Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge: Issue 33 (2017)


Victoria Baugh recently defended her Master’s thesis in English literature at Arizona State University. The thesis is titled “Mixed-Race Heroines in Early Nineteenth-Century Literature: A Look at Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries”. She specializes in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British literature, race/ethnicity, gender, and Jane Austen.

Sheri Chinen Biesen is professor of Radio, Television & Film History at Rowan University and author of Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir (2005) and Music in the Shadows: Noir Musical Films (2014) at Johns Hopkins University Press. She received a BA and MA at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and has taught at USC, University of California, University of Texas, and University of Leicester. She served as Secretary of the Literature/Film Association and has contributed to the BBC documentary The Rules of Film Noir, Film and History, The Historian, Television and Television History, Literature/Film Quarterly, Film Noir: The Directors, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Film Noir Reader 4, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Film Noir: The Encyclopedia, Gangster Film Reader, Popular Culture Review, Turner Classic Movies Public Enemies for the Warner Bros. Gangster Collection, and edited The Velvet Light Trap.

Megan Bruening is a PhD student in the English Program of Lehigh University. Within her primary field of 18th-century British literature, Megan focuses on novels by women writers and the construction/performance of authorial identities. She also enjoys working with Gothic texts and comic books/graphic novels.

Mark Horvath is a philosopher and researcher based in Budapest, and co-founder of Absentology. His research interests include postmodernity, virtual reality and digital life, philosophical pessimism and nihilism, philosophies of finitude, as well as Georges Bataille and Jean Baudrillard’s social theories. He has presented at numerous conferences and published in a variety of journals. In March 2017 he published his first philosophy book (The Isle of Lazaretto, with Adam Lovasz). In 2017 Mark published a collection of essays, entitled Darkening Places. Also, in Summer 2017 Mark and Adam Lovasz have cowritten the first Hungarian language monograph on the philosophy of Bataille. (Látomások a lefejezésről, 2017, Savaria University Press). Mark is also interested in aesthetics and has opened exhibitions for a number of highly rated Hungarian artists.

Michael Kramp is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, U.S.A. He is the author of Disciplining Love: Austen and the Modern Man (The Ohio State University Press, 2007) and articles on such figures as Deleuze, Foucault, Pater, Dickens, and Lawrence. He has more recently introduced and edited a special issue of Rhizomes focused on Deleuze and Photography, and published a series of articles on nineteenth-century photography, including pieces on the work of Hawarden, Lady Clementina, Henry Fox Talbot, and Amy Levy’s The Romance of a Shop. In 2017, he edited Jane Austen and Masculinity (Bucknell University Press).

Adam Lovasz is a philosopher and Philosophy doctoral researcher based in Budapest, co-founder of Absentology and co-editor of Philosophical Views/Filozofski Pogledi, an international philosophy journal. His research interests include speculative realist and new realist ontologies, postphenomenology, Continental philosophy and phenomenology of the body. He is especially interested in non-anthropocentric theories, such as Bruno Latour’s actor-network-theory. Adam has presented at a number of conferences, mostly with Mark Horvath. In Autumn 2016, he published The System of Absentology in Ontological Philosophy at Cambridge Scholars Publishing. In addition, he co-authored the first Hungarian language monograph on social acceleration with Mark, as well as the first Hungarian book on the work of Georges Bataille, available from Summer 2017. (Látomások a lefejezésről, 2017, Savaria University Press)

Celiese Lypka is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, specializing in women’s writing, feminist theory, and the theoretical framework of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Upcoming publications include “Affective Alliances: A Feminist Schizoanalysis of Dis/orientation, Aliens, & Feminine Anxiety” for Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism: Alliances and Aliens, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press.

Dana McClain is a doctoral candidate who will graduate May 2018. Her research and teaching interests include the eighteenth-century novel, women's writing, and the literature of the early American republic. Her dissertation claims that early American novels depict innovative ways for women to be "republican," that is, to contribute to the public good. She has an article forthcoming in College Literature on mentorship in Susanna Rowson's novels Charlotte Temple and Mentoria.

Sarita Olga Mizin is a Ph.D candidate and United Nations youth representative at Lehigh University. She is currently writing a dissertation on literary internationalism in fin de siècle women’s politics. Her work addresses translation, adaptation, and literary production as forms of knowledge creation in the contexts of women’s writing and global literary networks. She is currently working on the illustration and translation of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s short story, “Gyanphal”, or “Knowledge Fruit” for publication. You may contact her at som212@lehigh.edu.

Diane Reynolds is an independent scholar of literature and religion, is the author of The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a 2016 book which focuses on women in the life of the famed theologian. For years, Jane Austen has also been a chief interest, and Reynolds has been an active participant in on-line communities centered on Jane Austen and women writers. She is also interested in peace and violence issues in literature, with an emphasis on women’s response to violence. Reynolds has a blog, “Jane Austen and other writers,” at http://janeaustenandotherwriters.blogspot.com/.

David Sigler is Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Sexual Enjoyment in British Romanticism: Gender and Psychoanalysis, 1757–1835 (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2015), a Lacanian study of sexual difference in the Romantic period. That book includes a chapter on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. His previous work on Deleuze has appeared in the journal Criticism, and he has elsewhere written about British literature, Lacan, Freud, and Derrida.

Robert Tindol is an associate professor of English at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. He regularly teaches graduate seminars in critical theory as well as courses in literature and cultural studies. His research covers a wide variety of topics and writers in British and American literature.