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| Merrill Cole is Associate Professor of English at Western Illinois University, where he teaches queer studies, poetry, modernism, and creative writing. He was recently a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Germany and a Guest Professor at the Art Institute of Braunschweig. His research project, Lust Murder Sex Dolls and Other Weimar Monstrosities, involves naked dancing, Dada photomontage, and poetry during the 1920s in Berlin. He is also at work on a second book project concening intersections of modernism and psychoanalysis, Modernity Beside Itself. Cole is the author of The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality, as well as numerous essays and poems. His translation from the German of Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste's Dances of Vice, Horror, and Ecstasy was published last year by Side Real Press.