Kevin Bell is Associate Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University and author of Ashes Taken for Fire: Aesthetic Modernism and the Critique of Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Bell is a specialist in modernist and avant-garde aesthetics in African-American literature and film. Currently, he is working on an interpretive study titled Drift Velocities: The Aesthetic Curve of Radical Black Film and Literature. He figures among the contributors to Understanding Blanchot, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2018), edited by Christopher Langlois.
Christophe Bident is University Professor in Theatre Studies at the Université Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, where he also serves as Vice President of the Program in Cultural Studies. He is the author of Maurice Blanchot: A Critical Biography, translated by John McKeane (Fordham University Press, 2018), and a number of studies on Koltès, Barthes, Deleuze, and Antelme. He edited Blanchot's literary chronicles from the Journal des débats, 1941-1944 (Gallimard, 2007), as well as his unpublished articles in La Condition critique, 1945-1998 (Gallimard, 2010). He is the co-producer of a film directed by the Argentine filmmaker Hugo Santiago on Blanchot (INA, 1998) and a member of the editorial board of the Espace Maurice Blanchot website (www.blanchot.fr).
John Brenkman is Distinguished Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch College. Brenkman teaches American literature, the novel, and various special topics in modern literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at CUNY Graduate Center, and directs the US-Europe Seminar at Baruch College. His latest book is Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect (University of Chicago Press, 2020). Previous publications include Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought since September 11 (Princeton University Press, 2007), Culture and Domination (Cornell University Press, 1987), and Straight Male Modern: A Cultural Critique of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1993), as well as more than fifty essays and articles.
Rex Butler is Professor of Art History at Monash University, Melbourne. As well as writing about Australian art history, he has also written books on a number of literary and philosophical figures, including Jorges Luis Borges, Jean Baudrillard, Slavoj Zizek, and Deleuze and Guattari. Most recently, he has written a book on Stanley Cavell, Stanley Cavell and the Arts: Philosophy and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury, 2020). He is currently working on a book on Rosalind Krauss.
Tom Conley is Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University. Conley studies relations of space and writing in literature, cartography, and cinema. His work moves to and from early-modern France and issues in theory and interpretation in visual media. Books include Film hieroglyphs (1991, new edition 2006), The Graphic Unconscious in Early Modern France (1995, new edition 2010), L'inconscient typographique: Essai sur la lettre à la renaissance (2000), Cartographic Cinema (2007); An Errant Eye: Topography and Poetry in Early Modern France (2011) and À fleur de page. Voir et lire le texte de la Renaissance (2014). He has also translated works by de Certeau, Augé, Jacob, and Derrida.
Jean-François Hamel is Professor in the Department of Literary Studies at l'Université du Québec à Montréal. His research primarily focuses on the politics of 20th-century French literature. He is the author of three books: Revenances de l'histoire. Répétition, narrativité, modernité (Éditions de Minuit, 2006), Camarade Mallarmé. Une politique de la lecture (Éditions de Minuit, 2014) and Nous sommes tous la pègre. Les années 68 de Blanchot (Éditions de Minuit, 2018). Recently, he co-edited an augmented version of Blanchot's political writings with Éric Hoppenot, Mai 68, révolution par l'idée (Gallimard, 2018), and a special issue of Études françaises on May 1968 with Julien-Lefort-Favreau (vol. 54, no. 1, 2018).
Zakir Paul is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University, where he directs the Program in Poetics and Theory. His research focuses on comparative modernisms, aesthetics, and critical theory. He is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the role and limits lent to "intelligence" by French writers and thinkers, especially Proust, Valéry, and Bergson. He has translated Maurice Blanchot's Political Writings, 1953...