Carol McGuirk studies and teaches seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century British poetry, John Milton, literary and cultural theory including the emerging field of animal rights, Scottish studies including ballads and folk-song, and contemporary British and U. S. fiction including science fiction and fiction by women. She is an editor of Science Fiction Studies and has edited Selected Poems of Burns for Penguin and Critical Essays on Burns for G. K. Hall. Robert Burns and the Sentimental Era (Georgia 1985) is still available through a paperback reissue by the Scottish press Tuckwell (1998). "The Rediscovery of Cordwainer Smith," an extended essay on a neglected writer of the Cold War era, was shortlisted for the Pioneer Award (Science Fiction Research Association). Poet Burns, a long-term project in final stages, has been supported by a 2002-2003 Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by a G. Ormiston Roy Fellowship in Scottish Poetry from the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina. Also in progress is The SFS/Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (Wesleyan UP), a collaborative effort of the co-editors of Science Fiction Studies.