Lidia De Michelis is Professor of English and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Milan, Italy. Her works on eighteenth-century literature focus on Defoe, women’s writing and Anglo-Italian cultural relationships. She has published widely on contemporary British culture and fiction, political discourse and postcolonial issues, especially regarding South Africa, Black Britain, and immigration. Lia Guerra is Professor of English Literature at the University of Pavia, Italy. She has published extensively on eighteenth-century British literature in prose, on travel literature, and has devoted a large part of her research to Mary Shelley and James Joyce. Frank O’Gorman is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester, UK. He has published widely on the period of the long eighteenth century, with particular reference to political parties, political philosophy, parliamentary elections and electoral ritual. He recently published an expanded version of The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History.