Contributors

Pierpaolo Antonello is a PhD candidate in Italian at Stanford University. He has been working extensively on the relation between literature, technology and science in twentieth century Italian literature and on contemporary French philosophy. He is writing a dissertation entitled "Literature as natural philosophy: Italo Calvino and the ménage à trois as literary program." With Joy Conlon, João Cezar de Castro Rocha and Hans Urlich Gumbrecht, he was one of the organizers of the "Movements of the Avant-Garde" Colloquium. He is currently editing a special issue of "SubStance" on Guy Debord with Olga Vasile.

Houston A. Baker, Jr. is Professor of English and Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and now directs the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture. Professor Baker's principal area of scholarship and teaching is Afro-American Literary and Expressive Culture. He has written and edited some twenty books and more than 80 essays, articles, and book chapters. His most recent books include: Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy (1993), and Black British Cultural Studies (1997), which he co-edited with Professors Ruth Lindeborg and Manthia Diawara. He is a published poet whose most recent volume is Blues Journeys Home (1985).

Ivo Barbieri is Full Professor of Brazilian Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). His research interests include themes of modernity. Both Oficina da Palavra (1981) and Geometria da composição (1997) study contemporary poetry and poets. Recently Barbieri has researched the nineteenth century psychiatry and psychology works in the library of Machado de Assis, and their impact on the great Brazilian novelist. His last three essays deal with this topic: "O alienista: a razão que enlouquece," "O lapso: uma psicoterapia de humor," and "O cônego ou a invenção da linguagem."

Brad Buchanan is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Stanford University. He specializes in British modernist literature and is working on his dissertation entitled "Interrogative Modernism: The Oedipal Riddle and the Question of Language in Anglo-American Writing." He holds previous degrees from McGill University and the University of Toronto.

Remo Ceserani teaches Comparative Literature at the University of Bologna. His fields of interest are the study of literature in its theoretical, general and comparative aspects, and the history of Italian and other European literatures in the Renaissance and the Modern Ages. Among his recent books are Treni di carta (Genova: Marietti, 1993), Il fantastico (Bologna, Il Mulino, 1996), Raccontare il postmoderno (Torino: Boringhieri, 1997), Lo straniero (Bari: Laterza, 1998), and the satirical novel, Viaggio in Italia del dottor Dapertutto tra vizi (e virtù) degli intellettuali (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1996). Currently he is working, among other things, on a handbook for the study of Literature, which will be published next Spring by Laterza under the title L'educazione letteraria.

João Cezar de Castro Rocha is Full Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. His most recent book is Literatura e cordialidade. O público e o privado na cultura brasileira (Rio de Janeiro: Ed. UERJ, 1998). He specializes in Brazilian and Latin-American literature, literary theory, and the history of avant-garde movements in South America. Two forthcoming articles are "Museums of the Present: Rimbaud reads Benjamin" in Mapping Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Digital Age and "Futures Past‚ of Futurism in Brazil: On the Reception and Influence of Futurism in Brazilian Literature" in International Futurism. He is currently researching the reception and presence of Futurism in South America and the history of the institutionalization of comparative literature.

Joy Conlon received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. from Stanford University, both in Spanish literature. She is currently pursuing a joint PhD in Spanish literature and Humanities at Stanford. Her dissertation "Emigration and Empire" focuses on changing representations of the indiano in nineteenth and twentieth century Spanish and Cuban literatures.

Susan E. Dunn is the Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. She is currently working on a book on Mina Loy and the avant-garde.

António Feijó is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Lisbon where he also teaches in the graduate program in Literary Theory. His latest book is Near Miss: A Study of Wyndham Lewis (1909-1930) (Bern: New York, 1998). He has also translated Shakespeare, Otway, Ashbery and Wilde into Portuguese. Currently he is working on a book on Fernando Pessoa.

Esther Gabara is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. She is working on her dissertation entitled "La hija pródiga: Modernist Photographic Aesthetics in Mexico and Brazil, 1920-1940", which examines the role of photography in the creation of a Latin American modernist aesthetics. She is presently in New York as part of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

William O. Gardner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at Stanford University. His forthcoming dissertation, "Avant-garde Literature and the New City: Tokyo 1923-1931" focuses on the work of Hagiwara Kyôjirô and Hayashi Fumiko.

Peter Kenez has been teaching at University of California, Santa Cruz since 1966. He has published: Civil War in South Russia, 1918 (UC Press, 1971); Civil War in South Russia, 1919-1920 (UC Press, 1976); The Birth of the Propaganda State (Cambridge UP, 1985); Cinema and Soviet Society, 1917-1953 (Cambridge, 1992); Varieties of Fear (American University Press, 1995); and A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End (Cambridge UP, 1999). He edited (with Abbott Gleason and Richar Stites) Bolshevik Culture (Indiana UP, 1985). His latest project is "Culture under extreme repression: Soviet Union and Hungary, 1945-43."

Wladimir Krysinski is Professor of Comparative Literature and of Slavic Literatures at the University of Montreal. His most recent publications include Le paradigme inquiet. Pirandello et le champ de la modernité (Montréal: Ed. Le Préambule, 1989) which has been translated into Italian and Spanish and La novela en sus modernidades. A favor y en contra de Bajtin (Frankfurt am Main and Madrid: Vervuert, Iberoamericana, 1996).

Alison Matthews is a graduate student in the department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. She is currently in Paris researching her dissertation, "Weaving Fictions: French Fashion and the Trade in Fantasy, 1855-1900," which will explore issues of gender and national identity in late nineteenth century France. Her publications include an essay "Aestheticism's True Colors: The Politics of Pigment in Victorian Art, Fashion and Criticism" to appear in the volume Women in British Aestheticism: 1860-1934 with the University of Virginia Press, and she has recently given papers on military uniforms and women's riding costumes.

Marjorie Perloff' s most recent books are Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary (Chicago, 1996; paperback, 1998) and Poetry On & Off the Page: Essays for Emergent Occasions (Northwestern, 1998). She is Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities at Stanford University.

Brian Reed is a graduate student at Stanford University, where he is writing a dissertation with the working title "After His Lights: Hart Crane and the Postmoderns." His most recent publication is "Ezra Pound's Utopia of the Eye: The Chinese Characters in the Rock-Drill Cantos," and he has a forthcoming article on Gertrude Stein and the poet Robert Duncan.

Sylvia Saítta is Assistant Professor of Literature in the Department of Philosophy and Literature, University of Buenos Aires, where she received her PhD with a dissertation on the invention of the modern press in Argentina. Her most recent book is Regueros de tinta: El diario Crítica en la década de 1920 (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1998). She has also published numerous articles in academic journals on the relationship between press, politics and literature, and three anthologies of Aguafuertes Porteñas by Roberto Arlt. She is now working on a project which connects the European roman-feuilletons with Argentine literature to show how some writers employ an old narrative form to narrate some of the effects of modernization: the urban marginality.

Silviano Santiago is a professor at the University Federal Fluminense (Brazil) and a writer. His novels and essays have been translated into English and include Em liberdade, Stella Manhattan, Viagem ao Mexico, "Uma literatura nos tropicos" and "Nas malhas da letra." His short novel De cócoras is forthcoming. Currently he is editing a annotated version of the Bible to be published in three paperback volumes for the Ministry of Foreign Relations.