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Sarah Clere received her PhD in 2011 from the University of North Carolina and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. Her work has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly and Cather Studies and is forthcoming in the NYU Press essay collection Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Richard C. Harris, John J. McMullen Professor of Humanities and Assistant Dean at Webb Institute, has published extensively on Willa Cather in a number of journals, including Cather Studies, Studies in American Fiction, the Journal of Narrative Theory, the Midwest Review, and the Willa Cather Newsletter and Review. He was the volume editor for the Scholarly Edition of Cather’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel One of Ours (University of Nebraska Press, 2006) and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Willa Cather Foundation.

Melissa J. Homestead, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializes in women’s authorship from the Early Republic through the early twentieth century. She is the author of American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869 (2005), co-editor of the essay collections Willa Cather and Modern Cultures (2011) and E. D. E. N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist (2012) and of a critical edition of Catharine Sedgwick’s 1830 novel Clarence; or, A Tale of Our Own Times (2011). Her other essays on Willa Cather and Edith Lewis’s creative partnership have appeared in Western American Literature (co-authored with Anne Kaufman, 2008) and Willa Cather: A Writer’s Worlds (2010), and an essay on how Cather and Lewis carried forward into the twentieth century the nineteenth-century model of same-sex intimacy represented by Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Adams Fields is forthcoming in Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century.

Lise Jaillant is a lecturer (assistant professor) in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK. More information on her research can be found on her website:

Andrew Jewell is Associate Professor in the University Libraries, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and editor of the Willa Cather Archive ( Andy has published several essays on Willa Cather and other American writers, scholarly editing, and digital humanities. He is co-editor of the books The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press, 2011) and The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Knopf, 2013). [End Page 580]

Charles Johanningsmeier is the Jefferis Chair of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he teaches American Literature. He has published extensively on the impact periodical publication of fiction had in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, not only on the careers of authors such as Stephen Crane, Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry James, Frank Norris, and Mary Wilkins Freeman, but also on the lives of the countless readers who interacted with serialized fictions during this period. His work on Willa Cather in Germany is the direct result of a year he spent as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Leipzig.

Matthew J. Lavin is the Associate Program Coordinator of a Mellon funded initiative at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY titled “Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century.” From 2012 to 2013, he was a Council for Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. He completed a PhD in English at the University of Iowa in 2012, a master’s degree in American studies at Utah State University in 2006, and a bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University in 2002. In conjunction with his doctoral work on turn-of-the-century American authorship, he received the Lilly Library’s Everett Helm Fellowship in 2010 and the University of Iowa’s Frederick F. Seely Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship for Teaching and Research in 2011. His scholarly work has appeared in Western American Literature and Cather Studies 9: Willa Cather and Modern Cultures.

Sharon O’Brien is James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures at Dickinson College where she teaches in the American Studies and English Departments. She is the author of two biographies...


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