Claire Laville holds a doctorate in English from Emory University and teaches at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. She has presented work on Melville, Wordsworth, and Stein, in addition to psycho-physical apparatuses and the Thematic Apperception Test. In her current work she draws on queer and pragmatist aesthetics as part of an alternative history of scientific experimentation on readers.
Derek Lee is a doctoral candidate in English literature at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include the philosophy of science, epistemology, and theories of mind across twentieth-century and contemporary fiction.
Christopher Loots is an assistant professor of English and the program head of graduate English at Mercy College, New York, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. He received his doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has published on Hemingway, the intersections of American literature and Japanese religio-aesthetics, and Saul Bellow. Currently, he is working with a team on a book concerning non-Western approaches to Hemingway’s work, and on an article concerning entropy and negentropy in Cormac McCarthy’s fiction.
Kari Nixon is a postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her work focuses on the influence [End Page 117] of microbiological science on nineteenth-century social structures, particularly in the realm of infectious diseases. Her forthcoming coedited volume Endemic: Essays on Contagion Theory considers the endemicity of contagious discourse in our current social milieu.
Ernest P. Rufleth holds the Mabel and Doug Maguire Endowed Professorship of English in the Department of Literature and Languages at Louisiana Tech University. Like his teaching, his research focuses on early modern literature, especially on the epic and the erotic in the works of Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare. His most recent article, “Courting Disaster: Hunting and Wooing in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis,” appeared in POETICA: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies. Other current scholarly projects include a study of C. S. Lewis’s approach to the allegorical writings of the sixteenth century, and an essay on the significance of the Golem figure within the literary tradition. He is also the author of a chapbook titled Poetry.
Henrik Kragh Sørensen is an associate professor at the Center for Science Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research centers on the history of mathematics in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and on philosophical questions derived from studies of mathematical practice. He has published on the mathematics of Niels Henrik Abel at the threshold between a formula-centered approach and a more conceptual one, and on the internationalization of Scandinavian mathematics during the decades around 1900. He is currently working on a meta-biographical study of Abel, and on epistemological questions raised by contemporary mathematical experimentation utilizing computers.
Laura Søvsø Thomasen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research centers on the relationship between science and literature and visual culture. Her doctoral thesis concerned the visual and textual elements in early modern science. She has published on the Danish reception of Charles Darwin, the development of micrographic studies, and the role of the hand in early modern visual culture. She is currently involved in the project “Posthuman Aesthetics,” doing research on conceptions of the post-human in popular science and literature during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. [End Page 118]
Michael Uhall is a doctoral student studying political theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in critical animal studies, environmental political theory, the new materialisms, the problem of (philosophical and political) skepticism in the Anthropocene, and psychoanalytic theory. Some of his recent research in the biohumanities foregrounds the figure of the corpse as an affective and material focal point that concentrates the thematics of bios, ecos, and ethos central to his work. [End Page 119]