Bios

Stephen J. Burn is the author of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest: A Reader’s Guide (2003), Jonathan Franzen at the End of Postmodernism (2008), and co-editor of Intersections: Essays on Richard Powers (2008). He is an Associate Professor at Northern Michigan University.

Maureen Eckert is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at UMASS Dartmouth. Professor Eckert specializes in ancient Greek philosophy and metaphysics. She was a student of Steven M. Cahn (CUNY Graduate Center), who was a student of Richard Taylor. Both Taylor and Cahn are cited in David Foster Wallace’s philosophy thesis, in which he resumes and attempts to resolve Taylor’s argument presented in “Fatalism” Philosophical Review 71 (1962), pp. 56-66.

Elizabeth Freudenthal is a Marion L. Brittain postdoctoral fellow in Literature, Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Elizabeth Freudenthal researches contemporary U.S. fiction and histories of medicine, science and technology.  She is completing The Molecular Subject: Biomedecine and Identity in Contemporary Fiction, about the ways that biomedicine defines and shapes human experience in contemporary American literature and culture. Her article “Anti-Interiority: Compulsiveness, Objectification, and Identity in Infinite Jest,” about obsessive-compulsive disorder in Wallace’s novel, will appear in the next issue of New Literary History. 

Christine Harkin‘s independent scholarly work focuses primarily on critical theory and American literature, born of a Foucault, feminism, and popular culture addiction begun at the University  of California at Berkeley. Her 2005 Master’s thesis on drunken women as abject bodies in Modernist American texts filled her graduate program’s requirement that she work on anything but Infinite Jest, a restriction that drove her temporarily from academia. She has been debating PhD programs versus corporate work while she keeps several toes dipped in both academic and novel writing.

David Hering is a PhD student at the University Of Liverpool, where he is currently researching the works of David Foster Wallace and Mark Z. Danielewski in relation to ideologies of choice, freedom and labyrinthine motifs and narratives. He tutors courses on Close Reading and Literary Theory, and lectures on Modern American Fiction. He is the organiser of ‘Consider David Foster Wallace’, a conference held in July 2009 in the University Of Liverpool, and is currently editing a collection of papers on Wallace drawn from that event. His literary reviews have appeared in the Journal Of American Studies and Moveable Type, and he has recently given papers on Wallace and Danielewski at Harvard University, Strathclyde University and the University Of Liverpool.

Timothy Jacobs teaches in the Department of English at York University in Toronto.  He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Wallace in 2003.  His critical and creative writings have appeared in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (forthcoming), The Nashwaak Review, Dandelion, Event: The Douglas College Review, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature Studies, The Explicator, Essays on Canadian Writing, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), and The National Post (Toronto), among more obscure others.

Adam Kelly is a PhD Candidate and Government of Ireland Scholar at University College Dublin, where he is currently completing a dissertation entitled “Moments of Decision in Contemporary American Fiction.” He received his MA from the University of York. He teaches courses on American modernism and on post-war and contemporary American fiction, and his articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the journals Critique, Philip Roth Studies and Phrasis, and the collection Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays.

Connie Luther is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her dissertation explores the complex and ambivalent relationship of David Foster Wallace’s challenging works with his postmodern literary heritage. Connie’s interests include twentieth-century philosophy, contemporary Christian cultures, literary theory, cultural theory, history, and postmodern literature. She attended the “Consider David Foster Wallace” conference in Liverpool this past summer, and the paper she presented there, on the similarities between Foster Wallace’s early take on postmodernism and that of theorist Fredric Jameson, will be published in the conference proceedings. Connie enjoys teaching young people how to become better writers, and hopes to make it a specialization in her ongoing teaching career. She and her husband of 31 years are the proud parents of three accomplished young women.

Rodney Taveira teaches and researches in the Department of Art History & Film Studies, and the Department of English, at the University of Sydney, Australia.  He works primarily on the interrelations of visual and literary culture. He has published on James Ellroy’s ‘cinematic crime writing,’ and has articles forthcoming on ekphrasis and reasoning practices, and the use of fin de siècle visual culture, in the work of Thomas Pynchon.

Tom Tracey received his BA( Mod.) in English & Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, and an Interdisciplinary MA in the Culture of Modernism from the University of York, UK. He is currently reading for a DPhil in English & Related Literature at St. John’s College, Oxford. His research thesis is on David Foster Wallace considered as a moralist. 

Jon Udelson is an M.F.A in Creative Writing candidate of The City College of New York, where he also teaches. Jon, whose advisors recently approved his thesis, will graduate in the winter of 2010 and intends to enroll in a Ph.D. program in English Literature or Creative Writing in the near future. Primarily a fiction writer, Jon’s works have appeared in a variety of both literary journals and non-fiction books, but this is the first conference in which he is to present as a panel member. The works of David Foster Wallace have had a profound influence on Jon’s life, both artistically and personally, and he hopes to do justice to the late author’s works.

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One Response to “Bios”

  1. Tyler Chastang Says:

    Interesting blog, as an expat Brit, now living in Argentina, this was especially interesting.

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