Vanessa Guignery is Professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon and a former member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the author of several books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, including The Fiction of Julian Barnes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Conversations with Julian Barnes (Mississippi Press, 2009), co-edited with Ryan Roberts. She has published articles on various British and postcolonial contemporary authors, as well as a monograph on B.S. Johnson, Ceci n'est pas une fiction. Les romans vrais de B.S. Johnson (Sorbonne UP, 2009), Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (Presses Universitaires de France, 2012) and Jonathan Coe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She edited several collections of essays on contemporary British and post-colonial literature (Janet Frame, Ben Okri, Alice Munro, among others), a special issue of the Journal of American, British and Canadian Studies on Julian Barnes (Sibiu, 2009) and a special issue of Callaloo on Ben Okri (Fall 2015), and co-edited with Marc Porée a special issue of Etudes anglaises on the British Contemporary Novel (April-June 2015). Her collection of interviews with eight contemporary writers, Novelists in the New Millenium, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Together with Christian Gutleben, she edited Traversée d'une oeuvre: Crossing the River de Caryl Phillips (Cycnos 32.1 - 2016).
Christian Gutleben is Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, where he teaches nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century British literature and where he directs the journal Cycnos. His research focuses on the links between the Victorian and the postmodernist forms of art, and he is the author of one of the earliest critical surveys of neo-Victorian literature, Nostalgic Postmodernism: The Victorian Tradition and the Contemporary British Novel (Rodopi, 2001, reedited 2013). He has also published books on the English campus novel and Graham Greene, as well as numerous articles on postmodernism in British literature, and is co-editor (with Marie-Luise Kohlke) of Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series, including Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma: The Politics of Bearing After-Witness to Nineteenth-Century Suffering (Rodopi, 2010), Neo-Victorian Families: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics (Rodopi, 2011), Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence and Degeneration in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century (Rodopi, 2012), Neo-Victorian Cities: Reassessing Urban Politics and Poetics (Rodopi/Brill 2015) and Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions (Rodopi, 2017). The last volume of the Series (Neo-Victorian Biofiction) will be published in 2018.