Jerry A. Varsava is professor of comparative literature and English and associate dean for research in the arts at the University of Alberta. His recent publications include articles on Don DeLillo and rogue capitalism and on Michel Houellebecq and communitarianism. He is at work on a study of the contemporary American political novel.
Robin Truth Goodman is associate professor of English at Florida State University. Her books include Feminist Theory in Pursuit of the Public: Women and the "Re-privatization" of Labor (Palgrave, 2010), Policing Narratives and the State of Terror (SUNY, 2009), World, Class, Women: Global Literature, Education, and Feminism (Routledge, 2004), and Infertilities: Exploring Fictions of Barren Bodies (Minnesota, 2001).
Magdalena Maczynska is assistant professor of English at Marymount Manhattan College. She has published articles on black British fiction, contemporary British fiction, and postsecular literary criticism. A special issue of Critical Engagements titled Satire Today which she co-edited with Philip Tew and Steven Barfield is forthcoming in 2010. She is writing a book on the uses of traditional religious narratives in contemporary fiction.
Jim Hannan is assistant professor of English at Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, New York. He has published articles on Derek Walcott's Tiepolo's Hound and on Canadian poet Dionne Brand. He is at work on a book manuscript titled "Global Naipaul: Problems in the Production of Global Literature."
Heather M. Houser is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Stanford University and the recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting dissertation fellowship. Her dissertation is titled "'The Whole Earth Is Our Hospital': Contemporary Fictions of Eco-Sickness."
George Hart is associate professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. His most recent articles have been on Robinson Jeffers, Ronald Johnson, and William Carlos Williams. He is the editor of the journal Jeffers Studies and is finishing a book on Jeffers and the sacramental tradition. He co-edited, with Scott Slovic, Exploring Social Issues through Literature: Literature and the Environment (Greenwood, 2004).
V. Nicholas LoLordo has published numerous articles and reviews on modern and contemporary poetry in English and is completing a book manuscript, "The Double Dream of Reading: Poetic Difficulty since Modernism." [End Page 214]
David James is lecturer in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature at the University of Nottingham. He is currently completing a book on the reactivation of modernist aesthetics in the late-twentieth-century novel and editing a collection entitled "Legacies of Modernism: Historicizing Contemporary Fiction." He will be co-editing, with Andrzej Gasiorek, a special issue of Contemporary Literature on the nature of belief and commitment in twenty-first-century fiction.
Krista Kauffmann recently earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Earlham College, and Madison Area Technical College. Her work in progress is a book manuscript on contemporary literature, visual culture, and the representation of violence.
Richard Begam, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has published articles on modern and postcolonial literature, Irish literature, and literary theory. He the author of Samuel Beckett and the End of Modernity (Stanford UP, 1996), co-editor of Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1899-1939 (Duke, 2007), editor of a special issue of Modernist Cultures titled Modernism and Opera (2007), and co-editor of a volume on theory and hermeneutics, Text and Meaning: Literary Discourse and Beyond (Dusseldorf UP, 2010). He is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Beckett's Philosophical Levity." [End Page 215]