J. Hillis Miller taught for many years at the Johns Hopkins University and then at Yale University, before going to the University of California at Irvine in 1986, where is he now UCI Distinguished Research Professor. He is the author of many books and essays on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, European, and American literature, and on literary theory. His most recent books are Others (Princeton, 2001), Speech Acts in Literature (Stanford, 2002), and On Literature (Routledge, 2002). He is at work on a book on speech acts in the novels and stories of Henry James.
Reingard Nethersole is Director of the Unit for Cross Cultural Studies in the Centre for International Political Studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Until 1999 she headed the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Her research increasingly embraces questions of cosmopolitanism and globalization.
Tilottama Rajan is Canada Research Chair in English and Theory and former Director of the Centre for Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario. She is the author and editor of eight books, including Dark Interpreter: The Discourse of Romanticism (Cornell UP, 1980), Deconstruction and the Remainders of Phenomenology: Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard (Stanford UP, 2002), (coed.) After Poststructuralism: Writing the Intellectual History of Theory (U of Toronto P, 2002), and (coed.) Idealism without Absolutes: Philosophy and Romantic Culture (forthcoming, SUNY P, 2004). She is currently working on a study of encyclopedic thinking from post-Kantian idealism to deconstruction.
Marc Redfield teaches literature at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman (1996) and The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism (2003).
Samuel Weber is Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University. He is currently completing three books: Theatricality as Medium (Stanford), Walter Benjamin's -abilities (Harvard) and Targets of Opportunity.
Simon Morgan Wortham is Principal Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, England, and the author of Rethinking the University: Leverage and Deconstruction (Manchester UP, 1999) and Samuel Weber: Acts of Reading (Ashgate, 2003). He is currently editing a collection of essays on technics and deconstruction, and preparing a new book on obsessional writing. [End Page iii]