H. Porter Abbott is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Acting Director of the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. He is the author of two books on the work of Samuel Beckett, a book on the diary strategy in fiction, and a forthcoming book, Narrative: an Introduction (Cambridge, 2001). Several of his recent articles have adapted evolutionary and cognitive approaches to the study of narrative.
Ellen Dissanayake is an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer who currently resides in Seattle. Her books, What Is Art For? (1988), Homo Aestheticus (1992), and Art and Intimacy (2000) are an ongoing interdisciplinary exploration of the importance of the arts in human evolution and in individual lives.
N. Katherine Hayles is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her most recent book, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, won the René Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998–99. She is presently at work on two books on electronic textuality, Coding the Signifier: Rethinking Semiosis from the Telegraph to the Computer, and Linking Bodies: Hypertext Fiction in Print and New Media.
Paul Hernadi is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Beyond Genre: New Directions in Literary Classification, Interpreting Events: Tragicomedies of History on the Modern Stage, and Cultural Transactions: Nature, Self, Society. In close association with Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, he directed the August 1999 conference “Imagination and the Adapted Mind,” on which the present issue of SubStance is based.
Patrick Colm Hogan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of The Politics of Interpretation (1990), Joyce, Milton, and the Theory of Influence (1995), On Interpretation (1996), Colonialism and Cultural Identity (2000), Philosophical Approaches to the Study of Literature (2000), and The Culture of Conformism (forthcoming, 2001).
Steven Mithen is Professor of Early Prehistory at the University of Reading. His current interests include cognitive archaeology and late Pleistocene and early Holocene huntergatherers. Having directed a major multi-disciplinary field project in western Scotland, he is currently excavating an early Neolithic settlement in Wadi Faynan, southern Jordan. He is the author of Thoughtful Foragers: A Study of Human Decision Making (Cambridge, 1990) and The Prehistory of the Mind (Thames & Hudson, 1996), and the editor of Human Creativity in Human Evolution and Prehistory (Routledge, 1998) and Hunter-Gatherer Landscape Archaeology (2 vols., McDonald Institute, Cambridge, 2000).
Eleanor Rosch is a professor in the Psychology Department and the Cognitive Science Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She is known for her psychological research in concepts and categories and for more recent work on implications of the Eastern meditation traditions. Books include Cognition and Categorization (with B.B. Lloyd) and The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (with F. Varela and E. Thompson).
Jeffrey L. Saver, MD, is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is Neurology Director of the UCLA Stroke Unit and Attending Neurologist in the UCLA Neurobehavior Program. His work in behavioral and cognitive neurology has included studies of the neural substrates of language, executive function, aggression, religious experience, hemispatial neglect, and memory.
Gabriele Schwab is Chancellor's Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California at Irvine. Her books in English include Subjects without Selves. Transitional Texts in Modern Fiction (Harvard, 1994), and The Mirror-and the Killer-Queen. Otherness in Literary Language (Indiana, 1997). She has published in literary studies, critical theory, reader-response theory, cultural criticism, psychoanalysis, literature and anthropology, literature and science, and comparative literature. Her work in progress includes a book on the cultural unconscious and another on the anthropological turn in literary studies, entitled Imaginary Ethnographies. She is also editing a collection entitled Forces of Globalization (forthcoming, Columbia UP).
Ellen Spolsky has been writing about the interface between cultural and cognitive systems since Gaps in Nature: Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind. (SUNY, 1993). Satisfying Skepticism: Embodied Knowledge in the Early Modern World (Ashgate, June, 2001) informs her study of literature and the visual arts with...