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Joan L. Brown is Elias Ahuja Professor of Spanish at the University of Delaware, where she teaches courses on Spanish language and culture and on Spanish and Latin American literature. She has published studies of canon formation, Spanish and Latin American literature by women, the contemporary Spanish novel, and language and literature pedagogy. Her books include Secrets from the Back Room: The Fiction of Carmen Martín Gaite (1987), Women Writers of Contemporary Spain: Exiles in the Homeland (editor; 1992), and, with Carmen Martín Gaite, the textbook Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation (3rd ed., 2006).

Sayantani DasGupta is assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and core faculty in the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and also teaches in the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. She is coauthor of The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (1998), the author of the memoir Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor (1999), and coeditor of the award-winning collection Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (2007). She is on the editorial board of Literature and Medicine and is currently working on a collection of essays on medicine and motherhood as well as a middle-grade children's novel.

Jane Mathison Fife teaches at Western Kentucky University, where she also directs the writing center. She teaches courses in first-year composition, writing across the disciplines, and advanced composition and argument, as well as writing center theory and practice. Her research focuses on teaching writing in a digital environment and the writing that college students do outside the classroom.

Stephanie Foote is associate professor of English and gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [End Page 587]

David S. Goldstein teaches American and ethnic studies courses in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington−Bothell, where he won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. He currently also serves as the interim director of the Teaching and Learning Center. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as popular culture and ethnic American literature. His coedited volume, Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts, was published in 2007.

Janis Butler Holm lives in Athens, Ohio, where she has served as associate editor for Wide Angle, the film journal. Her essays, stories, poems, and performance pieces have appeared in small press, national, and international magazines. Her plays have been produced in the United States, Canada, and England.

Heather Palmer is assistant professor of rhetoric, composition, and women's studies at the University of Tennessee−Chattanooga, where she teaches a variety of classes on the history and theory of rhetoric and embodiment, queer theory, and propaganda. She is currently working on a monograph about the function of parrhesia, or free speech, in the history of women's rhetorics from the Delphic Oracles to the Second Sophistic.

Michael Pennell is assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island. He regularly teaches courses in first-year writing, business communications, and writing in electronic environments. He also advises first-and second-year writing and rhetoric majors and supervises internships in writing and rhetoric.

Kay Siebler is associate professor and director of writing at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. She is author of Composing Feminisms: How Feminists Have Shaped Composition Theories and Practices (2009).

Maura Spiegel is a term professor in English and comparative literature at Columbia University and Barnard College, where she teaches courses on fiction and film. She is a member of the core faculty of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is coauthor of The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) and coedited the journal Literature and Medicine with Rita Charon for seven years. She has written for the New York Times and is currently writing a book about the films of Sidney Lumet. [End Page 588]

Shannon R. Wooden received her PhD from the University of North Carolina, where she taught literature and medicine seminars in the UNC School of Medicine. She currently teaches eighteenth-and nineteenth-century literature at...


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