Bill Savage (Ph.D. Northwestern) teaches and conducts research in several areas: hermeneutics, especially in relation to material aspects of literary culture, from bookselling practices to book covers and how they communicate literary values; 20th Century American fiction, especially novels of the Lost and Beat Generations; popular culture, especially baseball, animation and sequential art; Chicago writers, especially Nelson Algren; and narratology. Savage co-edited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Algren's The Man with the Golden Arm and the Newly Annotated Edition of Chicago: City on the Make, and has written several essays about Algren for both mainstream and scholarly publications. He is a Series Editor for Chicago Visions + Revisions, a series of nonfiction books about Chicago from the University of Chicago Press. His most recent publications include "It Was Dope!: The Paperback Revolution and the Literary Reputation of Nelson Algren" (in Nelson Algren: A Collection of Critical Essays) and "L'amoureuse et l'Autre," an essay about Simone de Beauvoir's letters to Algren, in the French journal Le Magazine Litteraire. Savage won the 2004-2005 Distinguished Teaching Award from Northwestern's School for Continuing Studies, and has been named to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll from 2001-2004; in 2006, he was awarded the James Friend Memorial Award in Literary Criticism from the Society of Midland Authors for his book reviews published in the Chicago Tribune.