Jason Finch is Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, at Åbo Akademi University. A co-founder and currently President of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS), he works on urban literatures, chiefly of the UK and USA in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including representations of housing and public transport. He is the author of Deep Locational Criticism: Imaginative Place in Literary Research and Teaching (Benjamins 2016) and co-editor of six books, most recently The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History (Routledge 2020). Jason’s current book project, for Routledge, is an introduction to literary urban studies.
Susan Nacey is a professor of linguistics and currently Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Education at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. She researches metaphor and other features in a wide variety of text types in English and Norwegian, especially in written and spoken learner language. She is the author of ‘Metaphors in learner English’ (John Benjamins, 2013) and the co-editor of ‘Metaphor identification in multiple languages: MIPVU around the world’ (John Benjamins, 2019).
LENE ØSTERMARK-JOHANSEN is Professor of English art and literature at the University of Copenhagen. She is author of Sweetness and Strength: The Reception of Michelangelo in Late Victorian England (1998) and of Walter Pater and the Language of Sculpture (2011). Among her edited volumes are Nose Book: Representations of the Nose in Literature and the Arts (2000) (with Victoria de Rijke and Helen Thomas) and Victorian and Edwardian Responses to the Italian Renaissance (2005) (with John Law). She has a long-standing interest in word–image relations and in the nineteenth-century reception of the Italian Renaissance, and has published essays and articles on Oscar Wilde, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Vernon Lee, Arthur Symons and, most extensively, Walter Pater. Her annotated edition of Pater’s Imaginary Portraits (2014), the first ever, was received with great critical acclaim, and an expanded version appeared as the third volume (of ten) in The Collected Works of Walter Pater (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her monograph Walter Pater’s European Imagination will be appearing in 2022, as will her edited volume Walter Pater and the Beginnings of English Studies, co-edited with Charles Martindale and Elizabeth Prettejohn.