My research focuses on 19th-century novels from Russia, Western Europe, and the United States. I’m particularly interested in how modern fiction intersects with other spheres of cultural production, including medicine, visual art, and religion. I have published two books: The Real and The Sacred: Picturing Jesus in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (University of Michigan Press, 2014); and Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity (Penn State Press, 2010). My publications include articles on Chekhov and medicine as well as articles and book chapters on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Proust, Vasily Pelenov, and Lew Wallace.
Maria Lupo, MFA, MA, ATR-BC is a Board-Certified Art Therapist and Certified Dementia Care Practitioner. Ms. Lupo is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Drew University in Medical Humanities. She received a BFA at Rutgers University, NJ; an MFA at Hunter College, working on sculpture; and a Master of Fine Arts in Combined Media at CUNY. Ms. Lupo completed her Post-Masters Specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell University and holds a second master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. In addition, Ms. Lupo developed the Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System focusing on patients, staff and their families. Ms. Lupo has presented her signature programs at The Mayo Clinic, NJ Medical School and many conferences on topics such as Paint your Pain; Healing Voices: the Power of the Narrative; and The use of medical equipment in artwork as a way to heal. As the recipient of the NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship award, Lupo is also a practicing artist focusing on mixed media works and eco-art installations. Her artwork is included in many public and private collections.
Lois Oppenheim is University Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She is also Scholar Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Oppenheim has authored or edited fifteen books, including, among the most recent, For Want of Ambiguity: Order and Chaos in Art, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience (Bloomsbury, 2019, co-authored), Dear Mr. Beckett (Opus, 2016), and Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion (Routledge, 2013), awarded the Courage to Dream Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Other recent books include Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor and A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis. In addition, Dr. Oppenheim has published over 100 book chapters and articles on creativity, neuropsychoanalysis, and topics in French literature and philosophy.