JENNIFER BACKMAN is an associate professor of English at Palomar College in Southern California. She received a PhD in contemporary literature from Purdue University and a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago.
SIMON DE BOURCIER is the author of Pynchon and Relativity: Narrative Time in Thomas Pynchon’s Later Novels (2012), as well as articles on Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and Neal Stephenson and entries in The Literary Encyclopedia and the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland. He has degrees from the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of East Anglia. He is one of the editors of Orbit.
ALI CHETWYND is an assistant professor and the chair of the English Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. He works on the constructive argumentative capacities of antimimetic fiction usually taken to be intrinsically anti-rational. His work on Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis, Ben Jonson, and postwar fiction has appeared in College Literature, English Studies, Orbit, Textual Practice, Twentieth Century Literature, and other venues.
SIMON COOK teaches journalism, creative writing, and contemporary literature at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is conducting research for a PhD on the impact of sexualized societies and pornification on literary fiction since 1970.
INGER H. DALSGAARD is an associate professor in American studies at Aarhus University. She has published extensively on Thomas Pynchon, is a coeditor (with Luc Herman and Brian McHale) of the Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon (2012) and is the editor of Thomas Pynchon in Context (forthcoming).
CATHERINE FLAY is a tutor at Birkbeck College, University of London, and course convenor of the Reading 21st-Century Fictions module. Her previous research has focused on neoliberalism and contemporary radicalism in fiction, and her current work explores the centrality of pornography in contemporary Western culture, interrogating sites of its inclusion in literature and mainstream cinema and considering its empowering as well as oppressive effects on both men and women.
MARIE FRANCO is a doctoral candidate in English at the Ohio State University. Her dissertation examines the relation among explicit representations of sex in American postmodern fiction, queer erotica, and post–World War II sexual subcultures.
JOANNA FREER is a lecturer in American literature at the University of Exeter. She is the author of Thomas Pynchon and American Counterculture (2014) and currently an editor of the journal Orbit.
DOUG HAYNES is a senior lecturer in American literature and visual culture and head of American studies at the University of Sussex, UK. His research interests are in the dialogue between modern American literature and visual culture and critical theory. In particular, he works on notions of the affective and economic, broadly conceived, ranging from telepathy to security to transnationalism. He has a special interest in Thomas Pynchon and is a guest editor of a 2018 special issue of Textual Practice with Joanna Freer. He has recently coedited (with Tara Stubbs) Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture (2017), which includes his essay on telepathy and terror in the work of Don DeLillo and painter Gerhard Richter.
LUC HERMAN teaches American literature and narrative theory at the University of Antwerp. He has coedited (with Inger Dalsgaard and Brian McHale) the Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon (2012), coauthored (with Steven Weisenburger) Gravity’s Rainbow, Domination, and Freedom (2013), and (with John Krafft) a series of essays on the typescript of V. His work for journals has appeared in, among others, Poetics Today, Narrative, Style, Contemporary Literature, Critique, English Studies, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language.
MOLLY HITE is an Emerita Professor of English at Cornell University, specializing in twentieth-century experimental fiction. She has written about Thomas Pynchon’s novels throughout her career. Her most recent book is titled Woolf’s Ambiguities: Tonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors.
KOSTAS KALTSAS is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Southampton and Bath Spa University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. He also works as a freelance translator and is currently translating Infinite Jest into Greek.
CHRISTOPHER KOCELA is an associate professor of English at Georgia State University, where he teaches contemporary U.S. literature, theory, and popular culture. His current research focuses on intersections between Eastern thought (particularly Buddhism) and the depiction of racial and gender difference in American fiction after World War II.
JOHN M. KRAFFT, professor emeritus of English at Miami University, was a founder and editor of the journal Pynchon Notes, which was published from 1979 to 2009. Recently he has collaborated with Luc Herman (University of Antwerp) on a series of essays analyzing the evolution of Pynchon’s V. from typescript to published novel.
GEORGIOS MARAGOS is an independent scholar from Athens, Greece. He did his PhD at Panteion University, Athens, on networks of information in Thomas Pynchon’s novels and stories. His work has appeared in Orbit, as well as two collections: Against the Grain: Reading Pynchon’s Counternarratives (edited By Sascha Pöhlmann) and Thomas Pynchon and the (De)vices of Global (Post)modernity (edited by Zofia Kolbuszewska).
ANGUS MCFADZEAN studied literature at Glasgow and Edinburgh universities and received a DPhil in the novels of James Joyce at Wadham College, University of Oxford. His thesis is a genetic and narratological study reading Joyce’s concept of epiphany as part of a compositional strategy in which epiphanies are organized into sequential narratives through a theme of transgression. His research interests include the interaction of narrative, genre, and history across post-1945 cinema and literature. He currently lectures on fantastic literature of the nineteenth century in the Oxford Department of Continuing Education.
RICHARD MOSS is a tutor at Durham University. He recently completed a PhD thesis entitled “Towards a Preterite Theology: Resistance and Spirituality in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon.” His current research interests include theology in Thomas Pynchon’s work, as well as the religious components of mid-twentieth-century Californian literature.
JEFFREY SEVERS is an associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is coeditor (with Christopher Leise) of Pynchon’s Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim’s Guide (2011) and the author of David Foster Wallace’s Balancing Books: Fictions of Value (2017). He has published articles on Pynchon and other writers in Twentieth-Century Literature, Pynchon Notes, Critique, Modern Fiction Studies, and edited collections.