These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past

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Gail Crowther
Peter K. Steinberg


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Gail Crowther, University of Central Lancashire

Dr. Gail Crowther was awarded her PhD in 2010 from the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK, for her thesis "The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath." Her research explored the relationship between Plath and her readers, examining the meaning held by Plath's texts, photographs, objects and places relating to her life. Gail has also published extensively in Plath Profiles, writing about the haunting nature of Plath, places relating to Plath and archival work carried out both in England and America. Gail has worked as editorial assistant for The Journal of Historical Sociology, held a lectureship in Sociology at Lancaster University, UK, and currently lectures in Religion, Culture and Society at the University of Central Lancashire. She is also an Associate Lecturer in Social Science for the Open University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Since 2010, Gail has been a member of the Editorial Board of Plath Profiles and was Guest Editor for the journal in 2011. Research interests include sociological hauntings, the archival experience, feminist life writing and all dimensions of secular pilgrimage.

Peter K. Steinberg, Affiliation needed.

Peter K. Steinberg is the author of the "Introduction" to the 2010 CD The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath (British Library Publishing) and the 2004 biography Sylvia Plath (Chelsea House). He has published articles on Plath in Plath Profiles, Fine Books & Collections, and Notes & Queries. He maintains the Plath-focused website "A Celebration, This Is" ( and the Sylvia Plath Info Blog ( Steinberg earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons College, in Boston, Massachusetts.