Literary Studies

Literary Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of literature about their new books.

Kimberly King Parsons, "We Were the Universe" (Knopf, 2024)

June 12, 2024

We Were the Universe

Kimberly King Parsons
Hosted by Chris Holmes

The trip was supposed to be fun. When Kit's best friend gets dumped by his boyfriend, he begs her to ditch her family responsibilities for an idyllic …

Chloe Wigston Smith, "Novels, Needleworks, and Empire: Material Entanglements in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World" (Yale UP, 2024)

June 12, 2024

Novels, Needleworks, and Empire

Chloe Wigston Smith
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the eighteenth century, women’s contributions to empire took fewer official forms than those collected in state archives. Their traces were recorde…

Shakespeare Through Islamic Worlds

June 11, 2024

Shakespeare Through Islamic Worlds

Ambereen Dadabhoy
Hosted by Network Reorient

Radio ReOrient is back for another season, and this time Hizer Mir is joined by a new team of hosts: Claudia Radiven, Saeed Khan and Chella Ward. In t…

Adrienne Brown, "The Residential Is Racial: A Perceptual History of Mass Homeownership" (Stanford UP, 2024)

June 9, 2024

The Residential Is Racial

Adrienne Brown
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Housing experts and activists have long described the foundational role race has played in the creation of mass homeownership. This book insistently t…

Machine, System, Code: Masande Ntshanga and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra (EH)

June 6, 2024

Machine, System, Code: Masande Ntshanga and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra (EH)

Masande Ntshanga and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra
Hosted by Novel Dialogue

Building parallels between technology and the human imagination, Masande Ntshanga’s conversation with Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra explains how cities are …

Amrita Ghosh, "Kashmir's Necropolis: Literary, Cultural, and Visual Texts" (Lexington Books, 2023)

June 4, 2024

Kashmir's Necropolis

Amrita Ghosh
Hosted by Arnab Dutta Roy

Amrita Ghosh's book Kashmir's Necropolis: Literary, Cultural, and Visual Texts (Lexington Books, 2023) is an interdisciplinary book that studies liter…

Benjamin Balint, "Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy" (Norton, 2019)

June 3, 2024

Kafka's Last Trial

Benjamin Balint
Hosted by Yakir Englander

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfill Kafka’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscript…

Robert Cochran, "Haunted Man's Report: Reading Charles Portis" (U Arkansas Press, 2024)

June 1, 2024

Haunted Man's Report

Robert Cochran
Hosted by Daniel Moran

Robert Cochran’s Haunted Man's Report: Reading Charles Portis (U Arkansas Press, 2024) is a pioneering study of the novels and other writings of Arkan…

Thersa Matsuura, "The Book of Japanese Folklore: An Encyclopedia of the Spirits, Monsters, and Yokai of Japanese Myth" (Adams Media, 2024)

June 1, 2024

The Book of Japanese Folklore

Thersa Matsuura

Discover everything you’ve ever wondered about the legendary spirits, creatures, and figures of Japanese folklore including how they have found their …

Polo B. Moji, "Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives" (Routledge, 2022)

May 31, 2024

Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives

Polo B. Moji

Polo B. Moji's book Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives (Routledge, 2022) approaches the study of AfroEurope …

Sohini Pillai, "Krishna's Mahabharatas: Devotional Retellings of an Epic Narrative" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 30, 2024

Krishna's Mahabharatas

Sohini Pillai
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

Between 800 and 1700 CE, a plethora of Mahabharatas were created in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, T…

Gina Chung, "Green Frog: Stories" (Vintage, 2024)

May 29, 2024

Green Frog

Gina Chung
Hosted by Chris Holmes

From the author of Sea Change comes Green Frog: Stories (Vintage, 2024) a short story collection that explores Korean American womanhood, bodies, anim…

Aakriti Mandhwani, "Everyday Reading: Middlebrow Magazines and Book Publishing in Post-Independence India" (U Massachusetts Press, 2024)

May 29, 2024

Everyday Reading

Aakriti Mandhwani

Everyday Reading: Middlebrow Magazines and Book Publishing in Post-Independence India (U Massachusetts Press, 2024) is a timely book on the history o…

Rebecca Copeland, "Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers" (Amsterdam UP, 2023)

May 29, 2024

Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers

Rebecca Copeland
Hosted by Linshan Jiang

The Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers (MHM Limited and Amsterdam University Press, 2022) offers a comprehensive overview of w…

Edwin McRae, "Narrative Worldbuilding: A Player Centric Approach to Designing Story Rich Game Worlds" (Narrative, 2024)

May 28, 2024

Narrative Worldbuilding

Edwin McRae and Rachel Rees

Game worlds differ from traditional fictional worlds. While literary and cinematic worlds are written to host character arcs and plots, game worlds ne…

Eileen M. Hunt, "The First Last Man: Mary Shelley and the Postapocalyptic Imagination" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2024)

May 28, 2024

The First Last Man

Eileen M. Hunt
Hosted by Lilly Goren

The First Last Man: Mary Shelley and the Postapocalyptic Imagination (U Pennsylvania Press, 2024) is the concluding text in political theorist Eileen …

Chris Haufe, "Do the Humanities Create Knowledge?" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

May 28, 2024

Do the Humanities Create Knowledge?

Chris Haufe

There is in certain circles a widely held belief that the only proper kind of knowledge is scientific knowledge. This belief often runs parallel to th…

Jan Baetens, "Rebuilding Story Worlds: The Obscure Cities by Schuiten and Peeters" (Rutgers UP, 2020)

May 26, 2024

Rebuilding Story Worlds

Jan Baetens
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Rebuilding Story Worlds: The Obscure Cities by Schuiten and Peeters (Rutgers UP, 2020) examines The Obscure Cities, one of the few comics series to ac…

Jesse McCarthy, "The Blue Period: Black Writing in the Early Cold War" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

May 26, 2024

The Blue Period

Jesse McCarthy
Hosted by Damian Maher

‘The result is that, at the present time, the world is at an impasse.’ In 1956, Aimé Césaire pronounced the world to be at an impasse while renounci…

Adi Mahalel, "The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism" (SUNY Press, 2023)

May 26, 2024

The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism

Adi Mahalel

In The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism (SUNY Press, 2023), Adi Mahalel presents Yiddish and Hebrew writer I. L. Peretz (1…