Debra A. Castillo is Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She is author of The Translated World: A Postmodern Tour of Libraries in Literature (1984), and Talking Back: Strategies for a Latin American Feminist Literary Criticism (1992); she is the translator of Federico Campbell’s Tijuana: Stories on the Border, and a book review editor for Letras femeninas as well as previous editor of Diacritics.
John A. Mcclure is author of Kipling and Conrad: the Colonial Fiction (1981) and Late Imperial Romance (1994). He is Professor of English at Rutgers University and is currently working on a study of contemporary literary and popular spiritualities.
Marianne Dekoven is Professor of English at Rutgers University and her current project is a book on the transition to postmodernism in the 60s. She is author of A Different Language: Gertrude Stein’s Experimental Writing (1983) and Rich and Strange: Gender, History, Modernism (1991). She is also the guest editor of the upcoming MFS special issue on Gertrude Stein.
Thomas B. Byers’ article in this issue will form a part of his current project, a book manuscript tentatively titled I’ll Be Back: The Return of the Father in Contemporary Hollywood Film. He is author of What I Cannot Say: Self, Word, and World in Whitman, Stevens, and Merwin (1989) and has published articles in Contemporary Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, Science Fiction Studies, and other journals. He is currently Professor of English at the University of Louisville.
Robert Siegle is Professor of English at Virginia Tech; his current projects include books on contemporary writing and postcolonial Indian fiction. He is author of The Politics of Reflexivity and Suburban Ambush (both published by Johns Hopkins University Press).
David Cowart is author of numerous articles and books on contemporary literature; his most recent book is Literary Symbiosis: The Reconfigured Text in Twentieth-Century Writing (1993). He is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina and is currently working on articles about William Goyen and Alice Walker.
Stacey Olster is working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled The Trash Phenomenon, that explores contemporary American authors who chart American history with respect to the artifacts of American popular culture. She is author of Reminiscence and Re-Creation in Contemporary American Fiction (1989) and has published articles in several journals and collections. She is Professor of English at the State University of New York-Stonybrook.