New Books Network

William Poole, “Milton and the Making of Paradise Lost” (Harvard UP, 2017)
John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667) is widely recognised as the greatest epic poem in the English language – and it is buried in the commentary of thousands of other texts. William Poole, who is John Galsworthy Fellow and Tutor in English at New College, Oxford, has written what will be... Read More
Adriana X. Jacobs, “Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry” (U Michigan Press, 2018)
In Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2018), Adriana X. Jacobs offers a translation-centered reading of twentieth-century modern Hebrew poetry. Through close readings of poems by Esther Raab, Leah Goldberg, Avot Yeshurun, and Harold Schimmel, Jacobs shows how an intertwined poetics and praxis of translation... Read More
Christina Yi, “Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea” (Columbia UP, 2018)
The fact that Korea’s experience of Japanese imperialism plays a role in present-day Japan-Korea relations is no secret to anyone. Questions of guilt, responsibility and atonement continue to bubble below, and occasionally break through, the surface of ties between two countries which otherwise have much in common culturally and in... Read More
A. M. Ruppel, “The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Why would anyone want to study Sanskrit, an ancient complex tongue? What’s the best way to go about doing so?  Sanskrit is the highly sophisticated language of ancient India which remained in vogue for Millennia as a medium of philosophy, ritual, poetry – indeed every facet of Indian culture. Above and... Read More
Michael Benson, “Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clark and The Making of a Masterpiece” (Simon and Schuster, 2018)
Michael Benson talks about the making of 2001, a movie inspired by the collaboration of American director Stanley Kubrick and British futurist Arthur C. Clark. Benson is a writer, artist, and film maker. He is the author of Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clark and The Making of a... Read More
Raj Balkaran, “The Goddess and The King in Indian Myth” (Routledge, 2018)
Why are myths of the Indian Great Goddess couched in a conversation between a deposed king and forest-dwelling ascetic? What happens when we examine these myths as a literary whole, frame and all? What interpretive clues might we find in their very narrative design? Join us in the “flip interview”... Read More