Shina Afolayan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Shelly Jarrett Bromberg ( is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previous to her current position, she was a lecturer in Hispanic Caribbean Studies at the University of the West Indied in Trinidad and Tobago. Her area of specialization is Caribbean studies encompassing Spanish, English and French. Her work focuses on philosophies and theories of identity and nation that originate iin the region. Her current research is a book-length project on Caribbean theories of culture and identity from Fernando Oriz to Rosario Ferré.

Mini Chandran ( teaches at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. She worked on literary censorship for her PhD. Her other areas of interest are European and Latin American literatures.

Susan Muaddi Darraj (, ) completed an MA in English literature at Rutgers University and is pursuing a second MA in Writing at the Johns Hopkins University. Her essays, articles, and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in So To Speak, Sojourner, Calyx, Mizna, Al-Jadid, The Monthly Review, New York Stories, Women and Language, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, and other forums. She lives in Baltimore, where she is completing a short story collection.

Ashley Dawson ( is Assistant Professor of English at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He is completing a book entitled "Mongrel Nation: Geographies of Identity in Post-Imperial Britain" and has previously published articles in journals such as Postmodern Culture and Social Semiotics.

Brian Finney ( gained his BA in English and Philosophy from Reading University, England, and his PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London. He taught at London University from 1964-1987, and since emigrating here, at UCR, UCLA, USC and CSULB. He has published studies of Beckett's fiction, D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, twentieth-century literary autobiography as a genre, and a biography of Christopher Isherwood; hehas edited three books of Lawrence short stories, besides a series of essays on modern British and American novelists. He was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the best biography of 1979.

Brian Gibson ( is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His M.A. (University of Toronto) focused on natural landscape imagery in the works of Robert Louis Stevenson. He is writing his dissertation on the short stories of Saki, and he will be publishing his first novel soon.

Kathleen Gyssels ( is Associate Professor of Francophone Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She holds a Ph.D. from L'Université de Cergy Pointoise (her dissertation focused on the novels of Simone and André Schwarz-Bart). Her classes deal with postcolonial theory and African American, Caribbean, and francophone literatures. She has published Filles de Solitude. Essai sur l'identité antillaise dans les auto-biographies fictives d'André et Simone Schwarz-Bart (Paris 1996) and Sages sorcières? Révision de la mauvaise mère dans Beloved (Toni Morrison), Praisesong for the Widow (Paule Marshall), et Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem (Maryse Condé) (New York 2001). She has also contributed to several books, journals, and websites (for example,

Dorota Kolodziejczyk ( works at the English Department, University of Wroclaw, Poland. Currently she is a Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professor at SUNY - Buffalo, teaching for the Polish Studies program. Her interests focus on concepts of the nation and cultural identity in the context of globalization, and her research ranges from postcolonial studies and literature to cultural anthropology and theory. She publishes in Polish and English for academic and cultural journals; she also translates into Polish, recently Clifford Geertz for the first anthology of his essays in Poland. Her articles cover the following themes: national 9identity in Poland in the periiod of transition, the global/local vis-a-vis cultural borderlands in Poland, essays on Rushdie's and Naipaul's fiction, problems of multiculturalism in political theory, and representatiions of diversity in fiction. Currently she is working on an anthology of translations of postcolonial writings into Polish.

Amy T.Y. Lai ( completed her PhD in Asian English Literature at Cambridge, England. She later got a Judith E. Wilson Travel Grant by the English Faculty of Cambridge to fund her research trip to Singapore and Malaysia. This article is taken from a chapter of her dissertation.

Esther Priyadharshini ( is a lecturer of education at the Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) in the University of East Anglia, UK. She teaches on the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) and on masters programmes for research students. Her research interests include debates on research methodologies, feminist poststructuralist approaches to research and issues to do with researcher identities.

Fiona Probyn ( lectures in the Gender Studies Department at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on postcolonial theory and feminist theory. She has published work in Meanjin, Australian Feminist Studies, New Literatures Review, Westerly, Senses of Cinema, and Journal of Australian Studies and Australian Humanities Review.

Anjali Gera Roy ( is Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Her book, Three Great African Novelists: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Amos Tutuola (New Delhi: Creative Books, 2001), deals with the oral-written interface in Nigerian fiction. She is presently working on the transmutation of the Punjabi ahrvest ritual Bhangra into dance music. Her reserach interests and publications include post-colonial literature and theory, folklore, and culture studies.

Nabeela Sheikh ( sheikhn@MAGELLAN.Umontreal.CA) has published in Cultural Studies and The Antigonish Review and won First Place in the McMaster Short Story Competition. Currently, she is completing her Ph.D. dissertation, "Acting out of Character: Subverting the Narrative in Paul Auster, Douglas Coupland and Bret Easton Ellis," at the University of Montreal under the direction of Dr. Jay Bochner. She taught English composition at the University of Windsor where she also wrote a screenplay entitled Meantime under the direction of Dr. Alistair MacLeod. She is originally from Guelph, Ontario. "True Romance" is part of a longer work of fiction called Rishta Stories.

Suocai Su ( is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. His research interests include Asian American studies, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and contemporary American fiction.

Gina Ulysse ( is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Wesleyan University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Michigan in 1999. Her research interests include political economy, gendered representation, race and class performance within a Black Diaspora context. She has written on female representations of class and color in Jamaica, fieldwork conflicts, and auto-ethnography and reflexivity. She is currently working on her first book, Uptown Women and Downtown Ladies, a black feminist ethnography of the work and self- fashioning of Jamaican female independent international traders known as Informal Commercial Importers. A Haitian-American activist, she engages the complexity of her identities through the spoken word. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Buttlerfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora,edited by Edwidge Danticat.

Su-lin Yu ( is Assistant Professor in the department of Foreign Languages and Literature at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. She has published on Asian-American writers. Her current research interests include contemporary American woman writers, third-world feminism, and psychoanalytic feminism.

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