John Dudley, Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of South Dakota, is the author of A Man's Game: Masculinity and the Anti-Aesthetics of American Literary Naturalism (2004) and several articles on naturalism, African American literature, and Western American literature.
Anita Duneer is Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College, where she teaches American and postcolonial literatures and literary theory. She is at work on a book about Jack London and the sea, which merges interests in maritime literature and literary naturalism. Her most recent publications include an essay on nineteenth-century voyaging captains' wives in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance and an article entitled "Androgyny and Sexuality in The Sea-Wolf," forthcoming in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching the Works of Jack London, edited by Kenneth K. Brandt and Jeanne Campbell Reesman.
Cara Erdheim is a lecturer at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT, where she teaches courses in American prose, environmental writing, sports narratives, and the literature of disability. Her most recent publication is "Naturalism's Dietary Discourse: From Fletcher's Fasting Fads to Sinclair's Social Reforms" in Food, Culture, and Society. At present, she is at work on a project that examines the ecological ethics and dietary reforms central to early twentieth-century urban narratives.
Kevin J. Hayes, Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma, is the author of several books, including A Journey through American Literature (2012).
Charles Johanningsmeier is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he teaches a variety of American literature courses. A print historian, he has published widely on the American publishing industry in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is especially interested in how reading fiction has affected common readers' lives, which has led him to investigate how the serialized works [End Page 260] of such authors as Crane, Jewett, James, and Norris would have been understood by their periodical readers. His current book project is entitled "Reconfiguring Region, Race, Gender, and Class: The Cultural Work of Regionalist Fiction in American Periodicals, 1865-1914."
Eric Carl Link is currently an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis. He has authored or edited eight books and over fifty articles, book chapters, and critical introductions. His authored books include Neutral Ground: New Traditionalism and the American Romance Controversy (1999), The Vast and Terrible Drama: American Literary Naturalism in the Late Nineteenth Century (2004), Understanding Philip K. Dick (2010), and Crosscurrents: Reading in the Disciplines (2013).
Jillmarie Murphy is the John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor of English at Union College in Schenectady NY. She is the author of Monstrous Kinships: Realism and Attachment Theory in the Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth- Century Novel (2011) and co-editor of Hawthorne in His Own Time (2007). Murphy is also a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature (2008) and Emerson in Context (2014).
Gregory Phipps teaches American literature in the Department of English at McGill University. His articles have appeared and are forthcoming in The Henry James Review, Philosophy and Literature, Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature, Consider David Foster Wallace, Literature/Film Quarterly, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and Clues: A Journal of Detection. His short fiction has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Scrivener, Janus Head, and The Loose Canon.
James A. Puckett currently teaches part-time at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His interests include ecocriticism, gender studies, and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature. His MA thesis, "Ernest Hemingway's Ecological Ethics: Masculine Performance and Pastoralism seen through Evolutionary Psychology," focuses on the relationship of masculinity to the natural world in the works of Ernest Hemingway.
Chuck Robinson is a PhD student at the University of Memphis. He is currently researching the intersecting development of science, literature, and social thought in nineteenth-century America, in particular the shifting conceptions of force, history, and animality. [End Page 261]