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Michel Chaouli teaches German and European literature and philosophy, mainly from the eighteenth century to the present, at Indiana University Bloomington, where he directs the Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities. He is the author of The Laboratory of Poetry: Chemistry and Poetics in the Work of Friedrich Schlegel (2002; German translation 2004) as well as of essays on literature, media theory, and aesthetic theory from 1600 till 2000. The essay published here is part of a study he is completing entitled Thinking with Kant’s Critique of Judgment.

Yu-yu Cheng is currently a distinguished professor in the Department of Chinese Literature at National Taiwan University, and acts as a convenor for Chinese Studies of the National Science Council in Taiwan. Dr. Cheng has published numerous books, including “Literary Ch’i” in Six Dynasties Literary Theory; The Situation Aesthetics in Six Dynasties; Gender and Nation—Discourses of Encountering Sorrow in Han and Chin Rhapsodies; and The Poet in Text and Landscape: Mutual Definition of Self and Landscape which has been awarded the Outstanding Book Award by National Taiwan University. [End Page 291]

Lance Duerfahrd is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, where he teaches film and photographic study. He is the author of The Work of Poverty: Samuel Beckett’s Vagabonds and the Theater of Crisis (Ohio State University Press, 2013). His recent publications include articles on the BP oil spill-cam video (“A Scale that Exceeds Us” in Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies) and 3-D pornography (“For Your Glasses Only: The Stewardesses and Sex in Three Dimensions” in PUBLIC journal). Currently he is working on a book about the educational power of bad movies and has been a featured guest on NPR, Chicago Public Radio, CBC Radio, the Chicago Tribune and to discuss his research on this topic.

Lisa Myōbun Freinkel is Head of the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Oregon, and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her publications include Reading Shakespeare’s Will: The Theology of Figure from Augustine to the Sonnets (Columbia, 2002), and articles on topics ranging from fetishism to usury, to early modern encounters with Buddhist Asia, and addressing authors as diverse as Shakespeare, Dante, Luther, Immanuel Kant and the 13th-century Japanese monk, Dogen Zenji. A lay-ordained Zen Buddhist, she also teaches meditation in prison, university and hospital environments. Her current book project, “Hamlet’s Three Great Mistakes and One Luminous Truth: Zen and the Art of Shakespeare in the Digital Age,” explores the project of selfhood in Hamlet through and against the “three marks of existence” in Buddhist thought: suffering, impermanence, and no-self.

Eli Friedlander is professor of philosophy at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches and writes on aesthetics, early analytic philosophy (especially Wittgenstein) and the philosophy of Kant. He is the author of Signs of Sense: Reading Wittgenstein’s Tractatus (Harvard University Press, 2000), J.J. Rousseau: An Afterlife of Words (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait (Harvard University Press, 2012) [End Page 292]

Sharareh Frouzesh is finishing up her Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. Her disciplinary focus is modern Iranian literature, critical theory, and feminist studies. Her dissertation, “The Use and Abuse of Guilt,” is an interdisciplinary engagement with various political invocations of the notion of guilt and how it has been applied as a justification for technologies of control.

Werner Hamacher is chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Emmanuel Levinas Professor at the European Graduate School. He has taught in the Humanities Center and the German Department of the Johns Hopkins University and, as Global Distinguished Professor, at New York University. His books include pleroma—Reading in Hegel and Premises: Essays on Philosophy and Literature from Kant to Celan. He is editor of the series Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics at Stanford University Press.

Daniel Heller-Roazen is the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent books are The Fifth Hammer: Pythagoras and the Disharmony of the World (2011); The Enemy of All...


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