ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
elizabeth s. anker
is associate professor in the En glish Department at Cornell Uni-
versity and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. Her first book is
Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Lit er a ture (2012). Her current
work focuses on the status of paradox within theory and the common meta phors that
lend po litical and legal authority to constitutionalism.
christopher castiglia
is Liberal Arts Research Professor of En glish and Women’s,
Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is cofounder of
C19: the Society of Nineteenth- Century Americanists and is coeditor of the society’s
journal, J19. He is the author of Bound and Determined: Captivity, Culture- Crossing, and
White Womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst; Interior States: Interiority
and Institutional Consciousness in the Antebellum United States; If Memory Serves: Gay
Men, aids, and the Promise of the Queer Past, coauthored with Christopher Reed; and
The Practices of Hope: Literary Criticism for a Disenchanted Age (forthcoming).
russ castronovo
is Tom Paine Professor of En glish and Dorothy Draheim Professor
of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin– Madison. He is written or edited
eight books, including, most recently, Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, and Revolution-
ary Communications in Early Amer i ca. He is the winner of the 2016 Chancellor’s Dis-
tinguished Teaching Award. His current research examines the intellectual and literary
history of U.S. conservatism.
simon during
is a research professor at the Institute for the Advanced Study of the
Humanities at the University of Queensland. He is the author, most recently, of Against
Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations (2013).  He is currently
working on the relation between religion and lit er a ture in Britain between about 1688
and 1945.
rita felski
is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of En glish at the University of Virginia
and the editor of New Literary History. She is the author of Beyond Feminist Aesthetics,
The Gender of Modernity, Doing Time: Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture, Lit er-
a ture after Feminism, and Uses of Lit er a ture, and the editor of Rethinking Tragedy and
coeditor of Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses. She has received a William Riley
Parker Prize for best essay in pmla and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has
been translated into twelve languages. Her most recent book, The Limits of Critique,
was published in 2015.
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