H. David Brumble is a Professor of English Literature and of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published books and articles in the following areas: Medieval and Renaissance literature and art, American Indian autobiography, Classical Mythology, and Gangbanger autobiography. He has spent a total of four years in thirty-seven foreign countries; he has taken students to twenty-eight countries, mostly in the developing world.
Richard Douglass-Chin is a writer and an Associate Professor, at the University of Windsor, of American literature and literatures of the African and Asian diasporas. In Preacher Woman Sings the Blues (University of Missouri Press, 2001), he examines the connections between the autobiographies of nineteenth century African American women evangelists and the deeply spiritual novels of twentieth century African American women—for example, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Toni Cade Bambara’s Salt Eaters, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. He has also published short stories and poems in a number of anthologies and journals including FUSE, Kairos, The Windsor Review, and Rampike. His most recent publications include “Tongue” and “Market Day” (Rampike, 2007); and “Socially Conscious Poet Talks” (Windsor Review, 2008).
Robert Genter is an instructor in the Department of History at Nassau Community College. He is currently completing a manuscript titled Late Modernism and Cold War America, which charts the rise and fall of cultural modernism in America in the 1950s.
Elisabeth Groenveld is a PhD candidate in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Ontario. She is currently completing her dissertation, “Third-Wave Magazines and Feminist Public Cultures.”
Brian Norman teaches American and African American literature at Loyola University, Maryland. He is the author of The American Protest Essay and National Belonging: Addressing Division (SUNY Press, 2007) and editor, with Piper Kendrix Williams, of a special issue of African American Review on “Representing Segregation” and the related volume Representing Segregation: The Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division (SUNY Press, 2010). He is finishing a book on Jim Crow in post–Civil Rights American literature. He wrote this article while a visiting research fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University.
Edward A. Shannon is a Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he teaches courses in American Literature and has served as the Convener of the Literature Major and Co-Director of the Masters in Liberal Studies Program. He has published articles American comic strips, including Georgre Herriman’s Krazy Kat and Art Spiegelman’s Maus. He has also published articles on the work of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie, and Patricia Highsmith, as well as some fiction and poetry. He is the author of The Prentice Hall Pocket Guide to Writing about Literature. [End Page iv]