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(p. ix) List of Contributors

(p. ix) List of Contributors

Jesse Alemán

is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He edited and reprinted Loreta Janeta Velazquez's 1876 autobiography and coedited (with Shelley Streeby) Empire and the Literature of Sensation. He is currently working on Wars of Rebellion, a book that places nineteenth-century Hispanic writings about the U.S. Civil War within a context that considers related wars of rebellion in Cuba and Mexico.

Nancy Bentley

is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book is Frantic Panoramas: American Literature and Mass Culture, 1870–1920, and she is currently completing a book entitled New World Kinship and the American Novel.

Colleen Glenney Boggs

is Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College. She has published work in American Literature and PMLA, is the author of Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773–1892, and is currently working on a monograph entitled Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and the Affective Construction of Biopolitical Subjectivity.

Anna Brickhouse

is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is author of Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere, which won the Gustave Arlt Award for Best First Book in the Humanities.

Russ Castronovo

is Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of three books: Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom; Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States; and Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era. He is also editor of Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics (with Dana Nelson) and States of Emergency: The Object of American Studies (with Susan Gillman).

James Dawes

is Chair and Professor of English at Macalester College, and Founder and Director of the Program in Human Rights and Humanitarianism. He is the author of That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity and The Language of War: Literature and Culture in the US from the Civil War through World War II.

Elizabeth Duquette

is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Gettysburg College. She is the author of Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America.

(p. x) John Ernest,

the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University, is the author or editor of ten books, including Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861; Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History; and A Nation within a Nation: Organizing African American Communities before the Civil War.

Travis M. Foster

is assistant professor of English at The College of Wooster. He is completing a book manuscript on American literary culture and the politics of friendship.

Paul Giles

is Challis Professor of English Literature at the University of Sydney, Australia. His books include The Global Remapping of American Literature; Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature, and Religion; Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English Literature; Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary; Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730–1860; American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics; and Hart Crane: The Contexts of The Bridge. The chapter in this book is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery project entitled “Antipodean America: Australasia, Colonialism, and the Constitution of U.S. Literature.”

Susan Gillman

is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include Dark Twins: Imposture and Identity in Mark Twain's America and Blood Talk: American Race Melodrama and the Culture of the Occult. She is also coeditor of States of Emergency: The Object of American Studies (with Russ Castronovo) and Next to the Color Line: Gender, Sexuality, and W.E.B. Du Bois (with Alys Eve Weinbaum).

Paul Gilmore

is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach and author of The Genuine Article: Race, Mass Culture, and American Literary Manhood and Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism.

Jared Hickman

is an Assistant Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. He has published on theology, democracy, and race in The New England Quarterly, Early American Literature, and other venues. He is currently working on a book entitled Black Prometheus: Political Theologies of Atlantic Antislavery.

Gregory S. Jackson

is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Word and Its Witness: The Spiritualization of American Realism and numerous articles on Anglo-American religion and literature.

Maurice S. Lee

is an Associate Professor of English at Boston University. He is the author of Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830–1860 and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass. His most recent book is Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

(p. xi) Stephanie LeMenager

is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her first book, Manifest and Other Destinies, won the 2005 Thomas J. Lyon Award for Best Book in Western American Literary Studies. She is a co-editor of Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century and author of several articles and book chapters treating US/American Studies and environmental criticism. She is completing a third book, This Is Not a Tree: Cultures of Environmentalism in the Twilight of Oil.

Robert S. Levine

is Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is Director of the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance; Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity; and Dislocating Race and Nation, and the editor of a number of volumes, including Hemispheric American Studies (coedited with Caroline F. Levander). He is the new General Editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature.

Dana D. Nelson

is the Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses on democratic activism and the commons. She is author of three books: The Word in Black and White: Reading “Race” in American Literature, 1638–1867; National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men; and Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People. She is also editor of Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics (with Russ Castronovo) She is currently at work on a book that studies alternative democratic cultures in the early US.

Ellen Samuels

is Assistant Professor of English and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her critical writing on disability, race, gender, and American literature has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She recently completed a book titled Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race, and is now working on a new book, Double Meanings: Gendered Representations of Conjoined Twins.

Shirley Samuels

teaches American literature at Cornell University. She has written Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation and Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War. She has also edited The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in 19th-Century America and Companion to American Fiction. Forthcoming books include the edited Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln and Reading the American Novel, 1780–1865.

Jeffrey Steele

is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He books include Transfiguring America: Myth, Ideology, and Mourning in Margaret Fuller's Writing; The Essential Margaret Fuller; and The Representation of the Self in the American Renaissance.

(p. xii) Jordan Alexander Stein

teaches in the English department of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He coedited a special issue of Early American Literature on “Methods for the Study of Religion” (with Justine S. Murison) as well as a forthcoming essay collection on early African American print culture (with Lara Langer Cohen).

Shelley Streeby

is Professor of Literature and an affiliate of the Ethnic Studies Department and Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture, which received the American Studies Association's 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize, as well as the forthcoming Radical Sensations: World Movements, Violence, and Visual Culture (Duke University Press). She is also coeditor (with Jesse Alemán) of Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction.

Elisa Tamarkin

is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley and the author of Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America. She is currently working on a book titled Irrelevance, on the culture of the news and on ideas of relevant and irrelevant knowledge since 1830.