Rachel Falconer is Professor of English Literature at the University of Lausanne. She researches in the fields of early modern and modern literature. She has a BA in Classical Languages and Literatures from Yale University, and BA, MA and DPhil in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. Before moving to Lausanne in 2010, she was Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Sheffield. Amongst her publications are: Orpheus Dis(re)membered: Milton and the Myth of the Poet (1997), Hell in Contemporary Literature: Western Descent Narratives since 1945 (2005), The Crossover Novel: Children's Literature and Its Adult Readership (2009); she has also co-edited the following volumes: Face to Face: Bakhtin Studies in Russia and the West (1997); Invention: Literature and Science (2005); and Re-reading/ La Relecture (2011).