Volume 2, issue 1 of History of the Present is now available. It can be previewed at www.historyofthepresent.org (and is available in full-text via JSTOR’s Current Scholarship Program from a subscribing institution). The issue features a roundtable discussion of history, historical fiction, and Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies, with essays by Antoinette Burton, Ravi Ahuja, and Kathleen Davis. The full text of the essays, along with a follow-up interview with Ghosh, can be viewed at www.historyofthepresent.org.
The issue also includes essays by Ian Baucom (“The Human Shore: Postcolonial Studies in an Age of Natural Science”); Prathama Banerjee (“Chanakya/Kautilya: History, Philosophy, Theater, and the Twentieth-century Political”) and Mohamed Nachi (“Thinking about Ikhtilâf: The Political Construction of Difference in the Islamic Context”), as well as a critique by Elizabeth Weed of Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus’s essay, “Surface Reading” their introduction to Representations 108: The Way We Read Now.
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