Dr. Frida Beckman is a Researcher at the Department of English at Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research focuses on topics such as sexuality, temporality, and history explored through literature, film, television, and philosophy. Recent publications include the monograph Between Desire and Pleasure: A Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality (Edinburgh UP 2013), her edited collection Deleuze and Sex (Edinburgh UP 2011), and “Chronopolitics: Space, Time and Revolution in the Later Novels of J.G. Ballard” (Symploke 2014).
Marco Caracciolo is a post-doctoral researcher at the Arts, Culture, and Media department of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He has been visiting scholar at the Ohio State University (Project Narrative) and at the University of Hamburg (Interdisciplinary Center for Narratology). He is mainly interested in cognitive approaches to literature and in literary aesthetics. His work has been published in journals such as Poetics Today, Storyworlds, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, and Partial Answers. His current project is a book-length study focusing on how literary texts figure the quality or texture of conscious experience.
James J. Donahue is an Associate Professor at SUNY Potsdam, where he teaches courses on American literature, ethnic American literatures, and literary theory. His book Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights (co-edited with Derek C. Maus) will be available in July 2014 from the University Press of Mississippi. He is currently working on an edited collection (with Jennifer Ho and Shaun Morgan) entitled Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the Americas. [End Page 157]
Ming Dong Gu is visiting professor of art theory at Southeast University in China and professor of Chinese and comparative literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has authored three books, Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing (SUNY Press 2006), Chinese Theories of Fiction (SUNY Press 2007), and The Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies (in Chinese), and published numerous articles in journals including New Literary History, Diacritics, Poetics Today, Narrative, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy East & West, Literature and Psychology, D. H. Lawrence Review, Translation Review, Journal of Oriental Studies, Chinese Literature, and Modern Language Quarterly.
Greta Olson is Professor of American and English literary and cultural studies at the University of Giessen and a general editor of the European Journal of English Studies. The author of Reading Eating Disorders (Peter Lang 2003) and Criminals as Animals from Shakespeare to Lombroso (Walter De Gruyter 2013), Olson has also edited Current Trends in Narratology (De Gruyter 2011) and 9/11—Ten Years After (2011). With Ansgar Nünning, she has co-edited New Theories, Models and Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies (2013); with Birte Christ, Obama and the Paradigm Shift—Measuring Change (Universitätsverlag Winter 2012); with Monika Fludernik, In the Grip of the Law (Peter Lang 2004); and with Martin Kayman, a special issue of EJES on law, literature, and language (2007). Her research interests include law and literature/culture, cultural politics, transmedial narratology, animal studies, and feminist and gender studies. [End Page 158]