Václav Paris is doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania where he is finishing his dissertation on evolution and the modern epic. His interests include poetry and poetics, gender and sexuality, and disability studies.
John Beckman is Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy. His publications include a novel, The Winter Zoo, and the forthcoming cultural history, American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt.
Michelle Kohler is Assistant Professor of English at Tulane University. Her essays have appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Emily Dickinson Journal, American Literary Realism, and Chaucer Review, and her book, Miles of Stare, is forthcoming in 2014.
Sydney Bufkin is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation examines the reception of several turn-of-the-century purpose novels, and her work on W. E. B. Du Bois appears in Journal of Modern Literature.
Stephen Knadler is Professor of English at Spelman College. He is author of The Fugitive Race: Minority Writers Resisting Whiteness and Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in African American Literature. His current project is entitled Sanitary Citizenships.
Aidan Thompson teaches American Literature and writing at SUNY, Albany. Her current book project explores the nexus between aesthetics and gender in Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy and Laura (Riding) Jackson.
Aaron Derosa is Assistant Professor of 20th/21st-century American Literature at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. His work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and edited collections. His book project traces nuclear resonances in post-9/11 American culture. [End Page 185]