• Peter Janich, What is Information?

    Translated by me and the fabulous Lea Pao, this book by the German philosopher of science known for “methodical constructivism” is now available in English from the University of Minnesota Press. Lea and I added a couple sentences that weren’t in the original, for clarity and improvement, and wrote a translators’ introduction. Purchase at Amazon.

  • The Elements of Academic Style

    The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities, now out from Columbia; more or less a guide on how to write literary criticism for graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies. Comes free with two jokes about fascists and a picture of a Matryoshka doll.

  • On Literary Worlds: Pittsburgh Q&A

    So a group of people at the University of Pittsburgh (including the excellent Gayle Rogers) is reading On Literary Worlds, and they sent a few questions. I’ve pasted my (slightly cleaned up) responses and their questions below. EH: Thanks to you (and to the group) for these questions. Honestly some part of me feels like they’re   …Continue Reading

  • LARB Review of On Literary Worlds

    Siobhan Phillips has a long review of On Literary Worlds up at the LA Review of Books. The first paragraph made my heart quake a bit, but it gets easier to bear (if you’re me) from there on, and in the long run I think takes on most of the big ideas in a generous and really   …Continue Reading

  • Printculture

    A collaborative blog on politics, culture, and academic life.

  • On Literary Worlds (2012)

    My most recent book, on the aesthetic physics of the sociallly and imaginatively possible. (Amazon)

  • The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain (2009)

    On the history of sympathy. Winner of the 20120 Modernist Studies Association Book Price.

  • Sinographies: Writing China (2007)

    Towards a deconstructive history of China.

  • Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel quel (2004)

    On the relationship of fantasy to orientalism.