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  • Contributors

Elisabeth Arnould is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, where she is completing a dissertation on Georges Bataille’s critique of poetry.

Carolyn J. Dean is Associate Professor of History at Brown University. She is the author of The Self and Its Pleasures: Bataille, Lacan, and the History of the Decentered Subject (1992) and Sexuality and Modern Culture (1996).

Jean Dragon is Associate Professor of French Literature at the University of Quebec in Montreal. A researcher in the fields of literature, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, he has published several articles on Bataille and is finishing a doctoral thesis in semiotics entitled “Les enjeux de la depossession dans l’écriture de Georges Bataille.”

Lucette Finas teaches at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. She is the author of “La crue. Une lecture de Bataille: Madame Edwarda” (1972). Other articles on Bataille appear in her volumes of critical essays: Le bruit d’Iris (1978) and La toise et le vertige (1986). She has also written four novels: L’échec (1958), Le meurtrion (1968), Donne (1976), and Une mère à réparer (1993).

Nelly Furman, Professor of French at Cornell University, is a long-time member of the editorial board of Diacritics. Her areas of scholarship are nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, criticism, and feminist theory. She is the author of La revue des deux mondes et le romantisme (1975), and the editor of the literary section of Woman and Language in Literature and Society (1980). Suzanne Guerlac is Professor of French at Emory University. She is the author of The Impersonal Sublime: Hugo, Baudelaire, Lautréamont (1990). Her new book, Literary Polemics: Bataille, Sartre, Valéry, Breton, is scheduled for publication by Stanford University Press in 1997.

Jean-Michel Heimonet, Professor of French at the Catholic University of America, has published several books on Georges Bataille and the topicality of “romantic” thinking, including Politiques de l’écriture (1987) and Politiques du symbole (1994).

Sheri I. Hoem is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Amy Hollywood teaches in the Religion Department at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart and is now writing a study of mysticism and sexual difference in twentieth-century French thought, tentatively entitled Sensible Ecstasy.

Judith Surkis is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Cornell University. Her dissertation, “Virile Politics: Masculinity and Ideology in Interwar France,” examines the relationship between shifting configurations of gender in France and the political and cultural effects of the Great War and the rise of fascism.

Emoretta Yang was graphics editor of Diacritics and assistant curator of Asian art at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. She works free-lance from her home in Ludlowville, New York.


Hans Bellmer (1902–1975), whose early work was published by Le Minotaure, is perhaps best known for Die Puppe, his variations on the Doll. The engravings in this issue were made for the 1955 edition of Georges Bataille’s novel Madame Edwarda [© 1996 Artists Rights Society (ARS), N. Y./ADAGP, Paris].