Gerald L. Bruns is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Literature at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent book is On the Anarchy of Poetry and Philosophy: A Guide for the Unruly (2006).
Vera J. Camden is Professor of English at Kent State University, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. She is coeditor of the journal, American Imago. Most recently she has edited Trauma and Transformation: The Political Progress of John Bunyan (2007). She is currently at work on a book of clinical essays entitled “The Past is a Foreign Country”: The Uses of Literature in the Psychoanalytic Process.
Chris Danta is a Lecturer of English at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has published articles on Kierkegaard, Kafka, Blanchot, and Stevenson. This essay forms part of a larger study that theorizes the relation between animality and narrative.
Bonnie Foote teaches American literature and environmental literature in the UCLA English Department. This article is drawn from her current project, a book on contemporary environmental narratives tentatively titled Eco-Tales: Finding, Telling, and Living the Stories for the Future.
Tracy Fessenden is Associate Professor and Honors Disciplinary Faculty in the Department of Religious Studies and the Program in Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature (2007) and coeditor of The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature (2001).Her current projects include a study of mourning and metanarrative in U.S. religious history and a volume of essays about New Orleans.
Michael W. Kaufmann is Associate Professor of English at Temple University. He is the author of Institutional Individualism: Conversion, Exile, and Nostalgia in Puritan New England (1998). He is currently working on a book about religion, the secular, and the formation of professional academic disciplines.
James D. Lilley is Assistant Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, where he teaches courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literature. He is currently completing a manuscript that explores the genealogy of modern forms of belonging, focusing on aesthetic transformations [End Page 777] that made community conceivable in terms of a series of peculiar and interrelated common things: genre, feeling, event, voice, and race.
Laura Mandell is Associate Professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. She is author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999) and general editor of the Poetess Archive, http://unixgen.muohio.edu/~poetess. She has published numerous articles primarily about women poets. She is currently working on a book titled Technologies of Emotion from Punchcutting to Photography.
Gavin Miller is Research Fellow in the English Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of R.D. Laing (2004) and Alasdair Gray: The Fiction of Communion (2005). His research interests include contemporary Scottish literature, the history of psychoanalysis, and science fiction. The research leading to this article was completed with the support of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship held at the University of Edinburgh.
Kevin Seidel is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He recently finished a dissertation called “Leisure to Repent: Essays on the Bible at the Origins of the English Novel.” His research and teaching interests include eighteenth-century literature, the history of the book, and contemporary debate about religion and secularism.