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Christopher Breu is Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University, where he teaches classes in twentieth-century and twenty-first-century literature and culture as well as critical and cultural theory. He is the author of Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics (Minnesota, 2014) and Hard-Boiled Masculinities (Minnesota, 2005).

Gerry Canavan is Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. He is at work on two projects: a critical monograph on the subject of “science fiction and totality,” and a book on the work of legendary African American science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. He has recently written articles for Paradoxa, The Journal of American Studies, and Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.

David Cowart, Louise Fry Scudder Professor at the University of South Carolina, has been an NEH fellow and held Fulbright chairs at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. His books include Thomas Pynchon: The Art of Allusion and Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History, as well as Don DeLillo: The Physics of Language and Trailing Clouds: Immigrant Writing in Contemporary America. He is completing Tribe of Pyn, a book on literary generations in the postmodern period.

Chris Goto-Jones is Professor of Comparative Philosophy & Political Thought at Leiden University and a ‘VICI’ laureate of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He is series editor of Political Arts (Bloomsbury Academic). At present, he is principal researcher of a 5-year project to analyze the contributions of visual, interactive, and performance culture to political philosophy in Japan and East Asia. The current article emerges from that project. He has published widely in the fields of political thought and comparative philosophy, including Political Philosophy in Japan (2005) and Re-Politicising the Kyoto School as Philosophy (2008). His next book is about the politics of magic and orientalism (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, 2015).

David Herman is Professor of the Engaged Humanities in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK. The author of Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind (MIT Press, 2013), Basic Elements of Narrative (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and other books, and guest-editor of the Fall 2014 special issue of Modern Fiction Studies on “Animal Worlds in Modern Fiction,” he is currently exploring ways to connect ideas from narrative studies with work in a range of fields concerned with animals and human-animal relationships.

David Marriott is Professor in the History of Consciousness Department, University of California, Santa Cruz. His books include In Neuter (Equipage, Cambridge, 2014), Haunted Life: Visual Culture and Black Modernity (Rutgers University Press, 2007), and The Bloods (Shearsman Books, 2008). He is writing a book on the work and afterlife of Frantz Fanon. This essay derives from a current series of essays on black visual culture (another related essay, “Waiting to Fall,” appeared in New Centennial Review 13.3, Winter 2013).

Carey Mickalites is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Memphis. His first book, Modernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910 – 1939, was published in 2012. His current book project, Palimpsests of the Now, examines how recent British fiction dialectically engages twentieth-century history in defining “the contemporary.”

Jason Read is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of The Micro-Politics of Capital: Marx and the Prehistory of the Present (SUNY 2003) and The Politics of Transindividuality (Brill/Haymarket, forthcoming).

Heidi Scott is Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University, where she teaches Ecocriticism and British Romanticism. She is the author of Chaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century (Penn State, 2014) and articles on the interfaces between literature and science.


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