José F. Aranda Jr. is Associate Professor of Chicano/a and American Literature in
the English Department of Rice University. He is the author of numerous articles
on early U.S. criticism, nineteenth-century Mexican American literature, and the
future of Chicano/a studies, as well as the book When We Arrive: Literature, Colo-
nial History, and the Politics of a Chicano Nation (2001). He has begun work on a
book tentatively entitled ‘‘Why I Dreamed of Jeannie But Became a Chicano In-
stead,’’ as well as a long-term project writing the cultural biography of nineteenth-
century Californio writer María Amparo Ruiz de Burton.
Lauren Berlant is Professor of English at the University of Chicago and coeditor of
Critical Inquiry. She is the author of The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne,
Utopia, and Everyday Life (1991) and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City:
Essays on Sex and Citizenship (Duke University Press, 1997). Her edited works in-
clude Intimacy (2000); with Laura Letinsky, Venus Inferred (2000); and with Lisa
Duggan, Our Monica, Ourselves: Clinton and the Affairs of State (2001). Her essay in
this volume is from the forthcoming The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business
of Sentimentality in American Culture.
Cathy N. Davidson is Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English, Vice-Provost for
Interdisciplinary Studies, the founding co-director of the John Hope Franklin In-
stitute at Duke University, and the general editor of the Oxford University Press
Early American Women Writers Series. She has published numerous books, in-
cluding Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (1986), Reading in
America: Literature and Social History (1989), The Book of Love: Writers and Their
Love Letters (1992), Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
(1993), and with Linda Wagner-Martin, The Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing
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