Vol. 29-2 Winter 2020 – Contributors

Carmen Botamino currently works as an English teacher in different private centres, as well as a freelance translator. PhD in English, Renaissance and Restoration Literature and Drama. Defended her thesis: “The Strategies of Power of the Merry Widows in English Restoration Comedies” in 2015 participating in different conferences both as a lecturer and as an assistant. She has also speciailized in teaching Spanish to foreigners and translation. Her current research interests are: Myths and Modern Myths, Gender studies, LGBT, Diaspora and Post-colonial. Critical perspective: New Historicism, Feminism, Dialogism.

Céleste Callen holds a BA in English Language and Literature from King’s College London (2018) and an MSc in Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian Literature from the University of Edinburgh (2019). She is now a second-year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. The focus of her doctoral research is the exploration of the subjective experience of time in the nineteenth-century novel, with a particular focus on the novels of Charles Dickens. Her research seeks to reveal the nineteenth-century novel’s anticipation of French philosopher Henri Bergson’s philosophy of the subjective experience of time as durée or duration.

Marta Miquel-Baldellou holds a PhD in English Philology from the University of Lleida. In the course of her doctoral studies, she was granted a government-scholarship to conduct a research stay at the Victorian Studies Centre of the University of Leicester in the UK, which enabled her to receive an International Doctorate. She is a member of the research group Dedal-Lit at the University of Lleida and, as a researcher, she has taken part in different government-funded research projects. Her doctoral dissertation, Symbolic Transitions as Modalities of Aging: Intertextuality in the Life and Works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Edgar Allan Poe, which was published in 2016, analyses the literary works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Edgar Allan Poe through a comparative and biographical approach. Her research into Bulwer-Lytton’s fiction has been published in international academic journals, such as Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Meridian Critic Analele and Op.Cit.: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies.

Sercan Öztekin is a lecturer of English at Kocaeli University, Turkey. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dumlupinar University, Turkey, the Department of English Language and Literature, and Master’s Degree from Granada University, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Istanbul Aydin University in 2019. His Ph.D study is on Victorian social constructions of crime, criminality, and the legal system with their representations in the novels of Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and Charles Reade in the 1850s. His research includes Victorian literature and culture, crime fiction, and the history of crime and the police.

Himmet Umunç received his PhD in 1974 as a British Council scholar from the University of London (King’s College) for an intertextual and trans-literary study of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene within the context of Renaissance humanism, humanist writings, and allegorical literary practice. He was promoted associate professor in 1981 and full professor in 1987. He taught British culture and literature for over forty years in the Department of English Language and Literature, Hacettepe University, Ankara. During the 1985-86 academic year and in 2000 he was a Fulbright research fellow at Harvard University (Department of English, and the Charles Warren Center of American History and Literature respectively). For two three-year terms (2013-2019) he served as the President of the English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA) and currently serves as Vice-President. Following his retirement in 2010 from Hacettepe University, he has been affiliated full-time with Baskent University, where he teaches various courses in American literature and history in the Department of American Culture and Literature. His research interests include British studies, American studies, representation of Turkey in British and American writings, literary theory and criticism, cultural studies, and comparative literature. He has published in learned journals and presented papers at national and international conferences.