Jennifer J. Baker is Assistant Professor of English at New York University and the author of Securing the Commonwealth: Debt, Speculation, and Writing in the Making of Early America ( Johns Hopkins, 2005). She is currently working on a book on American romanticism and Victorian natural science.
Jennifer Gurley is Assistant Professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Her scholarship on Plato has appeared in Philosophy and Literature, and an essay on Mark Twain’s transcendentalist leanings is forthcoming in American Literary Realism. At present, two book-length projects are underway: a study of Emerson’s notion of thinking as a devotional practice that constructs ethical life, titled “Emersonian Participation: A New Conception of Idealism and Its Ethics,” and a new bibliography of Emerson’s personal library, titled “Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Library: A Complete, Annotated Bibliography, with Transcriptions of His Marginal Notes.”
Erin Suzuki a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, is currently working on a dissertation that explores representations of travel in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Pacific literature. Her work has appeared in MELUS and Literature/ Film Quarterly. [End Page 413]