Advisory Board

The Advisory Board

TARIQ ALI

is a writer, journalist and filmmaker. His latest works include the celebrated fiction cycle The Islam Quintet; The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad; and On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation. Ali is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review, and a regular contributor to The Guardian and the London Review of Books.

 

 

 

 

NANCY ARMSTRONG

is the Gilbert, Louis, and Edward Lehrman Professor of English. She teaches courses in the novel, eighteenth through twenty-first century literature and cultures in English, and critical theory, and she serves as editor of the journal Novel: A Forum on Fiction, a position she has held since 1996. Armstrong has devoted her career to explaining how novels imagine a world that can be inhabited (or not) in specific ways by historically and culturally variable readerships. At the moment, she is co-authoring a book with Leonard Tennenhouse titled “The Conversion Effect: Early American Aspects of the Novel” and writing essays about contemporary fiction.

 

 

DINAH BIRCH

is an academic and literary critic. She is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and currently serves as the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange; she previously taught English at Trinity College, Oxford. She specializes in Victorian literature, and has published extensively on writers including Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Alfred Tennyson. An enthusiast for the work of the artist and critic John Ruskin, she has written two books on Ruskin – Ruskin’s Myths, and Ruskin on Turner. Her study of the legacies of nineteenth-century educational ideals, Our Victorian Education, came out in 2008. She reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books and is the General Editor of the most recent edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (2009), a concise edition of which will be published in 2012.

 

 

COLIN BURROW

is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. Research interests lie in the relations between Renaissance literature and its classical forebears, as well as in early Tudor literature, Spenser, Jonson, Milton, and Shakespeare. Burrow is author of many scholarly books and articles, including most recently Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity. He’s also served as editor for ambitious projects like the Oxford Handbooks Online in Literature and Scriptorum, a project for the digitization of a number of manuscript commonplace books. Burrow is a regular contributor to The London Review of Books.

 

 

 

REY CHOW

is Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University. Chow’s research comprises theoretical, interdisciplinary, and textual analyses. She specializes in the making of cultural forms such as literature and film (with particular attention to East Asia, Western Europe, and North America), and in the discursive encounters among modernity, sexuality, post-coloniality, and ethnicity. Her book Primitive Passions was awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize by the Modern Language Association. Before coming to Duke, she was Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, where she held appointments in the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and Modern Culture and Media. In her current work, Chow is concerned with the legacies of poststructuralist theory (in particular the work of Michel Foucault), the politics of language as a postcolonial phenomenon, and the shifting paradigms for knowledge and lived experience in the age of visual technologies and digital media.

 

 

RITA COPELAND

is Rosenberg Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Classical Studies, English, and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests range across ancient and medieval literatures, history and theory of rhetoric, literary theory and exegetical traditions, and medieval learning. She has pursued these themes in various publications, especially Rhetoric, Hermeneutics, and Translation in the Middle Ages; Criticism and Dissent in the Middle Ages; Pedagogy, Intellectuals and Dissent in the Middle Ages; Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300-1475 (with Ineke Sluiter); and The Cambridge Companion to Allegory. Most recently she has edited the Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, 800-1558. She is also a founder of the journal New Medieval Literatures. Her newest project is on rhetoric and the emotions in the long Middle Ages.

 

 

NURUDDIN FARAH

is a prominent Somalian writer. He is the author of over 10 books. Farah did his studies mostly in both India and England. Farah published his first novel, From a Crooked Rib, in 1970. He later published his first trilogy novel, between 1979 and 1983, with the overall project title “Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship.” These are Sweet and Sour Milk (1979), Sardines (1981) and Close Sesame (1983). His latest novel is Knots (2007), explores the state of Somalia after the war. Farah’s numerous essays include: “People of a Half-Way House” (1996), “My Father, the Englishman, and I” (1997) and “Country Cousins” (1998), amongst many more. In 1998 he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

 

 

SIMON GIKANDI

is Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of PMLA, the official journal of the Modern Languages Association (MLA). His major fields of research and teaching are the Anglophone literatures and cultures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, and Postcolonial Britain, the “Black” Atlantic and the African Diaspora. He is the author of many books and articles including Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton University Press, 2011), winner of multiple prizes, Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature, and Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism.

 

 

ALESSANDRO PORTELLI

is Professor of American Literature at the University of Roma-La Sapienza. Through his scholarship, he has played a leading role in transforming oral history. He has also published two volumes of seminal oral-history essays covering topics as varied as the Italian Resistance, student movements since the 1960s and the Kentucky mining communities. He is author of The Text and the Voice: Speaking, Writing and Democracy in American Literature and The Order Has Been Carried Out: History, Memory and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome, among many other scholarly works.

 

 

BRUCE ROBBINS

is Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. His awards include 2011-2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, Rutgers Research Council Grant, University of Vienna Summer Fellowship and the Edward Chandler Cumming Prize from Harvard University, amongst many others. Publications include the forthcoming Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence and co-authoring Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World (Durham: Duke UP, 2011)

 

 

 

BEATRIZ SARLO

is an Argentine literary and cultural critic, and founding editor of the cultural journal Punto de Vista (“Point of View”). She is both a public intellectual and a scholar. She is author of one of the seminal books on Borges, Borges, un escritor en las orillas (Borges, A Writer on the Edge) and, more recently, of La Ciudad vista: Mercancias y cultura urbana and Escritos sobre literature argentina.

 

 

VINCENT SHERRY

teaches and writes about literary modernism in Britain and Ireland. His current projects include Dying Generation: Modernism, Decadence, and the Inspiration of Last Days. This book traces the relation between “high” modernism and the “decadence” of the writers and painters of the later Victorian Age, mapping out the main lines of continuity and change over the long turn of the century. He tracks these writers’ varied but shared feelings about living in what they perceive to be a late day of history: their presentiments about the waning energies of nation and empire and their concerns about new scientific ideas of entropy, especially as these notions relate to the decay of language. He is also currently writing the Blackwell biography of Ezra Pound.

 

 

HORTENSE SPILLERS

is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University. She is currently working on two big projects—the idea of black culture and women and early Republican formations—and three smaller and related ones— Faulkner’s Thomas Sutpen(from Absalom, Absalom!) and the DuBoisian “double consciousness,” “statelessness” and the early modern black subject, and Wright, Baldwin, and Ellison at mid-century; all of these projects are at various stages of writing. Representative publications include Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text and Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture.

 

 

PAUL STROHM

is the Anna S. Garbedian Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Columbia University. His area of principal interest is medieval literature with a recent emphasis on transitions from ‘medieval’ to ‘early modern.’ Professor Strohm’s publications include Social Chaucer; Hochon’s Arrow: The Social Imagination of Fourteenth-Century Texts; England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and Textual Legitimation, 1399-1422; Theory and the Premodern Text; Politique: Languages of Statecraft Between Chaucer and Shakespeare.

 

 

HENRY WOUDHUYSEN

is Fellow of the British Academy in 2010 and Rector of Lincoln in 2012. His research has mainly been in two areas that he has tried to bring together: Renaissance English literature (especially Shakespeare and Sidney) and the history of the book. Much of his work has been concerned with English manuscripts and book collectors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Woudhuysen’s interest in bibliography and palaeography has led him to become a Vice-President of the Bibliographical Society, to work with Michael Suarez, S.J. as co-general editor of The Oxford Companion to the Book, and to contribute articles about sales of books and about libraries to the TLS since 1985. He has authored and edited numerous scholarly works, including Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640, and Shakespeare’s Poems (ed. with Katherine Duncan-Jones).

 

 

JACK ZIPES

is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active storyteller in public schools and has worked with children's theaters in Europe and the United States. Some of his major publications include Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales (1979), Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion (rev. ed. 2006), The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World (1988), Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller (2005), and Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre (2006). He has also edited The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2000), The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (2001), and The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimms to Andrew Lang (2013). Most recently he has published The Enchanted Screen: the Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films (2010), The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre (2012), and Grimm Legacies: The Magic Power of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales (2014).