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Synthesis 1 (Fall 2008)


Georgia Axiotou is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, where she works as a teaching assistant of English literature. Her thesis focuses on the legacies of slavery in contemporary West-African literature, and her research interests lie mainly in the fields of post-colonial theory and literatures, politics of memory and forgetting, and literary representations of gender, violence, and resistance. She has presented her work at a number  of  conferences  and  has  a  forthcoming  publication  to an  anthology tentatively entitled (M)othering the Nation: Constructing and Resisting Regional and National Allegories Through the Maternal Body.

Fran Bartkowski, a feminist theorist and literary critic, has been a Professor of English and Women's Studies at Rutgers University-Newark since 1989. She has published two books, Feminist Utopias (University of Nebraska Press, 1989) and Travellers, Immigrants, Inmates: Essays in Estrangement (University of Minnesota Press, 1995) while a third one Kissing Cousins: A new Kinship Bestiary is soon to be published by Columbia UP. Her articles include work on French poststructuralism, questions of the sublime, and artists such as the photographer Diane Arbus and the painter Samuel Bak.

Mata Dimakopoulou is a Lecturer in the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens.Her research to date focuses on the American dialogue with the contintental avant-gardes in the 20th century. Publications include articles on Max Ernst, Joseph Cornell, John Ashbery, and the Little Magazine Broom; forthcoming publications include book chapters on Surrealist periodical publications in New York.

Christina Dokou is Assistant Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Faculty of English Studies at the University of Athens. Her interests include comparative literature (especially myth in modern culture or modern myths), cultural studies (with a pop Americana emphasis) and issues of gender, areas in which she has published a variety of articles. She is currently working on a book on the transformations of the figure of Philoctetes in modern American literature.

Mina Karavanta is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens. She is co-editor with Nina Morgan (Kennesaw State University) of Edward Said and Jacques Derrida: Reconstellating Humanism and the Global Hybrid (CSP, 2009); co-editor with Bessie Dendrinos & Bessie Mitsikopoulou of New Englishes, a special issue of EJES (2008); and co-author with Giovanna Covi et al. of ReSisters in Conversation (Raw Nerve 2006). As one of the co-ordinators of Interculturality/ReSisters (ATHENA III), she is currently co-editing with Giovanna Covi and Joan Anim-Addo a collection of essays on gender and interculturality.

Maria Margaroni is Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory at the University of Cyprus. She is co-author with John Lechte of Julia Kristeva: Live Theory (Continuum, 2004); co-editor with Effie Yiannopoulou of Metaphoricity and the Politics of Mobility (Rodopi, 2006) and Intimate Transfers, a special issue of the European Journal of English Studies (2005). She is currently working on a monograph titled Julia Kristeva's Faith in the Political (under contract with Other Press). She is also involved in co-editing a collection of essays titled Layering: Rethinking Contact, Historicity and Critique Across the Humanities (forthcoming from Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield).

Robert Marzec is Associate Professor of English in the Department of English at Purdue University and Associate Editor of Modern Fiction Studies. He is the founding editor of crossings, and the book editor of American Regional Cultures: the Mid-Atlantic Region (Greenwood Press, 2004). Author of several essays on postcolonial studies, comparative literature and theory, he is also the author of An Ecological and Postcolonial Study of Literature: From Daniel Defoe to Salman Rushdie (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).

R. Radhakrishnan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of several books that include History, the Human, and the World Between (Duke University Press, 2008), Between Identity and Location: The Politics of Theory (Orient Longman, India, 2007), Theory in an Uneven World (Blackwell, 2003), Diasporic Mediations: Between Home and Location (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), and numerous essays that have appeared in journals such as Social Text, Callaloo, boundary 2, Cultural Critique, New Literary History, MELUS, New Centennial Review and others.


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