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Anne-Emmanuelle Berger is an associate professor of French Literature and Codirector of French Studies at Cornell University. She is the author of Le banquet de Rimbaud: Recherches sur l’oralité (1992), and the coeditor, with Mara Negron, of Lectures de la différence sexuelle (1994).

Judith Butler is Chancellor’s Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author most recently of The Psychic Life of Power: Essays in Subjection (1997) and Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative (1997). She is currently at work on Antigone and contemporary kinship.

Pheng Cheah is an associate professor of English at Northwestern University. He is coeditor of Thinking through the Body of the Law (1996) and Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling beyond the Nation (1998) and author of articles on legal philosophy, neocolonial globalization, feminist theory, and contemporary critical theory. He is also a lawyer.

Drucilla Cornell is a professor of law, women’s studies, and political science at Rutgers University. She is the coeditor, with Seyla Benhabib, of Feminism as Critique: On the Politics of Gender, and the author of Beyond Accommodation: Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction, and the Law (1991), The Philosophy of the Limit (1992), and the forthcoming At the Heart of Freedom: Feminism, Sex, and Equality.

Peter Fenves, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University, is the author of A Peculiar Fate: Metaphysics and World-History in Kant (1991) and “Chatter”: Language and History in Kierkegaard (1993), and the editor of Raising the Tone of Philosophy: Late Essays by Kant, Transformative Critique by Derrida (1993).

Nicole Fermon has written Domesticating Passions: Rousseau, Woman, and Nation (1997) and is coeditor of Princeton Readings on Political Thought (1996). She teaches political theory at Fordham University.

Elizabeth Grosz teaches Philosophy and Critical Theory at Monash University in Australia. She is the author of Space, Time, and Perversion: Essays on the Politics of Bodies (1995) and has written on Irigaray’s work for over fifteen years.

Ewa Plonowska Ziarek is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department at the University of Notre Dame. She ips the author of The Rhetoric of Failure: Deconstruction of Skepticism, Reinvention of Modernism (1995) and the editor of Gombrowicz’s Grimaces: Modernism, Gender, Nationality (1998).

Gail Schwab teaches in the Department of French at Hofstra University.


The photographs in this issue were taken by John Clair Miller, an architect who has a practice in the upstate New York area and is currently a Professor of Design in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. The black border which frames each image was made in the darkroom by printing the edge of the negative at the same time as the picture was printed. These photographs are part of a series, “Reading the Surface,” and all are “Untitled.” Professor Miller began this series in 1977 on the coast of Maine, Down East.