SARAH KLOTZ is Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis where she has recently completed her dissertation “Sentimental Literacies: Grief, Writing, and American Indigenous Rights 1820-1885.” Her work focuses on the relationship between literacy and sovereign rights to land in nineteenth-century America. She has recently published essays in the Mississippi Quarterly and the edited collection Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Great Britain (2012). Her next project examines English-only writing pedagogy at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and looks closely at Native student writing for traces of rhetorical sovereignty in the face of postbellum assimilationist education.
MARTHA J. CUTTER is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Connecticut. Since 2006 she has been the editor-in-chief of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and from 2004-2006 she was the editor-in-chief of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. Her first book Unruly Tongue: Language and Identity in American Women’s Writing was published by the University of Mississippi Press in 1999, and her second book Lost and Found in Translation: Contemporary Ethnic American Writing and the Politics of Language Diversity, was published in 2005 by UNC Press. Her articles have appeared in journals such as American Literature, Legacy, Criticism, Callaloo, Arizona Quarterly, African American Review, American Literary Realism, Women’s Studies, and in several collections of essays. She is currently at work on a study of anti-slavery visual rhetoric prior to the Civil War. [End Page 485]
JULIANA CHOW is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Literature of Diminishment: American Regionalism and the Writing of Nature,” redefines regionalism as a philosophical engagement with nature and draws upon nineteenth-century natural history to illuminate a mode of literary regionalism that allows for forms of diminishment with epistemological and ecological implications.
BRIAN GAZAILLE is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, where he studies nineteenth-century American literature and the history of science. He has recently taught courses in first-year composition, medicine in literature, and technology studies, and he is currently writing his dissertation, which examines the ways that realists and naturalists struggled to represent the efficiency of machines in conventional literary forms. Part of that project, an essay on Mark Twain, management, and language, is soon to appear in American Literary Realism. [End Page 486]