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Matthew Abraham

Matthew Abraham is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy and Literature Program at Purdue University. His specialities include Rhetoric and Composition, Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race Theory, Phenomenology, and Postcolonial Theory. He was a 1999 participant in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.

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George Dillon

George L. Dillon is professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Washington. He has written books on semantics, reading and writing of literature and advice books, and discourse analysis and theory. Most of them are not in print anymore, and he has decided to embrace the angel of impermanence firmly on line.

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Nezih Erdogan

Nezih Erdogan teaches semiotics and screenwriting at Bilkent University, Ankara. He mainly writes on Turkish popular cinema. He has contributed to a chapter on Turkish Cinema in Oliver Leaman’s Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Cinemas, Routledge (forthcoming) and his “The Making of Our America: Hollywood Films in a Turkish Context” is going to appear in Hollywood and Its Spectators: The Reception of American Films Between 1895–1995, Richard Maltby and Melvyn Stokes (eds.), British Film Institute.

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N. Katherine Hayles

N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of English at UCLA, writes and teaches on science, technology and literature in the twentieth century. Her most recent book is How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. She is presently at work on a book entitled Linking Bodies: Hypertext Fiction in Print and New Media.

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Steven Helmling

Steven Helmling is Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware. He has published widely on twentieth-century literature and culture. His second book, The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson: Writing, the Sublime, and the Dialectic of Critique, is forthcoming this year from SUNY Press.

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Bernd Herzogenrath

Bernd Herzogenrath received his Ph.D. from University of Aachen, Germany, in 1997. He is the author of An Art of Desire: Reading Paul Auster (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Editions Rodopi, 1999). His fields of interest are 19th and 20th century American Literature, Literary Theory, and Cultural and Media Studies. He has also published articles on David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Cultural Pathology, Leatherstocking and Belatedness, Kurt Cobain and The Great Gatsby, Pynchon and Von Helmholtz, Henry Adams and Chaos Physics. Currently he is working on a project on the image and metaphor of amputation, phantom limbs, and missing limbs in American literature, history, art, and cinema.

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Lynn Houston

Lynn Houston is a doctoral student in English Literature and a teaching associate at Arizona State University. Her research interests are in the areas of literary theory, emergent literatures, and culinary history. She is currently working on a doctoral dissertation that will address the evolution of the narrative style of the cookbook in relation to the development of a Home Economics curriculum. Her most recent publications include “Food, Ideology and Performing Self” in Proteus: A Journal of Ideas (March 2000) and “A Recipe for ‘Blackened Other’: Process and Product in the Work of Victor Grippo” in M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture (October 1999).

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Brad E. Lucas

Brad E. Lucas is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Nevada, Reno. His dissertation research is focused on the temporal dimensions of research methodologies, based on individual projects using oral history, ethnographic observation, and phenomenological interviewing. His most recent publications include “Traumatic Narrative, Narrative Genre, and the Exigencies of Memory” in Utah Foreign Language Review and “Bakhtinian Carnival, Corporate Capital, and the Last Decade of the Dead” in Perspectives on the Grateful Dead: Critical Writings.

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Stefan Mattessich

Stefan Mattessich received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written a book on Thomas Pynchon due out from Duke University Press later this year. It combines close readings of Pynchon’s work with an examination of its postwar cultural contexts. He has published articles and reviews on contemporary literature, film, and art. He lives in Los Angeles and can be reached at

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