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1Martina Bender teaches at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in the Department of Romanic Languages and Literature. She has published her doctoral thesis on Rétif de la Bretonne (Die literarische Reflexion der Französischen Revolution bei Rétif, Bonn 1995), as well as a translation and edition of his Nuits révolutionnaires (Leipzig 1989). Today her research is focussed on Spanish literature and more specially on drama in the period of the Ilustración.

2Thomas Bremer is professor and head of the Department of Iberian and Iberoamerican Literature at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. He has published widely, especially on Spanish, Italian and Latinamerican Literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and is co-editor of various international journals and reviews. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century studies and his current research is on the relationship of Spanish and Non-Spanish Enlightenment literature, as well as on book and book-trade history. In the European Spectator, vol. 1, he published a study on the smuggling of Neuchâtel's Société Typographique prints to Spain.

3Nathalie Ferrand is a researcher at the CNRS and her work is centred on the eighteenth-century French novel. She published Livre et lecture dans les romans français au XVIIIe siècle, Paris, PUF in 2002 and is now preparing a book on the illustrated novel to be published by Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, Oxford. Her current reseach also dwells on the French novel abroad in the Age of the Enlightenment.

4Allan Ingram is Professor of English at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He has published widely in the eighteenth century and also in the Modern period, with books on James Boswell, on Swift and Pope and on various aspects on madness and writing, as well as publications on Joseph Conrad and James Boswell. His most recent work (with Michelle Faubert) is Cultural Constructions of Madness in EighteenthCentury Writing: Representing the Insane (Palgrave, 2005). His current research is on eighteenth-century depression and its representation.

5Graham Jefcoate was Head of Early Printed Collections at the British Library from 1997 to 2001, Director General of the Berlin State Library (2002/03) and is currently Director of Nijmegen University Library. He has published widely in the field of library and book-trade history and especially on German printers and publishers in 18th century London; most recently “German printing and bookselling in eighteenthcentury London: evidence and interpretation” (bibliography with introduction), in Archiv fiir Geschichte des Buchwesens, 57 (2003), p. 147-248; “Charles Heydinger: A German bookseller in eighteenth-century London, 1766-1784”, in The Corvey Eibrary and Anglo-German cultural exchanges, 1770-1837, ed. W. Huber. München 2004, p. 35-53·

6Claude Maffre is “Professeur émérite” of Portuguese at the University of Montpellier III. “Agrégé” in Spanish, his whole university career was held in the Portuguese Department which he ran for ten years. He has mostly researched in the field of poetry, specially satiric, in eighteenth-century Portugal. He has published several translations, a book on travelling to Portugal in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Urrugne/Paris 2005), and his doctoral thesis, L'œuvre satirique de Nicolau Tolentino, was published in 1994 by the “Gulbenkian Foundation” editions.

7Sabine Schwarze has defended both her doctoral and her habilitation theses at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and has been Professor of Romanic Linguistics at the University of Augsbourg since 2004. She has mostly published works about languages and translations in the eighteenth century as well as the history of Italian theories of translation. One of her recent publications is Sprachreflexion zwischen nationaler Identifikation und Entgrenzung. Der italienische Übersetzungsdiskurs im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (Münster: Nodus, 2004).

8Stuart Sim is Professor of Critical Theory in the English Department at the University of Sunderland. He has published widely on seventeenth-and eighteenth-century prose fiction and on modern critical theory. Recent publications include Bunyan and Authority (with David Walker; Ashgate, 2000), Irony & Crisis: A Critical History of Postmodern Culture (Icon, 2002), The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (2002, 22005) and The Discourse of Sovereignty from Hobbes to Fielding (with David Walker; Ashgate, 2003).

9Anne Sommerlat is ATER (Attaché Temporaire de Recherche) in the German Department at the University of Amiens. Her German studies led her to defend a doctoral thesis about the dukedom of Courland in the Age of the Enlightenment—codirectors in Toulouse III and Halle Universities. Recent publications: “L'insertion de la Russie dans l'Europe éclairée: le point de vue germano-balte”, in Slavica Occitania, 20/2005, p. 229-244, and “Ein Kurlander im Dienste Frankreichs im ausgehenden 18. Jahrhundert: Baron Karl von Nolde”, Conference “Kurzemes und Zemgales hercogiste: sabiedriba, politika, kultura” [The dukedoms of Kurland and Semigaly: Society, Politics and Culture], Ventspils/Latvia, 10-11 June 2004.

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