Michael Benveniste is completing his doctorate in English at Stanford University. His dissertation is entitled “The American Ideology: Cold War Anti- Materialism in U.S. Fiction and Politics, 1950–2010.”
Nergis Ertürk is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey (forthcoming). Her work has appeared in PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, and boundary 2, and is forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism and The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms.
Angus Fletcher is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California. His book, Evolving Hamlet: Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy and the Ethics of Natural Selection, is forthcoming in Spring 2011.
Ian Hunter is an Australian Professorial Fellow in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland. He is the author of various studies in the history of philosophical and political thought, including Rival Enlightenments (2001), “The History of Theory” (2006), and The Secularisation of the Confessional State (2007).
Krishan Kumar is University Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Virginia. Among his publications are Utopia and Anti-Utopia in Modern Times (1987), Utopianism (1991), 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals (2001), The Making of English National Identity (2003), and From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society, 2nd ed. (2005).
Bruno Latour is a professor at Sciences Po in Paris and has published extensively in the domain of science studies and more generally on the anthropology of modernism. He is the author and editor of many books including, most recently, We Have Never Been Modern (1993), Iconoclash (2002), Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy (2004), Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy (2005), and Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (2005). All references can be found on his Web site www.bruno-latour.fr.
James Phillips is an ARC Australian Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He has published, as author, Heidegger’s Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry (2005) and The Equivocation of Reason: Kleist Reading Kant (2007) and, as editor, Cinematic Thinking (2008). [End Page 691]
Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on German idealism, on theories of modernity, and on literature and film, including his latest book, Hollywood Westerns and American Myth (2010).
Rupert Read is Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is a leading British advocate of the “resolute” reading of Wittgenstein: see his edited collection, The New Wittgenstein (2000) and also his essays in Philosophy, Philosophical Investigations, and Philosophical Psychology. His other books include Kuhn (2002), The New Hume Debate (2000), Film as Philosophy (2005), and Applying Wittgenstein (2008). At present, he is working on a book, coauthored with Phil Hutchinson, provisionally entitled Radically Therapeutic Philosophy.
Patrick Redding recently completed his PhD at Yale University. This essay is adapted from his dissertation, “A Distinctive Equality: The Democratic Imagination in Modern American Poetry.” Since fall 2010, he is Assistant Professor of English at Manhattanville College.
Shira Wolosky is Professor of English and American Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is author of Emily Dickinson: A Voice of War (1984), Language Mysticism (1995), Poetry and Public Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America (2010), and other books and articles on literature and literary theory. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and the Drue Heinz Visiting Professorship at the Rothermere Institute, Oxford 2008 and 2011. [End Page 692]