H. Porter Abbott is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent book is Beckett Writing Beckett: The Author in the Autograph (1996). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Darwinian Conversions.
Eve Tavor Bannet is Professor of English and Women’ Studies and Chair of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her most recent book is Postcultural Theory: Critical Theory After the Marxist Paradigm (1993). She is currently completing The Ladies’ Glorious Revolution: Enlightenment Feminisms, Family Value and the Novel.
Vivienne Brown is Senior Lecturer in Economics at The Open University, UK. She is the author of Adam Smith’s Discourse: Canonicity, Commerce and Conscience (1994) and various articles on the history of economics. She is currently working on a book provisionally entitled John Locke, Language and Liberalism.
Terry Eagleton writes plays for Irish theater and lives in Dublin. He is also Thomas Warton Professor of English at Oxford University.
Stefano Franchi teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. He recently completed a doctoral dissertation titled “Endgames: Game and Play at the End of Philosophy,” and is working on a book on structuralist and poststructuralist philosophy to be called The Sunday of Life.
John Koethe is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of The Continuity of Wittgenstein’s Thought (1996), as well as four books of poetry, the most recent being Falling Water (1997).
Randi Koppen is Associate Professor of English at the University of Bergen. She is the author of Scenes of Infidelity: Feminism in the Theatre (1997), and articles on feminist representation and spectatorship.
Ronald H. McKinney is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program at the University of Scranton. He has written numerous articles on postmodernism and political theory and has several articles forthcoming on Aristotle and the comic imagination.
Robert Phiddian is Lecturer in English at Flinders University of South Australia. He is the author of Swift’s Parody (1995) and several articles, principally on eighteenth-century subjects. He is presently working on Australian political satire and a study of parody.
Richard Shusterman is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University and the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris. His more recent books include Pragmatist Aesthetics (1992), Sous l’interprétation (1994), and Practicing Philosophy (1997). He is currently preparing a project for UNESCO on urbanism and popular music.
Philip Smallwood is Professor of English at the University of Central England in Birmingham. His publications include an edition of Samuel Johnson’s Preface to Shakespeare (1985) and Modern Critics in Practice: Critical Portraits of British Literary Critics (1990). His current project is provisionally entitled Re-constructing Criticism: A Study in Definition.
Qian Zhongwen is Professor of Theory of Literature, Institute of Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and chief editor of Literary Review. He is the author of The Schools of Literary Theory, Gogol and His Satiric Art, editor of the collections Studies of the Methodology of Literary Theory and Literary Theory: Towards the New Century, as well as chief editor of six volumes of Bakhtin (in Chinese).