Pierpaolo Antonello is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College. He specializes in contemporary Italian literature, film, and intellectual history and has worked extensively on mimetic theory. With João Cezar de Castro Rocha, he published a long interview with René Girard translated into seven languages: Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture (London: Continuum, 2008). He also edited several collections of essays and books by Girard: Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue, with Gianni Vattimo (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010); Il pensiero rivale. Saggi su letteratura, filosofia e antropologia (Massa: Transeuropa, 2006); Miti d'origine. Persecuzioni e ordine culturale, with Giuseppe Fornari (Massa: Transeuropa, 2005); Il sacrificio (Milan: Raffaello Cortina, 2004). He is a member of the Research and Publications committees of Imitatio.
Federica Casini specializes in the critical reception of Girard's thought. She has taught French Literature at the University of Viterbo, is the author of Bibliographie des études girardiennes (Harmattan, 2004) and various essays on Victor Hugo's work, and has translated into Italian Girard's essay Monstres et demi-dieux dans l'oeuvre de Hugo (2006). Her work includes: 'Male metafisico, verità romanzesca e vocazione vittimaria nell'opera di Hugo' (in P. D. Bubbio and S. Morigi (Eds.), Male e redenzione. Sofferenza e trascendenza [End Page 239] in R. Girard, Edizioni Camilliane, 2008), and 'Le roi, le sage et le bouffon' (in S. Morigi and M. S. Barberi (Eds.), Religioni, laicità, secolarizzazione. Il cristianesimo come "fine del sacro" in R. Girard (Transeuropa, 2009).
Brian Catling is Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Linacre College. He is a poet, sculptor and performance artist currently working in video and live work. He has been commissioned to make solo installations and performances in many countries including Spain, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Holland, Norway, Germany, Greenland and Australia. His video work moves between gallery installation and narrative films made in collaboration with Tony Grisoni. Eight books of Catling's poetry have been published and his work has been included in many anthologies. Etruscan Press has just released Bobby Awl; in 2009 they published A Court of Miracles, the compilation of his poetry that includes "The Stumbling Block: Its Index." Catling has finished the first two volumes of his novel The Vorrh. Volume three will emerge early next year.
Allan Doolittle completed a BA at the University of Waterloo in 2000 and an MA in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2008. He would like to thank Dr. Betty Schellenberg and Dr. Peter Schouls, who supervised the writing of "Deceit, Desire, and the Dunciad." Allan lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and attends Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, where he has received a BLG Research Fellowship and a Schulich Scholarship in Law. His studies focus on international intellectual property rights. On graduation in 2011 he will be clerking for the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Giuseppe Fornari teaches history of philosophy at the University of Bergamo, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Sciences, on the Faculty of Educational Studies, and a participant in the research group C.E.R.CO. He has translated and edited several of Girard's works in Italian, collaborated with him on Il caso Nietzsche (2002), and authored Fra Dioniso e Cristo (2001), L'apprendimento della vittima (with Claudio Tugnoli, 2003), Le due paci (with Mauro Ceruti, 2005), La bellezza e il nulla: l'antropologia cristiana di Leonardo da Vinci (2005), and Filosofia di passione: vittima e storicità radicale (2006). He is developing a formulation of mimetic theory based on a phenomenological and genetic approach to human culture and thought. Da Dioniso a Cristo (2006), a revised and amplified version of Fra Dioniso e Cristo, will be published in English translation by Michigan State University Press in 2011.
David Humbert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Thorneloe College of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. [End Page 240] He has published journal articles on Kierkegaard, Freud, and Leo Strauss, and teaches courses on science, film, and violence in the...