Nancy Armstrong is the Gilbert, Louis, and Edward Lehrman Professor of English. She has devoted her career to explaining how novels imagine a world that can be inhabited (or not) in specific ways by historically and culturally variable readerships. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel (Oxford University Press, 1987) argues that domestic fiction written by, for, or about women first imagined the forms of courtship, marriage, and household that serve as the conceptual units of the modern liberal state. Co-authored with Leonard Tennenhouse, The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life (University of California Press, 1992) focuses on 17th- and 18th- century England and America and is considered a pioneering study in the field of transatlantic literary relations. Fiction in the Age of Photography: The Legacy of British Realism (Harvard University Press, 1999) rethinks literary realism in relation to the new art of photography and the onset of mass visuality. How Novels Think: The Limits of Individualism 1719-1900 (Columbia University Press, 2006) defines the British novel as a cluster of formal strategies aimed at defending that individual and the household he or she occupies against excessive forms of individualism associated with alternative or sub-generic varieties of fiction, on the one hand, and forms of collectivity that would obliterate individual differences, on the other.
Timothy Bewes is Professor of English at Brown University and an Associate Editor of Novel. He works on twentieth century and contemporary fiction, with a particular interest in the politics of aesthetics. His books include The Event of Postcolonial Shame (2011), Reification, or The Anxiety of Late Capitalism (2002) and Cynicism and Postmodernity (1997). His current work is attempting to think through the implications of understanding the novel not in formal terms but as a logic or a mode of thought, and to consider the way such an understanding may reverberate beyond our approach to literary criticism.
Ellen Rooney is Professor of English, Modern Culture and Media, and Gender Studies at Brown University. She is Associate Editor of Novel and Co-editor of Differences: a journal of feminist cultural studies. Rooney works on contemporary literary and cultural theory and nineteenth century British fiction. She is the author of Seductive Reasoning: Pluralism as the Problematic of Contemporary Literary Theory (1989) and editor of the Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory (2006). Her current project, The Reading Effect and the Persistence of Form, examines current debates on the nature of reading and its relation to efforts to think the nature of literary and other textual forms.
John Marx is Professor of English and member of the Humanities Innovation Lab at the University of California, Davis. He serves as an associate editor at NOVEL. With University of South Carolina film scholar Mark Garrett Cooper, he is completing a book that reveals how the problem of mass media defines the modern American research university. Their work in progress appears periodically online at http://humanitiesafterhollywood.org/. Marx is author of two books as well as numerous articles on contemporary, postcolonial, and modernist fiction. His most recent book is “Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel, 1890-2011” (Cambridge UP, 2012).
Lloyd Pratt is the Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature at St. John's College, University of Oxford. He taught at Harvard, Yale and Michigan State University before coming to Oxford, where he is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Rothermere American Institute. His research interests span American Literature, African American Literature, Literatures of the American South, The Novel, Theory and Criticism, Gender and Sexuality, History of the Book and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literatures in English. His 2016 work The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature examined how various nineteenth-century African American writers radically reframed the terms of humanism by redefining what it meant to be a stranger. He is also the author of Archives of American Time: Literature and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century.
Gregory Brennen is a PhD candidate in English at Duke University and assistant editor for NOVEL. His research interests include the Victorian novel and the family, novel theory, and liberalism. His work has appeared in The Fortnightly Review and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and his essay about marriage and the state in the Palliser novels received the 2014 Trollope Prize. He holds an MA in Victorian Literature from the University of Exeter and a BA in English, Government, and Comparative Literature from Franklin & Marshall College.
Tavid Mulder is a fourth-year PhD student in Comparative Literature at Brown University and an assistant editor of Novel. His research interests include Latin American literature, critical theory, interwar modernism and the avant-garde. His work has appeared in Revista Hispánica Moderna. He received his MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Edwige Crucifix is a third year PhD student in Comparative Literature at Brown University and serves as an editorial assistant for NOVEL. Her research interests include French and American early feminist thought, ecocriticism and novel studies. Her work has been published in Captures : Figures, théories et pratiques de l’imaginaire. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature, a BA in English and a BA in Lettres Modernes from the Sorbonne (Université Paris IV).
Justin Mitchell is a third-year PhD student in the English Department at Duke University and serves as an editorial assistant for NOVEL. His main areas of interest are the American novel, Ordinary Language Philosophy, and Western Marxism. His research explores how twentieth-century American novels depict the problem of ideology during the Cold War.
Hannah Rogers is a fourth-year PhD English student at Duke University. She serves as Novel's multimedia editorial assistant. Her research interests include Victorian and contemporary literature, globalism, and novel studies. She earned her BA in English and Communication (emphasis in journalism) from Mississippi State University.