Taylor Black is a PhD candidate in American studies at Rutgers University. His dissertation “Time Out of Mind: Style and the Art of Becoming” explores the practices of style in the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O’Connor, Quentin Crisp, and Bob Dylan. Black has contributed scholarly pieces to American Quarterly, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Nigel Kelly’s Quentin Crisp: The Profession of Being. Black’s writing can also be found on Junebug vs Hurricane (a music blog in partnership with Elena Glasberg) and on the social media site PrettyQueer.com.
Jennifer Friedlander is the Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies/Associate Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College. She is the author of Moving Pictures: Where the Police, the Press, and the Art Image Meet (Sheffield Hallam University Press, 1998), in which she explores a set of contemporary British art controversies. Friedlander’s recent book Feminine Look: Sexuation, Spectatorship, and Subversion (State University of New York Press, 2008) develops a psychoanalytically based feminist theory of the visual. Her publications include articles in (Re)-turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies, the Journal for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, and several edited volumes. Friedlander is on the editorial board of the new Bloomsbury book series Film Theory in Practice, is a member of the board of directors for the Association for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, and is an associate editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture, Society. Her current book project, tentatively titled The Aesthetic [End Page 431] Destruction of Reality, aims to develop an account of the critical roles that realism and deception can play in the formation of contemporary aesthetic politics.
Josh Morrison is a PhD student in the Screen Arts & Cultures program at the University of Michigan. His research interests include camp and kitsch studies, queer media studies, feminist and queer theory, and drag queens onscreen. Morrison holds an MA in gender and women’s studies from the University of Arizona, an MA in women’s studies and feminist research from the University of Western Ontario, and a bachelor’s degree in music performance, also from Western Ontario.
Ana Olenina is an assistant professor of film studies at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington, where she teaches courses on Russian film history, international silent cinema, and film theory. Although her main research focus is the Soviet avant-garde, her broader interests lie at the juncture of early film history and media theory, with an emphasis on historical configurations of sensory experience, emotional response, embodiment, and immersive environments. Olenina is currently preparing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Psychomotor Aesthetics: Conceptions of Gesture and Affect in Russian and American Modernity, 1910s–1920s. Together with Maksim Pozdorovkin, Olenina has cocurated two Flicker Alley DVD releases of restored Soviet silents: Miss Mend and Early Landmarks of Soviet Film.
Christopher Peterson is senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of Kindred Specters: Death, Mourning, and American Affinity (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality (Fordham University Press, 2013).
José Luis Venegas is a Baker Family Fellow and Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Wake Forest University. Venegas is the author of Decolonizing Modernism: James Joyce and the Development of Spanish American Fiction (Legenda, 2010) and Transatlantic Correspondence: Modernity, Epistolarity, and Literature in Spain and Spanish America, 1898–1992 (Ohio State University Press, 2014).
Sergio Roberto Villalobos-Ruminott is an associate professor of Latin American culture and literature at the University of Arkansas, [End Page 432] Fayetteville. He works on the relationship between historical and political imagination and teaches literature, visual arts, cinema, and aspects of the political processes related to the Southern Cone of Latin American (dictators and globalization). [End Page 433]