Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the departments of rhetoric and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (1987), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" (1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (1997), Excitable Speech (1997), Antigone's Claim: Kinship between Life and Death (2000), and coauthor, with Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Žižek, of Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left (2000). In 2004 she published a collection of writings on war's impact on language and thought titled Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning. That same year, The Judith Butler Reader appeared, edited by Sara Salih. A collection of her essays on gender and sexuality, Undoing Gender, appeared in 2004 as well. Her most recent book, Giving an Account of Oneself (2005), considers the relation between critique and ethical reflection. She is working on essays about Jewish philosophy, focusing on pre-Zionist criticisms of state violence.
Diane Griffin Crowder is professor of French and women's studies at Cornell College (Iowa), where she cofounded an LGBT student group in 1978 and the women's studies program in 1984. Active in feminist and lesbian scholarship, she has presented numerous papers and has published articles on feminist semiotics, utopian fiction, French feminist and lesbian theory, and queer theory. She became interested in Monique Wittig while in graduate school and has written extensively on her works, her theory, and her influence upon the lesbian and feminist movements. Crowder is also an accomplished weaver and has participated in many art shows in Iowa City and Mount Vernon, where she lives with her long-time partner and three cats. [End Page 605]
Brad Epps is professor and chair of the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and professor of Romance languages and literatures at Harvard University. He has published over seventy articles on modern literature, film, art, architecture, and immigration from Spain, Latin America, Catalonia, and France and is the author of Significant Violence: Oppression and Resistance in the Narratives of Juan Goytisolo, 1970–1990 (1996); Spain beyond Spain: Modernity, Literary History, and National Identity (with Luis Fernández Cifuentes, 2005), Passing Lines: Sexuality and Immigration (with Keja Valens and Bill Johnson González, 2005); and All about Almodóvar: A Passion for Cinema (with Despina Kakoudaki, forthcoming). He is preparing three books: The Ethics of Promiscuity, on gay and lesbian issues in Latin America and Spain; Barcelona and Beyond, on the transformations of the Catalan capital; and Tránsitos corporales: Sexualidad y cultura en el Cono Sur (with Carmen Berenguer, Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, and Raquel Olea), on feminism and alternative sexualities in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Alice Jardine is professor of Romance languages and literatures and of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Harvard University. She is best known for her Gynesis: Configurations of Woman and Modernity (1985) and for her coedited volumes The Future of Difference (1980), Men in Feminism (1987), Shifting Scenes: Interviews on Women, Writing, and Politics in Post-68 France (1991), and, most recently, Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan (2007). "The Game Show," a chapter from her novel Booming, recently appeared in Women's Studies Quarterly 33, nos. 3–4 (2006).
Mark D. Jordan is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion at Emory University. His recent books include Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage (2005). [End Page 606]
Jonathan Katz is the 2006–7 Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. He was the founding director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University and the founding chair of the Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies at City College of San Francisco, the first department of lesbian and gay studies in the United States. He...