Dr. Bainard Cowan holds the Cowan Chair in Literature at the University of Dallas after thirty-three years at Louisiana State University. A Yale Ph.D., Bainard also studied in Munich, taught at Aix-en-Provence, and was a co-founder of the Comparative Literature Doctoral Program, the Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies, and the Louisiana Shakespeare Project at LSU, and the Henry James Review. He is the author of Exiled Waters: Moby Dick and the Crisis of Allegory (1982) and has edited four books, including Poetics of the Americas (1997). His NEH-funded summer institute series for college teachers (also titled Poetics of the Americas) in the 1990s was based on the Teachers Academy summer institutes. He has contributed to each of the three volumes in the Institute’s Studies in Genre series and is editor of the forthcoming volume on lyric. Besides the literatures of the Americas, he is interested in the epic, the theory of the novel, Asian literatures, and the history of criticism, and in them all the question of how forms of the imagination strive to unite the peoples of the world in their diversity.