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Notes on Contributors

David Anthony is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. He is currently completing a book on professional masculinity, the national debt, and submission in the antebellum Gothic. He is also at work on a new book on mass culture, race, and middle-class interiority in the antebellum period.

Lindon Barrett is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Program in African-American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is author of Blackness and Value: Seeing Double (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Associate Editor of Callaloo for literary and cultural criticism.

Seyla Benhabib is Professor of Government and Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of Situating the Self: Gender, Community, and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics, The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt and Demokratische Gleichheit und Kulturelle Vielfalt (The Max Horkheimer Lectures). She has most recently authored “Citizens, Residents, and Aliens in a Changing World,” Social Research (Fall 1999). In the Spring of 2000, she will be the Baruch Spinoza Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

Joseph Entin is a graduate student in American Studies at Yale University. His dissertation explores representations of laboring, hungry, and crowded bodies in American modernism by canonical and non-canonical writers and photographers. He has published previously in Radical Teacher and Workplace.

John Frow is Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, and the author most recently of Cultural Studies and Cultural Value (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995) and Time and Commodity Culture (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997).

Jennifer Rae Greeson is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies program at Yale University. She is completing a dissertation titled “The Figure of the South and the Literary Imagination of Nation in the United States.”

Elizabeth Hewitt is an assistant professor at Ohio State University, and is finishing a book that considers the central importance of correspondence—both literal and philosophical—to the development of American literature in the nineteenth century.

Jonathan Brody Kramnick is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University and author of Making the English Canon: Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700—1770 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998). He is currently working on a book entitled Uneasiness: The Intimate Cultures of Uncertainty, Locke to Cleland.

Charles Musser is Associate Professor of American Studies and Film Studies at Yale University and a former editor of The Yale Journal of Criticism. His books on early American cinema include The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (1990) and Edison Motion Pictures, 1890—1900: An Annotated Filmography (1997). He is a co-curator, with Pearl Bowser and Jane Gaines, of Oscar Micheaux and His Circle: African-American Filmmaking and Race Cinema of the Silent Era, a seven-part program with catalog scheduled to debut at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone-Sacile, Italy in October 2000. This article is a chapter from the exhibition catalog.

Eliza Richards is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Boston University. She is currently completing a book manuscript with the working title “Lyric Mediums: Poe, Poetesses, and Poetry in Circulation.”

Ben Saunders is a graduate student finishing his Ph.D. in English at Duke University. His dissertation is entitled “Desiring Donne: Fantasies of Poetic Interpretation.” He has articles forthcoming in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Journal X.

Michael Warner is Professor of English at Rutgers University. His most recent works include The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life (New York: The Free Press, 1999), and American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King (New York: Library of America, 1999). He is also the author of The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990); the editor of Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993); the editor, with Myra Jehlen, of The English Literatures of America, 1500—1800 (New York: Routledge, 1997) and, with Gerald Graff, of The Origins of Literary...