Jennifer Harris is Associate Professor of English, Mount Allison University, Canada. She has been a Fulbright scholar at NYU and holds an SSHRC grant. Her essays have appeared in African American Review, American Transcendental Quarterly, Journal of American Culture, and elsewhere, and are included in the anthologies The Cultural History of Reading, Popular Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace, and Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century (forthcoming).
Jason Haslam is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University (where he recently introduced a Beat Generation course). He is the author and editor of several books, including the monograph Fitting Sentences: Identity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Prison Narratives (2005). He has published articles on prison writing, film, science fiction, and race and gender studies in such journals as College Literature, English Studies in Canada, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, and Modern Language Studies, among others.
Carlen Lavigne is an instructor in communications at Red Deer College in Alberta. She is a PhD communications candidate at McGill University and received her master's degree in English from Carleton University. Her research interests include popular culture, genre fiction, television studies, cyber-cultures, feminism, and queer studies.
Jean-François Leroux teaches at the University of Ottawa and is the editor of Modern French Poets (2002) and the author of The Renaissance of Impasse: From the Age of Carlyle, Emerson and Melville to the Quiet Revolution in Quebec (2004), as well as of articles on Willa Cather, Dostoevsky, and Saul Bellow.
Alan Petigny is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida. His interests include the liberalization of values and norms in the United States in the twentieth century, the rise and fall of Freudian analysis in the twentieth century, and anti-authoritarianism in American life after World War II. His article, "Illegitimacy, Postwar Psychology, and the Reperiodization of the Sexual Revolution" appeared the Journal of Social History and he recently published The Permissive Society: America, 1941–1965, which examines the liberalization of values and norms in the United States after World War II (Cambridge Press, 2009).
Jerry A. Varsava is a Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Alberta, where he also serves as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts. [End Page iv]