What Stanford Humanities Center scholars are reading


The weather is warmer, the daylight hours are longer,  and another academic year at the Stanford Humanities Center has come to a close.  After months of concentrated work on their book projects, outgoing Humanities Center fellows and other scholars are fleshing out their summer reading lists.

Humanities Center Director CAROLINE WINTERER’s top reading pick for the summer is The Blackhouse by PETER MAY.  The award-winning book is the first in the Lewis Trilogy, a mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis near Scotland. Winterer is not only an expert on early American history but also an aficionado of bloody murder mysteries set in the outer Hebrides of Scotland.

SCOTT BUKATMAN, professor of Art and Art History at Stanford, is planning to dive into “a whole mess of comics and crime novels,” which makes sense since he recently published the book Hellboy’s World: Comics and Monsters on the Margins (2016).  Other fellows’ reading picks reflect both research interests and complete divergences from their fields. From thrillers to memoirs to Russian classics, check out the intriguing titles and compelling reasons for why these books have made it on Stanford Humanities Center fellows’ reading lists.

The full list is on the Humanities Center’s website.