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Abiding Grace: Time, Modernity, Death

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Mark Taylor, Cluett Professor of Humanities, Emeritus. The University of Chicago Press, 2018. Post-war, post-industrialism, post-religion, post-truth, post-biological, post-human, post-modern. What succeeds the post- age? Mark C. Taylor returns here to some of his central philosophical preoccupations and asks: What comes after the end?… Continue reading »

Waste: Consuming Postwar Japan

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By Eiko Maruko Siniawer ’97, Professor of History. Cornell University Press, October 2018. Siniawer explores the many ways in which the Japanese have thought about waste—in terms of time, stuff, money, possessions, and resources—from the immediate aftermath of World War II to the present. She… Continue reading »

Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy: Jorge Semprún

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By Soledad Fox Maura, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. Arcade Publishing, July 2018. Available on Amazon. In this biography of Jorge Semprún, Soledad Fox Maura reveals the tumultuous true-life story of the Oscar-nominated screenwriter responsible for Z and The War Is Over. Semprún enjoyed… Continue reading »


By Magnus Bernhardsson, Brown Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Arabic Studies, Leadership Studies and Religion. Eymundsson, March, 2018. In Icelandic. Professor Bernhardsson’s description: “It is about the modern Middle East written for the general audience and is based on my History 207 course at Williams. There… Continue reading »

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

By Alexander Bevilacqua, Assistant Professor of History. Harvard University Press (Belknap), February 2018. Drawing on Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, and Latin sources, Alexander Bevilacqua’s rich intellectual history retraces the routes—both mental and physical—that Christian scholars traveled to acquire, study, and comprehend Arabic manuscripts. The knowledge they generated… Continue reading »

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