Richard Block is an associate professor of Germanics at the University of Washington and has affiliate status with the Program for Jewish Studies, the Program in European Studies, and the Graduate Program in Theory and Criticism. He is the author of The Spell of Italy: Vacation, Magic, and the Attraction of Goethe (Wayne State University Press, 2005). He is currently completing a book-length manuscript, “Echoes of a Queer Messianism: From Frankenstein to Brokeback Mountain.”
Nicholas De Genova is currently senior lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He previously held academic positions at Stanford, Columbia, and the Universities of Chicago, Amsterdam, Bern, and Warwick. He is the author of Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and “Illegality” in Mexican Chicago (2005), co-author of Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and the Politics of Race and Citizenship (2003), editor of Racial Transformations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States (2006), and most recently, co-editor of The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (2010).
Michael Du Plessis teaches Comparative Literature and English at the University of Southern California. His novel, The Memoirs of JonBenet by Kathy Acker, has recently been published by Les Figues Press (2012). He is currently working on a project about literature, Afrikaans, and translation. [End Page 269]
Erin Graff Zivin is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on constructions of Jewishness and marranismo in the Luso-Hispanic Atlantic, aesthetic representations of torture and interrogation, and the intersection of philosophy and critical theory. She is the author of The Wandering Signifier: Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary (Duke University Press, 2008) and editor of The Ethics of Latin American Literary Criticism: Reading Otherwise (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Peggy Kamuf is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Among her most recent books are Book of Addresses (2005) and To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida (2010). Her essays on literary theory, the university, and deconstruction have appeared in journals and anthologies in the United States, Canada, Britain, and throughout Europe.
Michael Lackey is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a scholar of twentieth-century intellectual, political, and literary history. A recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2001–2002), he has published articles in numerous journals, including Philosophy and Literature, Journal of the History of Ideas, Callaloo, African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, Comparative Critical Studies, and Journal of Modern Literature. University Press of Florida published his first book, African American Atheists and Political Liberation: A Study of the Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Faith, which was named a “Choice Outstanding Academic Title” for 2007. Continuum recently published his book, The Modernist God State: A Literary Study of the Nazis’ Christian Reich.
Brett Levinson is a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton. His critical work addresses literary theory and Latin American studies and includes Secondary Moderns: Mimesis, History, and Revolution in Lezama Lima’s “American Expression” (1996), The Ends of Literature: The Latin American “Boom” in the Neoliberal Marketplace (2002), and Market and Thought: Meditations on the Political and Biopolitical (2004). [End Page 270]
Karen Pinkus is professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Cornell where is she is active in research and teaching about the humanities and climate change. Author of articles on topics ranging from geoengineering to the deconstruction of “sustainability,” she has a book forthcoming titled Fuel that indicates some hope—however minute—in the pure potentiality of matters not yet inserted into systems of energy.
Scott Cutler Shershow is professor of English and former chair of the graduate program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of The Work and the Gift (Chicago, 2005), Puppets and “Popular” Culture (Cornell, 1995), and the co-editor of Marxist Shakespeares (Routledge, 2002). His other recent publications include, “A Triangle Open on Its Fourth Side: On the Strategy, Protocol, and ‘Justice’ of Deconstruction” (Derrida Today, 2011) and “The Time of Sacrifice: Derrida contra Agamben” (Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 2011).