Wilda Anderson is Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Between the Library and the Laboratory: The Language of Chemistry in Eighteenth-Century France (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984), and Diderot’s Dream (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990).
Victoria I. Burke is a 1996 graduate of the Ph.D. program in philosophy at the University of Toronto, where she wrote a dissertation on Hegel and Heidegger. Her research concerns twentieth-century European reactions to and appropriations of Hegelian thought. Her article “Antigone’s Transgression: Hegel and Bataille on the Divine and the Human” is forthcoming (Fall 1999) in Dialogue (the journal of the Canadian Philosophical Association). She is a lecturer at University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Gilbert D. Chaitin is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has published books and articles on French fiction, narrative theory, psychoanalysis and cultural theory, including Rhetoric and Culture in Lacan (Cambridge University Press, 1996). In 1999–2000 he will be at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, working on his current research project, “Fictions of Universal Education in the French Third Republic,” which deals with the interface between narrative, politics and cultural theory.
Roger Chartier holds the post of directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. His recent publications include Culture écrite et société: L’Ordre des Livres, XIVe-XVIIe siècles (Paris: Albin Michel, 1966); Le Livre en révolutions: Entretiens avec Jean Le Brun (Paris: Editions Textuel, 1997); and Au bord de la falaise: L’Histoire entre certitude et inquiétude (Paris: Albin Michel, 1998).
Pierre-Antoine Fabre holds the title of maître de conférences at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is the author of Ignace de Loyola: Le Lieu de l’image (Paris: Vrin, 1992) along with about thirty articles devoted to various political, aesthetic, and theological aspects of the phenomenon of the founding of religious orders in the modern era. He is currently preparing a critical edition of the manuscript of Ignatius of Loyola’s Journal des motions intérieures and a work on the Jesuit writer Louis Richeome (1544–1625).
Jean M. Goulemot, a specialist in eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history, is a member of the Institut universitaire de France and holds the title of Professeur émérite des universités. His works written in collaboration include L’Histoire de la vie privée, L’Histoire de l’édition française, and L’Histoire des bibliothèques. Along with a large number of articles in such journals as Le Débat, Yale French Studies, and Critique, his most recent publications include Le Règne de l’histoire: Discours historiques et révolutions, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle (Paris: Albin Michel, 1996), and a two-volume work written with Paul Lidsky and Didier Masseau on Le Voyage en France: Anthologie des voyageurs européens en France (Paris: R. Laffont, Collection “Bouquins,” 1992–1995).
Carla Hesse is Professor of European History at the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of Publishing and Cultural Politics in Revolutionary Paris, 1789–1810 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991). She is also co-chair of the editorial board of Representations. She is currently working on the Terror.
Julia Simms Holderness is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Michigan State University. Her thesis (Johns Hopkins University, 1999) examined Christine de Pizan’s notion of memory as a medium through which to gain critical distance from experience and ultimately consolation. Her article “Les ‘coquilles’ de Christine: Des dédoublements délibérés?” is forthcoming in a collection of Christine studies edited by Eric Hicks for Éditions Slatkine-Champion. Her current research focuses on the role of ethics in late medie-val poetry and on the cultural significance of medieval consolation literature.
Nancy F. Partner is Associate Professor of History at McGill University, specializing in Medieval history, historiography, and critical theory. She is the author of Serious Entertainments: The Writing of History in Twelfth-Century England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977...