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Andrew J. Ball, PhD, is an editorial assistant at Harvard University. His interdisciplinary scholarship is focused on American literature, continental philosophy, and the arts with an emphasis on matters of religion, economics, and class. He is currently completing his book “The Economy of Religion in American Literature: Culture and the Politics of Redemption” (forthcoming from Bloomsbury). He is also the editor of Screen Bodies: The Journal of Embodiment, Media Arts, and Technology, which features cutting-edge scholarship on the interface of the arts and sciences.

Janie Hinds is a professor of English and director of liberal studies at SUNY Brockport. Her publications include books on Charles Brockden Brown and Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon and articles and book chapters on Olaudah Equiano and economics, the history of natural history, and critical animal studies. Recent work includes “Deb’s Dogs: Animals, Indians, and Post-Colonial Desire in Brown’s Edgar Huntly,” “Horror and the Posthuman: Edgar Allan Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Nonhumans, and Ethics,” and “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Play of Species in Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon.”

Hildegard Hoeller is a professor of English at the College of Staten Island with an appointment at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of From Gift to Commodity: Capitalism and Sacrifice in Nineteenth Century American Fiction (2012), Edith Wharton’s Dialogue with Realism and Sentimental Fiction (2000), the Norton critical edition of Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick (2007), and coauthor of Key Words for Academic Writers (2004). Her essays have appeared in PMLA, American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, ESQ, American Literary Realism, African-American Review, Edith Wharton Review and other scholarly journals and edited collections.

Marta Komsta is an assistant professor of English literature at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. She has published articles on utopia/dystopia in film and literature, spatial semiotics, and contemporary gothic. She is the author of Welcome to the Chemical Theatre: The Urban Chronotope in Peter Ackroyd’s Fiction (2015) and the coeditor of Strange Vistas: Perspectives on the Utopian (2019). She is currently working on a book on utopia and nineteenth-century spiritualism.

Chung-Hao Ku teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. His research and teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, queer studies, trans-gender studies, and ethnic, di-asporic, and transnational studies. He is finishing a book manuscript on concepts of boyishness in terms of nontransitional adolescences, daddy-boy and mommy-boi dyads, and genderqueer embod-iments. His recent publications can be found in Boyhood Studies, Concentric: Literary and Cultur-al Studies, the Henry James Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and Twentieth-Century Literature (forthcoming).

Matthew Wynn Sivils is Dean’s Professor at Iowa State University where he specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and the environmental humanities. His recent scholarship includes an edition of Harriet Prescott Spofford’s novel Sir Rohan’s Ghost (Anthem Press, 2020), an edited collection titled Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Routledge, 2017), and a monograph entitled American Environmental Fiction, 1782–1847 (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014).



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