Nora M. Alter is professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She is the author of Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (2002), Chris Marker (2006), and co-editor with Lutz Koepnick of Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (2004). She is completing a book on the international essay film.
Jan Baetens is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is interested in word and image studies (graphic novel, photonovella, novelization), on which he has published widely. His most recent book is Pour le roman-photo (Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2010). He co-edits FPC (Formes poétiques contemporaines), and is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including one on basketball: Slam. Poèmes sur le basketball (Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2007).
Andrew Barnaby is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont. He has published numerous essays on early-modern writers and, with Lisa J. Schnell, Literate Experience: The Work of Knowing in Seventeenth-Century English Writing (Palgrave, 2002). The present essay is part of a book-length study on the concept of belatedness, from the Bible to Freud.
Claudia Gorbman is Professor of Film Studies at University of Washington, Tacoma, and an adjunct faculty member in UW Seattle's Cinema Studies Program. She is the author of Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music (1987), and has translated five books by French experimental composer and writer/critic Michel Chion, most recently Film, A Sound Art (Columbia UP, 2009). She is the co-editor (with John Richardson and Carol Vernallis) of The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics (forthcoming, 2012).
David Oscar Harvey is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa. His essay film Red Red Red recently screened at a number of film festivals and his academic writing has appeared in publications that include Discourse, WSQ, and GLQ. He is presently completing his dissertation entitled "Cinematic Assemblages: An Anatomy of the Essay Film in Interwar Europe." [End Page 157]
Vincent B. Leitch is George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English. He is the author of Deconstructive Criticism (1982); American Literary Criticism from the 1930s to the 1980s (1988); Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism (1992); Postmodernism—Local Effects, Global Flows (1996); Theory Matters (2003); Living with Theory, Manifesto Series (Blackwell, 2008); and American Literary Criticism Since the 1930s, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2010). He is General Editor of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, 1st and 2nd editions (Norton, 2001; 2010).
Michael Jay Lewis is a visiting lecturer at Indiana University, where he earned his Ph.D. in English in 2012. His current manuscript focuses on the role that fictionality plays in reading and interpretive practices in 19th- and 20th-century transatlantic literature, a portion of which is forthcoming in Studies in the Novel. He is also a creative writer, and has published (under a pseudonym) several fictional works.
Andrew Ritchey is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at the University of Iowa, currently completing a dissertation on the history and theory of avant-garde film sound. In addition to teaching classes on film theory, film sound, and autobiography in film and literature, he is a curator and co-director of the Works-in-Progress art festival in Iowa City. He is also a musician and sound designer, whose work has been presented at galleries and festivals internationally.
Steven Ungar is Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa, where his recent teaching includes courses on Film & France in the 1930s, Everyday Life, Film Noir, Modern French Fiction, and New Wave France. His book-length publications include Roland Barthes: The Professor of Desire (1983), Scandal and Aftereffect: Blanchot and France Since 1930 (1995), Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (2005, with Dudley Andrew), and Cléo de 5 à 7 (2008). He is completing a study of social documentary in France. [End Page 158]