Hayden White is University Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His books have had a profound influence on the practice and conceptualization of all the humanities disciplines. They include Metahistory: The Historical Imagination (Johns Hopkins, 1973), Tropics of Discourse (Johns Hopkins, 1978), The Content of the Form (Johns Hopkins, 1987) and Figural Realism (Johns Hopkins, 1997).
Carol Jacobs received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in Comparative Literature. Before teaching at Yale she taught as professor of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY Buffalo, and professor of German at Johns Hopkins and NYU. Her early books, The Dissimulating Harmony (Johns Hopkins, 1966) and Uncontainable Romanticism (Johns Hopkins, 1989) explore theories of authorship and authority, both literary and political, and their relation to issues of language, truth and knowledge. More recently she has written on representation and time in relation to narrative Telling Time (Johns Hopkins, 1993), and on the writings of Walter Benjamin In the Language of Walter Benjamin (Johns Hopkins, 1999). Her current project is a meditation on the relationship between language and ethics in works from Greek antiquity to the present.
Gert Ueding is the Director of the Department of General Rhetoric at the University of Tübingen. His wide-ranging interests in the field of rhetoric include the history of rhetoric, rhetoric and aesthetics of the 18th Century, literary criticism and the analysis of popular literature. His recent books include Friedrich Schiller (München: C. H. Beck, 1990), Aufklärung über Rhetorik. Versuche über Beredsamkeit, ihre Theorie und praktische Bewährung (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1992), Jean Paul (München: C. H. Beck, 1993), Klassische Rhetorik (München: C. H. Beck, 3. Auflage 2000), and Moderne Rhetorik. Von der Aufklärung bis zur Gegenwart (München: C. H. Beck, 2000). Ueding is also editor of the Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1992ff), the result of an international research project involving more than 300 scholars.
Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York. He has taught in England, Scotland, France, and the U.S.A., where he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers University. He is the author of many books including Peculiar Language: Literature as Difference from the Renaissance to James Joyce (Cornell and Methuen, 1988; reissued by Routledge, 2004), The Singularity of Literature (Routledge, 2004), and J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Event (Chicago and Natal, 2004). He is also the co-editor, with Rosemary Jolly, of Writing South Africa: Literature, Apartheid, and Democracy 1970-1995 (Cambridge, 1998). Among his research interests are South African literature, Joyce, deconstruction and literary theory, and the performance of poetry.
Dominick LaCapra is Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies in Cornell University's History Department. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature and is a member of the field of Romance Studies and the Program in Jewish Studies. LaCapra has edited The Bounds of Race: Perspectives on Hegemony and Resistance (1991) and with Steven L. Kaplan co-edited Modern European Intellectual History: Reappraisals and New Perspectives. He has written Emile Durkheim: Sociologist and Philosopher (1972), A Preface to Sartre (1978), "Madame Bovary" on Trial (1982), Rethinking Intellectual History: Texts, Contexts, Language (1983), History and Criticism (1985), History, Politics, and the Novel (1987), Soundings in Critical Theory (1989), Representing the Holocaust: History, Theory, Trauma (1994), History and Memory after Auschwitz (1998), and History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory. (All the above books were published by Cornell University Press.) He has also written History and Reading: Tocqueville, Foucault, French Studies (University of Toronto Press, 2000 and Writing History, Writing Trauma (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).
Friedrich Kittler is Professor of Media History and Aesthetics at Humboldt University-Berlin's Institute for Aesthetics. In 1993, he received the media arts prize for theory from the ZKM Karlsruhe (Zentrums für Kunst und Medientechnologie); from 1995 to 1997, he headed a Federal Research Group on Theory and History of Media. 1996 Distingished Scholar, Yale University; 1997 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York. His recent books include Eine Kulturgeschichte der Kulturwissenschaft (München 2000), Vom Griechenland (With Cornelia Vismann - Berlin 2001), and Optische Medien (Berlin 2002).
J. Hillis Miller is UCI Distinguished Research Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Irvine. He taught for 19 years at Johns Hopkins, then 14 years at Yale, and has been at Irvine since 1986. He is the author of books and articles on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and on literary theory. His most recent books are Others (Princeton, 2001), Speech Acts in Literature (Stanford, 2001), and On Literature (Routledge, 2002). He is at work on a book on speech acts in Henry James's novels.