Allan deSouza’s rewriting of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness substitutes Conrad’s words with ones that loosely rhyme, creating a linguistically and psychologically complex portrait of dystopian contemporary life.
Is secularism compatible with religious tolerance? Denis Lacorne explores the impact of secular regimes on religious tolerance, focusing on religious symbols and the space granted to them in the public square.
Commemorating 150 years of women at Berkeley, faculty members from the humanities discuss how issues of gender and feminism have shaped scholarship and teaching.
Antonella Bonfanti, Abigail De Kosnik, and Jeffrey Skoller examine how the practices and study of visual culture are shaped by the current political and public health crises.
In a study based on the systematic sampling of nearly 2,000 French and English novels written between 1601 and 1830, Nicholas Paige offers a new conception of the novel as a technology of patterned systems in constant flux.
Anneka Lenssen explores how artists developed new kinds of painting as a means to agitate against the imposed identities and intersubjective relations that accompanied the making of modern Syria.
The pandemic has underscored the need to attend to the life of the spirit. Berkeley faculty members explore the shifting role of spirituality and its relationship to art.
Placing Remembrance of Things Past within a complex philosophical and aesthetic context, Suzanne Guerlac approaches Proust’s novel as a text whose true subject is the adventure of living in time.
Katrina Dodson, winner of the 2016 PEN Translation Prize, reflects on why there is no such thing as a perfect translation, and why the work of translating requires inhabiting other worlds.
Joy Harjo, the 2020-21 Avenali Chair in the Humanities, discusses her signature project as US Poet Laureate, which maps and documents the work of contemporary Native poets.