Dickens Speakers
Duane DeVries, Associate Professor Emeritus at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, served as general editor of The Garland Dickens Bibliographies and is general editor of The Dickens Bibliographies, published by AMS Press, in progress. In the latter series he published Volume One (Bibliographies, Catalogues, Collections, and Bibliographical and Textual Studies of Dickens's Works) of General Writings of Charles Dickens and His Writings and Collected Editions of His Works: An Annotated Bibliography in 2004. Volume Two (Autobiographical Writings, Letters, Obituaries, Reminiscences, Biographies) has just been published. He is also author of Dickens's Apprentice Years: The Making of a Novelist and a number of articles and reviews. He is a former President of the Dickens Society.

Jonathan Grossman is Associate Professor of English at UCLA.  His first scholarly article appeared in 1996 in Dickens Studies Annual. It looked at Dickens's representations of Jewish characters, especially in relation to the narrator. His book The Art of Alibi: English Law Courts and the Novel (Hopkins, 2002) then offered up two chapters discussing how Dickens dealt with trial scenes as a means to thinking about his own narrative strategies. Grossman is now completing his second book manuscript. It is all about the nineteenth-century revolution in public transportation and about that expert in all kinds of locomotion—Dickens.

Edward Guiliano is President and CEO of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and recognized around the world as an eloquent spokesman and advocate for global higher education, sustainability, and emerging technologies. A Professor of English and a widely published author on Victorian literature--especially the works of Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens--he has co-edited Dickens Studies Annual since 1978 and is the author or editor of numerous books, including, with Philip Collins, The Annotated Dickens.

Michael Hollington is Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and thus a life member of the college. He was Professor of English at the University of New South Wales in Australia until his retirement in 2002, and Professor of English at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail until retirement in 2007. He is the author of Dickens and the Grotesque and has edited the four volume anthology of Dickens criticism in the Critical Assessments series.  He is currently at work editing the Continuum Press volume Reception of Dickens in Europe.

Shari Hodges Holt is an Instructional Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.  She is the author of Ouida the Phenomenon (co-author Natalie Schroeder, University of Delaware Press, 2008), as well as papers on Charles Dickens, Gothic fiction, and film adaptations of literature.  Holt is currently completing a monograph that examines cinematic and television adaptations of Dickens’s novels as examples of how Dickens is “read” in other media and under varying cultural and historical circumstances.

Natalie McKnight is Professor and Chair of Humanities at the College of General Studies, Boston University.  She has published Idiots, Madmen and Other Prisoners in Dickens, Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels, and Framing Films, and she is currently co-authoring and editing Fathers in Victorian Fiction. She is delighted to be a co-editor of Dickens Studies Annual and the Archivist and Subscription Manager of Dickens Quarterly, as well as a member of the Boston branch of the Dickens Fellowship.

Trey Philpotts is Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Review Editor for Dickens Quarterly. He has published The Companion to Little Dorrit (Helm, 2003) and is a contributor to A Companion to Dickens (Blackwell, 2008). He has also published articles in Dickens Quarterly, Dickens Studies Annual, and The Dickensian. His most recent book, The Companion to Dombey and Son, is scheduled to be published in 2012

Michael Slater, Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, has been President of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America and also served for many years as Editor of The Dickensian.  He has edited The Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens's Journalism (4 vols., 1994-2000, with John Drew as co-editor for vol. 4) and has written Dickens and Women (1983), An Intelligent Person's Guide to Dickens (1999), and the comprehensive biography Charles Dickens (2009).  He has often performed readings from Dickens's works. Michael Slater is being brought to the U.S. by The English Speaking Union of the U.S. as the Evelyn Wrench speaker.

Nathalie Vanfasse is Professor of English Literature at the Université d'Aix-Marseille, France. Her research interests and publications focus on Dickens's novels and on his travel writing. She is the author of Charles Dickens, Entre normes et déviance (Presses Universitaires de Provence, 2007) and has co-edited with Anne-Marie Kilday a volume of articles entitled Social Deviance in England and in France c. 1830-1900 (Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens 61, April 2005). She is currently co-editing with Marie-Amélie Coste and Christine Huguet a selection of articles on "Dickens Matters" for the Dickens Quarterly (forthcoming in 2011) and a special bicentenary issue of the Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens on “Dickens in the New Millenium” (co-edited with Luc Bouvard, Marie-Amélie Coste, and Christine Huguet).