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Thomas A. Bredehoft <> is the author of Textual Histories: Readings in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (2001) and Early English Metre (2005); his work on visual culture has included studies of medieval inscribed objects, and he has also published on the short fiction of William Gibson. His current project is a book-length manuscript titled Authors and Audiences in Old English Verse. He teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Hillary Chute <> teaches in the Department of English at Rutgers University. She has an article forthcoming on Maus in Twentieth-Century Literature, and is currently working with Art Spiegelman on his book project MetaMaus. She is also currently working on a book-length study of how contemporary graphic narratives consider the problem of representing history. An essay on E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime and Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is forthcoming in MFS.

David Coughlan <> teaches in the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He has previously contributed to the collection The Visual-Narrative Matrix (2000), while his article “The Sewers, the City, the Tower: Pynchon’s V., Fausto’s Confessions, and Yeats’s Vision” is forthcoming from Critique. He is currently working on an essay on comic book heroes and the domestic.

Marianne Dekoven <> is Professor of English at Rutgers University. She is the author of Utopia Limited: The Sixties and the Emergence of the Postmodern, Duke UP 2004, Rich and Strange: Gender, History, Modernism, Princeton UP 1991, and A Different Language: Gertrude Stein’s Experimental Writing, U of Wisconsin P, 1983. She is editor of Feminist Locations: Global and Local, Theory and Practice, Rutgers UP 2001, and of the Norton Critical Edition of Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives, 2006. She publishes and teaches in twentieth-century studies and feminist theory and criticism.

Jared Gardner <> is Associate Professor of English and Film at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature (1998) and of essays on American film, comics, and popular culture. He is currently working on a study of the relationship between film and comics from 1895 to the present.

Nathalie op de Beeck <> teaches in the Department of English at Illinois State University. Her essay, “‘The First [End Page 1028] Picture Book for Modern Children’: Mary Liddell’s Little Machinery [1926] and the Fairy Tale of Modernity,” won the 2006 Children’s Literature Association Article Award and accompanies a forthcoming reprint edition of Little Machinery (Wayne State UP). She is at work on a manuscript, Suspended Animation: American Picture Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity, 1919-1944.

Jennifer Ryan <> is an assistant professor of English at Buffalo State College. Her article “Bessie Smith: Upsetting the American Appetite” recently appeared in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. She has also published work in Feminist Teacher and in two encyclopedias on African American literature. She is now at work on a book that examines the political contexts and experimental strategies of African American feminist jazz poetics.

Art Spiegelman was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his two volumes of Maus, which was first serialized in Raw, the influential comix magazine he founded with his wife, Françoise Mouly, in 1980. From 1993 to 2003, he was a staff artist and writer at the New Yorker. His most recent book is In the Shadow of No Towers (Pantheon, 2004). He is currently working on the drawn introduction, titled “Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?*!,” to a new edition of his 1970s work, Breakdowns, as well as on the book project MetaMaus.

Theresa Tensuan <> teaches in the Department of English at Haverford College. Her article “Talking-story: Rearticulating Identity, Recasting Canons, and Rereading Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior” recently appeared in National, Communal, and Personal Voices in Asian America and the Asian Diaspora (eds. Mariano and Simal-Gonzalez). Her current project, Thrilling Adventure Stories and Naked Ladies: Comics and American Literature Run Amok, analyzes narrative and visual...


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