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Mario Corona. Co-ordinator (mario.corona@unibg.it). Professor of American Literature, University of Bergamo. Instructor at Columbia University, New York, 1963-65; Fulbright Scholar at The University of California, Berkeley, 1979, 1984. Author of La fortuna di Shakespeare a Milano: 1800-1825 (1970); I puritani d'America (1974, 1983); Prima del viaggio. Per una lettura di 'Moby-Dick' (1984); "Memorialistica puritana" and "Sermoni", in Paola Cabibbo (ed.), La letteratura americana del periodo coloniale (1993); Jack Kerouac. Romanzi (2001). Essays on Emerson, Baldwin, James, literary historiography, etc. Editor: Dal Romanticismo europeo alla Decostruzione americana (1995); Incroci di genere. De(i)stituzioni, transitivit? passaggi testuali (1999); co-editor, with Giuseppe Lombardo, Methodologies of Gender (1993); with Donatella Izzo, Intersecting Discourses in the American Renaissance (and Beyond) (2002); with Emanuela Casti, Luoghi e identit?Geografie e letterature a confronto (2004); with Pietro Barbetta, Psicologie e identit?Scienze umane e letteratura a confronto (2005). In progress: Un Rinascimento impossibile: letteratura, politica e sessualità nell'opera di F.O. Matthiessen.

Liana Borghi teaches American Literature at the University of Florence. Assistant Librarian of the Italian Institute of Culture, London (1969-71). Fulbright Scholarships at the University of Houston and New York University (1974-76). M.A. in English Literature at NYU (1976). Visiting Scholar at NYU and Harvard (1979-80). Associateship at Mount Holyoke (1995-96). Co-founder of The Women's Bookstore in Florence, now in its 19th year; of the women's publishing house Estro; of the Lesbian division of WISE (Women's International Studies Europe, 1994); and of the Italian Society of Women in Literature, 1996). Member of the Board of AISNA (Italian Association of North American Studies), 1986-92. She has written on Mary Wollstonecraft, nineteenth-century ethics, women travellers and woman's fiction. Her interest in contemporary women's writing ranges from the poetry of Adrienne Rich, whom she has translated, to contemporary lesbian fiction and Jewish-American women's literature. After translating Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto, she has edited with Rita Svandrlik S/Oggetti Immaginari: Letterature comparate al femminile, a volume of twenty-two essays on women's comparative literature (1996), and is currently working on a companion volume Passaggi: Letterature comparate al femminile (to be published in 1999). Her essay "Liminaliens and Others - But Mostly Vamps, Dragons and Women's SF" was published in Giovanna Covi (ed.), Critical Studies on the Feminist Subject (Trento: University of Trento 1997). She has revised and edited the Italian translation of Kate Chopin's At Fault (Difetto d'amore, 1998).

Daniela Daniele born and educated in Naples (Istituto Universitario Orientale). M.A. and Ph.D in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Ph.D in English Studies at the University of Genoa. Currently Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of Udine. Visiting Fellow at Duke in 1992; fellowships at Salzburg 1993, San Marino 1994, Vanderbilt University 1996. Author of several essays on cultures and media, of the chapter on multiculturalism in Donatella Izzo's volume (1996), and of a book on the American urban landscape and postmodern narratives (Citt` senza mappa. Paesaggi urbani e racconto postmoderno in America, 1994). Translator and editor of several texts, among which a selection of poems by Grace Paley (In autobus e altre poesie, 1993); Moods, an adult novel by Louisa May Alcott (Mutevoli umori, 1996); and a hypertext on American mixed-media artists (Travelogue in a Broken Landscape, ArtWare 1996).

Valeria Gennero [...].

Donatella Izzo graduated from "La Sapienza" University in Rome and is currently Associate Professor of English and American Literature at the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples. Author of books and essays on English and American writers (Bradford, Dickens, Melville, Howells, Anderson, Fitzgerald); editor of volumes on literary theory (Il racconto allo specchio. 'Mise en abyme' e tradizione narrativa, 1990; Teoria della letteratura. Prospettive dagli Stati Uniti, 1996). Her work on Henry James includes several essays and two books (Henry James, 1981; Quel mostro bizzarro: Henry James nella cultura italiana, 1887-1987, 1988), as well as the editing and translation of two volumes of his tales (I giornali, 1990; Rose-Agathe e altre, 1992).

Marco Pùstianaz, born in 1959, is Research Professor of English Literature at the University of Piemonte Orientale at Vercelli. Two years as an instructor at Reading, England. Ph.D in English Literature at the University of Turin. Author of several essays on literary and religious culture in the English Renaissance, he has translated and edited Sir Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesie (1989). He has also written the chapter "Teoria gay e lesbica" in Donatella Izzo's volume (1996), as well as the forthcoming "Gay and Lesbian Literary Studies" (with Liana Borghi, Sage Publications). In the last three years he has been engaged in a research project on the discourse of Fashion in early-modern England, taking in historical/cultural theory, specifically on gay/lesbian and queer theory, also applied to early-modern studies. His interest in gender and sexuality have been instrumental in his participation at the international conference held in Bologna (28-29 March 1996) on Gender and Sexuality in Critical Studies: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. He has been one of the organizers of an interdisciplinary conference on gender studies in Italy, Gender Is As Gender Does, at the University of Piemonte Orientale (Vercelli, November 1997), and is one of the co-editors of the proceedings (forthcoming). He is in charge of the Gender and Sexuality Webpage on the University of Vercelli server.

International Advisory Board

Rosi Braidotti, Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, currently Professor and Chair of Women's Studies in the Humanities at the University of Utrecht and Director of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies. Coordinator of the European Thematic Network of Feminist Education (Athena) for the Socrates Programme of the European Union. Her publications in English include: Patterns of Dissonance (Polity Press 1991); and Nomadic Subjects (Columbia UP 1994). Editor of several volumes in Dutch, Italian, and other European languages. Co-author of Women, the Environment, and Sustainable Development (Zed Books 1994), and, with Nina Lykke, of Between Mothers, Goddesses and Cyborgs (Zed Books 1996). She has published extensively on feminist philosophy and psychoanalysis, as well as cultural studies. She serves on the advisory board of several journals, including "Signs", "differences", and "The European Journal of Women's Studies".

Emory Elliott, Distinguished Professor of English, Director of the Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside. Author of Power and the Pulpit in Puritan New England (1975); Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810 (1982); "New England Puritan Literature", in Sacvan Bercovitch (ed.), The Cambridge History of American Literature, I (1994); and of about fifty articles and essays, some of them published in China, Brazil, Russia, England, Germany, France, Italy, Spain. Editor of several volumes, including the Columbia Literary History of the United States (1988; in Italian, Storia della civilt?etteraria degli Stati Uniti, UTET, Turin 1991); The Columbia History of the American Novel (1991); American Literature: A Prentice Hall Anthology (1991). Series Editor of "The American Novel" (Cambridge UP 1985-); and of "Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction" (Pennsylvania UP 1987-). Recipient of some dozen fellowships and awards. Visiting Professor, lecturer, and seminar organizer in Paris, Salzburg, Beijing, Brazil, Romania, Poland, Italy (including Bergamo), and several other places.

Michael Moon, Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is the author of A Small Boy and Others: Imitation and Initiation in American Culture from Henry James to Andy Warhol (1998), and Disseminating Whitman: Revision and Corporeality in 'Leaves of Grass' (1991). He has co-edited with Cathy N. Davidson a collection entitled Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from 'Oroonoko' to Anita Hill (1995). Co-Editor of the journal "American Literature" from 1992 to 1998.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Distinguished Professor of English, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. Author of The Coherence of Gothic Conventions (1976; 1980); Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (1985); Epistemology of the Closet (1990); Tendencies (1993); Fat Art, Thin Art (1994), and A Dialogue on Love (1999). Editor of Performativity and Performance (with Andrew Parker, 1995); of Gary in Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher (1996); Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader (with Adam Frank, 1995); and of Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction (1997). Fellowships have included a Guggenheim, a National Endowment for the Humanities, a Bunting Fellowship, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship (at Cornell), and a National Humanities Institute Fellowship.

Michael Warner, Professor of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Author of The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America (1990), of The Trouble with Normal Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life (1999), and of several essays on cultural and sexual politics, and on the construction of American literary history; editor of Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (1993); with Gerald Graff, of The Origins of Literary Studies in America: A Documentary Anthology (1988); with Myra Jehlen, of The English Literatures of America, 1500-1800 (1996).