BLAKE BRONSON-BARTLETT is a visiting assistant professor in English at the University of Iowa. From 2014–2016, he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Institute for American Studies at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. His scholarship has appeared on The Walt Whitman Archive (www.whitmanarchive.org) and in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (http://ir.uiowa.edu/wwqr/). He is the editor of Mabbott Poe (https://mabbottpoe.lib.uiowa.edu/), an online resource based on the research papers of Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott. He is also cotranslator, with Robert Fernandez, of an edition of the poems and manuscripts of Stéphane Mallarmé, titled Azure: Poems and Selections from the "Livre" (Wesleyan University Press, 2015).
EMMA CALABRESE is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on representations of the sensory experiences of making, selling, and consuming goods in American regional literature at the turn into the twentieth century. In her dissertation, she argues that regional writers seek to codify and standardize the connotations of commodities that bear strong associations with regional life. Writers accomplish this goal, she suggests, by evoking the sensorium, from the flavors of Louisiana sugar to the fragrances of handmade perfumes in New England. She examines how writers mobilize such representations of sensory experience in order to instantiate national understandings of regional cultures, at a moment in US history characterized by efforts to achieve [End Page 513] political unification, economic development, and cultural homogeneity.
SEAN ROSS MEEHAN is an associate professor of English and Director of Writing at Washington College. He is the author of Mediating American Autobiography: Photography in Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, and Whitman (University of Missouri Press, 2008) and is coeditor of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, forthcoming from the Modern Language Association. His work in progress, A Liberal Education in Late Emerson, explores Emerson's rhetoric of metonymy in relation to Walt Whitman, William James, Charles W. Eliot, and higher education reform in postbellum America.
MARK STURGES is an assistant professor of English at St. Lawrence University in northern New York, where he teaches a variety of courses in American literature and environmental literature as well as a creative writing course in the university's Adirondack Semester. He has published articles about the writings of Thomas Jefferson and William Bartram, the rhetoric of agricultural reform in the early national era, the poetics of sheep farming in Connecticut, and the regional folklore of Pennsylvania. His current research interests include the cultural history of maple sugaring and the regional literature of the Adirondacks. A forthcoming article in Early American Studies tells the story of maple sugar boosters in the early American republic. [End Page 514]