Jim English received his MA from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Stanford, specializing in modernist and postmodernist literature. His book Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain was published by Cornell in 1994. He is currently completing a book on prizes, awards, and the circulation of cultural value, with a working title of An Economy of Prestige. He is co-editor, with Lisa Brawley, of Postmodern Culture, an electronic journal distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press. Jim English is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.