Notes on Contributors 

These notes exclude the authors of foundational essays, whose work is situated histori-
cally and culturally in the editors’ notes preceding their respective essays.
Dorothy Z.
bAker holds a PhD in comparative  literature  and is a professor of 
English at the University of Houston, where she teaches early American literature and 
translation studies. She is the author of Mythic Masks in Self-Reflexive Poetry (1986) and 
America’s Gothic Fiction: The Legacy of Magnalia Christi Americana (2007), and is the 
editor of Poetics in the Poem: Critical Essays on American Self-Reflexive Poetry (1996) and 
The Soft and Silent Communion: The Spiritual Journals of Sarah Pierpont Edwards and
Sarah Prince Gill (2005).
birkenmAier is an assistant professor of Latin American literature at Colum-
bia University. She is the coeditor of Cuba: Un siglo de literatura (2004) and the author 
of Alejo Carpentier y la cultura del surrealismo en América Latina (2006). Her articles 
on contemporary Cuban literature, the avant-garde, and radio have been published in 
Cuban Studies, Quimera, Revista de estudios hispánicos, Revista iberoamericana, and Mod-
ernism/Modernity. Her recent research is comparative in its orientation and focuses on 
French anthropology and literature in Latin America between the wars.
blAine teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the 
University of Washington, Bothell. He is also a PhD candidate in comparative literature 
at the University of Washington in Seattle and is writing his dissertation, Recovering
Democracy in Post-dictatorial Chilean Film and Narrative. His scholarly interests include 
the Neobaroque, posthuman narrative, literature and the environment, and literature 
of the Americas. In the fall 2010, he will begin work as an assistant professor of Spanish 
at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
cAbrAnes-grAnt is an associate professor in the Departments of Dramatic 
Arts and Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where 
he teaches Spanish, Latin American, and intercultural theater and performance. His 
articles have been published in Celestinesca, the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and Profes-
sion. He is also the author of Los usos de la repetición en la obra de Lope de Vega (2004). 
His play The Art of Painting won the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture Award in 2005.
celorio has taught at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 
(unaM) since 1974. He is the author of seven collections of essays, including El surrea-
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