Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate School, CUNY. She is a past president of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Her writings focus on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel, and Latino issues in philosophy. Her book, Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self (2006), won the Frantz Fanon Award for 2009.
Pheng Cheah is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California–Berkeley. He is the author of Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation (2003) and Inhuman Conditions: On Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights (2006). This article is drawn from a recently completed book on a normative conception of world literature in contemporary globalization. He is currently completing a book on human rights and human capital.
Astrid Erll is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. She is general editor of the series Media and Cultural Memory (de Gruyter, since 2004). Her recent publications include an introduction to memory studies, Memory in Culture (2011).
Steven Goldsmith is Professor of English at the University of California Berkeley and author of Blake’s Agitation: Criticism and the Emotions (2013).
Andrew Goldstone is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man (2013) and a forthcoming article on G. V. Desani in Contemporary Literature.
Evan Horowitz was once an Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Texas. He was enjoying a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard when he discovered that he loved Boston too much to leave—so he didn’t. He now writes for the Boston Globe.
Ian Hunter is an emeritus professor in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland. He is the author of several works on the history of early modern political, philosophical, and religious thought, and several more on the “history of theory,” to which the present paper is a further contribution.
Barry Sheils is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at University College, Dublin. His current project focuses on the development of psychological and ecological discourses of “care” in the early twentieth century [End Page 523] and their effect on literary representation. His first monograph, W. B. Yeats: World Literature and the Subject of Poetry is forthcoming.
Ted Underwood is Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. His books include The Work of the Sun (2005) and Why Literary Periods Mattered (2013). Supported by an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship and an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, he is currently tracing the history of genre in a collection of a million English-language volumes, 1700–1923.
Rossen Ventzislavov is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Woodbury University. He has published articles on popular music, architecture, and curating. His current research focuses on aristocracy and social privilege. [End Page 524]