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[INTER]SECTIONS: [Inter]sections No. 11 (2010)

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Ethnographic Sight and Enlightenment Science in the South Seas Captivity Narratives of Lionel Wafer and Herman Melville

by Christopher Allan Black


Evolutionary Psychology and Social Constructivism: Can They Work Together?

by Kristina Marie Darling


The Death of Reality: Levels of Simulacra in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49

by Mihaela PÄ?limariu


Looking Back so as to Move Forward: Voicing a Prehistory and Refuting the Progress Narrative in A Mercy

by Melissa Sande


The Unanswerable Question in Post-World War II Jewish-American Prose

by Matt Koch


Looking at the American Dream through Immigrant Eyes

by Andreea Mingiuc




CHRISTOPHER ALLAN BLACK is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University, where he teaches first year composition. His interests include early American Literature with a particular emphasis on nineteenth-century antebellum literature.


KRISTINA MARIE DARLING's first full-length collection of poems, Night Songs, was recently released by Gold Wake Press.  Many chapbooks of her work have also been published, including Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press, 2006) and The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press, 2006).  Her writing appears in such journals as The Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Colorado Review, New Letters, and Pleiades.  Awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation, as well as scholarships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Colgate Writers Conference


ANDREEA MINGIUC graduated from “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University – The Faculty of Orthodox Theology, with a major in Philology – English Language and Literature (2000), and the Faculty of History (2004). In 2009 she got her MA in American Studies. During the MA degree she spent one year as an Erasmus student at Konstanz University in Germany. She is currently a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Philological Studies under the guidance of Prof. Codrin Liviu Cutitaru, with a thesis related to concepts of femininity and masculinity and Puritan cultural identity. Her research interests are directed towards American literature (especially Puritan texts) and cultural history, psychoanalitical and feminist approach of literary texts, and film studies.


MATTHEW KOCH is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) specializing in Twentieth Century American literature.  His research interests include Modernism, ethnic studies, southern literature, poetry, and Postmodernism.  The scheduled completion of his doctoral degree is Spring 2011.
MIHAELA PÄ?LIMARIU is a graduate of the Faculty of Geography and Geology at UAIC, the Geography-English Section (2006). She is currently a graduate student in American Studies, with a particular interest in Latino and Ethnic Studies. For the past two years she has been teaching English at Mihai Eminescu High School in Ia??i.
MELISSA SANDE is a second-year PhD student at Binghamton University, concentrating in postcolonial studies, New American Studies and Caribbean literature by women. She has an MA from Brooklyn College and a BA from Purchase College, SUNY.




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Peer Reviewers for This Issue:


Bianca Barbu, University of Bucharest

Elena Dancu, University of Bucharest

Ilinca Diaconu, University of Bucharest

Alexandra Magearu, De Montfort University

Dana MihÄ?ilescu, University of Bucharest

Mihaela Precup, University of Bucharest

Nathan Tipton, University of Tennessee







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