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Brian Boyd is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, University of Auckland. His award-winning work on American, English, Greek, Irish, New Zealand, and Russian fiction, drama, verse, comics, and translation has appeared in twelve languages. Best known for his two-volume biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years, his books on Pale Fire and Ada, and AdaOnline, he has also edited Nabokov in the Library of America (3 vols., 1996), co-edited Nabokov's Butterflies (with Robert Michael Pyle; Beacon, 2000) and Verses and Versions (with Stanislav Shvabrin; Harcourt, 2008), and he has contributed to the Pléiade, Adelphi (Italian), and Galaxia Gutenberg (Spanish) collected editions of Nabokov. His latest books are On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction (Belknap/Harvard, 2009) and Evolutionary Approaches to Literature: A Reader in Art and Science (Columbia, 2009). He is currently researching a biography of philosopher of science Karl Popper.

Matthew Brillinger is an adjunct professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, where he teaches courses on British and American fiction. His Ph.D. dissertation, "Nabokov's Humor: The Play of Consciousness," was completed at the University of Auckland under the supervision of Brian Boyd. Current research interests include black humor of the Cold War era and Nabokov's influence on Stanley Kubrick

Leland de la Durantaye is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of Style is Matter: The Moral Art of Vladimir Nabokov (2007) and the forthcoming Giorgio Agamben: A Critical Introduction.

Mitch Frye received his M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at Louisiana State University. His essays have appeared in Critique, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

Jacqueline Hamrit received her B.A. from the University of Montpellier and her M.A. from the University of California at Davis, where she also taught. Thanks to the Agrégation she secured in 1990, she now teaches at the University of Lille in France. Her doctoral thesis was titled "Boundaries and Limits in Nabokov's Work." She has published articles on Nabokov and Derrida.

Emma Lieber is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University. Her recent article, "'Pardon, Monsieur': Civilization and Civility in Turgenev's 'The Execution of Tropmann,'" was published in Slavic Review (Winter 2007).

Monica Manolescu-Oancea is an assistant professor (maître de conférences) in the English Department of the University of Strasbourg, France. She completed a Ph.D. on Vladimir Nabokov's geographies and explorer figures in 2005. She has written several articles on Nabokov, Edith Wharton, and a number of contemporary American authors: Steven Millhauser, Rikki Ducornet, and Dawn Raffel. Her main research topics are literature and geography, cartography, representations of urban spaces, travel writing, and explorer diaries.

Akiko Nakata is a professor in the Department of English at Nanzan Junior College, Japan. She co-translated, with Tadashi Wakashima, Transparent Things, and provided annotations for the same volume. She has published more than two dozen articles in both Japanese and English on Nabokov. Nakata is a member of the Kyoto Reading Circle.

Dale E. Peterson is the Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English and Russian at Amherst College. He is the author of The Clement Vision: Poetic Realism in Turgenev and James (1975) and Up From Bondage: The Literatures of Russian and African American Soul (2000), as well as numerous articles on Nabokov, most recently "Teaching Lolita with Poe and Dostoevsky in Mind" in Approaches to Teaching Nabokov's Lolita (MLA, 2008).

Ellen Pifer is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Delaware, Newark. She is the author of Nabokov and the Novel (1980), Saul Bellow Against the Grain (1990), and Demon or Doll: Images of the Child in Contemporary Writing and Culture (2000); and she also served as the editor of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita: A Casebook (2003). She has also published over two dozen essays and articles on Nabokov. Her current project is a book on American identity from a...

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