Richard A. Barney is Associate Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of Plots of Enlightenment: Education and the Novel in 18th-Century England (Stanford, 1999), as well as publications on biopolitics, critical theory, fiction, and film. He has most recently published an essay titled “The Splenetic Sublime” (2010) and co-edited a special journal issue called Rhetorics of Plague, Early and Late (2011), which examines the material and symbolic refurbishing of biomedical catastrophe from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. The essay in this volume is part of a book project in progress currently entitled “Sublimations: Aesthetics, Medicine, and Politics in 18th-Century Britain.”
David A. Brewer is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University. He is the author of The Afterlife of Character, 1726–1825 (Pennsylvania, 2005) and the editor of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals and George Colman the Elder’s Polly Honeycombe (Broadview, 2012). He is currently working on the uses to which authorial names were put in the eighteenth-century Anglophone world.
Noelle Chao has published articles on John Gay, Frances Burney, and Ann Radcliffe. Currently, she is working on a study that examines the relationship between musical writing and the eighteenth-century novel. She co-edited, with Anne K. Mellor, the Longman Cultural Edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” and “The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria” (2006).
Al Coppola is Assistant Professor of English at John Jay College, City University of New York, and the Chair of the Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture. His current book project, “The Theater of Experiment: Staging Natural Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” explores the role of spectacle in the production of natural facts, as well as the ways in which science was itself performed in both domestic and theatrical spaces.
Kristin M. Girten is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Her current manuscript explores foundations of ecological thought in British literature from 1660 to 1815. She has also written articles on Eliza Haywood’s Female Spectator and Jonathan Swift’s “Voyage to Brobdingnag.” [End Page 295]
Crystal B. Lake completed her Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of Missouri. She currently works as an assistant professor in the Department of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Her book project is on representations of artifacts in the long eighteenth century; articles on Sarah Scott, Horace Walpole, and William Wordsworth are published or forthcoming.
Ruth Mack is Associate Professor of English at The State University of New York, Buffalo, and the author of Literary Historicity: Literature and Historical Experience in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Stanford, 2009). She is writing a book on the prehistory of the culture concept.
Julie Park is Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College. She is the author of The Self and It: Novel Objects in Eighteenth-Century England (Stanford, 2010), as well as the guest editor for The Drift of Fiction: Reconsidering the Eighteenth-Century Novel (2011), a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. She is working on a book project called “Dark Rooms and Moving Objects: Mediating Interior Life in Eighteenth-Century England” on the relationship between domestic interiors, interiority, and the history of the novel.
Manushag N. Powell is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Purdue University. She is the author of Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals (Bucknell, 2012), as well as essays on periodical studies, Samuel Johnson, Eliza Haywood, and synesthetic spectation in The Spectator.
Rivka Swenson is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her book project examines narrative form and the aesthetic politics of Unionism during the formation of Great Britain from 1603 to 1822. She has published articles on Tobias Smollett, Jane Barker, Susanna Centlivre, and optics and the gaze in Eliza Haywood’s Anti-Pamela, and is co-editing, with John Richetti, The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe for Broadview Press.
Helen Thompson, Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University, completed her undergraduate degree in English and chemistry. Her first book was titled Ingenuous Subjection: Compliance and Power in...