Regimes of Description
In the Archive of the Eighteenth Century
Edited by John Bender and Michael Marrinan


Contributors for

Contributors for


John Bender is Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at Stanford University in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature.  He is Director of the Stanford Humanities Center and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor.  His writings include Spenser and Literary Pictoralism (1972) and Imagining the Penitentiary: Fiction and the Architecture of Mind in Eighteenth-Century England (1987).  He is editor, with Simon Stern, of Tom Jones (1996) and of two volumes with David Wellbery: The Ends of Rhetoric: History, Theory, Practice (1990) and Chronotypes: The Construction of Time (1991).  He is currently working on The Culture of Diagram, a book co-authored with Michael Marrinan.

Lorraine Daston is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Honorary Professor at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.  Her recent writings include Wonders and the Order of Nature, co-authored with Katherine Park (1998), and Wunder, Beweise und Tatsachen: Zur Geschichte der Rationalität (2001), as well as several edited volumes: Biographies of Scientific Objects (2000), Things that Talk: Object Lessons in Art and Science (2004), and, with Fernando Vidal, The Moral Authority of Nature (2003).

Wolfgang Ernst is chaired Professor of Media Theories in the Seminar of Media Studies at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.  His writings include M.edium F.oucault (2000), Das Rumoren der Archive: Ordnung aus Unordnung (2002) and Im Namen von Geschichte: Sammeln—Speichern—Er/Zählen; infrastrukturelle Konfigurationen des deutschen Gedächtnisses (2003).  He is also co-editor (with Georg Trogemann and Alexander Nitussov) of Computing in Russia: The History of Computing Devices and Information Technology Revealed (2001).

Wolfgang Klein is Professor of Romanisch Kulturwissenschaft at the University of Osnabrück in Germany.  His books include Schriftsteller in der französischen Volksfront (1978, revised French edition as Commune: Revue pour la défense de la culture, 1988) and Der nüchterne Blick: Programmatischer Internationaler Schriftstellerkongre∫s zur Verteidigung der Kultur (1988, enlarged French edition with Sandra Teroni as Défense de la culture, 2004) and Heinrich Mann—Félix Bertaux: Briefwechsel 1922-1948 (2002).  He co-edited Nach der Aufklärung? Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft with Waltraud Naumann-Beyer (1995), Literaturforschung heute with Eckart Goebel (1999), and, with Ernst Müller, Genu∫s und Egoismus: Zur Kritik ihrer geschichtlichen Verknüpfung (2002).

Michael Marrinan is Professor of Art History at Stanford University.  His writings include Painting Politics for Louis-Philippe: Art and Ideology in Orléanist France, 1830-1850 (1988) and Romantic Paris: Histories of a Cultural Landscape, 1800-1850 (forthcoming).  He is co-editor, with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, of Mapping Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Digital Age (2003).  He is currently working on The Culture of Diagram, a book co-authored with John Bender.

Mary Poovey is Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities at New York University.  Her books include The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austin (1984), Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England (1988), Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation, 1830-1864 (1995), and A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (1998).

Alex Potts is Max Loehr Collegiate Professor and Chair of the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  His writings include Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History (1994) and The Sculptural Imagination: Figurative, Modernist, Minimalist (2000).  He is currently working on a book about post-war European and American art.

Peter Hanns Reill is Professor of History at UCLA and Director of both the UCLA Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.  His books include The German Enlightenment and the Rise of Historicism (1975) and Vitalizing Nature in the Enlightenment (forthcoming).  He is consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (1996) and co-editor of several volumes: Aufklärung und Geschichte: Studien zur deutschen Geschichtswissenschaft im 18. Jahrhundert with Georg Iggers et al. (1986), Vision of Empire: Voyages, Botany, and Representations of Nature with David Philip Miller (1996), Wissenschaft als kulturell Praxis, 1750-1900 with Hans Eric Bödeker and Jürgen Schlumbohm (1999), Republikanische Tugend: Ausbildung eines Schweizer Nationalbewusstseins und Erziehung eines neuen Bürgers with Michael Böhler et al. (2000), and What's Left of Enlightenment: A Postmodern Question with Keith Michael Baker (2001).

Elaine Scarry is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University.  Her books include The Body in Pain (1985), Resisting Representation (1994), On Beauty and Being Just (1999), and Dreaming by the Book (1999).  Who Defended the Country?, edited by Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, collects her articles on the events of September 11.  She has also edited Literature and the Body: Essays on Populations and Persons (1988), Fins-de-Siècle: English Poetry in 1590, 1690, 1790, 1890, 1900 (1995), and, with Daniel L. Schacter, Memory, Brain, and Belief (2000).

Londa Schiebinger is Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and Professor of History of Science at Stanford University.  She is author of The Mind Has No Sex? Woman in the Origins of Modern Science (1989), Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (1993), Has Feminism Changed Science? (1999), and Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (2004).  She is the editor of Feminism and the Body (2000) and section editor of the Oxford Companion to the Body (2001).  She has co-edited, with Angela Creager and Elizabeth Lunbeck, Feminism in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine (2001), and, with Claudia Swann, Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics (2004).

Jürgen Trabant is Professor of French and Italian Linguistics at the Freie Universität Berlin.  His writings include Elemente der Semiotik (1976), Apeliotes oder der Sinn der Sprache (1986), Traditionen Humboldts (1990), Neue Wissenschaft von alten Zeichen (1994), and Mithradates im Paradies (2003).  He is also the editor, with Sean Ward, of New Essays on the Origin of Language (2001).

Anthony Vidler is Professor and Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York.  His books include The Writing of the Walls: Theory and Design in Late Enlightenment (1987), Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Society in the Ancien Régime (1990), The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (1992), and Warped Space: Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture (2000).

David E. Wellbery is LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor at the University of Chicago.  His books include Lessing's Laocoön: Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason (1984), The Specular Moment: Goethe's Early Lyric and the Beginnings of Romanticism (1996), and Schopenhauer's Bedeutung für die moderne Literatur (1998).  Hi is the editor of Positionen der Literaturwissenschaft: Acht Modellanalysen am Beispiel von Kleists "Das Erdbeben in Chili" (1985) and the eleventh volume of Goethe's collected works (1988).  His many co-editorial projects include two volumes with John Bender, The Ends of Rhetoric: History, Theory, Practice (1990) and Chronotypes: The Construction of Time (1991), as well as Reconstructing Individualism: Autonomy, Individuality, and the Self in Western Thought, with Thomas C. Heller and Morton Sosna (1986), Traditions of Experiment from the Enlightenment to the Present, with Nancy Kaiser (1992), and Kunst—Zeugung—Geburt: Theorien und Metaphern ästhetischer Produktion in der Neuzeit with Christian Begemann (2002).  He is currently co-editor of the Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistegeschichte.