6 New Paperbacks to Read This Week
By Miguel Salazar, Reporting for the NYT Books desk
“Our picks this week include Bob Woodward’s third book about the Trump administration, a reissue of James Baldwin’s investigation of the Atlanta child murders and much more…”
KINGDOM OF CHARACTERS:
The Language Revolution That Made China Modern, by Jing Tsu.
Tsu’s account details the challenges that linguists, librarians and others faced in their efforts to standardize and adapt Chinese...
Professor Jing Tsu’s new book, “Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern,” (Riverhead, Penguin Random House, 2022), has been named among the “100 Notable Books of 2022,” by The New York Times and among the twelve “Best Nonfiction of 2022” by The Washington Post. Her book will appear in paperback on January 17, 2023.
Professor Tsu’s book has received wide acclaim in the U.S. and U.K by the following publications: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,...
Our esteemed colleague Katerina Clark has won MLA’s Matei Calinescu Prize for her book Eurasia without Borders. This is a great honor both for Katy and for the Comparative Literature department.
Below is the wonderful prize citation from the jury:
“Eurasia without Borders: The Dream of a Leftist Literary Commons, 1919–1943 is a brilliantly researched political history of world literature that reveals how writers reimagined Eurasia in response to Soviet internationalism. Katerina Clark...
In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members, graduate students and independent scholars from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory. The 2023 Session is scheduled for June 11 - July 20, 2023.
Participants work with the SCT’s core faculty of distinguished scholars and theorists in one of four six-week seminars. Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper)...
Jing Tsu, a cultural historian and literary scholar at Yale, will explore reasons behind the increasing friction between China and the United States in a semester-long lecture series in which members of the public will learn alongside Yale students.
“In ‘China in Six Keys,’ I will take six contemporary controversies and headlines about the nation and look at them in deep historical context,” said Tsu, the John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and of Comparative...
Lyric Thinking: Poetry in the World, the 2022-23 Bass Library Model Research Collection, features more than 1,000 volumes from Yale Library collections. Curated by Ayesha Ramachandran, chair of the Program in Early Modern Studies and associate professor of Comparative Literature, the collection explores lyric poems across diverse languages, communities, and spaces throughout the historical record.
The Threshold is a collection of poems by Iman Mersal, the Arab world’s great outsider poet. Robyn Creswell’s English versions of her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Yale Review, and The New Republic. An early review calls The Threshold “a ravishing new collection” that “obliterates the boundaries between imagination and argument, fiction and nonfiction.”