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Elizabeth S. Anker is assistant professor of English at Cornell University. She is completing a book, Fictions of Dignity: Human Rights, Embodiment, and the Postcolonial Novel. Her recent publications include essays in American Literary History, New Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, and the James Joyce Quarterly. Her new work concerns the relationship between constitutionalism and post-war literature, film, and architecture.

Tobias Boes is an assistant professor of German at the University of Notre Dame, where he also teaches in the PhD in Literature Program. His book Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman is forthcoming from Cornell University Press.

Ling Chung received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Chung has taught at SUNY-Albany, Hong Kong University, and National Sun Yat-sen University and is currently dean of the Arts Faculty and chair professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her fields are East-West literary relations and Chinese women poets and her publications include American Poetry and Chinese Dream: Chinese Cultural Modes in Modern American Verse (in Chinese) (1996); Gary Snyder and Chinese Culture (in Chinese) (2006); Chinese Zen Buddhism and American Literature (in Chinese) (2009). She has published essays in Connotations, The Comparatist and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and also has collaborated with Kenneth Rexroth in two books of translation, Women Poets of China and Li Ch’ing-chao: Complete Poems.

Michael Cooperson earned a PhD from Harvard in 1994 and has taught Arabic language and literature at UCLA since 1995. He has also taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the Middlebury School of Arabic. His research interests include the cultural history of the early Abbasid caliphate and time travel as a literary device. His publications include Classical Arabic Biography (2000), a study of four ninth-century celebrities and how they have been remembered, and Al Ma’mun (2005), a biography of the caliph. He has translated Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Author and His Doubles (2001), Khairy Shalabi’s Time Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets (2010), and Jurji Zaydan’s al-Amin wa l-Ma’mun (forthcoming). He is a coauthor, with the RRAALL group, of Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic [End Page 610] Literary Tradition (2001) and coeditor, with Shawkat Toorawa, of Arabic LiteraryCulture, 500915 (2005), in The Dictionary of Literary Biography series. He is currently working on Persian and Arab ethnicity in the ninth century.

David Damrosch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association. His books include The Narrative Covenant: Transformations of Genre in the Growth of Biblical Literature (1987), We Scholars: Changing the Culture of the University (1995), What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004) and of The Longman Anthology of British Literature (4th ed., 2009), editor of Teaching World Literature (2009), and coeditor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (2009). He is also the founding director of the Institute for World Literature (

Melissa Frazier is a professor of Russian Language and Russian and Comparative Literature at Sarah Lawrence College, where she also holds the Margot C. Bogert Distinguished Service Chair. Her book Romantic Encounters: Readers, Writers and the Library for Reading (2007) was awarded the 2007 Jean-Pierre Barricelli book prize by the International Conference on Romanticism. Current projects include Dostoevsky and the detective novel and the intersections of Russian and African American literature.

Matthew Hart is an assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His publications include Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing (2010) and Contemporary Literature and the State, ed. with Jim Hansen (2008). He is currently at work on a new book manuscript, “Extraterritorial: Transnational Culture and the Question of the State.” He is an associate editor of the journal Contemporary Literature; founding coeditor (with David James and Rebecca L. Walkowitz) of the Columbia University...


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