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
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 general-interest books include Alice Kaplan's Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, Kenneth Gross's Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life, and Susan Stewart's The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on Making. 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 program are Jacqueline Roses's Proust among the Nations: From Dreyfus to the Middle East; N. Katherine Hayles's How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis; Claudia Johnson's Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures; and Bruce Lincoln's Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars: Critical Explorations in the History of Religion. 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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