Virginia L. Blum, Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Hide and Seek: The Child between Psychoanalysis and Fiction (Illinois, 1995), Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery (U of California, 2003) and essays on psychoanalysis, American literature and popular culture. She is currently writing on representations of romantic love in cinema.
Kimberly Jackson is Assistant Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her research focuses on the relationship between the human and technology which is both created and revealed through techno-cultural artifacts. Her book project, titled Techno-Human Infancy, addresses this relationship as it manifests itself in 19th century mad scientist texts and contemporary tech-noir films. Her publications include “Vivisected Language in H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau” (The Wellsian, 29, 2006) and “Gothic Music and the Decadent Individual” (Ian Peddie, Resisting Muse, Ashgate 2006).
Pamela Orosan-Weine is a clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in Ann Arbor Michigan. She specializes in women’s mental health and organizational and group behavior, with a particular interest in body image, eating disorders and how their social and cultural foundations are mediated by one’s own particular personality. Her publications and research interests focus on the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and the [End Page 101] dilemma of balancing the need for both structure and freedom for the individual, group, and culture.
Brenda R. Weber is an assistant professor in Gender Studies at Indiana University. Recent articles have been published in Genders, Feminist Studies, and the International Journal of Men’s Health. She is author of Subject to Change: Becoming a Self on Makeover TV (Duke 2009) and her next project is The (Ill)Logics of Makeover TV and Figuring Fame: Women, Gender, and the Body in the Transatlantic Production of Literary Celebrity
Bernadette Wegenstein, a linguist and semiotician, received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Vienna University. She is Associate Professor in the department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, where she also directs the Film Studies Program. Currently she is Visiting Associate Professor in the department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at the Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, on the representation of AIDS in the European Media, Die Darstellung von AIDS in den Medien, appeared in 1998 with Vienna University Press. She is the author of Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory (MIT Press 2006), The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty, (forthcoming, MIT Press 2008), and of numerous articles on body criticism, performance art, and film theory. She has recently produced and codirected a featurelength documentary film on the topic of the technologies and culture of bodily makeover called Made Over in America, which is distributed through First Run/ Icarus Films http://www.frif.com . [End Page 102]