George Bodmer: George Bodmer is Chair and Professor of English at Indiana University (Northwest), U.S.A., where he teaches professional writing, American literature, and children’s and adolescent literature. He has been active in the field of children’s literature, having co-edited one of the major journals in the field, The Lion and the Unicorn, published by Johns Hopkins University. He has also published articles on various artists, including Maurice Sendak, Walter Crane and Bruno Munari. His research has a specific focus on illustrated texts. This academic interest is matched with his work as a printmaker, and he frequently exhibits in Chicago, where his work is currently on display in two shows. George is posting on Chapter 13 of The Light Princess.

John Chamberlain: John Chamberlain is a freelance illustrator and writer for ‘One and Other’, a York-based culture magazine, as well as working on creative projects for musicians, graphic design agencies and art galleries.  He studied on a 3-year Illustration Degree Course at Edinburgh College of Art, which enabled him to pursue his love of literature and of visual art through imaginative text-and-image combinations.  He has exhibited widely and had his first London solo show at the end of June 2013. John will be posting on the process of adapting MacDonald’s Lilith to a musical context as part of the ‘Re-Awakenings: MacDonald and Music’ sequence.

Christine Chettle: Christine Chettle is a PhD student at the University of Leeds, England. Her thesis investigates themes of Victorian fantasy and social transformation in texts by Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and George MacDonald, and she explores these themes in a recent publication on goblins and social reform in the work of George MacDonald and Christina Rossetti as well as in a forthcoming publication on serial illustration in works by Charles Dickens. In addition, she runs a community reading group which is currently looking at Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Last year, she co-managed a blog as part of an internship at the Leeds Centre for Canadian Studies and has written guest posts for the L.M. Montgomery Research Group and for Laydeez Do Comics. Christine is co-ordinating this project and is posting on Chapters 1 and 6 of The Light Princess.

Megan Fraser: Megan Fraser is in the process of completing an MA in Theological Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. She is originally from Scotland, and has a background in Modern Languages, in which she graduated with a BA Hons from Durham University in England. Her final project at Regent College is an exploration of the theological significance of fairy tales, paired with pen and ink illustrations of George MacDonald’s The Light Princess under the artistic supervision of Richard Jesse Watson. Megan is posting on chapter 12 of The Light Princess.

Danny Gabelman: Danny Gabelman teaches English at Eastbourne College in East Sussex, England. He completed his PhD on George MacDonald’s fairytale levity at the University of St Andrews.   His thesis is being published by Baylor University Press later this year under the title George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness. Danny is posting on Chapters 3 and 8 of The Light Princess.

William Gray: William Gray is Professor of Literary History and Hermeneutics at the University of Chichester, England, and is also Director of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy. His most recent works include Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth: Tales of Pullman, Lewis, Tolkien, MacDonald and Hoffmann and two volumes of collected essays entitled Death and Fantasy and Fantasy, Art and Life. He is currently working on an edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Fables and Fairy Tales. William is posting on Chapter 14 of The Light Princess.

Jennifer Koopman: Jennifer Koopman’s PhD thesis examined how MacDonald channels the visionary energy of the English Romantic poets Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley. She has lectured on The Light Princess as part of her work at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and has recently published on the topic of ‘Gothic Regeneration and Romantic Rebirth’ in MacDonald’s novel Donal Grant. She is the editor of Orts: The Newsletter of the George MacDonald Society. Jennifer is posting on Chapter 4 of The Light Princess.

Patrick Maiwald: Patrick Maiwald graduated from the University of Giessen (Germany) in 2007, having studied English Literature, Philosophy, and English Linguistics. His MA thesis, titled The Journey in George MacDonald’s Fantastic Fiction, was published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier in 2008. He has worked as a lecturer in English Linguistics and the History of English at the Universities of Giessen and Erlangen (Germany), and currently works as a research assistant at the Department of English at the University of Giessen. His current PhD project deals with language contact in Viking Age England. Patrick is posting on Chapter 10 of The Light Princess.

Roderick McGillis: Roderick McGillis is a professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, and has published widely in the fields of MacDonald studies and of children’s literature in general. Recent publications include The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders (Routledge, 2007) and Children’s Literature and the Fin de Siecle (Greenwood Press, 2002). For his scholarship in the field of Children’s Literature, Roderick McGillis earned a 2002 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, as well as a University of Calgary’s President’s Circle Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity (2002). He also contributed to the 2006 Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. Roderick is posting on Chapter 9 of The Light Princess.

Rebecca McLean: Rebecca McLean received her MA in English from the University of St Andrews in 20012 and is currently studying at the University of Stirling in Scotland on her MLitt in the Gothic Imagination. Her research interests include Children’s Literature, Fantasy and Scottish Gothic in addition to her deep love of all aspects of MacDonald’s work. She presented a paper on the Harry Potter books in 2012 and her dissertation examines houses as liminal spaces within the work of George MacDonald. Rebecca is posting on Chapter 7 of The Light Princess.

Jenny Neophytou: Jenny Neophytou is a part-time PhD student at Brunel University in England, focusing on class and gender politics in the works of George MacDonald with a particular interest in MacDonald on education, housing reform and the discourses surrounding the contagious diseases acts of 1864, 1866 and 1869. Despite an ill-considered vow as an undergrad to ‘never work in statistics’, she is also currently the bibliometrics analyst for the academic publishing company Wiley. Jenny is posting on Chapter 5 of The Light Princess.

John Patrick Pazdziora: John Patrick Pazdziora (PGDip, Belfast Bible College) is completing his PhD at the University of St Andrews. His dissertation examines George MacDonald’s writings for children in the context of the Scottish literary tradition. He has published articles on various authors, including James Thurber and Andrew Lang. He is the co-editor of Re-Thinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries (ASLS 2013) with Christopher MacLachlan and Ginger Stelle, New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories (Unlocking, 2013) with Defne Cizakca, and serves as the general editor of Unsettling Wonder ( John lives in Scotland with his family and is posting on Chapter 2 of The Light Princess.

David Randolph-Horn: David Randolph-Horn is married to Betsy, a Virginian and has 4 children and 3 step-sons. He lives in Chapeltown, Leeds, England. He is an actively retired clergyperson enrolled in full-time PhD studies into ‘Spirituality at Work: the perspective of Muslims, Christians and those of general spirituality and belief’. He is passionate about food, prayer, interfaith dialogue and real ale. He belongs to All Hallows Church of England, Leeds, which is an inclusive congregation. David is providing half of the digital recordings of The Light Princess.

Matthew Roy: Matthew Roy is a Musicology PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He works as a pianist, organist, composer, conductor, and teaching assistant, living by the beach with his wife, dog, and books. His MA thesis, ‘The Genesis of the Soviet Prelude Set for Piano: Shostakovich, Zaderatsky, Zhelobinsky, and Goltz’, and a conference paper, ‘Dehumanization in the Prelude Set of Vsevolod Dmitrievich Zaderatsky’, explore little-known composers and repertoire in the context of genre studies and break new ground in English-language Slavic research. He blogs about the discursive relationship between music, literature, language, and other interdisciplinary subjects at His current research includes an exploration of connections between childhood and music during the early nineteenth century.  Matthew will be posting on the process of adapting MacDonald’s The Light Princess in a musical context as part of the ‘Re-Awakenings: MacDonald and Music’ sequence.

Stefan Smith: Stefan Smith is a Lincolnshire-based video game designer and music composer. He studied on a 3-year Digital Design Degree at Leeds College of Art and now runs his own small independent video game company ‘Strand’89’. Originally a trained VJ, Stefan has since used his love of literature and film to start composing music under the pseudonym ‘Aldwych’, whose latest release was 2013’s “I AM THE NIGHT” and was a nod to the superhero themes of Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and John Williams. He is now working on his first video game code named “Slasher”, a 1980s slasher film simulator and “LILITH!”,  a music project based on George MacDonald’s novel of the same name.  Stefan will be posting on the process of adapting MacDonald’s Lilith to a musical context as part of the ‘Re-Awakenings: MacDonald and Music’ sequence.

Jan Susina: Jan Susina is a professor of English at Illinois State University in the U.S.A. where he offers courses in Children’s Literature, Victorian Studies, and Visual Culture. He is the author of The Place of Lewis Carroll in Children’s Literature and a former editor of The Lion and the Unicorn. Jan Susina is frequently a media source on children’s and adolescent literature and culture, book censorship, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Jan is posting on Chapter 11 of The Light Princess.

Stefania Tondo: Stefania Tondo is Researcher in English Literature at Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples, Italy, where she teaches and researches the subjects of English language, English literature, and Children’s and YA English Literature. She has edited translations of classics into Neapolitan, Alice’int’ ‘o Paese d’ ‘e Maraveglie (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and Na Cantata ‘e Natale (A Christmas Carol). She is the author of an Italian version of No Child is an Island (ed. by Pat Pinsent), Nessun bambino è un’isola (Graus Editore, 2007), Omaggio a Lele Luzzati (Il filo di Partenope, 2008), Come il bambino: George MacDonald scrittore crossover (Graus Editore, 2012). Stefania is posting on Chapter 15 of The Light Princess.

Christi Williams: Christi Williams is a native Texan with a longstanding love for art and Kierkegaard. She is an artist and a philosophy professor based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., whose work particularly examines the theme of sorrow and healing in George MacDonald’s fairy tales. Her recent project ‘Visions of Hope and Fear: MacDonald Illustrated’ reimagines the concept of sorrow in MacDonald’s poetry through a sequential visual format: more information about this is available at Christi is providing the illustrations for this project and she is also providing half of the digital recordings of The Light Princess.


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