Sabir Badalkhan, PhD in Folklore, teaches in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Naples, l’Orientale. He has also taught folklore classes as a visiting professor at Ohio State University. His research interests include oral tradition in Balochistan (both in Pakistan and Iran) and itinerary musicians, singers, and storytellers in Southwest Asia.
Stephen Benson is a lecturer in the Department of English at Brunel University (UK). His first book, Cycles of Influence: Fiction, Folktale, Theory has been selected by Choice as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2003. He is currently working on a book-length study of contemporary literature and music, to be published by Ashgate. Recent work on narrative fiction and the folktale has included readings of operatic settings of Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Robert Walser’s Schneewitchen.
Nancy Canepa is associate professor of French and Italian at Dartmouth College. Her publications include Out of the Woods: The Origins of the Literary Fairy Tale in Italy and France (1997), From Court to Forest: Giambattista Basile’s “Lo cunto de li cunti” and the Birth of the Literary Fairy Tale (1999); The Adventures of Pinocchio: Story of a Puppet (2002); and a translation of Basile’s Lo cunto de li cunti (forthcoming 2005). Her research and teaching interests lie in the fields of early modern Italian literature and culture, particularly the Baroque, fairy-tale studies, popular culture, and dialect literature.
Clizia Carminati holds a doctorate in Italian Literature from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and is currently a Fellow in Literature at Villa I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. As a textual editor and critic, she has focused on sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century [End Page 340] European literature and culture. She contributes essays and reviews to journals such as Studi secenteschi, La Rassegna della letteratura italiana, and Aprosiana; and she is on the editorial board of Contemporanea: Studi sulla letteratura e sulla comunicazione. She is completing a book manuscript on European narrative during the 1500s and 1600s.
Aboubakr Chraïbi is Maître de Conférences in Medieval Arabic Literature at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, France. He works on The Thousand and One Nights and on narratology. He has published a monograph Contes nouveaux des Mille et une Nuits (1996), an essay “Les à-côtés du récit ou l’enchâssement à l’orientale” (in Poétique, 1999), and a web site on the Nights at <http://www.univ-tours.fr/arabe>.
Hasan El-Shamy is professor of Folklore, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and African Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He specializes in psychosocial processes in folklore. His publications include: Brother and Sister. Type 872*: A Cognitive Behavioristic Text Analysis of a Middle Eastern Oikotype (1979); Folktales of Egypt (1980); Folk Traditions of the Arab World: A Guide to Motif Classification (1995); Tales Arab Women Tell (1999), and Types of the Folktale in the Arab World (2004). He has also edited Maspero’s Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt (2002).
Susanne Enderwitz is a professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany. Her research covers Arabic literature both in its classical (religious literature, adab, poetry) and modern (novel, autobiography) genres. Her publications include Liebe als Beruf: Al-‘Abbâs b. al-Ahnaf (gest. um 807) und das Gazal (1995); Shaitan/Iblis: Der Teufel als Figur der islamischen Kulturgeschichte (2001); Unsere Situation schuf unsere Erinnerungen: Palästinensische Autobiographien zwischen 1967 und 2000 (2002); Palestinian Autobiographies: A Source for Women’s History? (2002); and Essen, Kultur und Identität: Eine arabische Perspektive (2003).
Geert Jan van Gelder is Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford, England. He has published numerous studies on classical Arabic literature, including Beyond the Line (1982, on medieval Arabic poetics), The Bad and the Ugly (1988, on Arabic invective poetry), and Of Dishes and Discourse (2000, on the theme of food in Arabic literature). He is executive editor of Middle Eastern Literatures.
Heinz Grotzfeld is professor emeritus of Semitic Philology and Islamic Studies at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany. He has [End Page 341...