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Martha J. Cutter ( is a professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut. From 2006-14 she served as editor-in-chief of MELUS, and from 2004-06 she was the editor 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 Press of Mississippi 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 the University of North Carolina Press. She also is the author of more than thirty articles on multi-ethnic literature of the United States.

Rachel Farebrother ( is a senior lecturer in English and American studies at Swansea University. She is the author of The Collage Aesthetic in the Harlem Renaissance (Ashgate, 2009). Her essays have appeared in Journal of American Studies, Comparative American Studies, Moving Worlds, and various edited collections.

Eleanor Gold ( is a PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and is currently writing a dissertation on bodies, affects, and species in twenty-first century literature. She writes fiction reviews for the online literary review Full Stop, and her essay on Thomas Pynchon, genre, and noir will appear in the forthcoming collection New Perspectives on Detective Fiction: Mystery Magnified.

Lori Harrison-Kahan ( is associate professor of the practice of English at Boston College. A recipient of the American Studies Association’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars and Contingent Faculty, she is the author of The White Negress: Literature, Minstrelsy, and the Black-Jewish Imaginary (Rutgers University Press, 2011). She was also co-editor of a special issue of MELUS on “The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies” (Summer 2012). She is currently working on The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson, and a book about turn-of-the-twentieth-century Jewish women writers in the American West. [End Page 235]

Sherry Johnson ( is an assistant professor of English at Grand Valley State University. Her research interests include early African American literature, particularly the slave narrative and the neo-slave narrative. She is an avid book reviewer, and her work has appeared in African American Review and on the website New Books Network. She is currently working on a manuscript about new directions in black Canadian literature.

Corinna K. Lee ( is an assistant professor of English at Marquette University where she teaches courses in twentieth-century American literature and culture. Her work has appeared in Journal of Modern Literature and Journal of Popular Culture.

Christopher Leise ( is an associate professor of English at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. His essays have appeared in African American Review, Philological Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, and elsewhere; in addition, he has co-edited essay collections on William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon. Completing his book-length manuscript on contemporary renegotiations of the Puritan legacy in contemporary American fiction, Leise is also working up book projects on Anglophone Iroquois literature.

Josephine Metcalf ( is a lecturer in American studies at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom where she teaches American history and culture. Her research areas include African American and Mexican American pop culture, with a particular interest in the—often problematic—cultural representations of gangbangers and prisoners. She is the co-editor of African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and ‘Post Racialism’ (Ashgate, 2015) and Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Cultural Representation (Ashgate, 2014). She is also the sole author of The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs (University Press of Mississippi, 2012).

Liz Montegary ( is an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University. Her work on race, sexuality, and US militarization will appear in Signs and Cultural Studies this year. She is also the co-editor (with Melissa Autumn White) of the forthcoming...


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