LILI LOOFBOUROW is finishing her dissertation, “Excremental Virtue: Eating and Reading in the Age of Milton,” at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in venues including the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, Salon, the New Republic, The Awl, The Hairpin, and The New Inquiry.
PHILLIP MACIAK is assistant professor of English and film and media arts at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Adaptation, J19, Film Quarterly, Slate, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is at work on a book about secularism and American visual culture in the silent era to be entitled The Disappearing Christ.
This article was first published in the March 2015 issue of PMLA.[gview file=”https://scholcomm.mla.hcommons.org/files/2015/10/pmla.2015.130.2.439.pdf”]