Marcel Benabou is Professor of History at l’Université de Paris-7, specializing in the Romanization of North Africa. He is also the Definitively Provisional Secretary of the OULIPO. His books include Pourquoi je n’ai écrit aucun de mes livres (1986), Jette ce livre avant qu’il soit trop tard (1992), and Jacob, Ménahem et Mimoun (1995). He will be visiting the United States in fall 1999.
Claude Burgelin teaches at l’Université de Lyon-2. He is the author of Georges Perec (Seuil, 1988), and Les parties de dominos chez Monsieur Lefevre: Perec avec Freud, Perec contre Freud (Circe, 1996).
Andrew Elbon lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. He has published on Robert Desnos, Jacques Roubaud, Michel Leiris, and Francis Ponge.
Robert Elbaz was born in Morocco, and teaches Comparative and French Literature at the University of Haifa. He has published the following books: The Changing Nature of the Self (1988), Le Discours Maghrébin (1988), Elias Canetti or the Failing of the Novel (1995), Tahar Ben Jelloun ou l’inassouvissement du désir narratif (1996), and Thalma Krice: A Novel (1999). His latest book, Albert Cohen ou la pléthore du discours narratif, is due this year from Publisud.
Betsy Fleche is an independent scholar currently working on a book on Benjamin and theater.
Catherine Lorente is defending her dissertation on the use of quotation in Queneau, Perec and Bénabou at l’Université de Paris-8.
Warren Motte is a Professor of French at the University of Colorado. His most recent book is Small Worlds: Minimalism in Contemporary French Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 1999).
Jacques Roubaud is one of the founders of the OULIPO, and a mathematician by training. His recent books include L’abominable tisonnier de John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart et autres vies plus ou moins brèves (1997), La dernière balle perdue (1997) and Mathématique: récit (1997).
Marie-laure Ryan is an independent scholar and a 1999 fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. She is the author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence and Narrative Theory, and the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays, Cyberspace Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory (both from Indiana UP). She is working on a book on virtuality, immersion and interactivity in literature and other media.
William West has taught at Stanford and at the University of California at Berkeley. He is completing a manuscript entitled Circles of Learning: Theaters, Encyclopedias, and the Performance of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe. The present article is part of a new project on a selective history of mimesis and cognition from Plato to Stoppard.