The Value of Poetry
Exploring the literary, cultural, and political value of poetry in the twenty-first century, Eric Falci shows how poems matter, and what they offer to readers in the contemporary world.
Amanda Anderson is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English and director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University.
Ark of Martyrs: An Autobiography of V
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.
The Secular State and Religious Tolerance
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.
An Ongoing Revolution
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.
Technologies of the Novel: Quantitative Data and the Evolution of Literary Systems
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.
Beautiful Agitation: Modern Painting and Politics in Syria
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.
Proust, Photography, and the Time of Life
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.