Dora Apel is an Associate Professor and holds the W. Hawkins Ferry Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Wayne State University. She is the author of three books: Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing (Rutgers UP, 2002); Imagery of Lynching: Black Men, White Women, and the Mob (Rutgers UP, 2004); and Lynching Photographs, co-authored with Shawn Michelle Smith (U of California P, 2007).
Lina Bernstein is Professor of Russian at Franklin & Marshall College. Her recent research has focused on eighteenth-century Russian print culture and its dissemination among Russian merchants.
Virginia Burrus is Professor of Early Church History at Drew University. Her most recent books include The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography (U of Pennsylvania P, 2004) and Saving Shame: Martyrs, Saints, and Other Abject Subjects (U of Pennsylvania P, 2007.
Ellen G. Friedman is Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey. She teaches and has published on Holocaust representations; literary, cultural, and gender theories; and American and women's literature. Her current project is a book based on the experiences of her family during the Holocaust.
Jo Gill is Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter. She is the author of Anne Sexton's Confessional Poetics (UP of Florida, 2007).
Ann K. Hoff teaches twentieth century American poetry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests include poetics, autobiography theory, and gender studies. Dr. Hoff's recent articles include: "'I Said Lifting Belly': Gertrude Stein's Geometric Autobiography," in A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, "Owning Memory: Elizabeth Bishop's Authorial Restraint" in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and "'I Was Convulsed, Pitiably Hideous': The Convulsive Patient's Response to Surrealism" in Journal of Modern Literature.
Roy Lacoursiere is a psychiatrist with a love for literature and the French language. The explorations for this essay began at his mother's deathbed. [End Page 639]
Linda Patterson Miller is Professor of English at Penn State Abington, where she teaches courses on all areas of American literature but with a special emphasis on early twentieth century literature and art. Her many publications in this field include a recently expanded edition of Letters from the Lost Generation (UP of Florida). She is presently completing a group biography of American expatriate artists as focused on the summer of 1926 in France.
Gananath Obeyesekere is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He has worked extensively on the intersections of psychoanalysis and anthropology and the ways in which personal symbolism is related to religious experience, and on European voyages of discovery to Polynesia and the implications of these voyages for the development of ethnography. His many works include The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (Princeton UP, 1997), and Cannibal Talk: The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas (U of California P, 2005).
Benito Quintana is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where he teaches pre-modern Spanish theater and literature, and colonial Latin American literature and culture. His most recent publications explore the iconic presence of America in Spanish classical theater of the conquest, and the representations in twentieth-century Mexican public education textbooks of the colonial nun and writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Deborah Reed-Danahay is Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. She is author or editor of five books, including Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social (Berg, 1997) and Locating Bourdieu (Indiana UP, 2005.
Sarah Eden Schiff is a doctoral candidate at Emory University. Her dissertation considers how minority American literature incorporates mythic narratives to advance and complicate concepts of race, gender, nation, and religion.
Susan M. Socolow is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin American History at Emory University. The majority of her published work concentrates on late colonial Río de la Plata. She has also published on the experience of women in colonial Latin America.
Risa Sodi is the Senior Lector II in Italian at Yale University and director of the Yale Italian language program. In addition to articles on twentieth-century Italian literature, Jewish...