Alan G. Thomas

Alan Thomas

Editorial Director

E-mail: athomas2@uchicago.edu
Subjects: Literature; literary studies; media and cultural studies
Series: Thinking Literature; TRIOSAnimal Lives

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I acquire scholarly and trade books in the humanities, particularly literature, biography, and criticism. I look for ambitious manuscripts marked by writerly assurance and unorthdox thinking, whether first books or those by established authors. Recent general interest titles include Lawrence Lessig's America, Compromised; Amitav Ghosh's The Great DerangementAlice Kaplan’s Looking for “The Stranger”: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, and Laura Dassow Walls’s Henry David Thoreau: A Life.
 

The literary studies list emphasizes poetics, British and European literature, Renaissance studies, and digital culture, among other areas. I also sponsor the new Thinking Literature series, co-edited by Nan Z. Da and Anahid Nersessian. Recent or forthcoming books include Deborah Nelson’s Lowell Prize-winning Tough Enough, Jonathan Kramnick's Paper Minds, Susan Stewart's The Ruins Lesson, and Pete Coviello's Make Yourselves Gods. Forthcoming in the TRIOS series in late 2019 are Amanda Anderson, Rita Felski, and Toril Moi's Character: Three Inquiries in Literary Studies and William Mazzarella, Eric Santner, and Aaron Schuster's Sovereignty Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment. In the area of literary translation, I have published works by Thomas Bernhard, Christophe BoltanskiYves BonnefoyFriedrich DurrenmattRoger GrenierRobert MusilChrista Wolf, and others. Finally, I publish occasional books of or about photography, most recently Françoise Meltzer's Dark Lens: Imaging Germany, 1945 Ali Behdad’s Camera OrientalisAshley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the FallenWalter Benn Michaels’s The Beauty of a Social ProblemJames Welling’s Diary/Landscape, and Carl de Keyzer and David Van Reybrouck’s The First World War: Unseen Glass Plate Photographs of the Western Front.


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


My publications include writings for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Places Journal, and Design Observer, as well as the photobook 55x5. Follow me on Twitter, and for my work in photography visit my personal website or follow me on Instagram.

Henry David Thoreau: A Life
A Life
Laura Dassow Walls
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Amitav Ghosh
Paper Minds: Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness
Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness
Jonathan Kramnick
Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America
The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America
Merve Emre
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