Eve Tavor Bannet is George Lynn Cross Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her monographs include Empire of Letters: Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680–1810 (2005); Transatlantic Stories and the History of Reading: Migrant Fictions, 17201–1810 (2011); and The Domestic Revolution: Enlightenment Feminisms and the Novel (2000). She is the editor of British and American Letter-Manuals, 1680–1810 (4 vols., 2008); of Samuel Jackson Pratt's Emma Corbett (2011); and, with Susan Manning, of Transatlantic Literary Studies, 1640–1830 (2012). She is currently working on manners of reading in eighteenth-century Britain and America.
Michael Hoberman teaches American literature at Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. He is the author, most recently, of New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America. In 2010, he was Fulbright Senior Professor of American Studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. Along with Laura Leibman and Hilit Surowitz-Israel, he is currently co-editing Jews of the Americas, 1621–1826.
Michael P. Kramer teaches in the English department at Bar-Ilan University, where he directs the Shachter Family Project in Literature and leads the William Solomon Jewish Arts Seminar in the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing. He is the author of Imagining Language in America: From the Revolution to the Civil War and has edited and co-edited numerous volumes, including, most recently, Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries and The Turn around Religion in America: Literature, Culture, and the Work of Sacvan Bercovitch. He is currently working on an annotated translation of S. Y. Agnon’s And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight.
Laura Arnold Leibman is a professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. Her most recent book is Messianism, Secrecy, and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (2012), which won a National Jewish Book Award [End Page vii] and a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. She is currently editing Jews in the Americas, 1620–1826 with Michael Hoberman and Hilit Surowitz-Israel.
Julian Levinson is the Samuel Shetzer Professor of American Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His first book was entitled Exiles on Main Street: Jewish American Writers and American Literary Culture (winner of a National Jewish Book Award, 2009). He has also published translations of Yiddish poetry and articles on subjects including Jewish studies in the multicultural academy, the representation of the Holocaust in American film, and Yiddish literary modernism in the United States. He is currently working on a book entitled The New Israelites: Revising Jewish Culture in Protestant America.
Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. His research explores the connections between Iberian and Jewish culture during the medieval and early modern periods. His essays on Sephardic history and literature investigate the dynamics of religious transformation within the context of the crypto-Jewish experience. He is currently working on a study of family and identity in the Sephardic Atlantic world.
Yael Shapira is a lecturer in the English department at Bar-Ilan University. She specializes in eighteenth-century fiction and is currently completing a book on the dead body in the eighteenth-century British novel. Her work has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Narrative, Eighteenth-Century Life and elsewhere. She is co-editor of the Hebrew essay collection Canonical and Popular: Literary Dialogues (2007).
Shira Wolosky is Professor of English at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her many writings on literature, religion, and literary theory include Emily Dickinson: A Voice of War; Language Mysticism; The Art of Poetry; “Nineteenth Century American Poetry,” in The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. 4, Poetry and Public Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America; The Riddles of Harry Potter; Defending Identity; and Feminist Theory Across Disciplines. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Drue Heinz Visiting Professorship at Oxford. She is currently working on a book on Jewish thought and contemporary theory, with special focus on Emmanuel Levinas. [End Page viii]