Charles Altieri teaches in the English Department at UC Berkeley. His most recent books are The Particulars of Rapture and The Art of Twentieth Century American Poetry. He is working towards a book on the poetry of Wallace Stevens.
Stanley Bates teaches philosophy at Middlebury College. He has written on ethics, aesthetics, film, Kant, Thoreau, Wittgenstein, and Cavell. He is the co-editor of Walter Cerf: A Personal Odyssey, to which he contributed an introductory essay.
J.M. Bernstein is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. Among his books are The Fate of Art; Adorno: Disenchantment and Ethics and Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Painting. He edited and introduced Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics. He is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Torture and Dignity.
R. M. Berry is co-editor of Fiction's Present: Situating Contemporary Narrative Innovation and author, most recently, of the novel Frank and story collection Dictionary of Modern Anguish. His critical writings have appeared in Soundings, Symploke, Philosophy and Literature, Narrative and various anthologies. He is currently professor and chair of English at Florida State University.
Simona Bertacco is Assistant Professor of English literature at the University of Milan. Her research focuses on issues in postcolonialism, women's and gender studies and translation studies. Her publications include Out of Place: The Writings of Robert Kroetsch, Postcolonial to Multicultural: An Anthology of Texts from the English-Speaking World, Sul Corpo: Culture/Politiche/Estetiche (On the Body: Cultures/Politics/Aesthetics), co-edited with Nicoletta Vallorani.
R. Bracht Branham teaches Classics, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy at Emory University. He is co-editor (with M. O. Goulet-Cazé) of The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy and editor of Bakhtin and the Classics and The Bakhtin Circle and Ancient Narrative.
Anthony J. Cascardi is Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities and Ancker Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous essays and books, including The Subject of Modernity, Consequences of Enlightenment and, as editor, Literature and the Question of Philosophy. He serves on numerous boards and as the general academic editor of the Penn State series of books in Literature and Philosophy.
Ted Cohen is professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is a past president of the American Society for Aesthetics and of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association. He is the author of Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters, and Thinking of Others: the Talent for Metaphor.
Richard Eldridge is Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He is the author of On Moral Personhood: Philosophy, Literature, Criticism, Self-Understanding; Leading a Human Life: Wittgenstein, Intentionality, and Romanticism; The Persistence of Romanticism; An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art, and Literature, Life, and Modernity; and he is the editor of Beyond Representation and Stanley Cavell.
John Gibson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville. He is the author of Fiction and the Weave of Life (Oxford UP, 2007) and coeditor of A Sense of the World: Essays on Fiction, Narrative and Knowledge and The Literary Wittgenstein (2004), both with Routledge. He is currently working on a new book entitled Poetry, Metaphor & Nonsense: An Essay on Meaning.
Timothy Gould is Professor of Philosophy at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has written articles on Kant's aesthetics, Emerson, Thoreau, Nietzsche, Romanticism, and Wittgenstein, and is the author of Hearing Things: Voice and Method in the Writing of Stanley Cavell. He is completing a manuscript entitled The Names of Action, with chapters on Austin, Wittgenstein, Cavell, Emerson, Marx and Nietzsche. He has also been writing a series of essays on narrative in comedy, history, movies, autobiography, and trauma, tentatively entitled Saving the Story.
Bernard Harrison currently holds an Emeritus Chair in Philosophy at the University of Utah. At the University of Sussex, where he taught from 1963-92, he profited from the presence of a stellar group of colleagues in literary studies, including A.D. Nuttall, Stephen Medcalf and Gabriel Josipovici. His interests include the interfaces between literature, moral philosophy and the philosophy of language. His books include Fielding's Tom Jones: the Novelist as Moral Philosopher, Inconvenient Fictions: Literature and the Limits of Theory, and (with Patricia Hanna) Word and World: Practice and the Foundations of Language.
Nikolas Kompridis is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future and Philosophical Romanticism, and numerous articles on topics in political philosophy, aesthetics, and critical theory. He is now working on three forthcoming books, The Freedom to Begin Anew: Re-imagining Public Reason and Democratic Politics, Receptive Agency: A Philosophy of Music after Adorno (after Cavell), and The Aesthetic Turn in Political Theory.
Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Professor of English and Theater Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory, Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman and What Is a Woman? And Other Essays. Toril Moi is also the editor of The Kristeva Reader and French Feminist Thought. Her most recent book is Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy.
Glenn W. Most is Professor of Greek philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Professor in the Commitee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has published widely on ancient and modern literature, philosophy, and art, on literary theory, and the reception of antiquity. His most recent books include Doubting Thomas, Hesiod, and The Classical Tradition (co-edited with Anthony Grafton and Salvatore Settis).
Stephen Mulhall is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford. His current research concerns Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Nietzsche. His most recent publications are On Film and The Wounded Animal: J. M. Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality in Literature and Philosophy.
Gregory Nagy is the author of The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry. Other publications include Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music: The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical Athens. He co-edited with Stephen A. Mitchell the second, 40th anniversary edition of Albert Lord, The Singer of Tales, co-authoring with Mitchell the new introduction. Since 2000, he has been the Director of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., while continuing to teach at the Harvard campus in Cambridge as the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature.
Mark Payne, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, is the author of Theocritus and the Invention of Fiction and articles on Pindar and Hölderlin, Pindar and Paul Celan, ecphrasis and inalienable gifts, and the idea of poetic childhood in Hellenistic poetry. His most recent book is The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination.
Kirk E. Pillow is Dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design within the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Sublime Understanding: Aesthetic Reflection in Kant and Hegel and articles on imagination, metaphor, and contemporary art.
Fred Rush teaches philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of On Architecture and of a number of essays at the intersection of German philosophy, aesthetics, and political theory. He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory and co-editor of the journal Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus.
Alan Singer is Professor of English at Temple University. He publishes on aesthetics and literary theory. His recent publications include Aesthetic Reason: Artworks and the Deliberative Ethos and The Self-Deceiving Muse: Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art.
Susan Stewart, poet, critic, and translator, is the Annan Professor of English at Princeton University. Her five books of poems include Columbarium, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry in 2003, and, most recently, Red Rover. Her prose works include On Longing, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, and The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics. She is a current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, a former MacArthur Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Philip Weinstein is Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English at Swarthmore College. His teaching and his research both focus on modernist literature and philosophy. His writings include The Semantics of Desire: Changing Models of Identity from Dickens to Joyce, Faulkner's Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns, What Else But Love? The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison, and Unknowing: The Work of Modernism Fiction. In 2009 Oxford UP brought out his latest book, a study of Faulkner's life and work entitled Becoming Faulkner.