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  • Contributors

Cary Howie teaches in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (2007) and, with Bill Burgwinkle, Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge (2010).

Paul A. Kottman is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009) and A Politics of the Scene (Stanford UP, 2008).

Federico Luisetti is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Estetica dell’immanenza: Saggi sulle parole, le immagini e le macchine (Aracne, 2008) and the editor with Luca Somigli of A Century of Futurism: 1909–2009, a special issue of the journal Annali d’Italianistica, volume 27 (2009).

Henry McDonald is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. He is currently working on the book Aesthetics of the Other: Levinas, Nietzsche, and American Literature.

Aletta Norval is Reader in Political Theory and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis in the Department of Government, University of Essex, UK. Her publications include Aversive Democracy: Inheritance and Originality in the Democratic Tradition (Cambridge University Press) and Deconstructing Apartheid Discourse (Verso).


Teddy Cruz was born in Guatemala City. He obtained a Master in Design Studies at Harvard University in 1997 and established his research-based architecture practice in San Diego, California, in 2000. He has been recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border and, in collaboration with community-based nonprofit organizations such as Casa Familiar, for his work on affordable housing guided by an urban policy more inclusive of social and cultural programs. In 1991 he received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture, in 2005 he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture On The City Prize from the Canadian Center of Architecture and the London School of Economics, and in 2008 he was selected to represent the US in the Venice Architecture Biennial. He is currently an associate professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. [End Page iii]