Ellen Berry is Professor of English and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. She is the author of books on Gertrude Stein and comparative transculturalism. Her current book project, of which this essay is a part, maps the form and function of negative aesthetic strategies in contemporary women's writing. With Carol Siegel, she co-edits Rhizomes.

Marie Drews is a doctoral candidate at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Her teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th women's literature and literature of American foodways. She is specifically interested in interrogating popular cookbooks from the turn of the century to the present to see what food—in eating, preparation, place, and writing—reveals about the politics of race, gender, and sexuality in local and national communities.

Diane Green currently has some part-time teaching in the English Department at Swansea University, Wales, which includes an M.A. module on feminist revision using myth and fairytale and various part-time undergraduate courses. Her research area was Welsh writing in English, in particular the novelist Emyr Humphreys, on whom she is currently writing a monograph.

Amanda Nolacea Harris, born in Chicago to a mother of Mexican-Kickapoo descent and a first generation polish-Jewish father focuses her activism, teaching, creative writing and scholarly work on structures of oppression and practices of consciousness. She did her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois in Latin American and US Latina/o literature and cultural studies. At Ohio University she teaches US-third world feminism, and Culture and Literature in the Americas in Modern Languages. Some recent publications and performances include her co-edited book La Malinche: Feminism, Nation and Myth, Arte Público Press, 2005, and “Zapatismo and Indigenous Resistance” co-authored with her husband Amado J. Láscar for the Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition, 2005, and creative audio-visual poetry performances with her family that address the Zapatista concept of the Recuperation of Meaning at various universities, high schools, and cultural venues in Chile, Canada, Mexico, and the US.

Kattis Honkanen has aPhD in women's studies from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She currently works as a senior assistant at the department of Women's Studies at Åbo Akademi University in Finland where she teaches women's studies courses on all levels dealing with multiplicity, theories of sex and gender, sexuality and violence. Her current research project Equality, Diversity, Deconstruction? The Self-Other Problematic in Feminist Political Theory sets out to investigate ethical aspects in contemporary feminist political theory and more precisely, equality research. The self-Other relationship operates as a fundamental marker for ethics in this project. The analysis is based on contemporary poststructuralist ethical theory such as Rosi Braidotti's model for sustainable ethics and Judith Butler's dual model for postulating the self-Other problematic. Honkanen also has an interest in Butler-research, specifically the theme of historicity and the role that historicity has in Judith Butler's work. On this area she has published the book Historicizing as a Feminist Practice. The Places of History in Judith Butler's Constructivist Theories. Meddelanden från Ekonomisk-statsvetenskapliga fakulteten vid Åbo Akademi Ser. A: 547(diss), 2004; and "'It is Historically constituted': Historicism in Feminist Constructivist Arguments." European Journal of Women's Studies vol 12(3) 2005. Honkanen has been active in the women's shelter movement for years and has also published on that area..

Rebecca Johnson is a recent graduate of Washington State University Vancouver, majoring in Digital Culture and Technology. Currently, she is studying Japanese and looking forward to graduate school.

Michael Kramp is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the author of Disciplining Love: Austen and the Modern Man (Ohio State: 2007).

Tina Krauss is a freelance webdesigner, photographer and graphic artist. She has an MA from Washington State University in American Studies' Digital Diversity. Her interests include queer studies, transgender and gender identity, pop culture, US and British television, transnational lesbian films and reality TV. Some of her work can be viewed online at «».

Heather Love is Watkins Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches gender studies and twentieth-century literature and culture. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2007) and is at work on a history of social stigma, tentatively titled Marked for Life.

Karmen MacKendrick is a professor of philosophy at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. Her work is interdisciplinary, taking in literature, dance, cultural studies and theology; one way or another, it all comes back to bodies and words. She is currently engaged in work on memory and fragmentation and on the eroticism of St. Augustine.

Frann Michel is Associate Professor of English at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she also chairs the Women's and Gender Studies program. Her essays on film, literature, and feminist and queer theory have appeared in journals including GLQ, Review of Contemporary Fiction, and PostScript.

Mara Mills is a Ph.D. student in the History of Science department at Harvard University. Previously a high school teacher, she has bachelor's degrees in biology and literature and master's degrees in biology and education. Her dissertation is a study of deafness and communication technologies in the twentieth century.

Rosemarie Rowley was educated at Trinity College Dublin, and has degrees in Irish and English literature, philosophy and psychology. She has published five books of poetry and has four times won the Epic award in the Scottish International Poetry Competition. The Sea of Affliction (1987), one of the first works in eco-feminism, can be accessed and downloaded from the Irish Literary Revival website, under a Creative Commons agreement at «». Her most recent books are Hot Cinquefoil Star (2002) and In Memory of Her (2004), both published by Rowan Tree Press, Dublin. A selection of her poetry can be accessed at «». Recently, "The Wooing of Etain", based on the Old Irish myth, was published in Transverse, Journal of Comparative Literature, University of Toronto Press, 2007, PDF online at «». Her account of her work in the early days of the Irish green movement can be accessed at «».

Deboleena Roy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at San Diego State University. She holds a Ph.D. in reproductive neuroendocrinology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. Her teaching focuses on integrating biology and women's studies. She has published her work in journals such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrinology; and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Her paper "Asking Different Questions: Feminist Practices for the Natural Sciences," is forthcoming in Hypatia (Fall 2008) and she is currently working on her article "Should Feminists Clone? And If So, How? Notes from an Implicated Modest Witness." For faculty webpage and links to articles please visit «».

Carol Siegel, Professor of English and American Studies at Washington State University Vancouver, is the author of Lawrence Among the Women: Wavering Boundaries in Women's Literary Traditions, Male Masochism: Modern Revisions of the Story of Love, New Millennial Sexstyles, and Goth's Dark Empire, and co-editor of Rhizomes, with Ellen E. Berry. Still a San Franciscan despite residence in Portland, Oregon, she studies and writes about popular and high cultural representations of putatively perverse sexualities.