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Current Executive Council


Dr. Ryan Stephenson (Department of English, Douglas College)

Ryan Stephenson is an instructor at Douglas College. His research focusses on Victorian popular literacy and the representation of reading and writing in a range of nineteenth-century prose, including educational texts, periodical literature, and fiction. His work appears in Victorian Review, The Gissing Journal, and Writing Otherness: The Pathways of George Gissing’s Imagination.


Dr. Heather McAlpine (Department of English, University of the Fraser Valley)

Victorian Review Managing Editor

Dr. Christopher Keep (Department of English, Western University)

VISAWUS Representative

Dr. Diana Maltz (Department of English, Southern Oregon University)

Diana Maltz is a Professor of English at Southern Oregon University. She is the author of British Aestheticism and the Urban Working Classes: Beauty for the People, 1870-1900 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and the editor of Arthur Morrison’s A Child of the Jago (Broadview Press, 2013). She has also published essays and articles on George Gissing, Oscar Wilde, Ouida, Vernon Lee, May Kendall, and the collaborative poets known as Michael Field. She is presently working on two monographs: one about the utopian forerunner to the Fabian Society, the Fellowship of the New Life, and the other about British aestheticism as a family culture.

Members At Large

Dr. Karen Bourrier (Department of English, University of Calgary)

Karen Bourrier is associate professor of English at the University of Calgary, specializing in Victorian literature, women’s writing, and the digital humanities. She is the author of The Measure of Manliness: Disability and Masculinity in the mid-Victorian Novel and Victorian Bestseller: The Life of Dinah Craik.

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Leighton (Department of English, University of Victoria)

Mary Elizabeth Leighton teaches in the English department at the University of Victoria and has published on Victorian hypnotism, dance, and the periodical press. Her fruitful collaboration with Lisa Surridge has resulted in The Plot Thickens: Illustrated Victorian Serial Fiction from Dickens to Du Maurier (Ohio UP, 2018), The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Prose, 1832-1901 (2012), and other publications on Victorian literature. With several wonderful VSAWC colleagues, she co-edited Victorian Review for a decade, from 2006 to 2016. She is starting a new collaborative project with Lisa on pregnancy and Victorian fiction.

Dr. Heather Marcovitch (Department of English, Red Deer College)

Heather Marcovitch is currently working on a monograph that is the first extended critical look at the fin de siècle periodical The Yellow Book in over fifty years. She is focusing on the publishing practices of John Lane and the editorship of Henry Harland and Ella D’Arcy. She is also working on essays about the stories and letters of George Egerton in the 1890s. She is the author of The Art of the Pose: Oscar Wilde’s Performance Theory (Peter Lang, 2011) as well as essays about Wilde, Wilde’s afterlife, Arthur Symons, Christopher Isherwood, and The Yellow Book. She had a side project of writing about television, and published essays about Mad Men, Life on Mars, and Fringe, as well as co-edited two collections of essays about television. She teaches Victorian Literature, children’s literature, and critical theory at Red Deer College.

Andrea Korda (Department of Visual Art, University of Alberta)

Andrea Korda teaches the history and theory of art and visual culture at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on new media, in particular illustrated newspapers and photography. The Victorians were inundated with new forms of visual media as we are today, and so Korda’s work looks at how amid this profusion of imagery, 19th-century children were taught to look at and interpret pictures. Currently, Korda is researching how children’s picture books and instructional texts are inspired by today’s discussions around visual literacy. Her monograph, Printing and Painting the News in Victorian London: The Graphic and Social Realism (Routledge, 2015), examined illustrated newspapers and their influence on traditions of painting in Victorian England, as seen in the work of Luke Fildes, Frank Holl and Hubert Herkomer.

Dr. Denae Dyck (Department of English, University of Victoria)

Denae Dyck is a recent PhD graduate from the Department of English and a graduate student research fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. Her dissertation examines Victorian literature that adapts the forms of biblical wisdom literature to participate creatively in the work of the higher criticism, which challenged accepted ideas about biblical authority, revelation, and interpretation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Christianity and Literature, BRANCH, ARIEL, and European Romantic Review.

Graduate Student Representatives

Amy Coté (Department of English, University of Toronto)

Amy is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, where she is writing a dissertation on narrative theology and the Victorian novel. Her research interests include religion and literature, hermeneutics, and the history of printing. She is a Junior Fellow at Massey College, where she works as the senior printer in the bibliography room of the Robertson Davies Library.  She holds a BA (hons) from the University of Victoria and an MA from the University of Alberta, and her work has appeared in Victorian Review.

Sabrina Mark (Department of English, Theatre, Film, and Media; University of Manitoba)

Sabrina Mark is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, Theatre, Film and Media at the University of Manitoba. Her dissertation explores the depiction of girls and women as participants in nation-building in early twentieth-century popular girls’ fiction as it relates to mobility. Her research interests include children’s literature, 19th and early 20th century women writers, and historical dress.

Past President

Dr. Vanessa Warne (Department of English, Theatre, Film, and Media; University of Manitoba)

Vanessa Warne teaches Victorian literature and Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. For close to two decades, she’s enjoyed the collegiality and rich scholarly offerings of VSAWC conferences. She serves as the Forum Editor for Victorian Review and her research explores the cultural history of reading by touch.

Past Webmaster (ex-officio)

Kailey Fukushima (Department of English, University of Victoria)

Kailey Fukushima is a SSHRC-funded master’s student in English at the University of Victoria. Her research interests include Victorian popular literature and culture, food studies, women’s writing, and the digital humanities. She works as a research assistant for the Digital Victorian Periodical Poetry project and was previously the project manager for Digital Dinah Craik.


Sonia Jarmula (Department of English, University of Calgary)

Sonia Jarmula is a recent graduate from the MA program in the University of Calgary’s English department. Her SSHRC-funded research focused on orphan girls in children’s literature. She worked as a research assistant for the Digital Dinah Craik Project and for the Map of Victorian Literary Sociability. In 2019 she was the lead conference assistant for the annual VSAWC conference, “Victorian Sociability”.