Tudor Balinisteanu has completed his PhD in English literature at University of Glasgow, where he taught in the English Literature department and in the Comparative Literature programme. He has published a number of essays in Irish, Canadian, American, and British journals and is currently working on a book on contemporary Scottish and Irish writers for Cambridge Scholars Publishing. His research focuses on the relations between text, society, and myth.
Jacques Barchilon, professor emeritus in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is the founding editor of Marvels & Tales. His scholarship encompasses numerous articles, editions, and books on the fairy tale and seventeenth-century French literature.
Julie Anastasia Barton is a PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, UK. Currently writing her thesis on morality in contemporary adolescent fantasy fiction, she is an associate tutor in the Literature department, and is the recipient of the competitive Overseas Research Student Award. She has published three articles in The Journal of Children's Literature Studies, has written entries for the Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, and has a chapter in the forthcoming book From the Colonial to the Contemporary.
JoAnn Conrad currently teaches folklore classes at the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, East Bay; and California State University, San Francisco. Her interests are in narrative and narrative theory, and the interrelationship of the concept and perception of wonder and the wonder tale. She is currently investigating the relays between perception, culture, affect, and the marvelous. [End Page 449]
Heather Diamond is a lecturer in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and author of American Aloha: Cultural Tourism and the Negotiation of Tradition (2008).
Eliseo Diego (1920-1994) was the author of numerous books of poetry and short fiction, as well as translations of Russian, Eastern European, and English poetry and several volumes of fairy tales. From 1962 to 1970 he served as the first director of the Department of Children's Literature of the National Library of Cuba. He was also a vice president of the National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and editor of Unión, its journal and press. Among his awards were the Maxim Gorki Prize, Cuba's Premio Nacional de Literatura, and Mexico's Premio Nacional de Literatura Juan Rulfo.
Victoria G. Dworkin is a librarian at the Hawai'i State Library, Edna Allyn Room for Children. Her master's degree in American studies, with a focus on folklore, storytelling, and children's literature, supplements her master's in library services and transformed her from an academic librarian to a children's librarian and a storyteller.
Jonathan Gottschall teaches English at Washington and Jefferson College. He is the coeditor of The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (2005) and the author of The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer (2008) and Literature, Science, and a New Humanities (2008).
Stephanie Malia Hom is an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Oklahoma. She received her PhD in Italian studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was trained in literary criticism, cultural anthropology, and folkloristics. Her current research explores travel writing and colonial tourism in the Italian context.
Victoria Ivleva has a PhD in Russian literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has recently completed her dissertation on fashion and sartorial discourse in eighteenth-century Russian literature and culture and is currently teaching in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.
Jeana Jorgensen is a doctoral candidate in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She is working on her dissertation exploring personal narratives about acne medication as body art and expressions of worldview. Her research [End Page 450] interests include gender roles in fairy tales, folk narratives in popular culture, feminist theory, dance, and body art.
Gina M. Miele, assistant professor of Italian and former director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University in New Jersey, specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian folktales, particularly those of Luigi Capuana and Italo Calvino, and is at work on an annotated...