Jonathan Arac is professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. He has com-
pleted a contribution to the forthcoming Cambridge History of American Literature
and is currently working on a book, "Huckleberry Finn" and the Functions of Criti-
cism, to which the essay in this issue contributes.
Lauren Berlant is associate professor of English at the University of Chicago and a
coeditor of Critical Inquiry. She is the author of The Anatomy of National Fantasy:
Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Ufe and related essays on the cultural/sexual
politics of national identity. Her current project, The Female Complaint, engages the
sentimental identity politics of American "women's culture" since the 1840s.
Robert J. Corber is assistant professor of English at Chatham College. His essay
is part of a book on Hitchcock, tentatively entitled In the Name of National Secu-
rity: Hitchcock and the Political Construction of Gender. In addition to his work on
Hitchcock, he has also written about romanticism and homophobia.
Elizabeth Freeman is a graduate student in the Department of English at the Uni-
versity of Chicago.
Kathryne V. Lindberg, currently associate professor at Wayne State University in
Detroit, has also taught modern literature, theory, African-American and American
culture at Harvard, Columbia, and UCLA. Her writings on American culture, High
Modernism, and cultural criticism include Reading Pound Reading: Modernism after
Nietzsche; and two books in progress-The Forbidden "Subject" of American Fas-
cism and a co-edited volume of essays, America's (Post) Modernisms: Essays Ad-