Keynote Speakers:

Penny Fielding

Penny Fielding is Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature at the University of Edinburgh where she is also Head of Department and Director of the center for Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century.   Before moving to Edinburgh, Penny held posts at the University of Bristol and Trinity College Dublin and she has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her books include  Writing and Orality: Nationality, Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Scottish Fiction (Oxford, 1996), Scotland and the Fictions of Geography: North Britain 1760-1830 (Cambridge, 2008) and The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Louis Stevenson (Edinburgh, 2010), and she edited Walter Scott's The Monastery for  The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels (Edinburgh, 2000).  She is a General Editor of The New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson.  Penny is currently working on a book on fiction and espionage, and has a special interest in the ghost story on which she has published a number of articles.

Dale Townshend

Dale Townshend is Senior Lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Literature at the University of Stirling, Scotland. His publications include The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing, 1764-1820 (AMS, 2007); four volumes in the Gothic: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies series (with Fred Botting, Routledge 2004); Gothic Shakespeares (with John Drakakis, Routledge 2008); Macbeth: A Critical Guide (with John Drakakis, Bloomsbury, 2013); The Gothic World (with Glennis Byron, Routledge, 2013); and Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (with Angela Wright, Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is currently at work on a monograph entitled Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance and the Architectural Imagination, 1760-1840, and co-editing, with Angela Wright, the Edinburgh Companion to Romantic Gothic (EUP, 2015).

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