Our Contributors

C. Fred Alford is the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher of Government at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of a number of monographs, including Psychology and the Natural Law of Reparation (2006), Rethinking Freedom: Why Freedom Has Lost its Meaning and What Can Be Done to Save It (2005), Levinas, Psychoanalysis, and the Frankfurt School (2002), Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power (2001), Think No Evil: Korean Values in the Age of Globalization (1999), and What Evil Means to Us (1997).

Garic K. Barranger has practiced law for 44 years. He has published fiction, essays and poetry in The Yale Literary Magazine, New Voices, Carnival, The Louisiana Bar Journal and the Tulane Law Review. During his long years of practicing law, he has found time to participate in a variety of culture programs, sponsored by the Louisiana Shakespeare Society and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. He has written plays, a novel, short stories and poetry. With Rose Ann Bivens he has published a CD entitled Walter’s Garden. He is currently at work on a second novel. He lives in Covington, Louisiana

Joseph Bathanti was born and reared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came to North Carolina in 1976, for Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), to work with prison inmates. He is, at present, Professor of Creative Writing and is co-director of the Visiting Writers Series, in Boone, North Carolina, at Appalachian State University. Bathanti is the author of four books of poetry: Communion Partners, Anson County, The Feast of All Saints, and This Metal. This Metal was nominated for The National Book Award; and it won the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award from The North Carolina Poetry Council as the best volume of poetry by a writer in North Carolina. His first novel, East Liberty, the winner of the North Carolina Novel Award, was published in 2001. His most recent novel, Coventry, winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award, was published, in Charlotte, North Carolina, by the Novello Festival Press. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, his book of literary history, was published in 2007. Also in 2007, The High Heart, his collection of short stories that won the 2007 Spokane Prize, was published by the Eastern Washington University Press. His new collection of poems, Land of Amnesia, is to be published in 2009.

Mark Bauerlein is professor of English at Emory University. In addition to his monographs, including Whitman and the American Idiom (1991), Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), The Pragamatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief (1997), and Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (2001), he has published numerous articles on American literature and philosophy.

Jewel Spears Brooker is professor of Literature at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. She was, at the University of London, the John Adams Fellow and, at Harvard University, the Stanley J. Kharl Fellow in Literary Manuscripts. The editor or the author of a large number of monographs and articles, she is, with Ronald Schuchard, editor of volumes I and VII of the Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot, which is soon forthcoming. Also forthcoming is Eliot Agonistes, the working title of her monograph devoted to the early productions of T. S. Eliot. Professor Brooker has served as president of the T. S. Eliot Society and also as president of the Richard Wilbur Society.

Cleanth Brooks (16 October 1906 – 10 May 1994) was, with Robert Penn Warren, founding editor of The Southern Review. He was a member of the English faculty at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; and, subsequently, he was the Gray Professor of Rhetoric at Yale University. His monographs include An Approach to Literature (1936), Understanding Poetry (1938), Modern Poetry and the Tradition (1939), Understanding Fiction (1943), The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry (1947), Literary Criticism: A Short History (1957), William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country (1963), American Literature: The Makers and the Making (1973), William Faulkner: Toward Yoknapatawpha and Beyond (1978), and William Faulkner: First Encounters (1983). His essays have been collected and published in The Hidden God: Studies in Hemingway, Faulkner, Yeats, Eliot, and Warren (1964), A Shaping Joy: Studies in the Writer’s Craft (1971), Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry (1991), and Community, Religion, and Literature: Essays (1995).

Catherine Savage Brosman, who occupies the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French at Tulane University, is the author of several books and monographs dealing with modern French literature, including volumes on Gide, Sartre, Beauvoir, Martin du Gard, Jules Roy, and the French political novel, and in addition has written on American figures. She is the editor of five volumes in the Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture series. She is also a poet and essayist; her most recent creative works are Journeying from Canyon de Chelly (LSU Press, 1990) and The Shimmering Maya and Other Essays (LSU Press, 1994). Her new collection of poetry, Passages, was published by LSU Press in Spring 1996.

Morris Dickstein is the Distinguished professor of English and Theatre, and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Humanities, at the City University of New York. His monographs include Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World (2005), Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970 (2002), Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties (1977), Double Agent: The Critic and Society (1992), Literary Freud: Mechanisms of Defense and the Poetic Will (1980), and Keats and His Poetry: A Study in Development (1971).

Norman Friedman is Emeritus Professor of English at Queens College, CUNY. He has published books of E. E. Cummings, fiction theory, and teaching composition and poetry. He has published many essays in journals and several volumes of his own poems. A trained social worker and Gestalt therapist, he is a private practitioner and trainer.

Mark Marino serves as Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has published essays, reviews, and short stories in Global Media and Communication, James Joyce Quarterly, Criterion, Piedmont Literary Review, and Arkansas Review. Among electronic media, he has published materials in Iowa Review Web, Hyperrhiz, and The New River Journal. He is the Director of Communication for the Electronic Literature Organization; and he is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bunk Magazine.

Janet McCann is professor of English at Texas A&M University, College Station. Among her monographs, including chapbooks, are How They Got Here (1985), Dialogue with the Dogcatcher (1987), Ghosts of Christmas (1989), Afterword (1990), Wallace Stevens Revisited (1995), Looking for Buddha in the Barbed-Wire Garden (1996), Janet McCann’s Greatest Hits, 1973-2003 (2004), Emily’s Dress (2005), and Pascal Goes to the Races (2005). With Sybil Estess, she published In a Field of Words (2003); and, with David Craig, she published Poems of Francis and Clare (2005). More than five hundred of her poems have been printed in numerous journals and anthologies.

Neil McLaughlin is the associate professor of Sociology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. He has recently contributed articles to Society in Question (2006), to El humanismo de Erich Fromm: Actualidad del autor de El arte de amar y El miedo a la libertad (2006), and to the Handbook of Sociology (2006). With Cyril Levitt and Scott Davies, he was the editor of Mistaken Identities: The Second Wave Over Political Correctness (1999). He has published more than thirty-five articles and reviews.

Robert Merrill is professor emeritus of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of Joseph Heller (1987) and Norman Mailer (1978) and is the editor of Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut (1990). He has published more than sixty articles and reviews.

Patrick M. Murphy, who now joins us on the editorial board of Explorations, is an Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York at Oswego where he teaches courses in Shakespeare studies and literary theory. He has published on curriculum revision, on Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis, and edited The Tempest: Critical Essays (Routledge, 2001) which includes his substantive history of the criticism of the play. He is currently working on a book concerning interpretive theory and practice.

John Rodden has published Lionel Trilling and the Critics (Nebraska, 1999) and The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of ‘St. George’ Orwell (Oxford, 1989).

Denise Rogers received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She is currently instructor at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Mid-America Poetry Review, Louisiana Literature, Alaska Quarterly, and Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review. Her poem “Snow Falling on Small Town” won first place in ­Louisiana Literature’s poetry contest in 2004.

Tom Samet, born in 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio, received a B.A. in Literature from Michigan State University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Literature from Brown University in 1980. He taught both British and American 19th and 20th Century fiction at Douglass College of Rutgers University, and in 1987 became one of the founding faculty members of the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. From there, he took a year off to become the Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at Warsaw University in Warsaw, Poland, during the 1989-1990 academic year. In 1993 he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Maryville University. From there, in 1995, he went to Hood College in Frederick Maryland, as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. He died in 2000 of a brain tumor, leaving his wife, Jan, and much-loved son, Aaron.

Adam Schwartz (Ph.D., Northwestern) is assistant professor of history at Christendom College. A scholar of modern British Christian thought, he is the author of nearly fifty essays, articles and reviews on twentieth century intellectuals. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Catholic Historical Review, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Renascence, and The Chesterton Review.

Joseph Schwartz (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) was Professor of English at Marquette University. He was Editor of Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, and was named Distinguished Retiring Editor by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 1997. Professor Schwartz died in 2002.

James Seaton is the Professor of English at Michigan State University, East Lansing. He is the author of Cultural Conservatism, Political Liberalism: From Criticism to Cultural Studies (1996) and A Reading of Vergil’s Georgics (1983). His articles and reviews have been published in The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The American
, The Hudson Review, Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Journal of
the History of Ideas
, MidAmerica, The University Bookman, Modern Age,
Humanitas, and Academic Questions. His essay “William Dean Howells and
Humanistic Criticism” was, in 2007, awarded the Jill Barnum Midwestern
Heritage Prize for Literary Criticism by the Society for the Study
of Midwestern Literature. He is the editor of a forthcoming volume on George Santayana in the “Rethinking the Western Tradition Series” of the Yale University Press.

Lewis P. Simpson, former coeditor of the Southern Review, is Boyd Professor and William A. Read Professor of English (Emeritus) at Louisiana State University. A founding member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and past president of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, he is the author or editor of more than thirteen books, including Mind and the American Civil War: A Meditation on Lost Causes, winner of the Avery O. Craven Award.

Donald E. Stanford, who was professor of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, was the author of several collections of verse, including New England Earth and Other Poems (1941), The Traveler (1955), and The Cartesian Lawnmower and Other Poems (1955). He was also the editor of The Poems of Edward Taylor (1989), In the Classic Mode: The Achievement of Robert Bridges (1978), The Selected Letters of Robert Bridges (1983), and Revolution and Convention in Modern Poetry: Studies in Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, E. A. Robinson, and Yvor Winters (1983). At the time of his death, on 25 August 1998, he was the editor emeritus of The Southern Review.

Carole Lynn Stewart is the assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She has contributed an article to The Encyclopedia of Religion (2005) and a chapter to Re-Cognizing W. E. B. Du Bois in the Twenty-First Century (2007). She soon expects to publish her book on American civil religion and civil society in the literary imaginations of Jonathan Edwards, Herman Melville and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Guy W. Stroh is professor emeritus of Philosophy at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is the author of American Philosophy from Edwards to Dewey (1968), Plato and Aristotle: An Introduction (1964), and American Ethical Thought (1979). He and H. G. Callaway are the compilers of American Ethics: A Source Book from Edwards to Dewey (2000).

Eugen Weber is Joan Palevsky Professor of Modern European History at the University of California, Los Angeles. A Visiting Professor of the Collège de France in 1983, he has been awarded, among numerous other honors, the French government’s prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques and the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary History Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize. His publications include Varieties of Fascism (Princeton, 1964), A Modern History of Europe (W. W, Norton, 1977), Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France (Stanford, 1976) and France: Fin de Siècle (Harvard, 1986). He is widely known as the author and narrator of the outstanding television series, The Western Tradition (WGBH, Boston for the Annenberg CPB Project, 1989).

R. V. Young, the professor of Renaissance Literature and Literary Criticism in the Department of English at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, is the author of At War with the Word: Literary Theory and Liberal Education (1999), Doctrine and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Poetry: Studies in Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, and Vaughan (2000), Richard Crashaw and the Spanish Golden Age (1982), and A Student’s Guide to Literature (2000). He is co-editor of the John Donne Journal and is the editor of Modern Age. A proficient Latinist, he is the editor and translator responsible for Principles of Letter-Writing: A Bilingual Text of Justi Lipsii Epistolica institutio (1996), the record of the isagogic lectures that Josse Lips had delivered at Leiden previous to June 1587.