Literary monster-maker Victor LaValle spins stories that tap into contemporary and age-old fears. Rebecca Wanzo discusses three of these works — The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling and Destroyer — in the context of the everyday experience of blackness in America.
In her book-in-progress, literature scholar Tabea Linhard examines a network of writers exiled in Mexico while fascist forces overtook parts of Europe. With maps and textual analysis, she examines how Mexico City’s thriving international antifascist community came to be. (Photo: Anna Seghers, whose writing incensed the Gestapo, published this book with an exile press, El Libro Libre, in Mexico.)

Ancient Greek and Roman theater is missing its music, which limits our understanding of those works, says classics scholar and Faculty Fellow Timothy Moore. Though the melodies are long lost, Moore’s current research recreates the performances’ metrical patterns and considers how they affected their meaning.
Photo of Cathy Davidson
Founder, innovator, advocate — Cathy Davidson has been at the forefront of transforming the humanities since she helped launch the first inter-institutional collaboration almost 20 years ago. Graduate Student Fellow Melanie Walsh interviews the one-time math-camp kid about broadened her focus to bring change to the very structure of higher education itself.

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