Réda Bensmaïa teaches in the Department of French Studies at Brown University. He is the author of The Year of Passages (1995) and has published several articles on French and francophone literature and film theory and criticism.
E. S. Burt teaches in the Department of French and Italian at the University of California—Irvine and has coedited an issue of Yale French Studies entitled Reading the Archive: On Texts and Institutions (1990).
Carla Freccero is a professor of Literature and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her recent publications include Premodern Sexualities, coedited with Louise Fradenburg, and Popular Culture and U.S. Cultural Politics: An Introduction (forthcoming).
Hafid Gafaiti is Jeanne Charnier-Qualia Professor of French and Francophone Literature at Texas Tech University. He has published numerous articles on French and francophone literature and on feminism, and three books, including Les femmes dans le roman algérien (1996).
Michael G. Levine teaches German at Barnard College. He is the author of Writing through Repression: Literature, Censorship, Psychoanalysis (1994).
Mary Ann McGrail is Assistant Professor of the Humanities at Boston University. She has edited the volume Shakespeare and Plutarch (1997) and is completing a book on Hamlet entitled The Mind’s Eye.
Hassan Melehy teaches in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Vermont.
Georges Van Den Abbeele teaches at the University of California—Davis, where he directs the Critical Theory Program and the Humanities Program as well as the Davis Humanities Institute. He is the author of Travel as Metaphor: From Montaigne to Rousseau and of articles on early modern literature and contemporary theory.
Fragments of Mao Ze Dong’s poetry in his own handwriting are from a little red book of his poems. The superimposed characters, when read together, evoke a popular Chinese saying: “A monk holding an umbrella—no hair, no sky (no law, no higher principle).”
Artwork for this issue was censored, pilfered, and assembled by the Committee for Global Enlightenment. Long live the people!