Barbara Christian has written numerous essays on African American women writers and African American literature and theory, and her Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition won the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 1983. She has helped to initiate a doctoral program in African Diasporic Studies at Berkeley, where she is a professor of African American Studies. Professor Christian has recently delivered a series of lectures on Toni Morrison in France.
Jennifer FitzGerald is now working on essays on Morrison and Derrida, and desire in the novels of Kate O'Brian. She has written on Jane Austen, feminist literary criticism, and interdisciplinary approaches in Women's Studies. She holds a lectureship at the Queen's University, Belfast.
Deborah Guth is a professor of English at Tel Aviv University. She has recently written essays on Woolf, Fowles, Conrad, Blake and George Eliot. Professor Guth is currently working on a Bakhtinian analysis of Morrison's use of Biblical references.
Linda J. Krumholz has written on historical recovery in Beloved, and with Estella Lauter, has recently completed two annotated bibliographies on feminist aesthetics in the literary, performing and visual arts. She is an assistant professor at Denison University. She is completing a longer study on the use of ritual by contemporary African American and Native American women writers.
Doreatha D. Mbalia is an associate professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has recently published Toni Morrison's Developing Class Consciousness and has also written on liberation in Toni Cade Bambara's The Salt Eaters. She is currently working on a novel entitled My Revolution is Like Honey: She Gets Sweeter All the Time.
Dwight A. McBride is currently a doctoral student in English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is working on British and US Romanticism and race theory. His dissertation is entitled "Romantic Discourses on Race."
Debbie Mix is presently a graduate student in literature at Purdue University where she is co-authoring an article on Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. [End Page 835]
Richard C. Moreland is currently associate professor of English at Louisiana State University. His Faulkner and Modernism was published in 1990. He is now completing Domination and Democracy in American Literature: Twain, Eliot, Ellison, Morrison for the University of Wisconsin Press.
Terry Otten is a professor of English at Wittenberg University. He has published numerous essays and is the author of The Deserted Stage: The Search for Dramatic Form in 19th-century England (1972) and After Innocence: Visions of the Fall in Modern Literature (1982). His most recent book is The Crime of Innocence in the Fiction of Toni Morrison, published in 1989, and he is currently working on the temptation of innocence in the plays of Arthur Miller.
Rafael Pérez-Torres has recently published "Nomads and Migrants—Negotiating a Multicultural Postmodernism" in Cultural Critique. His Movements in Chicano Poetry —Against Myths, Against Margins will be published by Cambridge this year. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nancy J. Peterson, an assistant professor of English at Purdue University, is at work on a book-length study of narratives of historical trauma in contemporary multicultural women's writing. A portion of this book, "History, Postmodernism, and Louise Edrich's Tracks," is forthcoming in PMLA.
James Phelan is a professor at Ohio State University. His most recent book is Beyond the Tenure Track. He has also written or edited four other books on narrative and is currently the editor of the journal Narrative. The essay in this issue is part of his forthcoming Narrative Dynamics: Textual and Readerly Energy in Beloved and Waiting for the Barbarians.
Eusebio L. Rodrigues has published a book on Saul Bellow and articles on Bellow, Faulkner, Gass, Greene, Forster and Morrison. He working on a historical novel set in sixteenth-century India. He is a professor in English at Georgetown University.
Judylyn S. Ryan is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University and will be a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Divinity School for 1994-1995. Her contribution to this special issue forms the sixth of chapter of Water from an Ancient Well...