Hosts and Organizers:

Emily Hyde is associate professor of English at Rowan University where she is completing A Way of Seeing: Postcolonial Modernism and the Visual Book. Her articles and reviews on comparative modernisms, postcolonial literature and theory, and contemporary literature and photography appear in Modernism/modernityPost45: Peer ReviewedLiterature CompassPMLA, and a number of edited volumes. Her public writing and reviews have appeared in Post45: ContemporariesPublic Books, and B-Side Books: Essays on Forgotten Favorites.

Chris Holmes is associate professor and chair of Literatures in English at Ithaca College. He is the creator and host of the literary podcast Burned by Books (a New Books Network Academic Partner). His book, Kazuo Ishiguro as World Literature is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. His work has been published with Novel: A Forum on FictionModern Fiction Studies, CritiqueContemporary LiteratureLiterature CompassDiaspora, and Oxford’s Research Encyclopedia. He is co-editor with Kelly Mee Rich of the special issue: “Ishiguro After the Nobel” in Modern Fiction Studies, and with Thom Dancer, “The Novel at its Limits,” in Critique.

Hosts and Founders:

Aarthi Vadde is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in the Computational Media, Arts, and Culture program at Duke University. She is on the editorial board of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and is the author of Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism beyond Europe, 1914-2016, which won the American Comparative Literature Association’s 2018 Harry Levin Prize. She is the co-editor of The Critic as Amateur, the open-access Web 2.0 and Literary Criticism, and The Palgrave Handbook of Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature and Science.  She is currently working on a book called We the Platform: Contemporary Literature after Web 2.0

John Plotz is Barbara Mandel Professor of the Humanities at Brandeis University. His books include The Crowd: British Literature and Public PoliticsPortable Property: Victorian Culture on the Move, and Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience since Dickens; he is at work on My Earthsea, a  book about Ursula Le Guin. He is editor of the Public Books B-Sides and a forthcoming collection from Columbia University Press, B-Sides Books: Essays on Forgotten Favorites. He co-founded the Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative and co-hosts the podcast  Recall This Book.


Tara K. Menon is assistant professor in the Department of English at Harvard University and a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She is currently writing a book called Spoken Words: Direct Speech in Nineteenth-Century British Novels, which is under contract with Princeton University Press. Her writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book ReviewThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Sewanee ReviewBookforum, The Paris Review, and Public Books, where she co-edits the Literary Fiction section. She is also working on her first novel.

Sarah Wasserman is associate professor of English and associate director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Death of Things: Ephemera and the American Novel (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and co-editor of Modelwork: The Material Culture of Making and Knowing (University of Minnesota Press, 2021) as well as Cultures of Obsolescence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her essays appear in PMLAAmerican Literary History, Post45, ASAP, Contemporary LiteratureLit Compass, and various edited volumes. Her public writing has been published in Public BooksLARB, and Flaunt Magazine.

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