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Catherine Brown is Associate Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan. She studies the European Middle Ages (Spanish, French, Latin) and is particularly interested in questions of materialities of communication and interpretation––in both medieval and contemporary practices. She is the author of Contrary Things: Exegesis, Dialectic and the Poetics of Didacticism (Stanford UP, 1998). Her current book project, The Living Letter, studies theories and practices of embodied language––mostly but not entirely from the Latin Middle Ages.
Mark Chinca teaches medieval literature in the Department of German and Dutch in the University of Cambridge. His interests have always been centered on poetic language, and over time they have broadened out from their original focus on the literary canon to embrace questions of fiction and metaphor in non-literary genres, especially devotional and mystical writing. Currently, he is completing a book on the function of language and textuality in the production of eschatological consciousness in the later Middle Ages (provisional title: Remember Your Last End: Texts and the Meditation of Death in Western Christianity, from Bonaventure to Luther).

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Professor of English and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI) at the George Washington University. His research explores what monsters promise; how postcolonial studies, queer theory, postmodernism and posthumanism might help us to better understand the literatures and cultures of the Middle Ages (and might be transformed by that encounter); the limits and the creativity of our taxonomic impulses; the complexities of time when thought outside of progress narratives; and ecotheory. Professor Cohen is the author of three books: Of Giants: Sex, Monsters and the Middle Ages; Medieval Identity Machines; and Hybridity, Identity and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: On Difficult Middles. He currently holds ACLS and Guggenheim fellowships to complete his fourth, Stories of Stone: Dreaming the Prehistoric in the Middle Ages. He blogs at In the Middle.
Carolyn Dinshaw is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis in the Department of English at New York University. She has been interested in the relationship between past and present ever since she began to study medieval literature. Her 1982 dissertation, subsequently published as Chaucer and the Text in 1988, explored the relevance of new critical modes for older literature, while in her 1989 book, Chaucer's Sexual Poetics, she investigated the connection of past and present via the Western discursive tradition of gender. In Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern (1999), she traced a queer desire for history. And in her current book in progress, How Soon is Now? Problems of the Present, Medieval and Modern, she looks directly at the experience of time itself, as it is represented in medieval works and as it is experienced in readers of those works. In the classroom, she regularly teaches materials past and present, in courses ranging from Medieval Misogyny to Queer New York City.

George Edmondson is Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College. His research interests include Middle English literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary political theory. He is the author of a book, The Neighboring Text: Chaucer, Boccaccio, Henryson (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), and has published articles and chapters in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Exemplaria, New Medieval Literatures, The Post-Historical Middle Ages and A Leftist Ontology. He is currently at work on two projects in collaboration with Klaus Mladek, of Dartmouth’s German Studies Department: Sovereignty in Ruins: The Crisis in Politics, an edited collection currently being revised for Duke University Press; and a book-length study titled A Politics of Melancholia. Someday, he will begin work on his next project, Chaucerian Creatures.
Ruth Evans is the Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor of English at Saint Louis University. Her major research interests are in the period 1300-1580, with particular focuses on gender, sexuality and the body, and on memory. She also has strong interests in feminist theory and criticism, the history of the book, translation theory, and manuscript studies. She has published on a wide variety of medieval literary and theoretical topics, including Sir Orfeo and "bare life"; the Book of Margery Kempe; memory, history and Chaucer's Criseyde; Chaucer in cyberspace; gender, sexuality, and space in York and the York Cycle; "vulgar eloquence"; the production of space in Chaucer's London, and medieval virginities. Her latest publication is an edited volume, A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages, Volume 2 of Berg's A Cultural History of Sexuality series, gen. ed. Julie Peakman, Oxford: Berg, 2011.

Aranye Fradenburg is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of the English Department's initiative in “Literature and the Mind.” She is also a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, CA, and has a private practice in Santa Barbara. Publications include City, Marriage, Tournament: Arts of Rule in Late Medieval Scotland, Premodern Sexualities, and Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer. Forthcoming publications include “Living Chaucer” (Studies in the Age of Chaucer) and “Frontline: The Liberal Arts of Psychoanalysis” (Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry). Her current project is Staying Alive.
Constance Furey is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. She studies how religious ideas and practices influence how people live in the world and understand themselves in relation to others. Her first book examined how scholarly Catholics throughout Europe were inspired by their spiritual ideals and intellectual work to create a distinctive religious community—a Religious Republic of Letters—as other groups were unleashing the religious revolution known as the Protestant Reformation. Her current project focuses on Renaissance England and explores how devotional poetry became a venue that both male and female writers used to craft a sense of self and of community. She teaches surveys and thematic courses about Christianity, with a primary focus on the West, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses on anthropological, sociological, and philosophical approaches to the study of religion.

Geraldine Heng is Perceval Fellow and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, with a joint appointment in Middle Eastern studies and Women’s studies. She is Founder and Co-director of the Global Middle Ages Projects (G-MAP), the Mappamundi cybernetic initiatives, and the Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the Middle Ages (SCGMA). Her research focuses on literary, cultural, and social encounters between worlds, and webs of exchange and negotiation between communities and cultures, particularly when transacted through issues of gender, race, sexuality, and religion. She is especially interested in medieval Europe’s discoveries and rediscoveries of Asia and Africa. Her book, Empire of Magic, traces the development of a medieval literary genre—European romance, and, in particular, the King Arthur legend—in response to the traumas of the crusades and crusading history, and Europe’s myriad encounters with the East. She is currently completing monographs on premodern race and racial-religious difference, and medieval England as a global site, traced through its literature. She conceptualized a Theories and Methods cluster on Religion for PMLA (May 2011), and is currently editing a special issue, “The Global Middle Ages,” for the digital journal Literature Compass.
Amy Hollywood is Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995), which received the Otto Grundler Prize for the best book in medieval studies from the International Congress of Medieval Studies; Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History (University of Chicago Press, 2002); and, forthcoming from Columbia University Press, Acute Melancholia and Other Essays. She is also the co-editor, with Patricia Beckman, of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism; the editor of the “Gender, Theory, and Religions” series for Columbia University Press; and on the editorial board for the University of Chicago Press's “Religion and Postmodernity” series. Professor Hollywood is currently exploring the two-fold conception of enthusiasm in Immanuel Kant as a lens through which Martin Heidegger's and Jacques Derrida's understanding of Christian mysticism might be productively re-imagined. This is part of a larger project on enthusiasm in modern philosophy, theology, and poetry.

Bruce Holsinger is Professor of English and Music at the University of Virginia. His main historical interests concern the relationship between the literary and musical cultures of the European Middle Ages. His first book explored the understanding and aesthetic of medieval music as a practice of the flesh, and a current long-term project examines the role of liturgical cultures in the generation and proliferation of English vernacular writing from the period before the Norman Conquest through the early Reformation. He is also interested in the important role played by medievalism in the shaping of modernity and modern critical thought. A recent book called The Premodern Condition looks at the influence of medieval studies on French theory of the postwar generation (Georges Bataille to Roland Barthes), while a short book forthcoming from Prickly Paradigm, Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror, takes on the discourse of the medieval in political rhetoric and wartime policy in the period since 9/11.
Sarah Kay is Visiting Professor of French at New York University. Previously, she taught at the University of Cambridge in the UK and at Princeton University. She has published widely on medieval French and Occitan literature and theory. Her most recent publications arise from a collaborative project on “Poetic Knowledge in Medieval France” funded by the UK Arts and Humanities research Council, and include The Place of Thought (UPenn Press, 2007); Knowing Poetry (Cornell UP, 2011), co-authored with Adrian Armstrong; and Parrots and Nightingales (UPenn Press, forthcoming).

Ethan Knapp is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University. He is author of The Bureaucratic Muse and essays on various topics in medieval literature and theory. He is also editor of The Marxist Premodern (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies special issue, Bruce Holsinger co-editor).
Karma Lochrie is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University. Her most recent book is Heterosyncrasies: Female Sexuality When Normal Wasn’t (Univ. of Minnesota P, 2005), which argues that normativity as a technology of heterosexuality did not exist for the Middle Ages and calls for a radical revision of the categories with which we study medieval sexuality. Her current work is concerned with the project of theorizing and historicizing utopianism for the Middle Ages, in terms of a range of medieval discourses, including the philosophical tradition of cosmopolitanism, the dream-vision trajectory extending from the Dream of Scipio and Macrobius, travel literature, and medieval geographical and cartographic traditions. She co-edited a 2006 volume of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies devoted to a reconsideration of the ways we study utopianism in medieval and Renaissance studies. In addition, she is working on queer temporalities by way of considering a critique of and alternative to Lee Edelman’s provocative argument in No Future (2005).

Peggy McCracken is Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Her most recent books include A Companion to Marie de France, co-authored with Sharon Kinoshita, and Stones, Worms, and Skin: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe, an essay collection co-edited with E. Jane Burns (both forthcoming). Her current research projects include a translation of Gui de Cambrai's Barlaam and Josaphat, and two books: The Christian Buddha, co-authored with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., and In the Skin, an exploration of human and nonhuman embodiment in medieval literature.
Julie Orlemanski is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College. She has essays forthcoming in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, and the Blackwell Handbook of Middle English Studies. Her book manuscript is entitled “Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Signs, and Narratives in Late Medieval England.”

Sara S. Poor is Associate Professor of German Literature at Princeton University. She is author of the prize-winning Mechthild of Magdeburg and Her Book: Gender and the Making of Textual Authority (University of Pennsylvania Press 2004) and co-editor of Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity (Palgrave Press 2007). She is currently editing a volume of essays (with Nigel Smith) called Mysticism and Reform, 1400-1750. Her current research concerns the intersection of late medieval German narratives of clever women and the roles of women in the production of fifteenth-century devotional books.
Ben Saunders is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is co-editor with Roger Beebe and Denise Fulbrook of Rock Over The Edge: Essays in Contemporary Popular Music and Culture (Duke 2002). His publications include Desiring Donne: Poetry, Sexuality, Interpretation (HUP, 2006), selected by Choice magazine as one of the best academic titles of 2006, and shortlisted for the Oregon Book Award; and Do The Gods Wear Capes? (Continuum Press, 2011), on the metaphysical aspects of comic-book superheroes.

David Schalkwyk is Director of Research at the Folger Shakespeare Library and Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly.
Randy P. Schiff is an Associate Professor in the English Department at SUNY Buffalo. His first monograph, Revivalist Fantasy: Alliterative Verse and Nationalist Literary History (Ohio State University Press, April 2011), explores the post-industrialist nature of Alliterative Revivalism, and resituates key poems in contexts such as transnational elitism, gendered militarism, borderlands side-switching, and anonymous communications networks. Earlier versions of Schiff’s studies of alliterative romance were published in Speculum (2009) and Exemplaria (2009), while his analyses of poaching culture and the avian poetics of the Anglo-Scottish marches have appeared in Texas Studies in Literature and Language (2009) and Mediaevalia (2008). Schiff is currently at work on projects related to late-medieval British forest law and biopolitics, territorialism, intersections of animal studies and class, ethno-imperial literary history, and ecocriticism.

Deanna Shemek is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research area is early modern Italian literature, both canonical and popular. Her current research regards early modern Italian women's letters, and in particular the large archive of correspondence emanating from the chancery of Isabella d'Este (1474-1539). She is preparing an edition in translation of about eight hundred of these letters, selected from nearly 16,000. She is also completing a book of essays focused on Isabella's letters, which argues for understanding early modern women's writing on a broad horizon of textual production, only some of which may best be described as literary. Her publications include Ladies Errant: Wayward Women and Social Order in Early Modern Italy (Duke, 1998) and two co-edited volumes: Phaeton's Children: The Este Court and Its Culture in Early Modern Italy (MRTS, 2005) and Writing Relations: American Scholars in Italian Archives (Olschki, 2008). She is also co-translator and editor of Adriana Cavarero, Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender (Michigan, 2002). She is a founding member of the Executive Board of California Italian Studies and serves on the editorial board of Italian Studies (UK).
James Simpson is Reader in French at The University of Glasgow. He has worked on various areas in medieval literary studies and on a range of genres mostly from the 12th and 13th centuries. His previous publications have dealt with French Arthurian romance, animal epic (Le Roman de Renart), epic poetry, comic narrative, and the translation and transmission of classical works (especially Ovid). His more recent projects focus on questions of manuscript context. Along with Andrew Roach, he is currently editing the proceedings from the special thematic strand on 'Heresy and Orthodoxy' at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds in July 2009. He is also involved in Project Hunter 252 relating to the compilation known as Les Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles.

Vance Smith is Professor of English at Princeton University. The author of two ethnographies on the South Sudan, he works primarily at the nexus of anthropology and philosophy in medieval literature. He has written articles on Piers Plowman that examine grammatical theory, nationalism, negation, and the figure of Study, as well as essays on Chaucer on tragedy and Middle English literature. His articles also cover topics like textual editing and manuscript transmission; book history; the masculine body in Middle English writing; women’s account books; medieval institutions and literature; medieval literary and philosophical form. He has finished a study of the medieval literature of dying, Arts of Dying, the third book in a series examining the medieval limit experience. The first, The Book of the Incipit, concerns beginnings in medieval and modern philosophy and literature, with Piers Plowman as the central exhibit. The second book, Arts of Possession, meditates on dwelling in medieval romance and economic theory and practice.Current projects include a study of negation in mysticism from Gregory of Nyssa to Julian Norwich, Love Without Object, an edition of an important Piers Plowman manuscript, and a study of heraldic manuscripts.
Henry S. Turner is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University, where he specializes in the drama of Shakespeare, Jonson, and their contemporaries and in intellectual history, especially literary theory, the history of science, and political thought. He is the author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630 (Oxford, 2006/paper 2010) and of Shakespeare's Double Helix (Continuum, 2008); he has edited The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2002) and co-edited (with Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College), a recent special issue of Configurations: Journal of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts on “Mathematics and the Imagination.” He is currently writing a book about the history of the “corporation” as idea and institution in England, from Thomas More to Thomas Hobbes, from which his paper on Bacon has been taken.

Michelle R. Warren is Professor of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. Her current work concerns translation, nation, and archival discourse. She is the author of Creole Medievalism: Colonial France and Joseph Bédier’s Middle Ages (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and History on the Edge: Excalibur and the Borders of Britain (1100-1300) (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and co-editor of Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and Arts of Calculation: Quantifying Thought in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
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