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Eric Bennett <> is completing a manuscript on the rise of American creative writing programs in the context of the culture of the Cold War. He teaches courses in modernist, postmodernist, and contemporary fiction at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.

J. Dillon Brown <> is an assistant professor in the Department of English and the African and African American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is at work on a manuscript examining the relationship between postwar Anglophone Caribbean novels and British modernism. His writing has appeared in the Journal of West Indian Literature, Contemporary Literature, and several edited collections, with an article forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Caribbean Literatures in English.

Jonathan P. Eburne <> teaches courses in international modernism and literary theory at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English. He is the author of Surrealism and the Art of Crime (2008).

Lewis MacLeod is an Assistant Professor in Department of English at Trent University, Canada. Some of his research focuses on the transition between Modern and Postmodern cultures/literatures and on the function of ritual in secular culture. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, a number of journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, ARIEL, Critique, Narrative, LIT, and Studies in the Literary Imagination.

Venla Oikkonen <> will shortly graduate with a Ph.D. in Gender Studies from the University of Helsinki. She has just completed her dissertation on the cultural transformations of the Darwinian evolutionary narrative, on which this essay is based. Her work has previously appeared in Science as Culture.

Aaron Ritzenberg <> teaches in the Department of English at Yale University. He is working on a book called The Sentimental Touch, which examines the fate of sentimental language in American novels between 1850 and 1940, when American culture became increasingly impersonal. He has published essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe, Epes Sargent, and Charles Chesnutt.

Richard Robinson <> is Lecturer in [End Page 670] English at Swansea University, Wales, UK. He is the author of Narratives of the European Border: A History of Nowhere (2007) and has published on James Joyce, Italo Svevo, and Kazuo Ishiguro in James Joyce Quarterly, the Journal of European Studies, and Critical Quarterly respectively. He is currently working on the fiction of John McGahern. [End Page 671]