On the Bookshelf: New work by SF State faculty

From Medieval ethnography to contemporary poetry, SF State’s diverse faculty contribute to their literary genres and academic fields with new publications. Read more below about the latest work from University faculty.


The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikos Kazantzakis: Will the Humans Be Saviors of the Earth? (Zorba Press)

 Photo of Assistant Professor of Biology Scott Roy.

Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis is best known for his novels Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, but this new collection of essays and excerpts focuses on the nature-centered writings of Kazantzakis. Edited and translated by Emeritus Professor Thanasis Maskaleris, this collection features magnificent photographs of rural life in Crete, essays by literary scholars and new translations of the author’s works. Maskaleris was the founding director of SF State’s Modern Greek Studies Center and taught courses on comparative literature, classics and creative writing.



The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI (Knopf)

Cover of the book, The Burglary

Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Department of Journalism Betty Medsger's new book examines the never-before-told story of a security breach that changed the face of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. On March 8, 1971 eight men and women broke into an FBI office in Media, Penn. and stole every file therein. The product of extensive research and interviews, Medsger’s The Burglary reveals the motivations of the burglars and details their impact on the nation. A former Washington Post reporter, Medsger founded SF State's Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism. 



In Light of Another’s Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Cover of the book, In Light of Another's World.

Associate Professor of Comparative & World Literature Shirin Khanmohamadi challenges traditional notions of Europe in the Middle Ages with this new book. In Light of Another’s Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages examines ethnographic writings from late medieval Europe that are marked by both a profound openness to alternative perspectives and a sense of the threat such openness poses to governing religious and cultural orthodoxies. Medieval ethnographers like William of Rubruck and the author of Mandeville's Travels exhibit an uncanny ability to see from the perspective of the very strangers who are their subjects.



Here (Counterpath)

Cover of the book, Here.

In her new collection of poetry, entitled Here, Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff takes the poem’s line longer, stretching the capacity of her sentences and poetic subjects. Her poems, “thread across landscapes of thought and perception, objects near and far, bringing each of us closer to what it means to be here,” said poet and National Book Award Finalist Ann Lauterbach. Chernoff is the author of six works of fiction and fourteen volumes of poetry.


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-- Gianna Devoto