Chris Bongie is Professor of English at Queen's University (Canada). His books include Islands and Exiles: The Creole Identities of Post/Colonial Literature (Stanford UP, 1998) and a translation/critical edition of Victor Hugo's 1826 novel about the Haitian Revolution, Bug-Jargal (Broadview Press, 2004).
Helen M. Buss is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Calgary. Her recent books include Memoirs From Away: A New Found Land Girlhood (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 1999), Repossessing the World: Reading Memoirs by Contemporary Women (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2003), and with Judith Hudson Beattie, Undelivered Letters to Hudson's Bay Company Men on the North West Coast of America 1830-57 (U of British Columbia P, 2003).
Peter Dickinson is Assistant Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches courses in modern drama, comparative Canadian literature, gender studies, and film studies. He is the author of Here is Queer: Nationalisms, Sexualities, and the Literatures of Canada (U of Toronto P, 1999), and editor of Literatures, Cinemas, Cultures (ECW, 2002).
Ann Hartle teaches philosophy at Emory University. She is the author of Michel de Montaigne: Accidental Philosopher (Cambridge UP, 2003).
Jonathan D. Hill is Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Editor of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. He has done research on shamanic and other ritual practices in the Rio Negro region of Venezuela, and is author of Keepers of the Sacred Chants: The Poetics of Ritual Power in an Amazonian Society (U of Arizona P, 1993).
Heidi Kolk is Head of the Writing 1 Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American travel writing and culture and American culture studies. In Spring 2005, she was a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow at the Winterthur Library.
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Professor of English at Westmont College, specializes in medical humanities and environmental studies. A contributing editor to Literature and Medicine, and Board Member of the Center for Medicine, Humanities, and Law at the University of California at Berkeley, her publications include coediting Approaches to Teaching Literature and Medicine (MLA, 1999). [End Page 514]