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Beth Blum ( is completing her PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, Proverbial Modernism, analyzes self-help applications of modernism in the works of Alain de Botton, Declan Kiberd, Azar Nafisi and other contemporary authors.

Shelly Brivic ( is professor of English at Temple University. He was a Temple Advisor for JML from 1971 to 2004 and published fifty reviews in the journal. His latest books are Joyce Through Lacan and Zizek: Explorations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Tears of Rage: The Racial Interface of Modern American Fiction: Faulkner, Wright, Pynchon, Morrison (Louisiana State UP, 2008). Five of his books are on Joyce.

Adam Ellwanger ( is an assistant professor of English at the University of Houston — Downtown, where he teaches course in writing and rhetorical theory. In addition to the field of rhetoric in general, his interests include political philosophy, continental theory, higher education policy, rock music, and hockey. He is currently working on a book-length project that explores the rhetoric of public apology and its punitive function in public discourse.

Nir Evron ( is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at Stanford University. He is currently in the final stages of his dissertation, The Novel and the Transience of Cultural Worlds.

Matthew Feldman ( is senior lecturer in twentieth century history at the University of Northampton; senior fellow with the Berendel Institute, London; and senior research fellow on the University of Bergen, Norway, research project “Modernism and Christianity.” He is also an editor of Compass: Political Religions, directs Northampton’s Radicalism and New Media research network, and co-edits Continuum Books’ monograph series, Historicizing Modernism. He has published widely on twentieth century literary modernism, including several volumes on Samuel Beckett’s manuscripts and philosophical influences, in addition to various publications on fascist ideology, wartime propaganda and far-right extremism since World War I.

Vassiliki Kolocotroni ( is a senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Glasgow and convener of the Master’s Programme in Modernities. She is co-editor, with Jane Goldman and Olga Taxidou, of Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents (Edinburgh and Chicago UP, 1998), and more recently of an anthology of writings by British [End Page 153] women travellers in Greece from 1718–1932 (In the Country of the Moon, Hestia, 2005), and a collection of essays on gender, Hellenism and Orientalism (Women Writing Greece, Rodopi, 2008). She has published on theory, Surrealism, and film, and is currently at work on a study of Hellenism and modernity.

Ashley Kunsa ( is pursuing a doctoral degree in English literature at Duquesne University. Her critical work has been published in the Journal of Modern Literature, reprinted in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (Bloom’s Guides, ed. Harold Bloom), and is forthcoming in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Her flash fiction, “A Woman’s Glory,” won the 2011 A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize and appeared in The Los Angeles Review (Fall 2011).

Patricia Laurence ( is a professor of English at the City University of New York. She is currently at work on a biography of Elizabeth Bowen, and is the author of The Reading of Silence: Virginia Woolf in the English Tradition and Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism and China.

Joseph Lavery ( is a graduate student in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include late Victorian culture, aesthetics, gender dissidence and Orientalism. His dissertation examines the convergences of these tropes in fin de siècle Anglophone literature. He has previously published work on Kafka and Derrida.

Aaron Rosenberg ( is a doctoral candidate in English at Cornell University. His current research interests include modernist experiments with the lyric, science and technology.

Nathan Waddell ( teaches at the University of Birmingham, UK. His previous publications on John Buchan include Modern John Buchan: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge Scholars, 2009) and an essay in Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond “The Thirty-Nine Steps” (Chatto & Windus, 2009). He is...


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