Dame Gillian Beer was until recently the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature and President of Clare Hall College, Cambridge. Her books include Arguing with the Past: Essays in Narrative from Woolf to Sidney (1988), Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and Nineteenth Century Fiction (1983 and 2000), Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter (1996), and Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground (1996). She is finishing a book on Lewis Carroll's works, Alice in Space, and has been publishing a series of essays on rhyming. She has been given honorary doctorates by a number of universities, including London, the Sorbonne, and Oxford.
Willard Bohn is Distinguished Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Illinois State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and has authored more than a dozen books including The Aesthetics of Visual Poetry 1914–1928 (1986), Apollinaire and the Faceless Man (1991), Apollinaire and the International Avant-Garde (1997), Modern Visual Poetry (2000), The Rise of Surrealism (2001), The Other Futurism (2004), and Marvelous Encounters: Surrealist Responses to Film, Art, Poetry, and Architecture (2005).
Myles Chilton is a Ph.D. candidate in the Committee on the History of Culture and Lecturer in the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago. His dissertation examines how contemporary literary texts register the subjective experience of globalism in global cities. His articles appear in Studies in the Literary Imagination (2007) and 49th Parallel (2003).
Tatiana Kuzmic is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she is completing her dissertation, entitled 'Adulterous Nations: Gender and National Identity [End Page v] in the European Novel'. Her research interests cover European Romanticism and Realism, with a special emphasis on the interaction of nineteenth century empires with each other through their involvement in the Balkan states.
Anne-Claire Le Reste is a tenured instructor in English at the University of Rennes (France). She is currently completing her dissertation on realism in Henry James's novels of the 'Middle Period' (1881–1890). She has contributed articles on James's The Princess Casamassima to a special issue of the Revue d'Etudes Anglophones on The Reception of Henry James in Text and Image (2005) as well as to a book on the literary (mis)use of myth, Lectures et Ecritures du Mythe, edited by Sophie Marret and Pascale Renaud-Grosbras (2006).
Krishna Manavalli is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of English at Michigan State University, East Lansing. Her research interests include nineteenth-century Orientalist scholarship on India and the formation of the indigenous Dravidian traditions in Southern India. Her dissertation-in-progress is devoted to exploring Dravidian identity politics in contemporary Indian postcolonial studies.
Richard Murphy is Professor of Comparative Literature and Film and holds the Chair in German at Sussex University, where he also founded the postgraduate programme in Film Studies. His recent work includes Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism and the Problem of Postmodernity (1999) and articles on modernism, reception aesthetics, 'Post Theory' in film studies, the avant-garde and postmodernism.
Christopher Pilling, poet, playwright and translator, was Head of French at Keswick School. His were the first complete translations of Les Amours Jaunes by Tristan Corbière, Le Cornet à Dés 1 by Max Jacob (with David Kennedy) and Plein Amour by Lucien Becker. His first play (Torquemada) won the Kate Collingwood Award and his first collection of poems (Snakes & Girls) the first New Poets Award. His other collections celebrate birds (Cross Your Legs & Wish), trees (Tree Time), Matisse (In the Pink) and other artists (The Lobster Can Wait).
Guest editor Elinor Shaffer, FBA, is a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, [End Page vi] and Director of the Research Project The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe, which has published thirteen volumes to date, the most recent being The Reception...