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Carrie Tirado Bramen <> is the author of The Uses of Variety: Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness (Harvard 2000). Most recently, her piece on “Why the Academic Left Hates Identity Politics” has appeared in Textual Practice, and she has guest edited a special issue of Nineteenth Century Prose on the picturesque. Other essays have appeared in American Quarterly, The New England Quarterly, Novel, and The Latin American Literary Review. She teaches at the University at Buffalo.

Mark A. Eaton <> teaches American literature and film studies at Azusa Pacific University. His essays have appeared in The Boston Review, The Edith Wharton Review, Pedagogy, Prospects, and in Henry James on Stage and Screen (2000). He is working on a book about the literary uses of mass culture in modern America.

Susan Gillman is the author of Dark Twins: Imposture and Identity in Mark Twain’s America (1989), and her essays have appeared in American Literary History, Critical Inquiry and South Atlantic Quarterly. She teaches in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kirsten Silva Gruesz <> teaches in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Author of Ambassadors of Culture: The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing (2002) as well as several articles on nineteenth-century poetry in the US and Latin America, she is at work on a critical history of Spanish and English second-language learning.

Michael Hames-García <> teaches courses in literary theory and critical race and gender studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is author of a forthcoming book on prison literature, legal theory, and ethics, Crucibles of Freedom: Justice, Critical Race Theory, and Prison Praxis, and co-editor of two anthologies on the ethical and epistemic implications of social identity: Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (2000) and Redefining Identity Politics (forthcoming).

Paula Moya, an associate professor of English at Stanford University, is author of Learning from Experience: Minority Experience, Multicultural Struggles (2002) and co-editor of Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (2000). Her essays have appeared in Signs, Phoebe, and The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy.

José David Saldívar is the author of Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies (1997) and The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History (1991), and has co-edited a collection with Héctor Calderón titled Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology (1991) and has edited the Rolando Hinojosa Reader (1985). He teaches in both the Ethnic Studies and English Departments at University of California, Berkeley. His current research project focuses on the War of 1898 and US imperialism.

Ramón Saldívar <> holds the Hoagland Family Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His first book, Figural Language in the Novel: The Flowers of Speech from Cervantes to Joyce, is a study of the authority of meaning in the novel. His second book, Chicano Narrative: The Dialectics of Difference, is a history of the development of Chicano narrative forms. Presently, he is working on a project on Chicano modernity and transnational poetics, tentatively entitled Transnational Identities and Border Aesthetics: The Poetics of Américo Paredes.