About the Author
Samir Dayal is an Associate Professor, English at Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts. He is the author of Resisting Modernity: Counternarratives of Nation and Masculinity and the editor, with an introduction, of Julia Kristeva s Crisis of the European Subject and several other books. He has published several articles and book chapters on cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and film and is completing a book on Indian cinema. Margueritte Murphy is an Associate Professor of English at Bentley College. She is author of A Tradition of Subversion: The Prose Poem in English from Wilde to Ashbery (1992), and numerous essays in edited collections and journals, including Mosaic, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, American Poetry, Contemporary Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Studies in Romanticism (forthcoming). She is working on a study of nineteenth-century French political economy, aesthetics, and the art criticism and poetry of Baudelaire. Her current research interests include nineteenth-century consumer aesthetics, the Industrial Expositions of the July Monarchy, and everyday economic discourse in nineteenth-century France.