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PHYLLIS COLE is Professor Emerita of English, Women's Studies, and American Studies at Penn State Brandywine and Immediate Past President of the Margaret Fuller Society. The author of several articles on Fuller, she has also surveyed a larger map of women's authorship as co-editor with Jana Argersinger of Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism (2014).

THOMAS J. JOUDREY is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the English department at Penn State University. His current book project, tentatively titled Victorian Anti-Perfectionism, excavates the widespread opposition to perfection-based ethics in the nineteenth century. Though Victorian writing is conventionally understood to be suffused with idealism and exemplary striving, this project recovers contemporary warnings across many genres—including political treatises, mainstream fiction, and pornography—that a discourse of perfectionism stokes fanaticism, fortifies egoism, and energizes authoritarian political regimes. His articles have appeared in Philological Quarterly, Victorian Poetry, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and New England Quarterly.

ZACHARY TAVLIN is a PhD candidate in the English department at the University of Washington, where he has been the Allan and Mary Kollar Fellow in American Literature and Art History, the Richard M. Willner Memorial Scholar in Jewish Studies, the Joff Hanauer Fellow in Western [End Page 199] Civilization, and the assistant editor of Modern Language Quarterly. He is currently working on a dissertation entitled "Glancing Visions: American Literature beyond the Gaze." He has published work in venues that include Comparatist, Mississippi Quarterly, Transatlantica, the Edgar Allan Poe Review, Continental Philosophy Review, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and Wallace Stevens Journal.

ALBERT VON FRANK is Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies, Washington State University. He is the author of The Sacred Game: Provincialism and Frontier Consciousness in American Literature, 1630-1860 (Cambridge UP, 1985), The Trials of Anthony Burns: Freedom and Slavery in Emerson's Boston (Harvard UP, 1998), and An Emerson Chronology, 2nd ed., 2 vols. (Studio Non Troppo, 2016). He is co-editor of The Poetry Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson (U of Missouri P, 1986), general editor of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 4 vols. (U of Missouri P, 1989-1992), and, with Thomas Wortham, editor of Poems: A Variorum Edition, Vol. IX of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Harvard UP, 2013). He is the editor also of Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Major Poetry (Harvard UP, 2015). [End Page 200]

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MARLOWE DALY-GALEANO is an associate professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College, where she teaches American literature and humanities. She has enjoyed serving as the YiC Director for the last five years, which has allowed her to work with more than 80 graduate student writers.


JADA ACH is a PhD candidate in nineteenth-century American literature at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on literature set in the so-called wasteland spaces of the western United States. Jada is the recipient of the Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship and the Western Literature Association's J. Golden Taylor Award.

SUSANNA COMPTON UNDERLAND is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on religion, secularity, and domesticity in nineteenth-century American literature. A portion of her research has been published in Leviathan under the title "Sentimentalism and Secularism in Pierre."

MARLEE FUHRMANN is a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Pittsburgh. She has written on celibacy in the novel and representations of soil in nineteenth-century fiction. Her [End Page 201] present work centers on depictions of the ocean in Victorian literature and culture, especially as they relate to queerness.

PATRICK THOMAS MORGAN is an English PhD candidate at Duke University and the editorial assistant for American Literature. His writing has appeared in The Concord Saunterer and The Pocket Instructor: Literature, and is forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Prose. As a science journalist, he has written for Earth and Discover magazines.

CHRISTOFER A. RODELO is a PhD candidate in American studies at Harvard University. He holds an MA in English from Harvard and a BA in American studies and ethnicity, race, and migration from Yale. His dissertation is a cultural history of Latinx performance and literary cultures in the transnational nineteenth century.



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