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Raphael Allison’s ( previous work has focused on the relationship between pragmatist philosophers and American modernist and early post-modernist poets, especially Muriel Rukeyser. He teaches in Princeton University’s Writing Program and his essays and reviews have appeared in American Literary History, College Literature, Modernism/Modernity and elsewhere. Currently, he is writing a book on recorded poetry.

David Sweeney Coombs ( is a PhD candidate in English at Cornell University. He is currently completing his dissertation, entitled “Uncommon Sense: Aesthetics, Liberalism, and Late Victorian Cognitive Science.”

Andrew Gross ( is assistant professor in American literature at the John F. Kennedy Institute (Freie Universität Berlin). Recent publications include Pop, Avant-Garde, Scandal: Representing the Holocaust after the End of History (with co-author Susanne Rohr) and The Pathos of Authenticity (with co-editors Ulla Haselstein and MaryAnn Snyder-Körber). Both books were published by Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg in 2010. An article entitled “Imaginary Jews and True Confessions: Ethnicity, Lyricism, and John Berryman’s Dreamsongs,” in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies, is—along with the current article—part of a larger book project.

Greg Kinzer ( is an assistant professor of English and director of American studies at Austin College, outside Dallas, TX, where he teaches poetry and American literature. He has previously published on Joan Retallack and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and is completing a book manuscript titled “The More Than Human World: Scientific Imagination in Innovative Poetry,” which examines how twentieth-century poets engage with the sciences as a way of exploring how the physical and biological world exists together with, not alongside, the cultural and human one.

Nicholas B. Mayer ( is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford. His master’s dissertation, “Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean and the Aesthetics of Sacrifice,” explores Pater’s attitude towards representations of pain and violence in connection to the aesthetic theories of Winckelmann and Lessing. His interests include aestheticism and decadence, modernism, psychoanalysis and aesthetics. [End Page 207]

Eric Meljac ( is a PhD candidate in literature and criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he serves as a teaching associate. His research interests include twentieth-century narrative, literary modernism, as well as J.M. Coetzee. He is particularly interested in formulations of the sympathetic imagination and love in the works of Coetzee, and his dissertation project, in part, addresses these issues.

Joel Morris ( is a doctoral candidate in comparative literary studies and German at Northwestern University. He is completing his dissertation, “‘Waiting’ in German-Jewish Literature and Thought, 1914–1924,” which examines tropes of waiting, postponement and deferral in the stories, essays and diaries of Franz Kafka, Max Brod, Gershom Scholem, Walter Benjamin and Joseph Roth.

Daniel Ryan Morse ( is a doctoral candidate in English at Temple University and the 2010–2011 Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Temple. His dissertation, “Fiction on the Radio: Remediating Transnational Modernism,” contributes to the revaluation of modernism’s public spheres by examining formal and thematic responses to broadcasting in modernist novels in addition to investigating how British, Indian and Irish writers used radio to absorb, promote and repurpose modernist works, principles and techniques in their broadcasts, often across national boundaries.

Janet Neigh ( is a lecturer at Montclair State University. She recently completed her PhD at Temple University. Her research and teaching interests include Caribbean studies, global modernism, literacy studies, feminist theory and poetry of the Americas. She has published articles in The Journal of West Indian Literature and Journal of Modern Literature.

Karl Precoda ( teaches in the Departments of Theater and Cinema, and Sociology/Africana Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He earned his PhD in American literature from the University of Virginia.

P. S. Polanah ( teaches in the Department of Africana Studies/Sociology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He earned his PhD in History/Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bede Scott (


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