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Susan Bielstein

Executive Editor

I acquire trade and scholarly books in art, ancient studies, and occasionally in architecture and film. The Chicago list in art is especially dynamic, ranging from the Bronze Age to now, with core strengths in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I seek books that ask tough questions, challenge entrenched methods, and prove valuable to readers in other spheres (e.g., history of science, media and communication, anthropology, and literature). New books on the horizon include Julia Voss’s Hilma af Klint: A Biography; George Baker’s Lateness and Longing, on the afterlives of analog media; and Huey Copeland’s Touched by the Mother, a selection of his essays about Black men and gender.

In architecture, I am interested in how the discipline interacts with the other arts, with heritage practices, and with design issues more broadly construed. An excellent example is Lucia Allais’s Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century. 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 film in the context of literature or contemporary art. 

In ancient studies, I seek well-crafted books that engage the social, cultural, environmental, and political predicaments of antiquity. Books on themes of cultural property, migration, and repatriation are especially welcome, and I am delighted to sponsor Critical Antiquities, a new series of short titles, edited by Brooke Holmes and Mark Payne, that explore critical terms in the study of premodern material from around the world. Finally, the Press continues to sponsor superb translations of ancient literature. Coming soon are a fresh translation of the complete works of Epictetus by Robin Waterfield as well as Daniel Mendelsohn’s new translation of the Odyssey.

Dylan J. Montanari is my colleague in these endeavors.

Susan Bielstein


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