Editorial Board


Consultant Editors:



Judith Allen


Judith Allen is Professor of History at Indiana University. A social and cultural historian by training, she is author of many articles and book chapters on feminist theory and historiographies/histories of feminism, masculinities, sex research, abortion, prostitution, interpersonal violence, and crimes related to heterosexuality. Her books include Sex and Secrets: Crimes Involving Australian Women since 1880 (1990) and  Rose Scott: Vision and Revision in Feminism 1880-1925 (1994),  both published by Oxford University Press, as well as The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Sexualities, Histories, Progressivism (University of Chicago Press, 2009). She is currently working on the revision of a book manuscript, provisionally entitled “Before the Pill: Heteroerotics and Birth Control 1870-1970.”


Peter Bailey


Peter Bailey is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Manitoba and Visiting Professor at Indiana University. He has published widely on the history of leisure and popular culture, gender and sexuality in modern Britain. He is editor of Music Hall: The Business of Pleasure and author of Leisure and Class in Victorian England and Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City. As Porridge Foot Pete, Peter Bailey also performs as jazz pianist and entertainer.


Ruth Livesey


Ruth Livesey is Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Thought in the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London where she also serves as Director of the Centre for Victorian Studies. She is currently completing a monograph provisionally titled ‘The Stagecoach, Narrative and the Nation 1780-1870’ which examines the British stage and mail coach system and is place in the articulation of regional and national identity in the nineteenth-century novel. She has published widely on nineteenth-century social and political thought in relation to literature. She is on the editorial boards of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture.


Selected Publications:


  • Co-edited with Ella Dzelzainis, The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011) [OpenURL]
  • ‘Manhood, Money, and Suffrage in Our Mutual Friend’ in Culture, Capital, and Representation ed. Robert Balfour (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010) [OpenURL]
  • Socialism, Sex and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) [OpenURL]
  • ‘Women Rent Collectors and the Rewriting of Space, Class and Gender in Late Nineteenth Century London: The Case of Katherine Buildings, East Smithfield’ in Women and the Making of Built Space in England, 1870-1950  ed. Elizabeth Darling and Lesley Whitworth. (Aldeshot: Ashgate, 2007) 87-106 [OpenURL]
  • ‘Reading for Character: Women Social Reformers and Narratives of the Urban Poor in Late Victorian and Edwardian London’Journal of Victorian Culture 9 (2004) 43-67 [OpenURL]
  • ‘The Politics of Work: Feminism, Professionalisation and Women Inspectors of Factories and Workshops 1890-1906’, Women’s History Review 13:2 (June 2004) 233-261 [OpenURL]


Sean Shesgreen


Sean Shesgreen is Professor in the Department of English at Northern Illinois University. His main professional interests are focused on:

18th-century Literature and Art; Marcellus Laroon and William Hogarth; Literature and Popular Culture; and the history of London and Dublin.


Selected Publications:

  • 'Canonizing the Canonizer: A Short History of the Norton Anthology of English Literature', Critical Inquiry (November 2008) [OpenURL]
  • Images of the Outcast: The Urban Poor in the Cries of London (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2002; Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002) [OpenURL]
  • The Criers and Hawkers of London: Engravings and Drawings by Marcellus Laroon (Stanford University Press, 1990) [OpenURL]
  • Eighteenth-Century Cities: A Panorama (Bloomington, IN: The Lilly Library, 1983) [OpenURL]
  • Hogarth and Times-of-the-Day Tradition (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1983) [OpenURL]



Contributing Essays:

Martha Vicinus


Martha Vicinus is the Eliza M. Mosher Distinguished University Professor of English, Women’s Studies and History and Director of the Sweetland Writing Center.  She is the author and/or editor of nine books, including Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, an award winning anthology of history essays, Lesbian Subjects:  A Feminist Studies Reader, and most recently Intimate Friends:  women who loved women, 1778-1928 (University of Chicago Press, 2004).  Her primary areas of research are Victorian women, Victorian studies, sexuality and British imperialism.  She is currently working on Cosmopolitan Women, about Anglo-American writers and artists who lived in and wrote about Italy and France during the years 1880-1930.  She has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Humanities Center, and Australian National University.  She received the Sarah Goddard Power Award in 1991.


Donald Gray


Donald Gray joined the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1956, and was named Culbertson Professor of English shortly before his retirement in 1998. At Indiana, Professor Gray received the university's Distinguished Teaching Award, its Distinguished Service Award, and the President's Medal of Excellence; in 1997, he received the MLA award for professional service. He has served as editor of College English and Victorian Studies. Professor Gray edited editions and collections of 19th-century British fiction and poetry, and published essays on Victorian literature and culture, Victorian journalism and literary publishing, the teaching of English, the education of teachers, and the history of English studies.