Editorial Advisory Board

Dr Catherine Waters
MA (Hons) DipEd (Macq), PhD (Syd)
Reader in English
University of Kent

Cathy Waters taught in Australia at the University of New England and the University of Sydney before coming to Kent in 2009. Her research interests lie in Victorian literature and culture, with a particular focus on the writing of Dickens, the journalism of George A. Sala, and nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers. She has written Dickens and the Politics of the Family (Cambridge University Press 1997; rpt 2005) and Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (Ashgate 2008). The latter monograph was awarded the 2009 Robert Colby Prize by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.  She has co-edited with Penny Gay and Judith Johnston Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008) and with Michael Hollington and John O. Jordan, Imagining Italy: Victorian Writers and Travellers, for the same press (2010).  From 2001-2005 she was managing editor of the Australasian Victorian Studies Journal and she has written various journal articles, book chapters and reviews on Victorian topics. She is one of the organisers for the bicentenary travelling conference, Dickens and the Idea of ‘The Dickensian’: A Tale of Four Cities http://dickens2012.org/TaleofFourCitiesConference.html and, as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of DJO, was co-applicant for the successful Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant awarded for 2011-2012.

Her current research includes an investigation of the writing of the Victorian ‘special correspondent’ – ‘Journalism on the move: the special correspondent and Victorian print culture’ and series editorship of A Library of Essays on Charles Dickens for Ashgate publishing.

Dr Leon Litvack
Reader in Victorian Studies; Head of Undergraduate Teaching
Queen’s University, Belfast

Leon teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, and his current research focuses on Dickens, as well as on cultural studies and post-colonial theory. He has authored John Mason Neale and the Quest for Sobornost (1994), Literatures of the Nineteenth Century: Romanticism to Victorianism (1996), Charles Dickens’s Dombey and Son: An Annotated Bibliography (1999) and Ireland in the Nineteenth Century: Regional Identity (2000). He has done work on Dickens for BBC radio and television and is a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. He is currently completing The Complete Critical Guide to Charles Dickens for Routledge and is working on the Clarendon edition of Our Mutual Friend.

Professor Toru Sasaki
Department of English
Faculty of Letters
Kyoto University
Kyoto 606-8501 JAPAN

A native of Osaka, Japan, Professor Sasaki was educated at Kyoto and New York universities and is associate professor of English literature at Kyoto. He is widely published, especially in the area of criticism of Victorian fiction, and is a frequent presenter at international conferences featuring the work of Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens. He is also an expert on novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon and has edited John Marchmont’s Legacy for Oxford World’s Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Dr Tony Williams
Research Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Buckingham
Buckingham MK18 1EG

Dr Williams taught English in secondary schools from 1969 to 1997 when he took early retirement. From 1999 to 2006 he was Joint General Secretary of The International Dickens Fellowship and a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. He is Associate Editor of The Dickensian and organises the London programme of events for the Dickens Fellowship, as well as being a frequent speaker on Dickensian topics both in the UK and overseas. He was a member of the group planning the programme for the celebrations in 2012 of the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth.

Email: tony.williams@buckingham.ac.uk

Dr Paul Schlicke
School of Language and Literature
Taylor Building
King’s College
University of Aberdeen
Old Aberdeen AB24 2UB

Paul Schlicke has been Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen since 1989. Born in the United States, he took his BA from Stanford University, and his PhD from the University of California, San Diego, where he was a National Defense Education Act Fellow. A distinguished Victorianist, he has published extensively on Dickens: general editor of the Oxford Reader’s Companion to Dickens (1999), author of Dickens and Popular Entertainment (1985), compiler of the Dickens entry for the 3rd edition of the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (1999) and co-compiler of The Old Curiosity Shop: An Annotated Bibliography (1988). He has edited Hard Times (1989) and Nicholas Nickleby (1990) for World’s Classics, The Old Curiosity Shop (1995) for Everyman, and The Pickwick Papers for British Heritage Database (2002), and published numerous articles in the Dickensian, Dickens Quarterly, Studies in English Literature and Dickens Studies Annual. He has just completed the editing of the Clarendon edition of Sketches by Boz, using the original periodical versions of the sketches, which have never before been reprinted. He is also a past President of the international Dickens Fellowship (2003-2005), of the Dickens Society of America (1994) and is currently Chairman of the trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum.

Professor David Paroissien
Professorial Research Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Buckingham
Buckingham MK17 1EG

Professor David Paroissien is a distinguished 19th-Century scholar, with degrees from the Universities of Hull, New Mexico and California. He spent the majority of his career at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught from 1968 to 2001. Since 1983, he has worked tirelessly, and generously, as editor of Dickens Quarterly (the US equivalent of The Dickensian), and since 1997 has been a general editor, with Susan Shatto, of the much-admired Companion series of monographs, contextualising and annotating each of Dickens’s major works in unparalleled detail. He lives in Oxford – where he maintains good links with Trinity College, having directed the UMass summer program there during the 1990s – and is writing and editing more vigorously than ever, with various books and articles pending, including, for Blackwell, The Companion to Dickens (2007).

Email: david.paroissien@buckingham.ac.uk

Dr Gabriel Egan
Professor of Shakespeare Studies
De Montfort University
The Gateway

Dr Egan’s primary research area is Shakespeare Studies, and his new book, a history of the theory and practice of editing his plays in the 20th century, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Dr Egan is a technical reviewer for the peer review college of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, 2008-) and a funding bids assessor for the Joint Information System Committee (JISC) Digitization Project (2006-). He also serves on the Steering Group of JISC’s OAPEN-UK project, which aims to enable the Open Access publication of scholarly monographs that will be free at the point of delivery. He previously served on the JISC E-Books Working Group (2005-7). Dr Egan also edits two academic journals: Theatre Notebook (for the Society for Theatre Research) with Trevor R. Griffiths (Middlesex University) and Sarah McCleave (Queen’s University Belfast) and Shakespeare (for the British Shakespeare Association and Routledge) with Deborah Cartmell (De Montfort University), Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter (Sheffield Hallam University), and Brett D. Hirsch. His publications are set in context at www.gabrielegan.com


All enquiries about joining or contacting the Editorial Advisory Panel, to djo@buckingham.ac.uk.