Contributors

 


Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair in Philosophy at Boston College and is visiting professor at University College Dublin. His recent publications include Anatheism: God after God (2009), Navigations: Collected Irish Essays, 1976-2006 (2006), Strangers, Gods and Monsters (2002), and The God Who May Be (2001).

Sascha Semonovitch is Lecturer in Philosophy at Seattle University. She received her doctorate from Boston College. Her work focuses on Merleau-Ponty's courses on nature. She is co-editor of Merleau-Ponty at the Limits of Art, Religion and Perception (Continuum, 2010), and Phenomenologies of the Stranger (Fordham, forthcoming).

Anne Davenport grew up close to the Unicorn Tapestries (her godfather, Bertrand d'Astorg, wrote a novel on The Myth of the Lady of the Unicorn, published in 1963). and did her doctoral work in the History of Science on theories of infinity in medieval theology. She has recently published a study on the XIVth century Franciscan theologian Peter Aureoli (Les Etudes philosophiques, 4 (2009), 531-554). She teaches the humanities in the Honors Program of Boston College.

Pamela Berger is a Professor of Art History and Film at Boston College. She is a medievalist and her special interest is iconography. Her book, The Goddess Obscured, is about how an ancient goddess of seeding and sowing is transformed, in the minds of medieval peasants, into a variety of female saints. Berger wrote, produced, and/or directed three feature films. Her first film, Sorceress, is about a medieval woman accused of being a heretic when she is actually a healer. (Nominated for a César) Her second film, "The Imported Bridgroom," is about a father who, around 1900, goes back to the old country and brings home a bridegroom for his Americanized daughter. (Recipient of the Dove Award for Wholesome Family Entertainment.) Her third film, "Killian's Chronicle," is about an Irish slave who escapes from a Viking ship and is rescued by Native Americans. Her recent research deals with how and why the Temple of Solomon was imaged as the Dome of the Rock from the ninth to the early twentieth century.

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner is currently a Professor of French at Boston College. She has published widely on medieval French literature, especially twelfth and thirteenth century romance, verse and prose narrative, and troubadour and trouvère lyric. Her most recent book, Chrétien Continued: A Study of the Conte du Graal and its Verse Continuations (published by Oxford University Press in 2009), focuses on the dialogue between Chrétien de Troyes's unfinished Grail romance and four successive continuations that finally bring Perceval's quest to successful closure, however far they wander from the first romancer's puzzling path. Bruckner has also co-curated two art exhibits at Boston College, "Memory and the Middle Ages" and "Secular Sacred, 11th – 16th Century: Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts." In essays included in the exhibition catalogues, she brings visuals arts and verbal texts into dialogue across a variety of periods, genres, styles, and forms.

Paul Mariani is the author of over 200 essays and reviews, as well as sixteen books, six of them volumes of poetry. He is also the author of five biographies of poets, including William Carlos Williams, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Hart Crane and—most recently--Gerard Manley Hopkins. All have been listed as Notable Books by the New York Times; his biography of Williams was nominated for the American Book Award. He has also written four critical studies, including God & the Imagination, as well as a spiritual memoir, Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius. He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, two from The National Endowment for the Humanities and another from The National Endowment for the Arts. From 1968 until 2000, he taught at the University of Massachusetts, where he served as Distinguished University Professor of English. Since 2000, he has held a Chair in English at Boston College. In 2009 he was presented with the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry.

Fanny Howe is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays and fiction. Her most recent include What did I do wrong? and The Winter Sun.

Pier Paolo Pasolini, renowned filmmaker, novelist, critic, and polemicist, was first and foremost a prolific poet. His body of verse spans his life from early adolescence to his premature death in 1975 at the age of fifty-three, at the hands of one or more killers. He published some twenty volumes of poetry during his lifetime, between chapbooks and major collections, and considered his other creative work, such as the film and fiction, as part of his poetic oeuvre. This poem is from a forthcoming major volume of his verse edited and translated by Stephen Sartarelli.

James Taylor is a teaching fellow and PhD candidate in the Boston College philosophy department. His recent work focuses on philosophy as a spiritual practice in the work of Martin Heidegger and Michel Foucault, and he is the co-editor, with Richard Kearney, of a collected volume on the theme of inter-religious hospitality, forthcoming from Continuum, 2011.

Stephen Sartarelli has published three volumes and several chapbooks of poetry. He is the distinguished translator of a broad range of fiction and poetry from Italian and French, including such authors as Casanova, Umberto Saba, and Andrea Camilleri. He currently lives in France.

Elena Andreevna Shvarts (1948-2010), one of Russia's great poets and leading light of Leningrad's underground culture, died in Saint Petersburg on March 11, 2010. She was the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, all of which were published after the fall of the Soviet Union. Translated into many languages, her two English-language volumes are Birdsong on the Seabed (London, 2008), translated by Sara Dugdale, and Paradise (London, 1993), translated by Michael Molnar.

Adam Fitzgerald is the editor of Maggy poetry magazine. He lives in Manhattan.

Stephen Sartarelli has published three volumes and several chapbooks of poetry. He is the distinguished translator of a broad range of fiction and poetry from Italian and French, including such authors as Casanova, Umberto Saba, and Andrea Camilleri. He currently lives in France.

Sheila Gallagher is a multi-media artist and independent curator living in Boston. Widely exhibited, her work has been shown at such venues as the ICA, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston , and Wellesley College. Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Boston College where she is co-director of the Becker Collection, an archive of Civil War Drawings. She is represented by the Judy Rotenberg Gallery in Boston and the Cynthia Reeves Gallery in New York.