Dennis Denisoff came to the study of ecology through decadence. He is the author of Aestheticism and Sexual Parody, Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film, and the novel Winter Gardeners, and editor of The Nineteenth Century Child and Consumer Culture and a special issue of Victorian Review on “Natural Environments.” He co-edited Perennial Decay: On the Politics and Aesthetics of Decadence and co-edits the digital site The Yellow Nineties Online. His edition of Arthur Machen’s decadent literature is forthcoming in 2018 and he is completing a monograph tentatively entitled Pagan Ecology in British Literature and Culture: 1860-1920.
Devin Griffiths is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California. His research examines the intersection of intellectual history, scientific literature, and the digital humanities, with emphasis on nineteenth-century British literature and science. Central to his work is the question of how literary form shapes our experience of time and natural systems. Essays on this subject have appeared in ELH, Book History, SEL, and other journals. His monograph, The Age of Analogy: Science and Literature Between the Darwins (Johns Hopkins, 2016), rethinks analogy in order to examine how historical novels furnished a relational understanding of history and helped to shape the disciplinary formations of both the life sciences and the humanities. He is currently working on a study of the relation between organicism, general ecology, and theories of literary form titled The Ecology of Form.
Nathan K. Hensley is Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University. His research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, critical theory, environmental humanities, and the novel. Other interests include Anglophone modernism and the cultures of globalization. His book is Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty (Oxford, 2016). A second project investigates how the nineteenth century imagined massively entangled causal systems, and the failure of those systems. With Philip Steer (Massey University, NZ), he has coedited Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (Fordham UP, forthcoming), which features work by several VCologies members.
Deanna Kreisel is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. Her book Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. She also has published articles on Victorian literature and culture in such journals as Representations, ELH, Novel, Mosaic, Victorian Studies, PMLA, and others. She is currently on a new project on utopia and sustainability in Victorian culture.
Tobias Menely is an Associate Professor of English at UC Davis. He’s the author of The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice (2015) and the co-editor, with Jesse Oak Taylor, of Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times (2017). His current book project is “The Climatological Unconscious.”
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013), which was named NAVSA Best Book of the Year and received Honorable Mention for the MSA Book Prize, as well as Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (Michigan, 2008). Her articles have appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Studies, Modernism/modernity, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere. Currently she is working on “Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion, 1830-1930,” a study of ecology, capital, literature, and temporality during the first century of the global extraction boom.
Benjamin Morgan is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. His research examines intersections among science, literature, and aesthetics from the nineteenth century to the present. His first book, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2017), explores how early scientific studies of the human mind gave Victorian literature and aesthetics a new, physicalist language for emotion and thought. His current book project, In Human Scale: The Aesthetics of Climate Change traces how literature and the visual arts have sought out innovative strategies for depicting large-scale ecological systems since the early industrial moment of the climate change era.