Bran Nicol is Professor of English Literature at the University of Surrey, where he is Head of the School of English and Languages. He studied for his PhD at the University of Lancaster, writing his thesis on the work of the novelist and philosopher, Iris Murdoch. He has previously taught at the universities of Chichester and Portsmouth, where he was Director of the Centre for Studies in Literature. His books include The Private Eye (Reaktion, 2013), Postmodern Fiction: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and Stalking (Reaktion, 2006), which was translated into Italian, Japanese and Korean, Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction (Palgrave, second edition, 2004), and two edited collections: Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel (Edinburgh University Press, 2002) and Crime Culture (Bloomsbury, 2010). His interests include contemporary British, European and American fiction, crime fiction, and film, and he has presented his research in these areas at universities around the world. He is currently completing The Value of Postmodernism for CUP as well as editing the forthcoming collection, The Cambridge Companion to British Postmodern Fiction.


Aileen Douglas is Head of the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, and a Fellow of the University.  She holds a PhD from Princeton University, and taught for several years at Washington University in St. Louis before returning to Trinity. Her research interests and publications focus on eighteenth-century print culture, the materiality of writing, women's writing in the long eighteenth century, and Irish writing. She is a general editor of the Early Irish Fiction Series (Four Courts, Dublin) for which she has co-edited two volumes. Other publications include Uneasy Sensations: Smollett and the Body (Chicago, 1996) and, most recently, Work in Hand: Script, Print and Writing, 1690-1840 (Oxford, 2017).