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Hilary Clark is Professor of English and Associate Member of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research areas include modernist writing; shame, trauma, and illness in life writing; and, most recently, the psychoanalysis of children. She co-edited Scenes of Shame: Psychoanalysis, Shame, and Writing (SUNY Press, 1999) and has published on depression and reparation in Melanie Klein’s unpublished memoirs in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 15.2 (2000). She has a chapter on teaching women’s depression memoirs in Teaching Life Writing (MLA, 2007) and one on narratives of psychiatric hospitalization in Unfitting Stories: Narrative Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2007). Her most recent publication is the edited volume Depression and Narrative: Telling the Dark (SUNY Press, 2008).

Manuela Costantino teaches at the University of British Columbia. She specializes in translation studies, world literature, and autobiography studies. Her work has been published in Ariel and Prose Studies.

Katja Lee is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s M.A. program. Her current research in celebrity autobiography examines how celebrities use the genre of autobiography to intervene in, comment on, and shape their public subjectivity.

Laurie McNeill is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, specializing in auto/biography studies, genre theory, and Canadian literature. She is the editor of “Reconsidering Genre,” a special issue of the journal Life Writing, and her work focuses on “folk” forms of life writing, including diaries and blogs, obituaries, and death notices. Her current research examines contemporary Canadian memorial practices as instances of cultural and national auto/biography. She has published articles in Biography, Canadian Literature, and Legacy, as well as chapters in collections, including Theories of Genre and the Internet, New Media and Linguistic Change, and Auto/biography in Canada.

Anna Poletti lectures in Writing at Charles Sturt University. Her research investigates the intersection of technologies of cultural production and consumption, youth cultures, and life writing. Her book Intimate Ephemera: Reading Young Lives in Australian Zine Culture was published in 2008 by Melbourne University Press and, with Gillian Whitlock, she co-edited the Winter 2008 special issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, on autographics.

Julie Rak is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is the author of Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (2004), the editor of Auto/biography in Canada: Critical Directions (2005); with Andrew Gow, the co-editor of Mountain Masculinity: The Life and Writing of Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood in the Canadian Rockies, 1911–1938 (2008); and, with Jeremy Popkin, the co-editor of On Diary (2009), a collection of newly translated essays by Philippe Lejeune. She is the author of more than fifteen articles on auto/biography, popular culture, and critical theory. She is completing a book about popular memoir and biography for mass markets called Industrial Identities and is beginning a new SSHRC-funded project on mountaineering memoirs, mountain documentaries, and gender issues. [End Page 4]

Candida Rifkind is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg. She specializes in Canadian literature from the first half of the twentieth century, particularly leftist and popular writing, and the dynamics of modernism and anti-modernism. Her forthcoming book with the University of Toronto Press is titled Comrades and Critics: Women, Literature, and the Left in 1930s Canada. She has published essays in Studies in Canadian Literature, Essays on Canadian Writing, the Journal of Canadian Studies, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Open Letter, and in the critical anthologies The Canadian Modernists Meet (U of Ottawa P) and Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry (laurier UP). She is currently preparing a manuscript, based on research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, titled “The Further Adventures of Canadian Modernism: Serial Fictions from Pulp to Prestige.” [End Page 5]



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