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ROSWITHA ZAHLNER CASMIER was born in Vienna in 1971 and raised in rural Austria, she studied French and then English at the University of Nice, France. There she first started learning Arabic and became interested in North African literature. After moving to St. Louis, she continued her studies of French with a Master’s and then a Ph.D. in French literature at Washington University in St. Louis, all while raising her two daughters. She currently lives in Collado Mediano, Madrid, Spain, and teaches French, German, ESL and Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain. Her dissertation was titled Anti- and Auto-exoticism in the Works of Three North African Women Writers (Washington University in St. Louis, 2005). Articles: «L’appropriation de l’expérience « noire » dans deux romans de la littérature acadienne : Pélagie-la-Charrette et Moncton Mantra. » Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / RCLC. 32.2 (June 2005).

JOSEPH DONICA is an assistant professor of English at Bronx Community College. He teaches contemporary American literature and cultural studies. His work focuses on pubic space and memorials and their relation to social movements. He has published on a wide range of topics including American architecture, 9/11 literature, Arab American literature, Netflix and the digital future, and disability studies. His latest article is “Rethinking Utopia for the Twenty-First Century: The Good Life after Occupy and the Arab Spring.” He is currently finishing his first book titled Inequality’s Memory: American Literature after Occupy and the Arab Spring and is editing a collection of essays titled Fictional Economies: Inequality and the Novel. He is also co-editing a collection titled Reflections on a Changing Profession: The Future of the English PhD. [End Page 173]

COURTNEY NAUM SCURO is currently a Ph.D. student in English at the University of California, Riverside, but developed the project presented here while completing her M.A. in English at California State University, Long Beach. In 2014, she was recipient of the MMLA Graduate Student Paper Prize. Her research interests include early modern performance texts, theories of time and space/place, theatricality, historical phenomenology, and Shakespeare as cultural icon.

TAMARA SLANKARD is Assistant Professor of English at Baker University, where she teaches American literature, gender studies, and popular culture. She is revising her first book project on dead bodies in contemporary American culture and is at work on a second project about Midwestern modernist women.

KEVIN SWAFFORD is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English at Bradley University, where he teaches 19th and 20th century British and Transatlantic Literature. He is the author of Class in Late-Victorian Britain: the Narrative Concern with Social Hierarchy and its Representation (2007) and he has published numerous articles on Victorian and Edwardian writers in various academic journals. He is currently completing a book length monograph, tentatively titled, Among the Poor: A Study of Class and Narrative Discourse in the Autobiographical Writings of Jack London, George Orwell, and J.B. Priestley. [End Page 174]



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