Paul Alpers is Class of 1942 Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California—Berkeley, and Professor-in-Residence at Smith College. He is the author of The Poetry of “The Faerie Queene” (1967), The Singer of the Eclogues (1979), and What Is Pastoral? (1996).
Robert Doran is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Middlebury College. He is the editor of a forthcoming volume of essays by René Girard: Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953–2005. He is also the editor of a special issue of SubStance entitled “Cultural Theory after 9/11: Terror, Religion, Politics.” His current book project is called The Sublime: Aesthetics as Cultural Criticism.
Robert R. Edwards is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Chaucer and Boccaccio: Antiquity and Modernity (2002) and The Dream of Chaucer: Representation and Reflection in Chaucer’s Early Narrative (1989) and of books on the poetics of medieval lyric and narrative (1989) and drama (1977). He has edited John Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes (2001) and Troy Book (1998) and the poetry of Guido Guinizelli (1987). His latest book is The Flight from Desire: Augustine and Ovid to Chaucer (2006).
Daniel Just is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex and a Co-Director of the New York University Summer Program in Prague. He has published several articles on post-World War II literature and literary theory and is currently working on a book manuscript about narrative minimalism.
Günter Leypoldt is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Mainz, Germany. He has published on literary transcendentalism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century aesthetics, twentieth-century literary and cultural theory, and 1980s neorealist fiction.
Slavica Ranković is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen. She is the author of several articles on the sagas of Icelanders and Serbian epic, and her recent work explores the relevance of connectionist and evolutionary accounts of creativity to poetics and aesthetics of traditional literature. She is currently working on a book entitled Between the Genius of the People and a Genius Among the People: The Aesthetics of Distributed Authorship in Oral and Orally Derived Verbal Art.
Ulf Schulenberg is Adjunct Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Vechta, Germany. He is the author of Zwischen Realismus und Avantgarde: Drei Paradigmen für die Aporien des Entweder-Oder (2000) and Lovers and Knowers: Moments of the American Cultural Left (forthcoming). He is also coeditor of Americanization-Globalization-Education (2003). He is currently working on a book entitled Pragmatist Redescriptions: Contingency, Race, and the Idea of a Poeticized Culture.
David Sidorsky is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. His previous essays in New Literary History are “Modernism and the Emancipation of Literature from Morality: Teleology and Vocation in Joyce, Ford, and Proust” (1983) and “The Historical Novel as the Denial of History: From ‘Nestor’ via the ‘Vico Road’ to the Commodius Vicus of Recirculation” (2001).