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Guest Editors

January 2007

Jill LeRoy-Frazier is Assistant Professor of Cross-Disciplinary Studies at East Tennessee State University, where she teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she specialized in (post)modernism, Twentieth-Century American literatures and cultures, and critical theory. She has published and presented on such topics as Southern women writers, cyberpunk and gender theory, and race, post-colonialism, and feminist fiction.

David E. Frazier is a faculty member in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches courses in networking, computer security, and Web programming. He earned his M.S. in Computer Science at ETSU and will soon begin doctoral studies. His research interests include computer ethics, network security, and Web engineering. He has presented papers at both national and regional conferences.

Together, they are working on a study of the quest for immortality and Strong AI in William Gibson's cyberpunk trilogy.

Heather Hoover currently is a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee. She has done graduate work at Dartmouth University and East Tennessee State University, where her thesis centered on the mother's role in the salvation or destruction of her children in Faulkner's novels. Her scholarly interests also include Twentieth-Century American poetry, Latin American literature, Southern fiction, and Science fiction. Her primary focus is on authors that experiment with the concepts of belonging and survival.

Jason Payton earned his M.A. in English with a certificate in social theory at the University of Kentucky and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park. His studies focus on colonial American literatures, and his research interests include religious discourse and colonial identity formation, trans-Atlantic approaches to American literature, and postcolonial theory.


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