Nicholas Birns lives in New York City, where he teaches literature at the New School University. His book, Understanding Anthony Powell, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2004. He has also published many articles and book reviews in periodicals, including a recent review of Kristine Swenson's Medical Women and Victorian Fiction in Victorian Studies 47. He is the editor of Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature and has held visiting fellowships in Australia and Sweden.
Mary Marshall Clark is the director of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, past president of the United States Oral History Association, and has served on the Executive Council of the International Oral History Association. She teaches a graduate-level seminar at Columbia University on the history, methodology, and applications of oral history and directs the annual Columbia University Summer Institute on Oral History. She is also a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Recently, she directed one of the largest oral history projects documenting the events and the aftermath of September 11, and she is author of a chapter in History and September 11th (Temple University Press, 2003). Prior to her career at Columbia, she was an oral historian at the New York Times and worked in documentary film. She has also served as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, and many nonprofit groups throughout the New York City area including public schools, community organizations, and philanthropic agencies.
Lennard J. Davis is professor of English in the School of Arts and Sciences, professor of disability and human development in the School of Applied Health Sciences, and professor of medical education in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also the director of Project Biocultures, a think tank devoted to issues around the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology, and the biosphere. He is the author of two works on the novel; several works on disability, including Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body (Verso, 1995) and The Disability Studies Reader (Routledge, 1996); and a memoir, My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness (University of Illinois Press, 2000), which was selected for the National Book Award for 2000. A collection of his essays, entitled Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions, was published by New York University Press in August 2002. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002–03 for his forthcoming book, Obsession: The Biography of a Disease. He has written numerous articles for the Nation, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other print media. His current interests include disability-related issues; literary and cultural theory; genetics, race, and identity; and biocultural issues. [End Page 332]
Joseph M. Geskey is an assistant professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and director of Inpatient Pediatrics at Penn State Children's Hospital. He has published poetry in numerous journals, including JAMA, and has had poems anthologized in Uncharted Lines: Poems from the Journal of the American Medical Association (Ten Speed Press, 1998).
Margaret Healy is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Sussex. She is the author of Richard II in the Writers and Their Work Shakespeare Studies series (Northcote, 1997) and Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England: Bodies, Plagues and Politics (Palgrave, 2001). She has published many articles on the intersections of literature, medicine, and art, including "Defoe's Journal and the English Plague Writing Tradition" in Literature and Medicine 22 and "Dangerous Blood: Menstruation, Medicine and Myth in Early Modern England" in National Healths: Gender, Sexuality and Health in a Cross-Cultural Context (University College London Press, 2004).
Schuyler W. Henderson is a fellow and chief resident in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department at Columbia University. He completed his internship in pediatrics at Yale University and his adult psychiatry residency at New York University/Bellevue. Publications include papers, essays, and reviews in Literature and Medicine, JAMA, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Academic Medicine, and he has coauthored several chapters. His...