Leigh Dale is professor of English at the University of Wollongong. Her most recent work is The Enchantment of English: Professing English Literatures in Australian Universities (2012) and, with Chris Tiffin, essays on Australia for The Year’s Work in English Studies (2005-12). She is editor of the journal Australian Literary Studies and editor, with Helen Gilbert, of Economies of Representation, 1790-2000: Colonialism and Commerce (2007). Her book on representations of self-harm in medical, criminological, and literary texts is nearing completion, and her project Lessons from the Past: The History of Academic English, with Jennifer McDonell, has come to the end of the beginning.
Jennifer McDonell is senior lecturer in English in the School of Arts at the University of New England (Australia). She has published on the work of both Brownings, most recently on Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her dog Flush in the collection Aux frontières de l’animal: Mises en scène et réflexivité, edited by Annik Dubied, Juliet J. Fall, and David Gerber (2012), and on Robert Browning and thing culture in Literary Bric-à-Brac and the Victorians: From Commodities to Oddities, edited by Jonathon Shears and Jen Harrison (2013). She has edited, with Leigh Dale, a special issue on animals and literature for Australian Literary Studies (June 2010), which includes McDonell’s essay on Victorian pet keeping. Her current projects are Lessons from the Past: The History of Academic English, with Dale, and a book on species and indigeneity, with Helen Tiffin and Russell McDougall.