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Susan Bielstein

Executive Editor

The Chicago list in art and design is dynamic, ranging from the Bronze Age to now, with core strengths in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I seek books that help shape these disciplines, challenge their methods, and prove valuable to readers in other spheres (e.g., history of science, media and communication, anthropology, literature). I particularly welcome projects that engage tough issues—such as the pressures exerted on art practice and history by identity politics, or what’s behind the current preoccupation with art and spirituality, or how and why and to what extent art can change anything.  New books on the horizon include the first biography of Harold Rosenberg, by Debra Balken; a beautifully written meditation on the afterlife of analog media by George Baker; and a salty memoir by Berthe Weill, the first female gallerist in modern Paris.

The Press has a proud tradition of publishing film studies, including the Cinema and Modernity series (now closed). However, we are not presently considering new books in this field, with the exception of trade books and scholarly studies about time-based work in the context of modern and contemporary art.

In ancient studies, we are interested in well-crafted books that engage the social, cultural, environmental, and political predicaments of archaic settlements the world over. Books that demonstrate the contemporary value of archaeology, heritage, cultural property, migration, and repatriation are always welcome, and I am delighted to sponsor Critical Antiquities, a new series of short books that explore critical themes in the study of premodern material from around the world.

At the same time, we continue to commission superb translations of ancient literature. Coming soon are a fresh translation of the complete works of Epictetus, by Robin Waterfield (fall 2022) as well as Daniel Mendelsohn’s dazzling new translation of the Odyssey (fall 2023).

Dylan J. Montanari is my colleague in these endeavors.

Susan Bielstein


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