ICLS faculty published numerous books this fall, including the following titles:
- Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki, translated from the modern Greek by Classics and Hellenic Studies professor Karen Van Dyck. This is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Over three summers, the girls share and keep secrets, fall in and out of love, try to figure out their parents and other members of the tribe of adults,worry about and wonder who they are. Karen Van Dyck’s translation “vividly reenacts Liberaki’s color-saturated prose.”
- The Perils of One by Classics, English, and Comparative Literature professor Stathis Gourgouris. Societies have long been seduced by the temptation of unitary thinking. Recognizing the vulnerability of existence, people and cultures privilege regimes that confer authority on a single entity, which they embrace with unquestioned devotion. The Perils of the One offers a philosophical anthropology that confronts the legacy of “monarchical thinking”: the desire to subjugate oneself to unitary principles and structures, political, moral, theological, or secular.
- School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference by English professor Marianne Hirsch. From clandestine images of Jewish children isolated in Nazi ghettos and Japanese American children incarcerated in camps to images of Native children removed to North American boarding schools, classroom photographs of schoolchildren are pervasive even in repressive historical and political contexts. School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference offers a closer look at this genre of vernacular photography, tracing how photography advances ideologies of social assimilation as well as those of hierarchy and exclusion.
- The Drama of Celebrity by English professor Sharon Marcus. Why do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star? Do celebrities ever deserve the outsized attention they receive? The Drama of Celebrity challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsession with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous; the media alone cannot make or break stars; fans are not simply passive dupes. Instead, journalists, the public, and celebrities themselves all compete, passionately and expertly, to shape the stories we tell about celebrities and fans.