Martha Billips is Associate Professor of English at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, where she also serves as Chair of the Humanities Division. Her most recent article on Lee Smith, “‘What a Wild and Various State’: Virginia in Lee Smith’s Oral History” appeared in 2009 in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.
Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier both attended Douglass College at Rutgers University in the 1960s and have been friends and working partners ever since. They have both lived in France for more than forty years, where they teach literature and American civilization as well as write English grammar and other books for French speakers. In the 1970s, they received degrees in linguistics, one at the University of Vincennes, and the other at Nanterre in Paris, hubs of new thinking in language and social science. They both had long and active teaching careers at Sciences Po. Notable among their publications have been a series of grammar books; a video series, Magic English, to teach children English; Focus on American Democracy, a book explaining the American system of government; and several French cookbooks on American food. All along, they have been translating social science, art, and feminist writings from French to English. Feminism and politics, as well as knowledge of France and its culture, led them to the translation into English of Le Deuxième Sexe by Simone de Beauvoir.
Heidi Bostic is Professor of French and Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Baylor University. She is the author of The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century (2010), as well as articles on Françoise de Graffigny, Marie Jeanne Riccoboni, and Isabelle de Charrière. She has published translations of works by Luce Irigaray and articles on Irigaray’s thought. Her current research focuses on the question of narrative identity.
J. Brooks bouson is Professor of English at Loyola University in Chicago. She has published essays and book chapters on a variety of authors, including Dorothy Allison, Margaret Atwood, Saul Bellow, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes, Franz Kafka, Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison, Edwin Muir, George Orwell, and Christa Wolf. She is the author of five books: Embodied Shame: Uncovering Female Shame in Contemporary Women’s Writings (2009), Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother (2005), Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma and Race in the Novels [End Page 515] of Toni Morrison (2000), Brutal Choreographies: Oppositional Strategies and Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood (1993), and The Empathic Reader: A Study of the Narcissistic Character and the Drama of the Self (1989). In addition, she is the editor of Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood (forthcoming), Margaret Atwood: “The Robber Bride,” “The Blind Assassin,” and “Oryx and Crake” (2010), Critical Insights: Emily Dickinson (2010); and Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (2009).
Jim Byatt is Teaching Fellow in the School of English at the University of St. Andrews. He teaches a range of courses on British and American literature from the nineteenth century to the present and has research interests in extreme fiction, posthumous narratives, and British literature since 1945.
Jane Costlow holds a doctorate in Russian literature and has taught Russian language and literature at Bates College for over twenty years. Her scholarly work includes a monograph on Ivan Turgenev, studies of women’s writing in Russia, and a translation of Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal’s Tragic Menagerie, first published in 1907. She is a member of the Program on Environmental Studies at Bates, and her current writing and teaching reflects her interest in the intersections of landscape, politics, and the cultural imagination.
Nicole S. Dobianer is a final year doctoral student at Kent University in Canterbury, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on Hispanic women’s literature. She is also a peer-review editor for the journal Akademeia and teaches English and Spanish.
Sari Edelstein is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her essays have appeared in Legacy and Studies in American Fiction. She is currently completing a book-length manuscript on early American women’s writing and newspaper culture.
Julia Flanders is Director of the Women Writers Project at Brown...