Notes on Contributors
Amara Graf – Dr Amara Graf is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY College at Old Westbury where she teaches courses in Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. and Caribbean Literature. Her research focuses on the areas of Latina/o and Caribbean Literature, Gender Studies, and Popular Culture. She has published articles in Label Me Latina/o: Journal of Twentieth and &Twenty-First Centuries Latino Literary Production, The Journal of Popular Culture and The Global Journal of English Language and Literature. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in English Literature from The University of Texas at Austin.
Shawna Guenther, from Summerside Prince Edward Island, Canada, is a PhD student in English at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her dissertation will analyze representations of female breasts in sixteenth-century British medical texts. Shawna holds a Master of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science degree in Biology. Her essay “Euphues: The Anatomy of Contradiction” won the Orlene Murad Prize for best Renaissance essay at the University of Regina. She has published academic and non-academic work and is co-editor of the book Mothering Canada: Interdisciplinary Voices.
Jodi McAlister – Dr Jodi McAlister is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University in Sydney. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, working across History, English, and Cultural Studies. Her PhD thesis examined the evolution of representations of virginity loss in popular literatures. Her current research is on the history of romantic love and its representations, and its intersections with the history and discourses of sex. Her debut novel will be published in 2017.
Małgorzata Myk – Dr Małgorzata Myk is an Assistant Professor at the Department of American Literature. In the years 2005-2008 she studied American literature and gender studies at the Department of English, University of Orono, Maine (M.A. degree in literature). She also worked for the National Poetry Foundation (University of Orono, Maine) as an Editorial Assistant of the journal Paideuma: Studies in American and British Modernism. She published in Poland and in the U.S. on the work of such authors as Bret Easton Ellis, Louise Erdrich, Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, Nicole Brossard, Joanna Russ, Thalia Field, as well as writers associated with Language poetries (Lyn Hejinian, Carla Harryman, and Leslie Scalapino). In 2013 she co-edited (with dr Kacper Bartczak) a book Theory That Matters: What Practice After Theory. She is a member of the International American Studies Association (IASA), Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA) and Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW).
Peggy Otto is assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and director of the WKU Writing Project. Her research interests include women’s literacy and feminist pedagogies. She has previously published on Harriette Arnow’s The Dollmaker. Currently working on a study of the literacy practices of early twentieth-century women in rural communities, she is researching the role of the county home extension agent as a women’s literacy sponsor.
Gabriel Quigley recently completed his MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. Gabriel has written several publications on the topics of translation and postmodernity. His research interests include deconstruction, translation theory, queer theory, postmodern European literature, twentieth-century Turkish literature, and Samuel Beckett.
Alison Van Nyhuis earned her MA and PhD in English at the University of Florida, and she is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Fayetteville State University (FSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. Professor Van Nyhuis teaches undergraduate and graduate literature courses at FSU, and her essays and reviews have appeared in various literary journals. Her teaching and research interests include American and Caribbean literature, including authors’ and critics’ negotiation of the American dream.