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Peter Antelyes ( is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Vassar College, where he also teaches in the Jewish Studies and American Culture programs. In addition to Tales of Adventurous Enterprise: Washington Irving and the Poetics of Western Expansion (Columbia University Press, 1990), his publications include an essay on the “red-hot mama” in Embodied Voices: Representing Female Vocality in Western Culture (1994); an entry on Jewish women in vaudeville in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia (1997); and a review essay on Irish American popular song in American Music (1998). His current project is an anthology of American multiracial literatures.

Martha J. Cutter ( is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is the former editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, and since 2006 she has edited MELUS. Her first book, Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women’s Writing, 1850–1930 (University Press of Mississippi, 1999), won the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association for the best book of literary criticism published between 1999 and 2001. Her second book, Lost and Found in Translation, was published in 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her articles have appeared in American Literature, African American Literature, MELUS, Callaloo, Women’s Studies, Legacy, Criticism, and other journals, and she has contributed chapters to Mixed Race Literature (Stanford University Press, 2002) and Passing and the Fictions of Identity (Duke University Press, 1996).

David A. Davis ( is an Assistant Professor of English and Southern Studies at Mercer University. He has published essays in African American Review, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Quarterly, and other journals. He edited Not Only War by Victor Daly and coedited North Carolina Slave Narratives. He is currently writing a book about World War I and southern modernism.

Natalie J. Friedman ( is the Associate Director of the Learning, Teaching, and Research Center at Vassar College, where she is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in English. She has published on immigrant women’s literature in such journals as Critique and Legacy, and hopes to embark on a new project on immigration and education. [End Page 239]

Anthony Dyer Hoefer ( earned his PhD in American Literature from Louisiana State University. He now holds a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also serves as the Coordinator of Academic Support in the Institute’s Office of Success Programs. His current project, Apocalypse South: Judgment, Cataclysm, and Resistance in the Regional Imaginary, investigates manifestations of apocalyptic rhetoric in works by William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Randall Kenan, and Dorothy Allison.

Erin Hurt ( is completing her PhD in English literature at the University of Texas, Austin. Her research centers on twentieth-century American literature, feminist and public sphere theories, and reader response criticism. Her recent work examines the relationships between contemporary feminist writers, popular culture, and the marketplace within the works of Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Eve Ensler, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and the spoken word group Sister Spit. Her work on feminist solidarity appears in the online journal Thirdspace 8.1 (2008). She has written reviews for Studies in the Humanities 33.2 (2006) and Feminist Teacher (forthcoming).

Rocco Marinaccio ( is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of English at Manhattan College in New York City. His previous publications include studies of Depressionera literature, modern American poetry, and Frank Sinatra. His current research on Italian American culture considers a range of subjects, including gender and sexual identity, food studies, and the poetic tradition.

Elizabeth McNeil ( is Director of Undergraduate Academic Services in the English Department at Arizona State University. From her interests in myth/folklore and literature, women’s science and literature, and transgender/intersex studies, she has published in MELUS, Studies in American Humor, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and has an upcoming coedited volume on the works of Sapphire. Her interview on the Monkey King trickster figure in Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey recently aired on MLA’s What’s the Word? radio...


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