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Asaad Al-Saleh is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature working for the Department of Languages and Literature and the Middle East Center at the University of Utah. He is the author of several articles on issues related to identity, displacement, and political culture in modern Arabic Literature. His book, Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories of the Arab Revolutions, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

Susanna Ashton is Professor of English at Clemson University. She has just co-edited The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought (U of South Carolina P, forthcoming), and she is leading a cross-disciplinary team of engineers and humanities scholars at Clemson in a new project that involves digitizing thousands of South Carolina runaway slave advertisements. Her recent work on African American print culture includes her edition of little-known state slave memoirs, titled “I Belong To South Carolina”: South Carolina Slave Narratives (U of South Carolina P), which won Choice magazine’s designation as an “Outstanding Academic Title for 2010.”

Kathleen Diffley is Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa and Past Director of the M/MLA. Author of Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitution Reform, 1861-1876 (U of Georgia P, 1992), she has also edited To Live and Die: Collected Stories of the Civil War (Duke UP, 2002), a volume drawn from her continuing attention to Civil War stories that circulated in the magazines of the 1860s and 1870s. She is currently at work on a book about telling the war in a magazine culture shaped by market concerns. “Consensus and Contest” was assembled for publication while she was a scholar-in-residence at the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center during spring 2012.

Sara Lindey is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Vincent College. She has published previous scholarship on children’s culture and popular literature. Her current projects center on the revisions [End Page 120] between nineteenth-century American periodicals and books that dramatize conflations among women’s and children’s literature. She would like to acknowledge her research assistant, Rachel Hochendoner, and dedicates this work to the community of women students who have read, critiqued, and loved the novels in her class Sentimental Politics.

Sean P. O’Brien is a PhD candidate in English at Loyola University Chicago. His article on invoked readers in Thackeray’s Vanity Fair appeared in the Fall 2011 volume of Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature. His current research examines the relationships among globalization, technology, and contemporary culture as represented and enacted through narrative form in contemporary global fiction and new media literature.

Julia Stern is Professor of English and American Studies at Northwestern University, where she has taught since 1991. She is also Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. The author of articles on the early American novel, Charles Brockden Brown, and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as 19th-century American women writers like Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Jacobs, Stern has written two books: The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the Early American Novel (1997) and Mary Chesnut’s Civil War Epic (2010), both published by the University of Chicago Press.

LeeAnn Whites is Middlebush Professor in the Department of History at the University of Missouri, where she teaches courses in the Civil War and Reconstruction as well as nineteenth century gender relations. She is the author of several books and many articles concerning the Civil War, the nineteenth-century South, and the history of women. Her most recent publication is a co-edited volume, Occupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation, and the American Civil War (Louisiana State UP, 2009), and she is working on a new book currently entitled Kate Clarke Quantrill: Girl Guerrilla. [End Page 121]



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