Notes on Contributors

Frances Eames is in the second year of her PhD at Nottingham University. She is funded by the AHRC to undertake the first scholarly investigation of the Midlands regional television news archive held at MACE (Media Archive for Central England). Her thesis looks at the construction of normative narratives and explores how ideas of acceptablility, normality and commonsense are construct in regional news. This article forms the basis for one chapter; a second chapter on hobbies stories was given as a paper at the MeCCSA Postgraduate conference at Belfast in June; a forthcoming paper at the MeCCSA conference, to be held at Coventry in January, outlines more broadly the distinctive form of regional news. Frances is currently Articles Editor for Scope, an Online Journal for Film Studies.

Fran Apprich is completing a practice-based PhD in Film and Visual Studies at Queen's. Her thesis is concerned with relations between sound practices and technologies, and experimental cinema. In recognition of her PhD and film work, Fran recently recieved an Adobe System Incoperated Award that provides her with software and technical assistence used as part of the completion of her PhD.   Fran is also an award-winning film-maker and composer who has recently won awards prizes at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh.

Jade McKay is completing her PhD in literary studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research draws on feminist approaches to interrogate the ideological agendas of popular literatures, as well as the preconceptions that surround such texts. Her thesis is entitled Fictional Femininity: Postmillennial Narratives of Womanhood and her second chapter forms the basis of her contribution to this edition of Quest.

Anna Marutullo is a graduate student at McGill University. Her current area of research is
Nineteenth-Century sensation fiction.  Publications include “The Many Faces of Frances" which will appear in the Bronte Studies journal this fall, and  fellowships include The Mina Shaughnessy Scholarship  at Middlebury College (2006).

Søren Frank recently submitted his doctoral dissertation, "The Physiology of Migration Literature. Migration as Thematic and Formal Stratagem in Grass, Kundera, Rushdie and Kjærstad" In 2003 Søren Frank published a book on the work of  Salman Rushdie entitled which draws on the work of Gilles Deleuze and will be translated from Danish to English this year.  He has  translated Deleuze's book on Proust from French to Danish, Proust og tegnene (2003), and hopes to begin research on the American, British and French maritime novel in the 19th century.

Olwen Purdue is currently completing her doctoral thesis entitled ‘Challenge and change: the big house in north-eastern Ireland 1878- c.1960’. She is the author of The MacGeough Bonds of the Argory: an Ulster Gentry family 1880-1950 (Maynooth, 2005) and has an essay, ‘Survival of the Fittest: Northern Ireland’s ‘Big House’ 1921-1960’ included in the forthcoming edition of Crosscurrents: Irish and Scottish Studies, due to be published by Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.

Demelza Hall completed her undergraduate and Masters degree at the University of Tasmania. Her master's thesis, entitled “Space and Sexuality in the Post-Victorian Fiction of Sarah Waters,” focuses on the inseparability of spatiality and the expression of sexuality in Tipping the Velvet, Affinity and Fingersmith and argues that the historically transgressive sexualities of Waters’s heroines are constructed via the characters’ movement (or lack thereof) through confining interiors. She currently lives in Melbourne and researches post-Victorian novels by Australian authors Peter Carey, Geraldine Brooks, Andrew McGahan and Kate Grenville, with a PhD in mind for 2007/2008.

Sara Michelle Van Den Heuvel is a graduate student at Indiana University majoring in Comparative Literature. Her research focus is on nineteenth-century literature, particularly romanticism. She is currently researching La Sorcière by French historian and the writer Jules Michelet; and will examine the impact of ancient European religion on the scientific revolution.

Lucas M. Peters received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Washington. He currently attends Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington where the Master of Arts degree will be conferred on him in June 2007. He will pursue doctoral work shortly thereafter. At the time of this publication, he is working on a thesis concerning the ways in which dialogism may be used as a philosophy to navigate through our contemporary moment in literary history.