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Thomas Constantinesco
is Associate Professor at Université Paris Diderot, where he teaches American literature and literary translation. His research focuses on the relations between nineteenth-century American literature and philosophy and he is the author in 2012 of Ralph Waldo Emerson: L’Amérique à l’essai [Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essaying America]. He has written articles on Emerson, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James (The New England Quarterly, Revue française d’études américaines, Transatlantica). He has also taken part in the French translation and edition of Melville, derniers poèmes [Melville: Last Poems, 2010] and co-edited, with Antoine Traisnel, a collection of essays entitled Littérature et politique en Nouvelle-Angleterre [Literature and Politics in New England, 2011].

Hugh Egan
is Professor of English at Ithaca College, specializing in 18th and 19th century American literature. He has published on Washington Irving, Richard Henry Dana, James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and others. His current project is a study of literal and metaphorical “slavery” in the work of Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Cécile Roudeau
is Associate Professor at Université Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3, where she teaches American literature. She has written a number of scholarly articles on nineteenth-century American authors, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Susan Cooper, Mary Wilkins Freeman, William Dean Howells and Emily Dickinson. She also completed the first French translation of Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs. In 2012, her [End Page 327] book La Nouvelle-Angleterre: Politique d’une écriture. Récits, genre, lieu [New England: Writing in and out of the Political] revisited New England regionalism and its articulation with gender and place; it launched the collection « Monde Anglophone » at the Sorbonne University Press. She is currently completing the manuscript for her next book: Fictions d’un en commun: lectures de la littérature américaine, 1650-1914 [American Fictions of the Commons from the New England Commonwealth to the Age of the “Common Man”].

Andrew Kopec
is Senior Lecturer in English at the Ohio State University, where he recently completed his doctorate in 2013. His work on the intersection of economics and literature appears in the journals Early American Literature and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled “Economic Crisis and American Literature: Authorship in an Age of Panic, 1819-1857.” In Fall 2014, he will join the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne as Assistant Professor of English.

Peter Zogas
recently completed his doctoral studies in the Department of English at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses in composition and literature. His essay here is drawn from his dissertation project, titled Writing Contingent Histories, which traces the prevalence of an aesthetic experience of historical knowledge in nineteenth-century American literature that alternatively sustains and disrupts prevailing assumptions about the projects of reform, abolitionism, and Reconstruction. [End Page 328]



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