Sadia Abbas teaches at the University of Michigan. She specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, early modern English literature -- especially the poetry of religious strife -- and the history of twentieth-century criticism. She is currently working on a novel -- A Change of Colour -- set in Pakistan on the eve of Islamization, and an academic book, Dissent and Global Muslim Fiction. She is particularly interested in religious fundamentalisms, the rise of the global right, painting -- especially early Netherlandish and contemporary Pakistani -- and the transformation of Pakistani popular music in the past fifty years.

Linda Charnes, Professor of English and West European Studies at Indiana University, is author of the books Notorious Identity: Materializing the Subject in Shakespeare, and Hamlet's Heirs: Shakespeare and the Politics of a New Millennium.

Huw Griffiths is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His articles have been published in ELR and Rethinking History. This current essay is part of a long-term interest in the trope of the ruin in early modern literature which he is currently converting into a book.

Jonathan Gil Harris, Professor of English at George Washington University, is author of Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic: Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England (Cambridge UP, 1998) and Sick Economies: Drama, Mercantilism and Disease in Shakespeare's England (U Penn P, 2004). He is currently finishing a book called "Untimely Matter: Reworking Materiality in the Time of Shakespeare."

Shankar Raman is an Associate Professor in the Literature Faculty at MIT, and author of Framing 'India': The Colonial Imaginary in Early Modern Culture (Stanford, 2002). He is currently working on a second book, tentatively entitled "Untimely Meditations: Dynamics of Change in Renaissance Literature and Painting."


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