Els Andringa teaches literary theory at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her current fields of research are the empirical study of reading and historical reception. Her work on the latter includes: Wandel der Interpretation: Kafkas 'Vor dem Gesetz' im Spiegel der Literaturwissenschaft (1994).
Gerald Bär studied at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, and Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, where he received his PhD and is currently Assistant Professor. Publications include: Das Motiv des Doppelgängers als Spaltungsphantasie in der Literatur und im deutschen Stummfilm (2005), 'Ossian in Portugal' (in The Reception of Ossian in Europe, 2004), 'Goethe und Ossian (als bürgerliche Utopie betrachtet)' (in Electivas. Colóquio dos 250 anos do nascimento de J. W. Goethe, 2001).
Neil Cornwell is (Research) Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of Bristol. His book The absurd in literature is published by Manchester University Press (August 2006). His other books include The Literary Fantastic (1990), of which a reprint is in progress, James Joyce and the Russians (1992), and Vladimir Nabokov ('Writers and Their Work', 1999). He has also edited Reference Guide to Russian Literature (1998) and The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature (2001), as well as being an editor of 'The Literary Encyclopedia' (www.litencyc.com).
Sibylle Erle completed her dissertation 'From Face Values to Inner Visions: Blake and Lavater's Perception of Body and Soul' in 2004. She teaches part-time and holds the position of Visiting Junior Research Fellow at the Centre of Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Queen [End Page v] Mary College, University of London. She is currently completing a study of Blake, Lavater and Physiognomy.
Peter France is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Edinburgh and a former president of the BCLA. He has published many critical studies on French and Russian literature and translations of Russian poetry. He is the editor of the New Oxford Companion to Literature in French and the Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation, and is currently (with Stuart Gillespie) General Editor of the Oxford History of Literary Translation in English.
Daniel Fried, a 2003 Harvard Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, is currently Associate Professor of English at National Central University, Taiwan. His work, on the history of literary criticism in Europe and China, has been accepted to such journals as Review of English Studies, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, and Reviews, and Comparative Literature, among others. He is currently finishing a book project on the disparate social contexts of allegoresis.
Andrew Gibson is Research Professor in Modern Literature and Theory in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. His recent books include Joyce's Revenge: History, Politics and Aesthetics in »Ulysses« (2002) and James Joyce: A Critical Life (2006). His Beckett and Badiou: The Pathos of Intermittency will appear later in 2006, as will Joyce, Ireland and Britain, a collection of essays edited with Len Platt.
Marta Goldmann graduated from Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem University, Budapest, in Hungarian and English literature and linguistics and teaches Modern English literature at the Berzsenyi Daniel College in Szombathely. Following further postdoc research on Joyce at the James Joyce Centre of the University of Antwerp in 2003–2004 her dissertation was published in 2005 under the title James Joyce kritikai fogadtatása Magyarországon (James Joyce's Critical Reception in Hungary).
Rüdiger Görner is Professor of German at Queen Mary, University of London, and Founding Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Director of The Institute of Germanic Studies and founded [End Page vi] the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature. Recent book publications include: Nietzsches Kunst. Annäherung an einen Denkartisten (2000), Literarische Betrachtungen zur Musik (2001), Grenzen, Schwellen, Übergänge. Zur Poetik des Transitorischen (2001), Londoner Fragmente. Eine Metropole im Wort (2003), Rainer Maria Rilke. Im Herzwerk der Sprache (2004), Thomas Mann – Der Zauber des Letzten (2005). As a literary critic he writes for Die Zeit, FAZ, Tagesspiegel, Die...