Graham Allen is Senior Lecturer in Modern English in the Department of English, University College Cork. He is the author of Harold Bloom: A Poetics of Conflict (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994), Intertextuality (Routledge, 2000),Roland Barthes (Routledge, 2003). He is the editor of the cultural and critical theory section of The Literary Encyclopedia, is co-editor with Roy Sellars of Figures of Bloom: The Salt Companion to Harold Bloom (Cambridge: Salt, forthcoming). Related articles include 'On Information and the Chance for Teaching', in Functions of Formless,eds. Paul Hegarty and Patrick Crowley (Peter Lang, 2004), 'You Are Here. The Time of Teaching', in Language - Text - Bildung/Sprache - Text - Bildung: Essays in Honour of Beate Dreike/Essays für Beate Dreike, eds. andreas Stuhlmann, Patrick Studer and Gert Hoffmann (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2005), 'Transparency and Teaching', Theory, Culture & Society 23, 2:3 (2006).