Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene
“The pride of the European Graduate School, Cara Judea Alhadeff breaks new ground with her first book. Devoted to a radical engagement with embodied democracy, the work offers wide-ranging insight into precarious textual adventure and the artistic intercept. A bold and remarkable boundary crossing on a number of crucial levels.”Learn More »
Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege
“Contemporary conversations on white privilege and white supremacy are far from finished. This exciting new collection brings together some the most recognized voices in critical whiteness studies with newly emerging ones. It offers readers a refreshingly creative transdisciplinary and multistylistic approach that is attentive to the lived experiences of each of the authors. Bettina Bergo and Tracey Nicholls’s imaginative volume is sure to influence future conversations on this important topic.”Learn More »
Irish Writing, Radio, Late Modernist Communication
“Theoretically sophisticated, solidly grounded in archival work, and entertainingly cantankerous, Damien Keane’s Ireland and the Problem of Information serves as both an important intervention in Irish studies and the next necessary step in the recasting of modernist studies through the lens of media.”Learn More »
An Occult Novel and Other Selected Writings
“As this excellent edition clearly demonstrates, not only are Colquhoun's works valuable and important in and of themselves, but they are also vital in achieving as full a picture as possible of the complex history of experimentation in writing in English throughout the twentieth century.”Learn More »
American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome
“Long awaited, A Sisterhood of Sculptors is a rich and satisfying account of that brave band of nineteenth-century Americans who defied Victorian conventions of womanhood to live in Italy as professional marble sculptors. Melissa Dabakis embeds these audacious women in the struggles for suffrage and the politics of race, as well as the pre-1876 taste and demand for large-scale neoclassical sculptures, rendering them inseparable from the larger forces of history that shaped and confined them.”Learn More »
“This beautiful and beautifully written book bristles with insights into the commerce, aesthetics, and especially politics of portrait painting during the French Revolution. But these terms hardly begin to capture the magnitude of Amy Freund's accomplishment, which is to make us look in new and surprising ways at the meaning of what seems so simple—the picture of a person. Portraits do not just decorate walls; they capture the essence of revolutionary change.”Learn More »
Saints and Renegades in a New Political Era
“Joseph Byrnes offers the long-awaited first historical synthesis on the patriot clergy of the French Revolution. A necessary scholarly reconsideration, based on reliable sources, and far from the usual caricatures.”Learn More »
The Transformation of Public Architecture in Interwar Europe
“In his penetrating and inspiring study, Nicholas Adams makes a contested provincial Swedish masterpiece the focus of a wide architectural and cultural context. He reveals the complexity of progressive modernity in relation to public monumental space, traditions, and institutional authority, viewing Asplund’s courthouse extension as both expression and functional scenography. His book adds substantially to Swedish architectural historiography and to the understanding of the international scene and their interrelationship.”Learn More »
Genuine Theism, Moderate Hope, and Practical Morality
“Willis's argument is highly nuanced, critically fair, and textually grounded. The writing is crystal clear, balanced, humble, assured, and honest. It is the kind of book that would make Hume smile from the grave, as if to say, ‘Someone has got the gist of what I was about! And there is no greater satisfaction than this!’”Learn More »
“This magisterial study reveals the artistic vibrancy and intellectual ferment at the heart of the Catholic Enlightenment. It upends old notions of the Church as a passive spectator of cultural change and reveals the myriad and dynamic ways in which the Roman hierarchy engaged the new ideas, new sensibilities, and new institutions that transformed Europe during the eighteenth century.”Learn More »
Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon
“Contested Treasure represents a significant advance in understanding the situation of the Jews in the Crown of Aragon by showing how contingent and contested royal claims of jurisdiction were. The power of seigneurial control over Jews has never been clearer. Thomas Barton presents the reader with a fascinating history of Tortosa after its conquest by Christian armies—an exotic and complicated city of trade and agriculture ruled by an uneasy complex of church, noble, and royal administrations governing a substantial Jewish, Muslim, and Christian population. Contested Treasure is an intriguing and meticulous account of how a multicultural society really functioned and of the people who tried to control and exploit it.”Learn More »
Deliberating Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa
“Foregrounding the inherent rhetoricity of truth commissions, Katherine Mack's study chronicles the failure of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to give voice to many whose humanity was brutally stolen from them. From Apartheid to Democracy not only opens space for understanding agonistic deliberation and artful dissent as reasonable responses to trauma but also expands the potential archive of public deliberation beyond the limits of phallogocentric ‘civilities.’”Learn More »
Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere
“In Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics, Damien Pfister tells a compelling and consequential story of the rise of the blogosphere from an obscure technology to a powerful mode of communication capable of unseating senators and revealing the horrors of war. Pfister’s book offers important lessons for scholars in rhetoric, deliberation, and technology studies, as well as anyone interested in learning how the blogosphere has produced a powerful connection between deliberation in public squares and personal computer keyboards.”Learn More »
“Kant's dismissal of rhetoric and the resulting dismissal of Kant by scholars of rhetoric is a legacy that has influenced American scholars for decades. Finally, Scott Stroud breaks the deadlock with an imaginative and well-argued engagement with Kant that deploys a nuanced understanding of rhetoric—and of Kant. Regardless of whether readers agree with Stroud, he provides a reading of Kant and rhetoric that any scholar deeply interested in the relationship of rhetoric and philosophy must engage.”Learn More »
Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke's Political Thought
“Authority Figures is a real achievement of interdisciplinary scholarship, revealing how rhetoric and early modern Epicurean materialism informed Locke's conceptions of authority, contract, and reason. In Torrey Shanks's elegant and nuanced account, Locke's use of figural and imaginative language becomes exemplary in the most instructive sense of the word, illustrating the inventive dynamics and sensibilities of politics. This genuinely new interpretation of Locke persuasively makes the case for attending to rhetoric, imagination, and affect in his political and philosophical thought.”Learn More »
“In an earlier book, Tracy Adams did great service to the scholarly community by helping dispel the outdated, slanderous fictions surrounding the lives of Isabeau of Bavaria and Louis of Orleans. In this work she continues to apply recent historical research to the task of developing new readings of Christine de Pizan. The result is an up-to-date and very readable history of the conflict between the Burgundians and Armagnacs that offers insightful readings of all of Christine's major works and enhances our understanding of her allegiances and the ways in which her texts responded to the conflict.”Learn More »
Volume 5: BritannicusLearn More »
Britannicus, one of Racine’s greatest plays, dramatizes the crucial day when Nero—son of Agrippina and stepson of the late emperor Claudius—overcomes his mother, his wife Octavia, his tutors, and his vaunted “three virtuous years” in order to announce his omnipotence. He callously murders his innocent stepbrother, Britannicus, and effectively destroys Britannicus’s beloved, the virtuous Junia, as well. Racine may claim, in his first preface, that this tragedy “does not concern itself at all with affairs of the world at large,” but nothing could be further from the truth. The tragedy represented in Britannicus is precisely that of the Roman Empire, for in Nero Racine has created a character who embodies the most infamous qualities of that empire — its cruelty, its depravity, and its refined barbarity.
Approaches to Understanding Medieval and Renaissance ManuscriptsLearn More »
Princeton University first started collecting Western manuscripts in 1876 and continues to this day with the specific aim of developing a research and teaching tool. That unique collection of medieval manuscripts forms the nucleus of this collection of essays. Stretching from Ottonian to the late Gothic–early Renaissance periods, these studies examine the secular as well as the religious and look at a variety of themes, from the book of hours to the grisaille manuscript. The studies all attempt to place the university’s collection in the broader framework of manuscript studies, and a number of them deal with general topics not represented within the manuscript library. Written by some of the most celebrated scholars in the field, the studies make every effort to help us understand the power of the written and illuminated word.
“In this illuminating, deeply researched book, W. Clark Gilpin probes the multifaceted religious contexts—historical, biographical, cultural, and theological—of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Gilpin provides the richest account yet of Dickinson and religion.”Learn More »
The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England
“Allan Westphall’s book is more than an exhaustive account of one reader reading. It is a welcome excavation of the ways in which a non-elite New Hampshire farmer lived his reading, physically manipulating his books to reflect and develop his beliefs and devotional practices. Westphall’s meticulous insights into the material dimension of reading illustrate the surprising ways the physical text has been used for religious self-fashioning.”Learn More »
Radical Religion and Reform in a Revolutionary Age
“Jacob Green, an independent-minded Presbyterian minister, played a leading role in New Jersey during the tumultuous days of the American Revolution. S. Scott Rohrer's innovative biography rescues this intriguing figure from unwarranted obscurity. In so doing, it also illuminates the strong (but complicated) connections between religion and politics at the dawn of the American nation. Rohrer's attention to the closely related biography of a loyalist Episcopalian (Thomas Bradbury Chandler) only sharpens the illuminating portrait of Green that stands at the heart of this fine study.”Learn More »
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Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France
“Richard Taws’s The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France makes a compellingly original contribution to the study of the visual and material culture of the French Revolution. . . . [It] succeeds in opening up new avenues of inquiry for scholars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries interested in the ways that provisionality was both an effect of the Revolution’s upheaval as much as it was a mode of confronting its contingencies.”Learn More »
“Chai’s nuanced introductory essay deftly places this late effort by the blind artist into both the context of Lomazzo’s life and interests (the mascot of his deliberately unfashionable academy was a wine porter), and the complicated strands of 16th-century society and books. An abstruse author with a taste for allegory and the occult, Lomazzo, hitherto scarcely available in English, is presented with sympathy and clarity. Highly recommended.”
“Carefully edited and practically organized, [Idea of the Temple of Painting] aims at opening the writings of Lomazzo to new audiences, and opens fresh avenues to approach this versatile author’s ideas.”Learn More »
“This delightful translation of Jean d’Arras’s 1393 Melusine by two experts on the subject is sure to become the standard English version of this fascinating but not well-known work.”Learn More »
Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature
“This is a delicious book—accomplished, original, and encyclopedic—on a topic that has hardly been treated in modern scholarship. Deborah Green’s analyses of the rabbinic texts are lucid and graceful, and they open a window onto rabbinic culture and its sensory side that will surprise even the most seasoned scholars in the field, not to mention anyone interested in the history of scent, perfume, and smell.”Learn More »
Confronting Modernity Through the Lens of Tradition
“Daniel Walden has done American literature an uncommon and impressive service. This masterful collection will stand as a forerunner to further significant criticism, and as an inspiration.”Learn More »
Reclaiming the Industrial Past
“Pennsylvania is widely known for being at the center of the nation’s industrial rise, and upon its fall, factories once devoted to the production of goods turned to issuing memories. Carolyn Kitch opens readers’ eyes to the profound, intriguing questions, conflicts, and implications raised by this move to heritage. Her account has insightful narratives of destinations such as Hershey’s theme-park replica of a factory experience, a harrowing descent into a defunct coal mine, and Keystone State Park, which frames an industrial landscape as a recreational site. She provides a needed panorama of the messages and meanings with which communities, and the nation, wrestle in a postindustrial age.”Learn More »
Tales of the Bald Eagle Mountains, originally published in 1912 by the Bright Printing Company, was the fourth of Shoemaker’s many published volumes of fantastical tales about Pennsylvania’s folklore and wildlife. Focusing on what Shoemaker calls the “dark and sombre” Bald Eagle Mountains of Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Juniata, and Union counties, the book provides a tale or legend centered on each mountain in the range. Stories of hunters and wolves, giant bears, quirky innkeepers and mysterious travelers, nefarious magic, brave Native American warriors, tragic murders, and anguished lovers are spun with the author’s usual flair for blurring the lines between myth and reality. Like Shoemaker’s other books, Tales of the Bald Eagle Mountains preserves a rich oral history, capturing what the author calls “a passing phase, a time and mode of life that will come no more,” and provides a window onto the cultural life and folklore of early central Pennsylvania.
Some Pennsylvania Women During the War of the Revolution presents biographical sketches of almost seventy women who supported the American Revolution and the soldiers at Valley Forge, noting their lives, family history, character, and the particulars of their roles in the revolutionary effort, including providing food, clothing, shelter, and support for the patriots. As the author writes in his prefatory note, this book aims to bring to light “the patriotism, sufferings, and self-denials” of the women of the American Revolution in Pennsylvania, whom he calls “the Matrons of the Declaration.” The book examines the lives of women at the end of the eighteenth century and shows the value of their contributions to the war. “The saviors of our country at Valley Forge, in their raggedness and misery, would have starved,” Egle writes, “had it not been for that devoted band of true-hearted loving women whose homes were on or lying near the frontiers of our grand old Commonwealth.” This book provides a fitting tribute to these women and their roles in the state’s, and nation’s, history.
Its Origins, Construction, Condition, and ConnectionsLearn More »
In Pennsylvania Railroad, William Sipes provides a detailed history of the railroad in Pennsylvania, its construction, its management, and its various lines and their stations, starting with the first experimental track laid down in 1809 in Delaware County and continuing as the railroad expanded westward across the state. Sipes discusses the attractions and history of the railroad’s destinations, including landmarks in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Altoona, Pittsburgh, New York, and New Jersey, among others. Published in 1875, the book explores the world of transportation in the nineteenth century, taking its readers along a journey through the state of Pennsylvania and following the trajectory of the famous Pennsylvania Railroad’s history and development.
Being Scenes and Adventures in the Life of Philip TomeLearn More »
Pioneer Life is a mostly autobiographical narrative of the life of Philip Tome, an early Pennsylvania pioneer, adventurer, and hunter who served as an interpreter for two of the Seneca Nation’s most important chiefs, Cornplanter and Governor Blacksnake, for over a decade. Tome was born in 1782 near present-day Harrisburg and lived on the upper Susquehanna for much of his life. He tells colorful (and mostly true) tales about his hunting exploits in the Pennsylvania wilderness as he tracked elk, wolves, bears, panthers, and foxes through the state’s north-central mountains, tackling large and difficult animals that earned him wide renown among his contemporaries. His tales contain suspenseful chase scenes, accidents, and hair’s-breadth escapes, inviting the reader to see a Pennsylvania still wild through the eyes of “one who, in all the scenes of border life was never conquered by man or animal.” The book, which was originally published in 1854, has since been reprinted several times, and includes a preface from folklorist Henry Shoemaker in this edition.
Du Fu was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty and is frequently called one of the greatest of the Chinese poets. His life, like the whole country, was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755. He has been called the "Poet-Historian" by Chinese critics, and is thought to have greatly influenced Chinese and Japanese literary culture.
Mencius was an itinerant Chinese philosopher and sage, and one of the principal interpreters of Confucianism. Many thought he was a pupil of Confucius' grandson, Zisi. Mencius's interpretation of Confucianism has generally been considered the orthodox version.
Zhuang Zhou, often known as Zhuangzi or Master Zhuang, was a Taoist philosopher who lived around the 4th century BC. He is credited with writing—in part or in whole—a work known by his name, the Zhuangzi, which expresses a philosophy that is skeptical, arguing that while life itself is limited, knowledge to be gained is unlimited.
Sima Qian was a Chinese historian of the Han dynasty, and is considered the father of Chinese historiography primarily for his book, Records of the Grand Historian, covering more than two thousand years, beginning from the Yellow Emperor through the reign of Emperor Wu of Han.
Mozi was a Chinese philosopher during the Hundred Schools of Thought period who founded the school of Mohism and argued against Confucianism and Daoism. During the Warring States period, Mohism was actively developed and practiced in many states but eventually fell out of favour when the Qin Dynasty came to power. During that period, many Mohist classics were destroyed and lost when Qin Shi Huang carried out the burning of books and execution of scholars in an attempt to unify the country.