The University of Chicago Magazine has compiled a list of new general-interest books by alumni authors. The list includes:
- The Paintings of J. Allen St. John, Grand Master of Fantasy, by Stephen D. Korshak, AB’74, and J. David Spurlock, Vanguard, 2008. In the early 20th century, Society of Illustrators hall of fame artist J. Allen St. John drew the first depiction of author Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan. He also illustrated for fantasy authors such as Jack Williamson and Robert E. Howard. An American who studied art with his mother in Paris in the 1880s, he later gained fame in the world of pulp magazines and adventure books. Besides St. John’s artwork, Korshak’s book includes an in-depth biography and essays by science-fiction authors.
- Comparative Journeys: Essays on Literature and Religion East and West, by Anthony C. Yu, PhD’69, Columbia University Press, 2008. Through close textual reading and an avowed intimacy with both Western and Eastern cultures, Yu, a Chicago professor emeritus in humanities and the Divinity School, explores the overlap between literature and religion in China and the West. He argues for a kinship between these supposedly incongruent cultures. By juxtaposing Eastern and Western texts, Yu highlights how they relate to one another.
- Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography, edited by Karen Beckman and Jean Ma, AM’98, PhD’03, Duke University Press, 2008. This collection of essays, including Chicago cinema and media-studies professor Tom Gunning’s look at the practice of faking photographs, examines the changing nature of media, especially cinema and photography, in the digital age.