Marco Caracciolo is a postdoctoral researcher in the English Department of the University of Freiburg (Germany). He is mainly interested in phenomenological approaches to literature and cognitive narrative theory. He is the author of The Experientiality of Narrative: An Enactivist Approach (2014) and, with psychologist Russell Hurlburt, A Passion for Specificity: Confronting Inner Experience in Literature and Science (2016).
Winfried Fluck is Professor Emeritus of American Culture at the Free University of Berlin. He is a founding member and former director of the graduate school for North American Studies at the university and co-director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College. His most recent books are Romance with America? Essays on Culture, Literature, and American Studies (2009), Towards a Post-Exceptionalist American Studies, ed. with Donald Pease (2014), and American Studies Today: New Research Agendas, ed. with E. Redling, S. Sielke, and H. Zapf (2014).
John Frow is Professor of English at the University of Sydney and the author, most recently, of The Practice of Value (2013), Character and Person (2014), and the second, revised edition of Genre (2015). This essay is part of a longer project on institutions of interpretation and valuation.
Aaron R. Hanlon is Assistant Professor of English at Colby College. His book project, The Politics of Quixotism, is a study of Don Quixote’s contributions to political theory, particularly to British and American exceptionalisms in the long eighteenth century. His latest work focuses on epistemological rhetoric in England, 1600-1800.
Tania Modleski is Florence R. Scott Professor of English at the University of Southern California. She is the author of, among other works, The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory, which has just been published in a third edition by Routledge.
Benjamin Morgan is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature (forthcoming). His essays have appeared in Victorian Studies, ELH, and American Literary History. [End Page 209]
Shital Pravinchandra is Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London. She is currently working on a book entitled Same Difference: Postcolonial Studies in the Age of Life Science.
At the time of his death in 2007, Richard Rorty was Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His books include Philosophy and The Mirror of Nature (1979); Consequences of Pragmatism (1982); Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (1989); Achieving our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America (1998); Philosophy and Social Hope (1999); and many others.
Daniel Yacavone is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, where he has also served as acting director of the postgraduate program in Film Studies. He is the author of Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema (2014) and is currently writing a monograph on the theory and practice of self-reflexivity in modern and contemporary cinema. [End Page 210]