Christopher Breu is Professor of English at Illinois State University where he teaches classes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and popular culture as well as cultural and critical theory. He is author of Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Hard-Boiled Masculinities (University of Minnesota Press, 2005). In 2011, he was the Fulbright Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster Unviersity. His articles and essays have appeared in Cultural Critique, Symplok?, ELN, MFS, Twentieth-Century Literature, Textual Practice, Callaloo, Men and Masculinities, Prospects as well as a number of edited book collections. Currently Breu is working on two new book projects, a co-edited volume with Elizabeth Hatmaker entitled Noir Affect and a theory monograph, entitled Materiality/Materialism.