Alan G. Thomas

Alan Thomas

Editorial Director, Humanities and Social Sciences



Subjects: Literature; literary studies; media and cultural studies; religious studies
Series: South Asia Across the Disciplines, Buddhism and Modernity, Religion and Postmodernism, TRIOS, Class 200: New Studies in Religion



I acquire scholarly and trade books in the humanities, particularly literature, religious studies, and cultural criticism. I look for ambitious manuscripts marked by writerly assurance and unorthdox thinking, whether first books or those by established authors. My recent general-interest titles include Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable and Alice Kaplan’s Looking for “The Stranger”: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic. Forthcoming are Laura Dassow Walls’s Henry David Thoreau: A Life and a new edition of Norman Maclean’s Young Men and Fire.


The literary studies list includes strengths in poetics, critical theory, digital culture, British and European literature, and Renaissance studies, among other areas. Recent or forthcoming books include Rita Felski’s The Limits of Critique, Amanda Anderson’s Bleak Liberalism, Toril Moi’s Revolution of the Ordinary, and Katherine Hayles’s Unthought. Charles Bernstein, Sharon Cameron, Robert Harrison, W. J. T. Mitchell, Marjorie Perloff, Andrew Piper, Mary Poovey, Eric Santner, and Susan Stewart are some of my other authors.  In the area of literary translation, I have published works by Thomas Bernhard, Yves Bonnefoy, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Roger Grenier, Robert Musil, Christa Wolf, and others. In religious studies, I focus on theory and method, history of religions, and the philosophy of religion, and acquire books for our series Class 200: New Studies in ReligionBuddhism and Modernity, and Religion and Postmodernism.  



I received my B.A. from Princeton and M.Phil. from Oxford, both in English, and joined the Press in 1983.

I am assisted by my long-time collaborator Randy Petilos, who for his part acquires complementary books in medieval studies and poetry in translation.

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