Thursday, June 2, 2011

Meet our editorial board members


Cynthia Gamble

Dr Cynthia Gamble is a visiting Fellow of The Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster University, and Vice-Chairman of the Ruskin Society. She is the author of Proust as Interpreter of Ruskin: The Seven Lamps of Translation (Summa Publications, 2002) and John Ruskin, Henry James and the Shropshire Lads (New European Publications, 2008), a work that was inspired by her Shropshire heritage. She has co-authored many works on Anglo-French cross currents such as 'A Perpetual Paradise': Ruskin's Northern France (Lancaster University, 2002) and Ruskin-Turner. Dessins et voyages en Picardie romantique (Musée de Picardie, Amiens, 2003), and finds particular inspiration in working with two languages and cultures. She contributed 14 entries to the Dictionnaire Marcel Proust (Honoré Champion, Paris, 2004), a work that was awarded the prestigious Prix Émile Faguet de l'Académie Française. Although currently based in London, she has lived and worked in Belgium and France for considerable periods of time and has taught at lycées in Quimperlé and Grenoble and in schools, colleges and universities throughout England. She is a graduate of the Université de Grenoble and London University.

Iolanda Ramos

Iolanda Ramos is Assistant Professor of English Studies at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Her Ph.D. thesis on Ruskin’s social and political thought, entitled O Poder do Pó: O Pensamento Social e Político de John Ruskin 1819-1900, was published by the Gulbenkian Foundation in 2002. She has contributed to the volume Ruskin in Perspective: Contemporary Essays with the essay “Museums for the People: A Signifying Practice of Order within a Community” (ed. Carmen Casaliggi and Paul March-Russell, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007). She has published widely in the field of Victorian Studies, mainly on political, economic and gender aspects in reference to cultural and utopian studies. She has been carrying out research as part of the project “Mapping Dreams: British and North-American Utopianism” within the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS), and she is a member of the Advisory Board of Spaces of Utopia: An Electronic Journal ( ISSN 1646-4729). Her research interests include visual studies, intercultural communication, and translation studies (19th-21st century).

Emma Sdegno

Emma Sdegno teaches nineteenth-century English literature and literary translation at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. She graduated in English Language and Literature at Ca’ Foscari, and in the A.Y. 1991-1992 attended the MA in “Literature and the Visual Arts, 1840-1940” at the University of Reading (UK), where she started a research work on Ruskin, which would be developed and expanded in her PhD dissertation on the rhetorical strategies in Modern Painters, submitted at Venice University. She has written mainly on Victorian literature and culture and extensively on Ruskin. Some of her contributions on his art critical prose and twentieth-century reception were presented at the international conferences on Ruskin’s European legacy, i.e.: Ruskin and Tuscany, Sheffield-Lucca 1993 (J. Clegg and P. Tucker, org.); Ruskin and Modernism, Milano-Vercelli, September 1997 (G. Cianci and T. Cerutti org.); L’eredità italiana di Ruskin, Firenze, 2000 (P. Tucker and D. Lamberini, org.); “Posterité de Ruskin”, Lille, Fr. June 2009 ( J. Prugnaud, I. Lenaud-Lechien). With K. Hanley and R. Dickinson (Lancaster University) she organized the international conference “Ruskin, Venice and 19th-century Cultural Travel”, hosted in Venice, VIU and Scuola Grande di San Rocco, on September 26-28, 2008. Her current interests concern Ruskin in the broader context of modern theory on landscape and nineteenth-century travel writing, and is engaged in a project with Lausanne University on Ruskin’s Franco-Swiss tours.

Helena Gurfinkel

Helena Gurfinkel received her PhD in English from Tufts University. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Victorian literature, critical and cultural theory, and gender and sexuality studies. She is the
author of articles on Oscar Wilde, J.R. Ackerley, Anthony Trollope, and Alan Hollinghurst, among others. Her book manuscript considers non-traditional fatherhood in Victorian and twentieth-century British literature. Her other interests include psychoanalytic theory, Diaspora studies, and masculinity studies. She is a co-editor of UpStage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre.

Stuart Eagles

'Stuart Eagles wrote an MA dissertation at Lancaster University on Ruskin and Dickens, and completed a doctoral thesis on Ruskin's social and political legacy at the University of Oxford. He frequently contributes to the Ruskin Review and Bulletin, and he is a Companion of the Guild of St George. His book, After Ruskin, will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2011. He is currently researching Ruskin's reception in Russia

Anita Grants

Anita Grants teaches in the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada). Her PhD (Concordia, 2006) examined the nature of the influence of John Ruskin on art, architecture and art education in Canada during the second half of the nineteenth century. Her MA (Concordia 1995) considered how some of the more radical theories of the mid-nineteenth century, including Ruskin's, had a direct impact on the life and work of Canadian painter/educator Arthur Lismer. Dr. Grants has taught courses at Concordia on nineteenth and twentieth century art and architecture, as well as on art and propaganda, Leonardo da Vinci and pop culture, and on Pop Art. She is a regular invited lecturer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; her topics have included decorative arts, the painting of Edouard Vuillard, artistic life in early twentieth-century Paris, and the role of English art in the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Carmen Casaliggi

Dr Carmen Casaliggi is a Lecturer in English at the University of Wales in Cardiff, UK. Her research interests include the relationship between literature and the visual arts, Romanticism, Ruskin and nineteenth-century European literature and culture. She has published several articles on Ruskin and Turner and her collection of essays (co-edited with Paul March-Russell) - Ruskin in Perspective: Contemporary Essays was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2007 (pbk 2010). For the Routledge Studies in Romanticism Series she is now editing an anthology entitled Romantic Legacies: Literature, Aesthetics, Landscape (forthcoming, 2012).

Bénédicte Coste

Bénédicte Coste teaches English at the University of Montpellier and translation at City University (London). She has translated some 20 essays by Walter Pater (including essays on Greek art and mythology, Houdiard, 2010), and Ruskin’s The Seven Lamps of Architecture (forthcoming 2010) as well as essays by A. Symons et B. Berenson (Houdiard 2009 & 2010). She has published Pater Critique littéraire (Ellug, 2010). Her book-length study of Pater's aesthetics will be published by PULM in Spring 2011.

Rachel Dickinson

Rachel Dickinson is a Senior Lecturer in and Programme Leader for English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Crewe campus. Prior to that, she was from 2005 an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK) Research Associate on the three-year ‘John Ruskin, Cultural Travel and Popular Access’ project based at Lancaster University’s Ruskin Centre. Her edition of Ruskin letters, John Ruskin’s Correspondence with Joan Severn: Sense and Nonsense Letters, was published by Legenda in 2009. Her current research interest is in Ruskin and textiles.

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