Mariano D'Ambrosio holds an MA in journalism from the University of Parma and a PhD in comparative literature from University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle. The title of his doctoral thesis is “The novel of nonlinearity: A comparative study of Tristram Shandy, Pale Fire, Life a User’s Manual and House of Leaves”.

Anne-Catherine Bascoul is Attached Research Professor at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. She is working on a doctoral thesis about Richard Powers’s The Gold Bug Variations, The Time of Our Singing and Orfeo, whose aim is to analyze the uses and functions of music, appearing on the thematic, structural, and linguistic levels.

Gerd Bayer is Professor and Akademischer Direktor in the English department at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, having previously taught at the University of Toronto, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is the author of a book on John Fowles and of Novel Horizons: The Genre Making of Restoration Fiction, as well as the (co-)editor of seven essay collections, most recently of Early Modern Constructions of Europe and Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century. He has published essays on postmodern and postcolonial literature and film, early modern narrative fiction, Holocaust Studies and heavy metal.

Katarzyna Bazarnik is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She has published on James Joyce, B.S. Johnson, and William H. Gass, as well as on literary translation. She has also edited and co-edited several volumes including James Joyce and After:Writer and Time (2010), and Incarnations of Textual Materiality (2014). Her Liberature. A Book-bound Genre has just come out in Jagiellonian UP. She is also a co-author, with Zenon Fajfer, of liberatic books, curator of Liberature Reading Room in Kraków, and editor of an imprint called Liberatura in Ha!art Publishing House.

Deborah Bridle teaches at the Science Faculty at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Her doctoral dissertation was devoted to the image of the mirror in a selection of Victorian fairy tales. Her research focuses on fiction dealing with the fantastic. She is particularly interested in occultism and mysticism in the works of authors from the end of the nineteenth century, as well as in the nihilistic philosophical approaches in the works of twentieth-century writers of horror.

Teresa Bruś is Associate Professor at the University of Wrocław. Her major fields of research include visual culture, photography and literature, and life writing. She teaches M.A. seminars on autobiography, electives on the poetry of the 1930s, English modernism and portraiture. Her doctoral dissertation focused on aspects of “profound frivolity” in W. H. Auden’s poetry. She is also a graduate of the International Forum of Photography in Poland. She has published on various aspects of life writing and photography in journals, including Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Prose Studies, Connotations, and Thepes. She is the author of Life Writing as Self-Collecting in the 1930s: Cecil Day Lewis and Louis MacNeice (2012).


Wojciech Drąg is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław. His academic interests focus on formal experimentation in contemporary British and American fiction. He is the author of Revisiting Loss: Memory, Trauma and Nostalgia in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro (2014) and co-editor of War and Words: Representations of Military Conflict in Literature and the Media (2015) and Spectrum of Emotions: From Love to Grief (2016).

Alessandro Guaita holds a BA from the University of Padua and an MA from the University of Rome – La Sapienza. He has worked for several international institutions (including the Italian Institute of Culture of Marseille and the Ducci Foundantion in Fez, Morocco) and published several short stories for magazines and anthologies. He is currently a Mundus graduate student in Cultural Narratives at the Universities of Lisbon, Guelph and Perpignan, and is working on a dissertation on fragmentation.

Dominika Ferens is Associate Professor at the University of Wrocław. Most of her research explores American minority literatures through theories of race, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of Edith and Winnifred Eaton: Chinatown Missions and Japanese Romances (2002) and Ways of Knowing Small Places: Intersections of American Literature and Ethnography Since the 1960s (2011). Using the framework of postcolonial and gender studies, she has also analyzed the fiction of such popular American and European writers as Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Karl May and Henryk Sienkiewicz.

Jarosław Hetman is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. His academic interests include contemporary American fiction, relationships between literature and art and selected problems of literary theory. He is also the supervisor of The Spinning Globe, a Shakespearian theatrical group operating under the auspices of the Department of English.

Tristan Ireson-Howells is a doctoral candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is working on a thesis entitled “Loss and Failure in Modern American Sports Fiction.” He holds a BA from the University of Essex and an MA from the University of Sussex.

Saloua Karoui-Elounelli is Associate Professor at the École Normale Supérieure, University of Tunis. She holds a PhD in American Postmodern Fiction. She writes in the area of the poetics and aesthetics of experimental narrative fiction and has published articles in academic journals such as Mosaic Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, TEXTE. Revue de critique et de théorie littéraire, Cahiers de Narratologie, Graat Journal and LISA Journal.

Zofia Kolbuszewska isAssociate Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław. She is the author of The Poetics of Chronotope in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon (2000)and The Purloined Child: American Identity and Representations of Childhood in American Literature 1851-2000 (2007) and several articles on Pynchon, American postmodernism, American Gothic, ekphrasis, neobaroque and forensic imagination. She edited Thomas Pynchon and the (De)vices of Global (Post)modernity (2012) and co-edited Echoes of Utopia: Notions, Rhetoric, Poetics (2012) and (Im)perfection Subverted, Reloaded and Networked: Utopian Discourse across Media (2015).

Bartosz Lutostański, PhD, is an independent scholar currently based in Warsaw. He has participated in organising five literary conferences and taught narrative theory, literary theory and British literature and culture. The list of his publications includes studies of contemporary literature and narratology as well as translations.

Caroline Magnin is currently writing a doctoral thesis on American literature at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, under the supervision of Professor Marc Amfreville. Her research focuses on the writing of trauma in post-9/11 American fiction, particularly on Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Don DeLillo’s Falling Man.

Côme Martin holds a PhD in American contemporary literature. His research focuses on the relations between text and image and on the shapes of the book, in comics as well as novels. He is a member of the TIES research group at Paris Est – Créteil University and an associated member of the GRENA laboratory in Paris IV – Sorbonne.

Iain McMaster holds a BA (Hons.) in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal and an MA in English Literature from the University of New Brunswick. He is in the final year of his PhD at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Paul Crosthwaite. His thesis examines the link between confession, hermeneutics, and masculinity in postmodernist American fiction.

David Malcolm is a professor of English literature at the University of Gdańsk. He holds a PhD from University College London. He has written, edited, and co-edited books on Jean Rhys, John McGahern, Seamus Heaney, Graham Swift, Ian McEwan and others. His research interests concentrate on poetry, short fiction and fiction in Britain and Ireland. 

Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at Cambridge University and Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has collaborated with Marc Atkins on Sounding Pole Films and Still Moving (Veer, 2014). He has also published monographs on Dickens, Bronte and Henry Green; has co-written with Sophie Gilmartin a monograph on the shorter fiction of Thomas Hardy; has edited collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, fiction of the 1940s, Australian poetry; and has co-edited the anthologies Altered State: the New Polish Poetry (2003), and Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (2005). He is the author of several poetry publications, most recently Chance of a Storm (Carcanet, 2015), and of translations, most recently Speedometry [poems by Andrzej Sosnowski] (Contraband, 2014).

Trung Nguyên-Quang is a PhD candidate at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, working under the supervision of Professor Marc Porée towards a thesis in English literature entitled “Topologies of the Contemporary. The Design of Space in 21st Century British Fiction,” with a particular focus on Will Self, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Coe and Jim Crace. He is also a lecturer at the English Department of the Sorbonne Nouvelle. His fields of research cover the contemporary novel, critical theory and political thought in contemporary fiction.

Paulina Pająk is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wroclaw. She has obtained an MA in British Literature and an MA in Psychology
from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Her research interests include memory studies and modernist and comparative literature. More
specifically, she examines gendered memory in Virginia Woolf’s oeuvre and her global reception.

Alicia J. Rouverol is a Presidential Doctoral Scholar and a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester. She is the co-author ofI Was Content and Not Content”: The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry and author of many oral history articles, which have been published nationally and internationally, translated, taught and anthologised. Her literary work has appeared in The Manchester Review, Puckerbrush Review, Island Journal, extimacy, Dandelion Review and The Independent. She has been a contributing reviewer for The Monitor and a reader for Narrative magazine.

Magdalena Sawa is Assistant Professor at the English Department, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. She is the author of Ekphrasis in Modern British Fiction – a Pro-narrative Approach. She is keen to explore the problems of modern British fiction, the theory of narrative and interart relations (literature and the visual arts). Her recent scholarly interests involve Gabriel Josipovici’s writing and the affect theory.

Corina Selejan is completing her doctoral dissertation on the academic novel at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania. Her background is in Anglo-American and German literature, as well as in British Cultural Studies. She has published articles on the academic novel, metafiction, Zadie Smith, David Lodge, Nicole Krauss, Jane Austen and has co-edited a special issue of American, British and Canadian Studies entitled Fictions of Academia.

Maria Antonietta Struzziero is an independent scholar. She completed a PhD in Linguistic and Literary Studies at the University of Salerno. Her doctoral dissertation concentrated on Jeanette Winterson and the love discourses in some of her novels. She has published articles on Thomas Hardy, Italo Calvino, Julian Barnes and Jeanette Winterson, and given papers at international conferences. She has co-edited “Voci ed echi: Quaderni di letteratura comparata” and translated two novels. She is currently working on Elena Ferrante. Her fields of interests include: modernism; post-modernism; gender studies; auto/biographical writing; feminist theories; trauma and memory studies.

Angelika Szopa is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław. She is a member of the Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Young People’s Literature and Culture. Her doctoral project focuses on women’s writing in the context of feminist literary criticism in Doris Lessing’s novels. Her other interests encompass literary theory, autobiography, feminist literary criticism and contemporary British and American literature.

Marcin Tereszewski is Assistant Professor at the University of Wrocław, where he specializes in modern British fiction and literary theory. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Failure: Inexpressibility in Samuel Beckett’s Fiction (2013) and co-editor of Production of Emotions: Perspectives and Functions (2016). His current research interests include an examination of psychogeographical aspects of dystopian fiction, particularly in relation to J. G. Ballard’s fiction and architecture.

Ioannis Tsitsovits is a researcher in the Literary Studies department at the University of Leuven, where he is studying contemporary Anglophone literature and the uses of theory in creative writing. He is a graduate of the MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and, most recently, of the MA in Western Literature at Leuven. In 2016 his MA dissertation on Tom McCarthy won the biannual BAAHE Thesis Award, presented by the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education for the best thesis in Anglophone literary and cultural studies.

Vesna Ukić Košta is Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Zadar. She received her PhD in literature from the University of Zadar. Her research interests focus on contemporary and twentieth-century British and Irish literature and cultural studies.

Hilary White is an AHRC-funded President’s Doctoral Scholar at the University of Manchester, researching visual technique in the novels of Christine Brooke-Rose, Brigid Brophy and Ann Quin. Her research interests include experimental writing (especially by women), literature & art, literature & science, and text-image relations. She completed an MSc in Creative Writing and MA in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has also been a librarian.

Paweł Wojtas is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw and Warsaw School of Applied Linguistics. In 2007 he was awarded the University of Stirling Postgraduate Scholarship. He completed MLitt degree in English Studies at Stirling (2008), and PhD at the University of Warsaw (2012). He has published on international modernisms. Author of Translating Gombrowicz's Liminal Aesthetics (2014). Executive editor of the scholarly journal Language and Literary Studies of Warsaw.

Lech Zdunkiewicz is a graduate student at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław, working on an MA thesis about Ross Macdonald’s hardboiled fiction. He teaches screenwriting and storytelling at the University of Lower Silesia. He has been involved in various independent and studio film productions. Author of documentaries, short films and animations.