Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural
Theory and John Rylands
Fellow at the University of Manchester,
and before that Thomas
Wharton Professor of English Literature
at the University of Oxford.
He has been a Fellow of five Oxford
and Cambridge Colleges, and
became at the age of 21 the youngest
Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge
since the 18th century. He
is a Fellow of the British Academy,
a holder of five honorary doctorates, and the author of some forty
books of criticism and cultural and political theory. The author of a
novel, and of plays which have been produced in London and Dublin
and on British TV and BBC radio, he also wrote the screenplay
of Derek Jarman’s film Wittgenstein. He has lectured frequently
in the USA, Canada, Europe Australia, India, Russia, China, and
South-East Asia, and appears often in the British and Irish media.
His latest works include a study of tragedy, Sweet Violence; After
Theory; and a forthcoming study of terrorism, Holy Terror.
Michèle Barale is Professor
of English and
Women’s and Gender
Studies at Amherst College.
Her writings include
A Kwic Concordance to
Samuel Beckett’s Trilogy:
Molloy, Malone Dies, and
the Unnamable (1988).
She is one of the editors,
along with Henry Abelove
and David Halperin,
of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (1995), has written
articles on Ann Bannon, Radclyffe Hall, Aliens as
well as a variety of pedagogical issues. Her current work
focuses on the extra-literary and aesthetic influences
that shape Willa Cather’s work. She has an article forthcoming
this summer, “The Art of Darkness: WIlla Cather’s
Aesthetics” in Looking Forward, Looking Back.
RICHARD HARRIS is professor and
Director of Humanities at the Webb
Institute in Glen Cove, NY. He has published
many articles on Willa Cather
and is the volume editor of the Cather
Scholarly Edition of One of Ours (Spring
MARILEE LINDEMANN is associate
professor of English and director of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Studies at the University of Maryland.
She is the author of Willa Cather: Queering
America and essays about Cather,
Sarah Orne Jewett, and queer literary
history. She edited Alexander’s Bridge
and O Pioneers! for Oxford University
Press as well as the recent Cambridge
Companion to Willa Cather. She is currently
at work on a Norton Critical Edition
of My Ántonia.
MARK MADIGAN is associate professor
of English at Nazareth College of
Rochester and the volume editor of the
Cather Scholarly Edition of Youth and the
Bright Medusa (Fall 2006). He has published
articles on Cather in numerous
journals, edited volumes of letters and
stories by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and
was a Fulbright Scholar in Ljubljana,
Slovenia, last year.
JOHN J. MURPHY is professor of
English at Brigham Young University,
where he edited the scholarly journal
Literature and Belief from 1994 to
2004. He is the author of My Ántonia:
The Road Home and more than seventy
essays on Cather and other American
writers, volume editor of the Cather
Scholarly Edition of Death Comes for
the Archbishop and volume co-editor
of Shadows on the Rock (Fall 2005). He serves on the Board of Governors of the
Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and on
the editorial board of the Cather Edition.
He is presently at work on a book-length
study emphasizing the historical and
religious dimensions of Cather’s fiction.
DAVID PORTER is Harry C. Payne
Visiting Professor of Liberal Arts at
Williams College. Prior to coming to
Williams he taught classics and music
at Carleton College and was president
of Skidmore College. He is the author
of books and monographs on Horace,
Greek tragedy, and Virginia Woolf and is
currently writing a book on Willa Cather.
TOM QUIRK is professor of American
literature and culture at the University
of Missouri-Columbia. He is the volume
editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition of
Alexander’s Bridge (Spring 2006) and coeditor
of a three-volume encyclopedia of
American Culture entitled American History
through Literature (2005). His books
include Mark Twain: A Study of Short Fiction;
Bergson and American Culture: The
Worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens;
and Melville’s Confidence Man: From Knave
GUY REYNOLDS is professor of English
at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He
is Director of the Cather Project and general
editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition
and Cather Studies. He is the author of two
books, Willa Cather in Context: Progress,
Race, Empire (1996) and Twentieth-Century
American Women’s Fiction (1999). His
most recent work is an extensive compendium
of Cather scholarship, Willa Cather:
Critical Assessments (2003).
ANN ROMINES is professor of English
and director of Graduate Studies in English
at George Washington University; she
is the author of The Home Plot: Women,
Writing and Domestic Ritual; Constructing
the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura
Ingalls Wilder, and has published many
essays on Cather, appearing in collections
such as The Cambridge Companion to Willa
Cather and Cather Studies 5. She is volume
editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition of
Sapphira and the Slave Girl ( Fall 2006),
editor of Willa Cather’s Southern Connections:
New Essays on Cather and the South
and had essays in Cather Studies 1, 3, and 5.
MERRILL SKAGGS is Baldwin Professor
of the Humanities at Drew University,
and is the author of After the World
Broke in Two: The Later Novels of Willa
Cather; The Folk of Southern Fiction; and
many essays on Cather and Southern writers.
She is the editor of Willa Cather’s New
York: New Essays on Cather in the City.
JANIS STOUT is former Dean of Faculties
and Associate Provost at Texas A&M
University, where she was Professor of
English. She is the author of Through the
Window, Out the Door: Women’s Narratives
of Departure, from Austin and Cather
to Tyler, Morrison, and Didion; Katherine
Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times; and Willa
Cather: The Writer and Her World. She is
the editor of A Calendar of the Letters of
Willa Cather, soon to be published in full
on the Cather website at UNL, and the
recently published Willa Cather and Material
Culture: Real-World Writing, Writing
the Real World. Her newest book, Coming
Out of War: Poetry, Culture, and the World
Wars, will be published by the University
of Alabama Press in 2005.
JOHN SWIFT is professor of English
and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental
College and a past president of the
Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational
Foundation. He is a scholarly editor
of the WCPM Newsletter and Review, the
co-editor of Willa Cather and the American
Southwest (2002) and author of several
essays on Cather and others.
ROBERT THACKER is professor of
Canadian Studies and English at St. Lawrence
University, and has been Molson
Research Fellow there. He codirected the
6th International Seminar in Quebec City
and coedited its volume of essays, Cather
Studies 4: Willa Cather’s Canadian and Old
World Connections. His recent work on
Cather has appeared in American Literary
Realism, the Canadian Review of American
Studies, the Blackwood Companion to
the Regional Literature of America, and is
forthcoming in Cather Studies 6. His Alice
Munro, Writing Her Lives: A Biography is
forthcoming from McClelland and Stewart,
STEVEN TROUT is professor of English
and Director of Composition at Fort
Hays State University. He is the author
of Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the
First World War, co-editor of Literature of
the Great War Reconsidered: Beyond Modern
Memory, and the editor of Cather Studies 7:
History, Memory, and War (2006).
JOSEPH URGO is professor and chair
of the Department of English at the University
of Mississippi. His works include
Novel Frames: Literature as a Guide to
Race, Sex, and History in American Culture;
Willa Cather and the Myth of American
Migration, as well as multiple journal
articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia
entries on Cather and William Faulkner.
He was co-editor of Willa Cather and the
American Southwest and appears in the
pbs production, “The Road is All: Willa
Amy Ahearn, is an assistant professor of English at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, where she teaches composition, literature, and humanities. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Honors Program and is faculty advisor to the campus literary journal. Ahearn is currently writing a dissertation on Willa Cather and her work with McClure's Magazine. (2005).
Melissa Homestead who, after four years teaching at the University of Oklahoma, will be an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln beginning August 2005. She specializes in the historical study of women's authorship in the U.S. from the early republic through the early 20th-century. Her first book, American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and she and Anne L. Kaufman are currently collaborating on a study of Edith Lewis's influence on Willa Cather's literary career.
Sharon Hoover is Professor Emeritus of English at Alfred University. She has taught writing and literature at Montana State University and Alfred University, directed a writing center for many years, and has authored numerous articles for education and academic publications. Her most recent book is Remembering Willa Cather (2002).
Anne Kaufman, teaches mathematics at Milton Academy. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2003, and specializes in twentieth century western American and Canadian women's fiction. Her first book is under advance contract to the University of Oklahoma Press. She and Melissa J. Homestead are collaborating on a study of Edith Lewis's influence on Willa Cather's literary career.
Betty Kort has been the Executive Director of the Cather Foundation since the spring of 2003, following a career as a high school English and art teacher at Hastings (Nebraska) Senior High School for 25 years. While teaching, Betty developed a nationally recognized interdisciplinary approach to teaching Cather that involved the Red Cloud Cather Foundation site. She was an NEH Experienced Teacher Scholar, the 1993 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, a National Council of Teachers of English "Classrooms of Excellence" teacher, and a Disney Awards Teacher. Her teaching has been used as a model on the national level by Harvard University in conjunction with the Disney Learning Partnership. Betty served on the Cather Foundation Board of Governors for thirteen years, completing one term as president, prior to becoming the Executive Director. This is the second International Seminar in which Betty has served as a Faculty Fellow.
Charles Mignon is Professor Emeritus in the English Department at UN-L, where he is assigned to the Cather Project part-time as Research Professor. In addition to writing textual essays for the Cather Scholarly Edition, he edited the two-volume edition of Edward Taylor's Upon the Types of the Old Testament (UN Press 1988); as critic he has published essays on Taylor, Emerson, Whitman, Nabokov, and Cather. He is finishing a twenty-year career as tennis umpire, fancies writing on Japanese prints, and will sing the Korean National Anthem on demand.
Ann Moseley William E. Mayo Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce, is the volume editor for the Scholarly Edition of The Song of the Lark. She has published articles on Cather in Cather Studies, Literature and Belief, Willa Cather Newsletter and Review, and Western American Literature. She is also the author of the Western Writers Series monograph on Ole Rolvaag and the co-author of three composition textbooks: Contexts: Writing and Reading, Interactions: A Thematic Reader, and Strategies for College Writing.
Joseph Murphy is assistant professor of English at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, and editor of Fu Jen Studies. He has published articles on Whitman, Cather, Flannery O'Connor, and other writers. His book-in-progress is a study of Whitman, Howells, Henry Adams, and the culture of world's fairs.
Elsa Nettels is an emeritus professor at the College of William and Mary, where she taught English and American Literature for 30 years. Her publications include articles on Cather and other writers; the chapter on Cather and Wharton in American Literary Scholarship, 1997-2002; and three books: James and Conrad; Language, Race, and Social Class in Howells's
America; and Language and Gender: Howells, James, Wharton, and Cather. She is currently working on a study of representations of readers and reading in American fiction.
Brian Pytlik Zillig is Assistant Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian in the Electronic Text Center at the UNL Libraries. The Etext Center collaborates with faculty and students in creating and developing digital research projects, and provides forums for the exploration of ideas relating to the creation of digital content. Brian's research interest is in the area of text analysis and the visualization of text. Brian is a participant in several electronic resources, including the Willa Cather Archive, the Walt Whitman Archive, and the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online. The Etext Center website is located at: http://etc.unl.edu/
Kari Ronning is assistant editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition, and volume editor of Obscure Destinies. She is especially interested in Cathers' life and connections in Nebraska, her journalism, and in collecting various printings of Cather books. In other parts of her life she is a quiltmaker, flower gardener, and mother.
Steve Shively is an associate professor of English at Northwest Missouri State University, where he coordinates the English education program and teaches American Literature. He is a member of the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Education Foundation Board of Governors and is co-editor of Teaching Cather. His particular interests in Cather studies include religion in Cather's writing and the teaching of Cather's work.
Katherine L. Walter is Professor and Co-Director of Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As co-director of the CDRH, Walter coordinates activities relating to twenty-five digital projects. Among these are collaborative research efforts of the College of Arts & Sciences, the University of Nebraska Press, and/or the University Libraries, such as the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Virtual Archive of Walt Whitman's Manuscripts funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections in the University Libraries, Walter has been instrumental in the development of Cather collections at UNL and in the growth of the electronic Willa Cather Archive.