Organizers

Michael Kramp is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Lab at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, U.S.A.  He is the author of Disciplining Love: Austen and the Modern Man (The Ohio State University Press, 2007) and editor Jane Austen and Masculinity (Bucknell University Press, 2017) and Jane Austen and Critical Theory (Routledge, 2021). He is co-editing the first scholarly edition of William Delisle Hay’s Doom of the Great City (1880) for the West Virginia University Press Salvaging the Anthropocene series and a new edition of Richard Jefferies’s After London (1885) for Clemson University Press. He has also published on such figures as Deleuze, Foucault, Pater, Dickens, and Lawrence.  He has edited and introduced special issues of Rhizomes focused on Deleuze and Photography and Austen and Deleuze, and published a series of articles on nineteenth-century visual culture and New Women literature, including pieces on the work of Hawarden, Lady Clementina, Henry Fox Talbot, Ella Hepworth Dixon’s The Story of a Modern Woman, and Amy Levy’s The Romance of a Shop. He also writes regularly for public venues on topics related to men, masculinity, and contemporary patriarchy. His next monograph, Patriarchy’s Creative Resilience is forthcoming with Routledge in 2023.

Lorenzo Servitje is Associate Professor of Literature and Medicine, with a dual appointment in the Department of English and the Health, Medicine, and Society program at Lehigh University. He holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Riverside and is currently completing a Master of Public Health at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. His monograph Medicine Is War: The Martial Metaphor in Victorian Literature and Culture (SUNY UP, 2021) traces the metaphorical militarization of medicine in the nineteenth century. His current book project, “The Science and Fiction of Antibiosis,” examines the history and culture of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Humanities and as an associate editor for Literature and Medicine. He is co-lead editor of the “Studies in Health Humanities” book series from Lehigh University Press.

Polly Litts is a third-year undergraduate student at Lehigh University working on her bachelor’s of English, with a minor degree in Marketing. Polly also plans on completing her master’s in Early Childhood Development from the College of Education at Lehigh university in 2024. Her interest of literature and analysis has allowed her to explore many avenues of English studies and topics, and she looks forward to growing her professional skills post undergrad.

Emily Anderson is a second-year PhD student at Rutgers University specializing in nineteenth-century British literature. Her research centers on children’s literature & print culture, spatial theory, and phenomenologies of writing. She co-directs the Rutgers Nineteenth-Century Research Group and the Rutgers British Studies Working Group.

Ashlee Simon is a second-year English PhD student at Lehigh University. She is a Graduate Research Affiliate of Lehigh’s Health, Medicine, and Society program and is also currently teaching with Lehigh’s new College of Health. Her research focuses on the history of medicine – more specifically the development and use of drugs – in Victorian England.