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About the Authors

Ryan Cordell

Ryan Cordell is an assistant professor of English and the director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program at St. Norbert College. He is a core contributor to the ProfHacker blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is currently building a comparative digital edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Celestial Railroad” at He is also the web editor for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society and has published on Stowe, Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, and technology in higher education. Cordell’s full CV can be found on his website at

John Pennington

John Pennington is a professor of English at St. Norbert College. He is the coeditor of the Broadview Press critical edition textbook of George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind (with Roderick McGillis; 2011) and the essay collection Behind the Back of the North Wind: Critical Essay on the George MacDonald Children’s Classic (with Roderick McGillis; Winged Lion Press, 2011). He is also the editor of the international journal North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies and has created a digital archive of back issues of the journal, which can be accessed at He is currently creating a digital archive of print-cultural materials as a supplement to the Broadview Press critical edition. He has published on Lewis Carroll, John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, J. M. Barrie, Richard Adams, Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip Pullman, and J. K. Rowling. Pennington’s full CV can be downloaded at