Walter Cohen, professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University, has written Drama of a Nation: Public Theater in Renaissance England and Spain and co-edited The Norton Shakespeare. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled European Literature and the Western Tradition, which concerns the history of European literature's relation to the non-European world and from which the essay in this issue is derived.
David Hawkes is associate professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of Idols of the Marketplace (2001) and Ideology (second edition 2003), and has edited John Milton's Paradise Lost (2004) and John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (forthcoming 2005). Professor Hawkes' work has appeared in such journals as The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of the History of Ideas, the Huntington Library Quarterly and Studies in English Literature.
Jim Holstun teaches English at SUNY Buffalo, including classes on marxism and communism, early modern culture and history, and Arabic literature in translation. He edited Pamphlet Wars: Prose in the English Revolution (Frank Cass, 1992) and wrote A Rational Millennium: Puritan Utopias of Seventeenth-Century England and America (Oxford, 1987) and Ehud's Dagger: Class Struggle in the English Revolution (Verso, 2000), which won the 2001 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize. He's working on a book manuscript entitled "Damned Commotion: Mid-Tudor Crisis and Late-Tudor Culture."
Chris Kendrick, who teaches at Loyola University-Chicago, has recently published Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England (University of Toronto Press, 2004), and is working on a book on Milton and historicism.
Natasha Korda, associate professor of English at Wesleyan University, is author of Shakespeare's Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England (U of Pennsylvania, 2002) and co-editor of the anthology, Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge UP, 2002).
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