests are geocriticism, literary geography and cartography, and space theories. His dissertation entitled “Transgressive Spatiality in Caryl Phillips’s Writing: A Geocritical Study” engages with Phillips’s complex spatial discourse.


Oriana Palusci is Full Professor of English at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. She has published extensively on a number of literary, cultural, linguistic and environmental topics related to English, American and Canadian Studies. She has edited volumes on different topics, among which Postcolonial Studies. Changing Perceptions (2007), and more recently, Crossing Borders: Variation on a Theme in Canadian Studies (2014), Translating East and West (2016) and Green Canada (2016). She is the President of the Italian Association for Canadian Studies.


Catherine Pesso-Miquel is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Lyon 2. Her research focuses on the contemporary novel and on travel literature, exploring questions of narratology, intertextuality, postcolonialism, and problematics linked to identity and feminism. She has published books and articles on American novelists (Willa Cather and Paul Auster), British novelists (Graham Swift in particular) and Indo-Anglian authors. She published a monography on Paul Auster in 1996 (Toiles trouées et désert lunaires dans Moon Palace de Paul Auster, Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle), Willa Cather in 2001 (Alexander’s Bridge, de Willa Cather, Éditions du Temps), Salman Rushdie in 2007 (Salman Rushdie, l’écriture transportée, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux) and on Anita Desai in 2008 (In Custody de Anita Desai, Atlande).


Josiane Ranguin has received her PhD from the University of Paris XIII-Sorbonne Paris Cité, completed under the supervision of Professor Chantal Zabus. Her dissertation examined the Anglo-Caribbean gaze as evinced in a selection of Caryl Phillips’s works on which she has also published articles. Her areas of interest include French and English-language Caribbean literature, postcolonial writing and film studies.


Nicole Terrien is an alumna of the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud. She holds a PhD from the Sorbonne and is currently Professor of English Literature at Rennes 2 University, France. Her  research concerns mainly the works of Jean Rhys.


Kerry-Jane Wallart is Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris Sorbonne. After first focusing on contemporary Caribbean theatre with a PhD dissertation and numerous papers on Derek Walcott, she has published articles about such African playwrights as Athol Fugard and Wole Soyinka. She has also written on V.S. Naipaul, E.K. Brathwaite, Wilson Harris, Pauline Melville, David Dabydeen, Fred D’Aguiar, Claude McKay, Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri and Seamus Heaney. Her research concerns itself generally with the migrations and mutations of genre in post-colonial literatures.