Charles Altieri teaches in the English Department at University of California–Berkeley. His most recent books are The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects (2003) and The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Modernism and After (2006). His Wallace Stevens and the Phenomenology of Value is forthcoming.
Shoshana Benjamin recently retired from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where she taught English as a foreign language. Her literary interests center on cryptic literature and its interpretation. Her latest paper is “Puzzling Narratives: Detective Fiction, Cryptic Texts, and the Difference between Them,” written for the 2012 conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.
Rachel Sagner Buurma is Assistant Professor of English literature at Swarthmore College, where she teaches Victorian literature. She is finishing a book project titled A Material History of Omniscience: How Criticism Made the Novel Literary.
Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. From July 2013, he will be the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His books include Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000).
Hannah Freed-Thall is a Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University. She is currently completing a manuscript on taste and disgust in French modernism.
Laura Heffernan is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Florida, where she teaches modernist literature and is completing a book project about modernist critics and their unremarkable objects of study. She and Buurma recently received an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship to complete their book The Historicist Classroom.
Sinéad Garrigan Mattar is a fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge, where she teaches English literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her first book, Primitivism, Science, and the Irish Revival, was published in 2004.
Henry Staten is Lockwood Professor in the Humanities and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. His Wittgenstein and Derrida (1984) was the first book-length study of deconstruction as philosophy; he is also the author of Nietzsche’s Voice (1990) and Eros in Mourning: Homer to Lacan (1995). The essay in this volume is from a book in progress. [End Page 179]
Robert JC Young is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University. His books include White Mythologies: Writing History and the West (1990); Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Culture, Theory and Race (1995); Torn Halves: Political Conflict in Literary and Cultural Theory (1996); Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (2001); Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (2003); and The Idea of English Ethnicity (2008). He is also editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. [End Page 180]