Thomas O. Beebee was born in Santa Monica, California, in 1955. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He taught German at Bowdoin College from 1984 to 1986, when he joined the faculty at Penn State. He became Associate Professor in 1991, and Professor of Comparative Literature & German in 2000. He specializes in European literature of the early modern period, criticism and theory, epistolarity, translation studies, and law and literature. His publications include the books Clarissa on the Continent, The Ideology of Genre, and Epistolary Fiction in Europe, and True Imaginary Places: Landscapes of Nation in Modern European and American Fiction. In addition he has written articles such as “Orientalism, Absence and the Poñme en Prose,” “Bob Dylan: Balladeer of The Apocalypse,” and “Letters of the Law: Rhetoric and Fiction in The Artes Dictaminis.”
Heide Crawford is Assistant Professor of German Literature at the University of Kansas, where she specializes in literature from the Age of Goethe. Her research focuses on the representation of the occult sciences in the literature of this period, the development of German horror literature in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the origin of the vampire in German literature. Recent publications include an article on the origins of the vampire in German literature and a chapter on Goethe’s occult scientific visualization in his poem “Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen” in The Enlightened Eye: Goethe and Visual Culture (2007), edited by Evelyn K. Moore and Patricia Anne Simpson. Current research includes articles on Schiller’s novel, Der Geisterseher, Goethe’s poem, “Die Braut von Korinth,” and a book manuscript on the development of Gothic literature in Germany with the tentative title, Aesthetics of Horror: The Development of German Gothic Literature in Germany.
Rory Finnin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. [End Page 533] He is currently writing his dissertation, which is a comparative study of literary allusions to the deportation and displacement of the Crimean Tatars in Russian, Ukrainian, and Turkish literatures.
John Fletcher, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in French at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England, is the author of critical studies of Gustave Flaubert, Samuel Beckett, Claude Simon, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Harold Pinter, Iris Murdoch, and Anthony Burgess, and has written widely on cinema, especially the work of Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, and François Truffaut.
Chris GoGwilt is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University. The author of The Invention of the West: Joseph Conrad and the Double-Mapping of Europe and Empire (Stanford University Press, 1995) and The Fiction of Geopolitics: Afterimages of Culture from Wilkie Collins to Alfred Hitchcock (Stanford University Press, 2000), he has published essays in Art Margins, Conradiana, Cultural Critique, Joseph Conrad Today, Modernism/modernity, Mosaic, New German Critique, Victorian Studies, Western Humanities Review, and The Yale Journal of Criticism. “The Vanishing Genre of the Nyai Narrative” is part of a larger study examining the interrelation between English, Creole, and Indonesian literary modernisms, other parts of which have appeared as book chapters in Geographies of Modernism (eds. Brooker and Thacker, 2005) and Conrad in the Twenty-First Century (eds. Kaplan, Mallios, and White, 2005).
Maria Helena Rueda is currently Assistant Professor of Modern Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Smith College. Her research focuses on the representation of violence in Latin American film and literature. She has published several articles on that subject, and in other aspects of Latin American culture, particularly with regards to issues of transnationalism in cultural representations. Originally from Colombia, she taught Latin American film and literature at Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Stanford University.
Suddhaseel Sen is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto. He is working on operatic and film adaptations of Shakespeare. His academic interests include European Romanticism, postcolonial literature, and musical and cinematic adaptations of literary works. He has published [End Page 534] on...