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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. 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 Laura is the editor of Cambridge University Press’ Edith Wharton in Context (2012), The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton (Pickering and Chatto, 2009), Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (Pickering and Chatto, 2010) and recently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 McCracken

Saskia is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, funded by the College of Arts PhD Scholarship. She specialises in Animal Studies and the writing of Virginia Woolf, and has an MLitt in Modernities. She has published on Katherine Mansfield in eSharp, and on Woolf in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany. Saskia also writes theatre reviews, short stories and other experimental pieces, and has been published in zines including FRONT HORSE, DatableedSPAM, Noted and Adjacent Pineapple.

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After completing her undergraduate degree in France, Marine graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Master’s degree (MLitt) in Modernities in 2016. She will start her PhD at Cardiff University on Angela Carter, thing theory, and materialism in October 2017. She coordinated TLW’s collaboration with Northlight Heritage. She is also interested in all things digital communication, and reviews theatre for the website Plays to See.

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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.

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Sarah is studying for an MLitt in American Studies at the University of Glasgow, having completed her undergraduate degree in History and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests lie primarily in late twentieth century American political and cultural history, as well as the ways in which literature can be used to enrich the study of these subjects.



Kari Sund

Kari holds an MSc in US Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and is beginning a PhD in American Studies at the University of Glasgow in October 2017. Her research interests include F. Scott Fitzgerald and the role of alcohol and waste in his writing, as well as the Hollywood novel, which will be the focus of her doctorate thesis, “Redefining the Hollywood novel and its significance in the twenty-first century.”


Margarida Cadima 

Margarida graduated from King’s College London with an MA in French Literature & Culture in 2014 and from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in Liberal Arts in 2013. She is starting a PhD in English Literature in October 2017 at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses primarily on Edith Wharton, cosmopolitanism and the pastoral. Last summer she attended the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University.