Nicholas J. Crowe taught and researched in Oxford for 25 years. He was Senior Dean at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, subsequent to being Research Fellow in Modern Languages and Literatures at St John’s College, and Lecturer and Tutor at Hertford College and St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. Latterly, he has held appointments as a Research Fellow and Visiting Professor in the US, where he now lives, publishing widely in the field of comparative literature.David A. Frank is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Oregon, and was Dean of its Clark Honors College from 2008 to 2013. His field of expertise is rhetoric, communication and the humanities, in which he has published six books, as well as numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and papers. Recent and current work includes studies of rhetoric and its role in the cultural and political environments of the 20th and 21st centuries.