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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 ThinkThe 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.  

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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.

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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 and Chair of English at the University of California, Davis. He serves as an associate editor at NOVEL. His book Media U: A New History of the American University, co-authored with Mark Garrett Cooper, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2018. Work in progress from this project appears periodically online at http://humanitiesafterhollywood.org/. Marx is author of two other books as well as numerous articles on contemporary, postcolonial, and modernist novels, a list of which can be found here: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9571-2312

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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.

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Russell Coldicutt is a fourth-year in Duke’s Ph.D. program in English and works as an assistant editor for NOVEL. Building from his interest in novel theory, cybernetics, and the philosophy of technology, Russell is beginning a dissertation on the infrastructures of the contemporary novel. He received a M.Phil. from the University of Sydney in Arts and Social Sciences, and a B.A.(Hons) in English and Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.

Emily bioEmily Simon is a fourth-year PhD student in English at Brown University and serves as an assistant editor for NOVEL.Her research interests include 20th-century and contemporary North American literature and poetry, aesthetic theory, and materialisms (new and old). She received a BA in English from Boston College.

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Graham Bishop is a third-year PhD student in Comparative Literature at Brown University and serves as an editorial assistant for NOVEL. His research interests include contemporary global/postcolonial fiction, animal studies, ecocriticism, and temporality; his current project focuses on animism, nonhuman representation, and sovereignty in the 21st century. He received a BA in English (emphasis in Creative Writing) from Pomona College. 

kim biopicKimberley Dimitriadis is a third-year in Duke’s Ph.D. program in English and serves as an editorial assistant for NOVEL. Her research interests include nineteenth-century literature and culture; the history of science and mathematics; and novel theory. She received a M.Phil. from the University of Sydney in Arts and Social Sciences, a B.A.(Hons) in English from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney.

hannah biopicHannah Rogers is a seventh-year PhD English student at Duke University. She serves as Novel's multimedia editorial assistant. Her research interests include nineteenth-century literature, novel theory, and the history of emotions. She earned her BA in English and Communication (emphasis in journalism) from Mississippi State University.