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  • Contributors

Ian Baucom is Assistant Professor of English at Yale University. His essays have appeared in Research in African Literature and Transition. He is now at work on a book-length study of the narratives of Empire and Englishness.

Thomas B. Byers is Professor of English at the University of Louisville. He is the author of What I Cannot Say: Self, Word, and World in Whitman, Stevens, and Merwin as well as articles that have appeared in Contemporary Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, and numerous other journals. His article in this issue is a part of a book in progress on the return of the Father in Hollywood film.

Pamela Cooper, an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, is the author of The Fictions of John Fowles: Power, Creativity, Femininity. Her essays have appeared in Women’s Studies and The Journal of Popular Culture. Her work in progress is Imprints of Imperialism: Modulations of Power and Gender in Post-Colonial Narrative.

Laura Doyle is the author of Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture. Her essays have appeared in Narrative and Twentieth-Century Literature. She is currently at work on Race Sentiments: Subjectivity in Western Narrative and is editing a collection of essays entitled Bodies of Resistance: Essays in Political Phenomenology. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

John L. Evarts, whose photograph of Paris street signs appears on the cover of this issue, works primarily in black and white photodocumentary, covering city scenes and social issues as well as images that challenge the viewer with their spatial ambiguity. A gallery of his work can be viewed on the World Wide Web at

Barbara Foley teaches English at Rutgers University—Newark. She is the author of Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction and Radical Representations: Politics and Form in U. S. Proletarian Fiction 1929–1941. She is currently at work on Jean Toomer and the Politics of Modernism.

Tony E. Jackson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina—Charlotte. His essays have appeared in Genre, Critique, and James Joyce Quarterly, and he is the author of The Subject of Modernism: Narrative Alterations in the Fiction of Eliot, Conrad, Woolf, and Joyce. His work in progress involves the Cold War, the idea of history, and post-World War II British fiction.

Alan Nadel, Professor of English at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon and Containment Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age. His new book, Flatlining on the Field of Dreams: Cultural Narratives in the Films of President Reagan’s America, is forthcoming.

Michael Sprinker teaches comparative literature at SUNY—Stony Brook. He is the author of History and Ideology in Proust, Imaginary Relations and numerous essays on history, politics, and narrative.


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