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Ira Allen is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University of Beirut. His research focuses on rhetorical theory, pragmatism, and constitution-writing, and he translates continental philosophy and theory.

Carla Calargé is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL). She specializes in the Francophone novel of the Arab World and is particularly interested in examining the various ways in which Francophone writers have expressed their opposition to the rise of religious radicalism in the Middle East and North Africa. She has published several articles on French and Francophone literature and cinema. She has also co-edited a special issue of the Cincinnati Romance Review on the work of Assia Djebar (2011) as well as a book on Haiti entitled Haiti and the Americas: Histories, Cultures, Imaginations (2013). Currently, Dr. Calargé is serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Conseil International d’Études Francophones (

Roxanna Curto (Ph.D. Yale 2008) is Assistant Professor of French and Spanish at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on representations of technology and sports in French, Francophone and Latin American literature.

Jocelyn Holland is Associate Professor of German at UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests include literature and the history of science in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and her current project is on the mechanical lever as a figure of thought.

Kevin Kopelson is Professor of English at The University of Iowa. He once wrote – but then nearly completely destroyed – a novel called Finishing Proust.

Edgar Landgraf is Professor of German at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Recent publications include Improvisation as Art. Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives (Continuum 2011; paperback Bloomsbury 2014) as well as articles on Moritz, Goethe, Kant, German Romanticism, Kleist, Nietzsche, DeLillo, and Luhmann. His current project reexamines the physiological bases of Nietzsche’s epistemology, his theory of the will, and his ethics in the light of current debates on posthumanism. [End Page 181]

Jean-Philippe Mathy is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois. His publications include Extrême-Occident. French Intellectuals and America (1993), French Resistance. The French-American Culture Wars (2000), and Melancholy Politics. Loss, Mourning, and Memory in Late Modern France (2011). He is currently writing a book on 9/11 and its afterlives in France.

Anthony Purdy is Professor of French Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where he also teaches in the graduate programs in Comparative Literature, Visual Arts, and the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism. His recent research focuses on memory, archaeology, and the archive. A new book close to completion, Time’s Shipwreck: Narrative, Material Memory, and the Archaeological Imagination, is a study of the presence of the past in contemporary art and literature.

Antti Salminen is a free researcher and writer. He is adjunct professor (specializing in philosophy of literature) at the University of Tampere, and editor of the philosophical journal, niin & näin.

Monika Tokarzewska is Associate Professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun (Poland). Her current research project is on cosmological metaphors in German philosophy and literature around 1800.

Raji Vallury is Associate Professor of French at the University of New Mexico. Her teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century French literature, the North African novel of French expression, critical theory, and post-colonial studies. She is the author of Surfacing the Politics of Desire: Literature, Feminism, and Myth (University of Toronto Press, 2008). Her articles on the politics of post-colonial fiction have appeared in edited volumes with Duke University Press, Les Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Harmattan, and the journals International Journal of Francophone Studies, French Forum, and Novel. She is currently writing a book on the politics of national allegory in the Algerian novel.

Leif Weatherby is Assistant Professor of German at New York University. His research focuses on Romanticism, Idealism, the history of science, and Marxism. [End Page 182]