Speakers

Melanie Ramdarshan Bold (University College London)

A lecturer in the Department of Information Studies, she is the founder of Lamplight Press. Her recent publications include papers on regional publishing in the UK and the Pacific Northwest, as well as work on translated German fiction.

Jim Collins (University of Notre Dame)

Professor of Film, Television and Theatre, Collins's most recent book is Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture (Duke UP, 2011). He is currently working on a project entitled Playlist Culture.

Patrick Gill (University of Mainz)

Lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Culture at Mainz and author of Origins and Effects of Poetic Ambiguity in Dylan Thomas's Collected Poems. His work includes several articles on comics, TV, and the contemporary novel.

Günter Leypoldt (University of Heidelberg)

Is Professor of American Studies at the University of Heidelberg. He is the author, most recently, of Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman (Edinburg UP, 2009), and the co-editor of a volume on Reading Practices (Narr, 2015).

Philipp Löffler (University of Heidelberg)

Is assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Heidelberg and the author of Pluralist Desires: Contemporary Historical Fiction and the End of the Cold War (Camden House, 2014). He has published numerous essays on the contemporary novel.

Mathias Nilges (St. Francis Xavier University)

Associate professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. He is the co-editor of Literary Materialisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and of Marxism and the Critique of Value (Mediations 2014). His work on the novel extends from Modernism to the contemporary.

Julia Panko (Weber State University) (Home)

Assistant professor of English, she is the author of several papers on the contemporary novel and of "Road Signs," an electronic annotation of Mark Z. Danielewski's Only Revolutions. Her forthcoming first book is entitled Out of Print: Big Data, Modernism, and the Novel.

Jessica Pressman (San Diego State University)

Associate professor of English, Jessica Pressman is the author of Digital Modernism: Making it New in New Media (Oxford UP, 2014), and co-editor, with Katherine Hayles, of Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in a Postprint Era (Minnesota UP, 2013). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Bookishness: The Afterlife of Books in 21st-Century Literary Culture.

Jeremy Rosen (University of Utah)

Assistant professor of English and author of a forthcoming monograph, Minor Characters Have Their Day: Genre and the Contemporary Literary Marketplace (Columbia UP, 2016) (an abridged version of which is available as “‘An Insatiable Market’ for Minor Characters: Genre in the Contemporary Literary Marketplace,” New Literary History, April 2015 (available through university networks).

Julia Round (Bournemouth University) (Home)

Is a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK. She is the author of Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach (Macfarland, 2014) and co-editor of Real Lives, Celebrity Stories: Narratives of Ordinary and Extraordinary People Across Media (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Stephen Shapiro (University of Warwick)

Professor of of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Stephen Shapiro is the author of The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel (Penn State UP, 2009). He is currently at work on two monographs: From Gothic to God: Capitalism and Evangelical America which examines the historical production of gothic and illuminati panics and their transformation into religious revivalism in the early nineteenth century and another called The Cultural Fix: Capital, Lifeworld, and the Long Spiral.

Katy Shaw (Leeds Beckett University)

Associate Director of the Centre for Culture and the Arts, Principal Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Head of English at Leeds Beckett University. She edits C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings, and is the author of Mining the Meaning: Cultural Representations of the 1984-85 Miners' Strike (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) as well as David Peace: Texts and Contexts (Sussex Academic, 2010).

Clemens Spahr (University of Mainz)

Assistant Professor of American Studies, he is the author of two monographs, Radical Beauty: American Transcendentalism and the Aesthetic Critique of Modernity (Schöningh, 2011), and A Poetics of Global Solidarity: Modern American Poetry and Social Movements (London: Palgrave, 2015).

Claire Squires (University of Stirling)

Professor in Publishing Studies. She is the author of books on Zadie Smith's White Teeth (Bloomsbury, 2003), Philip Pullman, Master Storyteller (Bloomsbury, 2006), and of Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain (London: Palgrave, 2009), among many other publications.

Alexander Starre (Free University Berlin)

Is Assistant Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Department of Culture. He is the author of Metamedia:American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture after Digitization (Iowa UP, 2015), and currently works on a project on knowledge cultures from the 1870s to the 1930s.

Ann Steiner (Lund University)

Professor at the Språk- och litteraturcentrum, is co-editor of Hype: Bestsellers and Literary Culture (Nordic Academic, 2014), as well as the author of numerous articles on contemporary genre writing and the book market.