Russ Castronovo is Associate Professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program at the University of Miami. He is the author of Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (1995) and Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (forthcoming 2001). He is also co-editor with Dana Nelson of Materializing Democracy (forthcoming 2001).
Lisa Duggan teaches in the American Studies Program and history department at New York University. She is co-author with Nan D. Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture (1995), author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity (2000), and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest (forthcoming 2001).
Grant Farred is Assistant Professor in the literature program at Duke University. He is editor of Rethinking C.L.R. James (1996) and author of Midfielder’s Moment: Coloured Literature and Culture in Contemporary South Africa (1999) and What’s My Name? Organic and Vernacular Intellectuals (forthcoming 2002).
Elizabeth Freeman is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Davis. She has published on queer identity and nationalism (with Lauren Berlant), factory operatives’ magazines, Carson McCullers, and “child bride” fantasies in American literature. Her book, The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture, is forthcoming.
Eric Lott teaches American Studies and is a member of the Labor Action Group at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (1993), as well as the forthcoming Darkness USA: The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism and Boomer Liberalism: Left Intellectuals and the Lure of the Center.
Walter Benn Michaels is Professor of English and the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism (1987) and Our America (1995). He is currently at work on a book called The Shape of the Signifier: American Writing from 1967 to the End of History.
Christopher Nealon teaches American literature at the University of California, Berkeley. The essay included here is taken from a chapter of his book, Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall, which will be published in 2001. [End Page 857]
David Palumbo-Liu is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. His latest books include Streams of Cultural Capital: Transnational Cultural Studies (1997) and Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier (1999).
Marlon B. Ross is Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Priscilla Wald teaches in the English Department at Duke University, where she is associate editor of American Literature. She is the author of a book-length study of literature, law, and group identity entitled Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (1995).
Kenneth W. Warren is Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is currently completing a new book, So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism.
Robyn Wiegman is Scholar in Residence in Women’s Studies at Duke University and former director of Women’s Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She has published American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender (1995) and three edited collections: Who Can Speak? Authority and Critical Identity (1995), Feminism Beside Itself (1995), and AIDS and the National Body: Writings by Thomas Yingling (1997). She is currently completing a manuscript called “Object Lessons: Feminism and the Knowledge Politics of Identity.” [End Page 858]