Laura is Reader in American Literature at the University of Glasgow. She has teaching and research interests in American literature and culture, modernism, women’s writing and gender, transatlanticism, Edith Wharton, the writer in Hollywood, editing and archival research. She campaigned for Wharton’s novel, The Custom of the Country, to be the first book club choice! Laura created the senior honours course in Modern American Women’s Writing at Glasgow University as well as courses on American Fiction of the 1930s and American Literary Modernism. She is convenor of the MLitt programme in American Studies. Laura is the editor of Cambridge University Press’ Edith Wharton in Context (2012), The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton (Pickering and Chatto, 2009), Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (Pickering and Chatto, 2010) and recently edited a new edition of Summer for Oxford World’s Classics, published in August 2015. She has also published on F. Scott Fitzgerald, writers of the 1930s, the Hollywood novel, and neglected women writers.
Saskia holds an MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow. She works on twentieth century women’s literature, focusing on Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith, Katherine Mansfield and Anne Carson. She specialises in Woolf, feather fashions, and representations of animality in literature. Saskia also writes theatre reviews, short stories and other experimental pieces.
Marine has just graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Master’s degree (MLitt) in Modernities. She loves foreign languages, and going to the theatre, and also writes reviews. She has written on Christopher Isherwood’s multilingual representation of cosmopolitanism. She researches Angela Carter and materialism.
Louisa is in her final year as an undergraduate, studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow. She wrote her dissertation on American author Claudia Rankine, paying close attention to the way that contemporary social issues are portrayed in 21st century writing. In her spare time she writes for university publications and is on the committee for GU Red Alert.