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  • Full of the pleasures and pains of adolescence, actresses and art, comic enthusiasms and the ironies of disappointment, romantic projection and sexual discovery, snobbery and social suffocation, problems of aesthetics, education, and knowledge, the second volume of Proust’s panoramic In Search of Lost Time asks: in what kind of world do we find ourselves when we leave childhood behind? Often rendered into English as In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, this section of In Search of Lost Time was first published in 1919, not long after the devastations of World War I and just three years before Proust’s death in 1922...
  • Between 1950 and 2015, international tourist arrivals increased from 25 million a year to nearly 1.2 billion. Recreational travel had once been restricted to the wealthy, but the invention of the steamship, the railway, the automobile, and the jet plane dovetailed with the emergence of societies based on mass consumption to beget new armies of travelers. Today, hit shows like The White Lotus skewer the pretensions of rich travelers while “digital nomads” enabled by contemporary communication technologies transform places across the world, from Bali to Barcelona. Yet, the question of tourism concerns not only the tourist, but also the places to which they travel...
  • In August, 1947, after more than two hundred years of colonial rule, the British departed the Indian subcontinent, negotiating its partition into two independent nation states—Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. What followed was a vast, harrowing, and deadly mass migration, with nearly twelve million uprooted and forced to flee, Muslims to West and East Pakistan, Hindus and Sikhs to India. The ensuing violence—massacres, rape, abductions, and forced conversion on a massive scale—was as unexpected as it was unprecedented...
  • As a philosopher, Judith Butler is most famous for their book Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, a founding text in the field of gender studies. At the same time, Butler’s fame has proved to be a double-edged sword. Celebrated by feminists, queer activists, and left intellectuals for their prescient challenges to the gender binary, Butler has also been excoriated by far-right extremists and decried by trans-exclusionary radical feminists as a traitor to women. How has Butler come to occupy such an outsized role in the public discourse on gender and sexuality? ...

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