Wendy Steiner is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, past Chair of the Penn English Department, and Founding Director of the Penn Humanities Forum. Her fields are 20th-21st-century literature, visual art, and aesthetics. Among her books are The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art (Chicago UP, 2010); Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art (Free Press, 2001); and The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism (among the "NY Times 100 Best Books of 1996"). Steiner's cultural criticism has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, REUTERS Opinion, London Independent, The Guardian, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and Lapham's Quarterly. Working with composer Paul Richards, she has written the librettos and produced two multimedia operas, The Loathly Lady (2009) and Biennale (2013). She is at work on a book about Village Health Works in Burundi.