Verena Theile serves as Assistant Professor of English at North Dakota State University, where she teaches early modern literary and cultural studies, as well as world literature and literary theory. Her research focuses on how historiographical processes reflect the ways in which beliefs form, impact cultures, and are transmitted across cultures. Theile is currently involved in two other collections that probe the boundaries of literary, cultural inquiry, tentatively entitled Staging Superstitions: Early Modern Fears and Fancies and New Formalism.Marie Drews is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Her investigations of domestic practices in the 19th- and 20th-century United States, specifically as they intersect with cultural discussions about race, gender, and history, include contributions to Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning (SUNY, 2008) and Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (Summer 2007). Drews also recently co-edited Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature with Monika Elbert (Palgrave, 2009).