Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez is an associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She specializes in African diasporic literatures, queer studies, colonial, and postcolonial theories. She has published articles on Afro-diasporic literatures and cultures in Brazil and the Caribbean. She is the author of Travestismos culturales: Literatura y etnografia en Cuba y Brasil (2003); her second book focuses on the Caribbean masonic circuits in the nineteenth century and is currently under review by Duke University Press. Her current project, “Mediascapes,” which won a humanities research grant, focuses on the role of media and new media technologies and the commodification of race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Caribbean societies. She has been appointed as a Mellon African diaspora visiting scholar at Lewis and Clark College for fall 2012.
Teresa Barnard earned her BA in English and American studies at the University of Derby, and she was awarded her PhD in English literature from the University of Birmingham. She teaches English at the University of Derby. Her main research area is in the field of the long eighteenth century, and her particular interests are in local Derbyshire and Midlands writers of the Enlightenment era, as well as women’s poetry, letters, and diaries. She has published several articles and chapters, most recently on Anna Seward’s censored sermons in Literature Compass. Her critical biography, Anna Seward: A Constructed Life, was published by Ashgate in September 2009. Her latest research is on women’s writing that is influenced by the sciences.
Rodrigo Lopes De Barros graduated in law and has a master’s degree in literary theory from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Hispanic literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sarah Phillips Casteel is an associate professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, where she teaches postcolonial and diaspora literatures. She is the recipient of a Polanyi Prize from the government of Ontario and a Horst Frenz prize from the American Comparative Literature Association. She is the author of Second Arrivals: Landscape and Belonging in [End Page 321] Contemporary Writing of the Americas (2007) and the coeditor of Canada and Its Americas: Transnational Navigations (2010). Her current SSHRC-funded book project considers how Jewishness figures in the Caribbean literary imagination.
William Egginton is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at The Johns Hopkins University. His latest book is In Defense of Religious Moderation (2011). His previous books include How the World Became a Stage, Perversity and Ethics, A Wrinkle in History, The Philosopher’s Desire, and The Theater of Truth. He is also a coeditor of Thinking With Borges and The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy, as well as translator of Lisa Block de Behar’s Borges, the Passion of an Endless Quotation.
Elizabeth Fay is a professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Boston, specializing in British romanticism. She directs the Research Center for Urban Cultural History, which focuses in particular on the urban Atlantic. Fay has published several monographs, most recently Fashioning Faces: The Portraitive Mode in British Romanticism (2010) and Romantic Medievalism: History and the Romantic Literary Ideal (2002). She is currently at work coediting a volume of essays on the Atlantic public sphere.
Guillermina De Ferrari earned a PhD in comparative literature from Columbia University and is an associate professor of Caribbean literature and culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction (2007) and of several articles on Cuban and Caribbean art and literature. Her work has appeared in journals such as La Habana elegante, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Latin American Literary Review, and Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. She is currently finishing a book on ethics and friendship in contemporary Cuban fiction.
Roberto González Echevarría is the Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of, among other books, Love and...