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Daniel Barrow
studied for a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Warwick; ‘The King’s Two Bodies’ was written as part of his third-year coursework. He is currently studying for an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London. He writes on music, literature, film and visual art for a variety of publications.

Benedict Clarke is a third year undergraduate in English at Warwick. His essay was written originally for the module Literary and Cultural Theory.

Josh Dickins
studied for a BA in English and American Literature at Warwick; ‘Unarticulated Pre-Emergence’ was originally an essay for one of his third-year modules. He is currently studying for an MPhil in Criticism and Culture at the University of Cambridge, with a particular interest in critical theory and post-war American history and culture.

Damon Hannis received a BA in Film and Television studies at Warwick in 2011. His essay on Michael Haneke was written for a module on film aesthetics during his third year. He is currently undertaking archival research for an MA in Film and TV at Warwick focusing on a British women’s television programme from the 1950s, ‘Leisure and Pleasure,’ for which next to no audiovisual materials exist.

Sean Hudson received a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Warwick in 2011.

Erin Lafford: “My contribution ‘Revolutionary Road and the Elegiac Form’ grew out of an essay that I submitted as part of my work for the module Twentieth-Century North American Literature, during my third year of study at Warwick. The syllabus for this course was heavily novel-based, and in my thinking I was keen to incorporate my own academic interests in poetry and poetics, an area I am now pursuing as part of an MLitt in Victorian Literature at Glasgow University.”

Pui-Guan Man studied for a BA in English Literature at the University of Warwick. ‘Monstrous Bodies’ was written during her third-year studies, as an assessed essay for the module States of Damage: C21 US Writing & Culture. She is currently a PR/Education Intern at ethical fashion charity TRAID, and a freelance contributor to various film and arts websites. She is soon commencing a fast-track postgraduate course in magazine journalism.

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
studied for an English Literature BA at Warwick and graduated in 2011. Having previously studied computer science, his technical background led him to write ‘Shoot, Strafe, Soliloquy’ as an interdisciplinary third year dissertation. Justin now works for a publishing house in the Midlands as well as doing some work as a freelance games journalist.

James Mackay
graduated from Warwick with a BA in Philosophy and Literature in the summer of 2011. This essay was submitted during this course for the module Devolutionary British Fiction: 1945 to the Present, as an exploration into the overlap between philosophical enquiry and political argument. He is now based in London, studying at UCL for an MA on Issues in Modern Culture, where he continues to explore the interdisciplinary potential of literary studies.

Tashan Mehta
: “I’m a third year student at Warwick University, studying towards a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. I first wrote ‘Reason and Emotion: the Victorian Double poem’ for a module in my second year, Romantic and Victorian Poetry. The anxiety prevalent during the Victorian age – an inability to remain in absolutes or find any surety – inspired me to engage with the critical work of Isobel Armstrong, who attempts to map the manifestations of that anxiety in poetry. As a creative writing student, I find that same anxiety pertinent to writers today, and almost instrumental in the way we conceive and view art.

Claire Stone
is a 2011 graduate of Warwick’s Philosophy and Literature programme. She wrote ‘Dostoevsky and Kafka’ for The European Novel, a second-year honours module.

Helen Talbot
is a third year undergraduate in English at Warwick. ‘Violent Capital’ was originally written during her second year for the module States of Damage: C21 US Writing & Culture. She is currently writing a dissertation on transgender narratives in contemporary Britain.