Notes on Contributors
Dr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is an associate professor in the English, and Media and Information Departments at Michigan State University. He is a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India and the University of Iowa. He is an accomplished filmmaker, and his recent documentaries include Migrations of Islam (2014) and Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015). His research focuses on the history, theory, and production of documentaries, and the specificity of Tamil cinema, and its complex relationship with Hollywood as well as popular Hindi films. His recent books are Cinema: Sattagamum Saalaramum (Nizhal, 2013), an anthology of essays on documentaries and experimental films in Tamil and Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015).
Dr. Katarzyna Filutowska is a philosopher, researcher in the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, philosophy and ethics teacher-lecturer. She is the author of numerous articles on the subject of philosophy, ethics and connections between philosophy and literature. She completed her Ph.D. in 2006 on Friedrich W. J. Schelling and German idealism and M.A. in 1999 on the notion of will in Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Publications (books): System i opowieść. Filozofia narracyjna w myśli F. W. J. Schellinga w latach 1800-1811 (Wrocław 2007, awarded), Etyka zawodowa. Podręcznik (Warszawa 2009), Filozofia starożytna: subiektywny przewodnik (Opole 2013), Tożsamość narracyjna jako empiryczna podmiotowość: MacIntyre, Taylor, Ricoeur (in preparation).
Dr. Susan Flynn lectures in media and cultural studies at the University of the Arts, London, specialising in disability, diversity, film and equality studies. She is co-editor of the upcoming collection Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves, (2017) Palgrave. Upcoming special editor roles include American, British and Canadian Studies and The Apollonian. Recent publications include a chapter in Fraser, B. (ed) (2016) Cultures of Representation: Disability in World Film Contexts and a range of international journals such as Considering Disability, The International Scientific Journal and Spark Journal.
Stephanie Johnson is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Literature at Emory University. Her research interests include memory studies, political theory, and twentieth century British, Irish, and South African literatures. She teaches undergraduate literature and composition courses at Emory and has previously published on teaching writing. Stephanie also works as an editorial assistant at The Letters of Samuel Beckett, a project dedicated to publishing a comprehensive collection of Beckett’s correspondence.
Dr. Stefania Porcelli holds a doctorate in Literature in English from “Sapienza” University of Rome. She is currently studying Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She teaches Italian language and literature at Hunter College and at Queens College. Her research focuses on the intersection between political discourse, emotions and literature, both in English and Italian literature. She has published articles on Hannah Arendt, Elizabeth Bowen and Elsa Morante.
Jędrzej Tazbir has defended his BA and MA theses at the University of Łódź. The broadly considered English-language prose represents his main field of interest and scholarly work, with the emphasis on the American novel beginning from the modernist era. In reading and analyzing literary texts he is inclined to search for philosophical and psychological themes. Additionally interested in translation.
Dr. Timothy J. Viator teaches drama and literature at Rowan University (New Jersey, USA). He has published essays on theatre history, cultural studies, and pedagogy on World, British, and American drama and poetry.