Alan G. 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. Literary non-fiction is a particular interest; books by Alice Kaplan, Sara Suleri, and J. M. G. Le Clézio were early acquisitions that shaped my list in this area. Recent and forthcoming general-interest books include Hillary L. Chute’s Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists, Alice Kaplan's Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, Donald S. Lopez Jr’s From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha, and Robert Pogue Harrison’s Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age.
The literary studies list includes strengths in poetics, digital culture, critical theory, the history of authorship, and British, European, and American literary and cultural history. In religious studies, I focus on history of religions and the philosophy of religion, and acquire books for our series Buddhism and Modernity and Religion and Postmodernism. Current highlights from my scholarly list are James Chandler’s An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema, Leela Gandhi’s The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900 to 1955, and Ramie Targoff’s Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England.
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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