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Melanie Armstrong is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Paul Downes teaches early American literature at the University of Toronto. He is the author of a number of essays on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American fiction (Melville, Hawthorne, Poe) and of Democracy, Revolution and Monarchism in Early American Literature (Cambridge, 2002). His current work explores the significance of Thomas Hobbes for American literature and politics.

Peter Gibian teaches American literature and culture in the English Department at McGill University. He has published two books—an edited essay collection, Mass Culture and Everyday Life (Routledge 1997), and Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Culture of Conversation (Cambridge 2001)—as well as essays on Whitman, Melville, Poe, Twain, Hale, Irving, Justice Holmes, John Singer Sargent, Wharton and James, Michael Snow and shopping mall spectacle, the experience of nineteenth-century shopping arcades, and cosmopolitanism in nineteenth-century American literature.

Alexandra Harrington is a doctoral candidate at the McGill Institute of Comparative law. Her thesis examines the transformation of territory in international law.

David Jarraway is Professor of American Literature at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Wallace Stevens and the Question of Belief: “Metaphysician in the dark” (1993), Going the Distance: Dissident Subjectivity in Modernist American Literature (2003), and many essays on American literature and culture, most recently on the films of Alfred Hitchcock (Canadian Symposium Series), and George Cukor (ESC), and on John Updike’s “Rabbit” Angstrom Quartet (CRAS)

Avidan Kent is a PhD candidate at Cambridge, focusing on international trade and investment and climate change law, with degrees from Haifa (LL.B.) and McGill (LL.M.). Avidan is an Associate Fellow at the Centre of International Sustainable Development Law and a member of the Israeli Bar.

Susan Knabe is an assistant professor jointly appointed in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her current research focuses on the representation of young women’s sexuality, particularly in relationship to discourses of risk and disease, and the connections between and among AIDS cultural production, trauma, and affectivity.

Bryce Traister teaches American literature at the University of Western Ontario. He writes on colonial settlement culture in New England, and has published widely on nineteenth-century American literature and American Studies methodology.

Eric Wertheimer teaches at Arizona State University, New College. He is currently working on two book projects: “Pretexts: War and Writing in the Early Republic” and “Automatic America: Distance in Nineteenth Century American Culture.” He has published articles on topics in early and nineteenth-century American literature in American Literature, Early American Literature, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Arizona Quarterly. [End Page i]



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