Ann W. Astell, formerly Professor of English at Purdue University, is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (2011-2012), she is the author of six books and many articles on medieval literature, religion, and sanctity, including Joan of Arc and Sacrificial Authorship (U of Notre Dame P, 2003). She has taught courses on Biography and on Hagiography as Narrative Theology.
Renae Bredin is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on popular culture and indigenous women's writing. She is currently working on a monograph about Martha Stewart and the narrative of domesticity, as well as essays on The Wire and "service" in Denise Chavez's Face of An Angel.
Aimee Carrillo Rowe is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. She thanks Francesca Royster, Ann Russo, and Naomi Greyser for their encouragement and feedback in the creation of this essay.
Jonathan M. Elukin is Associate Professor of History at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. He is the author of Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages (Princeton UP, 2007). He is currently writing a book on The Merchant of Venice.
Christina Houen is Adjunct Research Associate in Social Sciences at Curtin University. Her doctoral dissertation is an auto-ethnographic study of female desire, using Deleuzian and post-structuralist feminist theory to interpret her own life writing and the extant diaries and fiction of medieval Heian Japanese women writers. Her current project is a collective biography of a group of British migrants who came to Western Australia after World War II under the Fairbridge One Parent scheme.
E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP, 2003) and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (U of North Carolina P, 2008), and co-editor of Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (Duke UP, 2005). [End Page 635]
H. Adlai Murdoch is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His articles have appeared in such journals as Callaloo, Yale French Studies, Research in African Literatures, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, The Journal of Contemporary French Studies, and L'Esprit créateur. He is the author of Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel (UP of Florida, 2001), and of Creolizing the Metropole: Migratory Metropolitan Caribbean Identities in Literature and Film (Indiana UP, 2012).
Susan Nalezyty is a former museum curator and a graduate of Temple University with a PhD in Art History (2011). She is a professorial lecturer at George Washington University. Her current research project, tentatively entitled Poetic Ensemble: Pietro Bembo as Art Collector, reconstructs Bembo's dispersed art collection and investigates this convivial man of letters' conscious deployment of visual art to expand his network and to inform his own creative and scholarly output.
Peter Nicholls is Professor of English at New York University. His publications include Ezra Pound: Politics, Economics and Writing (Humanities, 1984), Modernisms: A Literary Guide (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd ed. 2009), and George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism (Oxford UP, 2007).
Kim Paffenroth is Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College. Besides his work on Augustine, he frequently writes and speaks about horror fiction and films, especially zombies.
Mihaela Precup is Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest. Her main research interests include contemporary American visual culture, and memory and trauma studies, with a focus on photography and graphic narratives. She has recently edited a volume of essays entitled American Visual Memoirs after the 1970s: Studies on Gender, Sexuality, and Visibility in the Post-Civil Rights Age (Bucharest: Bucharest UP, 2010).
Molly Pulda is a doctoral candidate and writing fellow at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she is writing a dissertation on memoirs of family secrets. She has published in A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, and has articles forthcoming in Contemporary Women's Writing, Doris Lessing Studies...