Shawn Alfrey received her Ph.D. in 1995 from Brandeis University, where she worked on Dickinson and other American poets. Her publications include articles in Sagetrieb and The Massachusetts Review. In Spring 1999, her book, The Sublime of Intense Sociability: Emily Dickinson, H.D., and Gertrude Stein, will be published by Bucknell University Press. She teaches part-time for the English Department at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Beth Maclay Doriani is the author of Emily Dickinson, Daughter of Prophecy (1996) as well as essays on women writers in American Quarterly, Early American Literature, and The Emily Dickinson Journal. Her current project is “The Novel of Social Protest: Women Writers, Social Criticism, and the Rhetoric of Dissent,” for which she was funded a year-long sabbatical (in 1997–98) by the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program. She currently serves as Academic Dean at Malone College (Ohio).
Páraic Finnerty is a PhD student at the University of Kent, at Canterbuty. He has an MA in Modern English and American Literature from University College Dublin. He is presently completing a research project that aims to historicize the response of Dickinson to Shakespeare.
Cynthia Hogue has published two collections of poetry and a critical book on American women’s poetry entitled Scheming Women: Poetry, Privilege, and the Politics of Subjectivity. A third collection, The Never Wife, has been a finalist in the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is working on a fourth collection entitled The Incognito Body. She directs the Stadler Center for Poetry and teaches English at Bucknell University.
Marianne Noble teaches at American University in Washington DC. She has published articles on masochism in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Wide, Wide World and Dickinson’s poetry, and on sentimentalism in The House of the Seven Gables. Her book, The Masochistic Pleasures of the Sentimental Voice, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.
Robert Mcclure Smith is Assistant Professor of English at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He is the author of The Seductions of Emily Dickinson (University of Alabama Press, 1996). His current project is a study of masochism and its relation to revisionary intertextuality.
Barton Levi St.armand, Professor of American Civilization and English Literature at Brown University, is author of Emily Dickinson and her Culture: The Soul’s Society (Cambridge, 1984). He is currently working on a book entitled Haunts of Nature: American Literature and the Ecological Spirit from Bradstreet to Burroughs. Besides courses on American Literature and the Environment, he teaches seminars on the interdisciplinary connections between American Literature and Painting.
Daneen Wardrop, Associate Professor of American literature at Western Michigan University, is the author of Emily Dickinson’s Gothic: Goblin with a Gauge, from the University of Iowa Press (1996). She has contributed articles to The Emily Dickinson Journal, ATQ, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and others. Currently she is working on a manuscript concerning the feminine poetics of Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson.