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Charles Altieri teaches modern poetry and some history of ideas at the University of California—Berkeley. His most recent books are The Particulars of Rapture (2003) and The Art of Modern American Poetry (2006). He is now working on a book on Wallace Stevens and trying to recuperate the concept of appreciation.

Tony Bennett is Professor of Sociology at the Open University, a Director of the Economic and Social Science Research Centre on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His publications include Formalism and Marxism (1979); Bond and Beyond: The Political Career of a Popular Hero (with Janet Woollacott, 1987); Outside Literature (1990); The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics (1995); Culture: A Reformer’s Science (1998); Accounting for Tastes: Australian Everyday Cultures (with Michael Emmison and John Frow, 1999); and, most recently, Pasts Beyond Memory: Evolution, Museums, Colonialism (2004) and New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society (edited with Larry Grossberg and Meaghan Morris, 2005).

Terry Cochran is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal. Author of Twilight of the Literary: Figures of Thought in the Age of Print (2001), his most recent book is Profession: comparatiste (2007). He is currently finishing up a manuscript on Atta et tous les autres: foi et savoir dans la pensée du sacrifice humain.

Jonathan Culler is Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. His most recent book is The Literary in Theory (2006).

Laurent Dubreuil is Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Literatures and the Director of the French Studies Program at Cornell University. His research explores the relations between literary thought and conceptual knowledge (from philosophy to social thought). He is an editorial board member of the journals Labyrinthe and Diacritics. “What Is Literature’s Now?” is a part of a new book project entitled The Indiscipline of Literary Studies.

Eric Gans attended Columbia College and the Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in Romance Languages in 1966. He has taught French literature, critical theory, and film at UCLA since 1969, and written a number of books and articles on aesthetic theory as well as on Flaubert, Musset, Racine, and other French writers. Beginning with The Origin of Language (1981), Gans [End Page 239] developed the concept of generative anthropology and has written five other books on the subject, including Originary Thinking (1993), Signs of Paradox (1997), and the forthcoming The Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day.

Garry L. Hagberg presently holds a Chair in the School of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, and has for some years served as the James H. Ottaway Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at Bard College. Author of Meaning and Interpretation: Wittgenstein, Henry James, and Literary Knowledge (1994) and Art as Language: Wittgenstein, Meaning, and Aesthetic Theory (1995), he is presently completing Describing Ourselves: Wittgenstein and Autobiographical Consciousness, an edited volume, Art and Ethical Criticism, and a series of articles (of which this is one) on literary experience and autobiographical understanding. He is joint editor, with Denis Dutton, of the journal Philosophy and Literature.

N. Katherine Hayles, John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature at the University of California—Los Angeles, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science, and technology in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her latest book is My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts (2005). Her book How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Literature, Cybernetics, and Informatics (1999) won the René Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory in 1998–99, and her book Writing Machines (2002) won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She is currently at work on a study of narrative and databases.

C. Jan Swearingen is Professor of English at Texas A&M University and a past president of the Rhetoric Society of America (1998–2000). Her books include Rhetoric and Irony: Western Literacy and Western Lies (1991) and an edited collection, Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village (1999). Her work on the theory of rhetoric...


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