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John Allen is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Waukesha. His book, Homelessness in American Literature: Romanticism, Realism, and Testimony, is forthcoming. He is also editing a collection of essays on approaches to teaching Sr. Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.

Janet Alsup is assistant professor of English education at Purdue University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the theory and practice of teaching secondary school English. Her book But Will It Work with Real Students? Critical Scenarios in Secondary English Language Arts, coauthored with Jonathan Bush, is forthcoming. She is writing a second book that explores genres of discourse central to the professional identity development of preservice secondary English teachers.

Judith H. Anderson is Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University. She is author of The Growth of a Personal Voice: “Piers Plowman” and “The Faerie Queene” (1976), Biographical Truth: The Representation of Historical Persons in Tudor-Stuart Writing (1984), and Words That Matter: Linguistic Perception in Renaissance English (1996). She is coeditor of E. Talbot Donaldson’s translation of Will’s Vision of Piers Plowman (1990) and of Spenser’s Life and the Subject of Biography (1996). She is writing a book on Renaissance metaphor and culture and is coediting the volume Integrating Writing and Literature in First-Year English for the Modern Language Association.

Steve Benton is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation, “Is There a Class in This Text? Pedagogy in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction,” explores representations of learning and teaching in a cultural period rife with anxieties about who should be teaching what to whom, and how and why they should be doing it. [End Page 321]

Sheila T. Cavanagh is Masse-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor at Emory University. She is author of Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in “The Faerie Queene” (1994) and Cherished Torment: The Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth’s “Urania” (2001). She also directs the Emory Women Writers Resource Project, a Web site devoted to women’s writing from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Tracy J. R. Collins is a Ph.D. candidate in nineteenth-century British literature at Purdue University. Her dissertation, “Sports, Physical Fitness, and the Creation of the New Woman in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” analyzes the New Woman of late-nineteenth-century Britain and the role sports and physical fitness had in creating that cultural phenomenon. She has taught courses in college composition, sports and literature, and undergraduate and graduate courses in British literature after 1800.

Scott Ellis is a Marion L. Brittain Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has taught early American literature, the nineteenth-century American novel, and contemporary digital culture. He is teaching a course that explores the intersection of technology and early American literature and culture.

Gerald Graff is professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of Professing Literature: An Institutional History (1987), Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education (1992), and Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind (forthcoming).

Laurie Grobman is assistant professor of English and co-coordinator of the Professional Writing degree program at Pennsylvania State University, Berks-Lehigh Valley College, where she teaches first-year composition, rhetorical theory, basic writing, multicultural literature, and women’s literature. She is author of Teaching at the Crossroads: Cultures and Critical Perspectives in Literature by Women of Color (2001).

Jeraldine Kraver is director of English education at the University of Northern Colorado. She teaches the theory and practice of teaching both writing and literature and also supervises student teachers. Her research focuses on media literacy, popular culture and critical pedagogy in the classroom, and gender equity in education. [End Page 322]

Shirley Geok-lin Lim is professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is author of Crossing the Peninsula and Other Poems (1980), which received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and four other books of poetry; a novel, Joss and Gold (2001); three books of short stories...


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