Christopher Gair is a lecturer in English at University College of St. Mark and St. John. He is the author of Complicity and Resistance in Jack London’s Novels: From Naturalism to Nature, as well as numerous articles in such journals as Studies in American Fiction, Studies in the Novel, Essays in Literature, Arizona Quarterly, and the Jack London Journal. He is currently at work on two books: Policing the Margins: Detective Fiction and Ethnic Identities, 1965–95 and Writing Americans, 1900–25.
Beverly Haviland teaches in the Comparative Studies department at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has a book forthcoming in 1997 from Cambridge University Press titled Henry James’s Last Romance: Making Sense of the Past and the American Scene. This essay is part of a book-in-progress, Abject Authors, on the work of Larsen, Pauline Réage, and Salman Rushdie.
Andrew P. Hoberek is a Ph.D. candidate in English and administrator in the new Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He is currently at work on “White-Collar Culture: Work, Organization, and American Fiction, 1943–1959,” a study of the impact of changing conceptions of labor on such authors as Ralph Ellison, Flannery O’Connor, and Philip K. Dick.
Paul Jay teaches in the English department at Loyola University of Chicago. He is the author of Contingency Blues: The Search for Foundations in American Criticism and the editor of The Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Burke and Malcolm Cowley. Currently, he is at work on a manuscript entitled American Literature and the Black Atlantic.
Chip Rhodes teaches English at Colorado State University. He is the author of Structures of the Jazz Age: Mass Culture and Progressive Education in American Modernist Fiction. His articles have appeared in American Literature, Modern Language Notes, and the Journal of American Studies.
Rishona Zimring is Assistant Professor of English at Lewis and Clark College. Her essay comes from a larger project which examines the city, domesticity, and nationalism.