Reading Pennsylvania's Working Landscapes
“Bill Conlogue, in Here and There, offers a nuanced, multilayered act of attention to the realities of land use and land thought in northeastern Pennsylvania. His intertwining of history, literature, and lived experience in a very particular place joins a new chorus of counterstatements to the twenty-first-century mantra of global sameness.”Learn More »
The Russian RadicalLearn More »
This new edition of Ayn Rand adds two chapters that provide in-depth analysis of the most complete transcripts to date documenting Rand’s education at Petrograd State University. It includes a new preface that places the book in the context of Sciabarra’s own research and the recent expansion of interest in Rand’s beliefs. And finally, this edition adds a postscript that answers a recent critic of Sciabarra’s historical work on Rand. Shoshana Milgram, Rand’s biographer, has tried to cast doubt on Rand’s own recollections of having studied with the famous Russian philosopher N. O. Lossky. Sciabarra shows that Milgram’s analysis fails to cast doubt on Rand’s recollections—or on Sciabarra’s historical thesis.
The Creaturely in Museums, Zoos, and Natural History
“From the eighteenth century's preserved monsters to the twenty-first century's images of zoo polar bear Knut, the authors of Animals on Display foreground representations: not as transparent or objective acts but as visible and palpable forces working at micro and macro levels to shape cultural understandings and relationships to animals.”Learn More »
The Melancholic Persona in Art, ca. 1500–1700
“Laurinda Dixon brilliantly illuminates melancholy, the dark mental condition, which was both feared and sought by artists and writers in early modern Europe. Her comprehensive history insightfully explores social attitudes about creativity and madness in art, literature, and medicine.”Learn More »
Abraham, son of Terah or Azar and husband of Sarah, is one of the pivotal figures of the Old Testament and is generally seen as the founder of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths. He was a rich source of inspiration in all three faiths for artists of the medieval period. His life narrative from birth to death is richly recorded in a variety of media dating from the early Christian period to the end of the sixteenth century.
Perino del Vaga, Daniele da Volterra, Pellegrino Tibaldi
“Morten Steen Hansen’s impressively researched book finally makes sense of a series of dense, allusive paintings that have long resisted persuasive interpretation. This is a book that should change the way we teach and write about the period.”Learn More »
Empire and the Politics of Scholarship, 1847–1918
“The ideas and writings of the early members of the Vienna School laid the foundations for modern art history. Matthew Rampley’s wide-ranging, comprehensive, incisive, and entirely lucid account of the origins and heyday of the great Viennese art historians is a breakthrough work and will doubtless become an invaluable resource.”Learn More »
American Art from the Collection of James and Barbara PalmerLearn More »
Patrons and collectors Barbara and James Palmer have long played a vital role in the museum that bears their name. A Gift from the Heart: American Art from the Collection of James and Barbara Palmer documents in its entirety what is arguably one of the finest private collections of American art in the country. Amassed over more than three decades, the collection features notable works by well-known nineteenth-century artists and boasts strengths in Ashcan realism and Stieglitz-circle modernism, as well as works by noted artists of the mid- to late twentieth century.
Penn State School of Visual Arts AlumniLearn More »
Uncanny Congruencies investigates these elliptical collisions of association and meaning and offers a nuanced dialogue with its audiences through the seemingly contradictory processes of eighteen remarkable alumni of Penn State’s School of Visual Arts. The works of these artists intersect, reverse, and overlap one another in surprising and ultimately satisfying ways.
This fourth volume in the series, Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic, focuses on questions revolving around the concepts of the aesthetic, the anti-aesthetic, and the political. The book is about the fact that now, almost thirty years after Hal Foster defined the anti-aesthetic, there is still no viable alternative to the dichotomy between aesthetics and anti- or non-aesthetic art.
Charles of Bourbon's Naples, 1734–1759
“Architecture and Statecraft tells the story of how a king from Madrid landed in Naples. Along with his Dresden-born queen, supported by an international cast of architects and American silver, he transformed it into a vibrant capital city. Beautifully written and carefully researched, this book elegantly matches King Charles’s ambitious urban projects. ”Learn More »
Rereading Jarves, Cook, Stillman, and the Narratives of Nineteenth-Century American Art
“With its bold new challenge to the model of periodization that has shaped the history, and historiography, of nineteenth-century American art in the modern era, Critical Shift is a provocative contribution to the history of American art theory and criticism in the nineteenth century.”Learn More »
Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils
“The life narrative of Henry Lawson’s 1896 novel offers a perspective for appreciating the cultural history of his own country, and his own time. In Paul Eggert’s hands, however, this ‘biography’ also becomes a new model for understanding how books work, indeed how reviving the concept of a ‘work’ can help us apprehend a text in historical and discursive context. Scholars of authorship, publishing, reading, and the material book will look to Eggert’s rigorous and sensitive methodology for guidance in recognizing what happens when a literary work encounters the real world and travels through it in unanticipated ways.”Learn More »
Gerard Brault’s 1984 student edition of La Chanson de Roland has become a standard text in classrooms. It contains the text and translation from his 1978 analytical edition along with an introduction illuminating the poem’s historical and literary background and significance. This new revised edition contains a new preface and makes significant improvements to both the text and the bibliography.Learn More »
Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe
“Magic in the Cloister offers a fascinating picture of learned monks reading and even putting into practice magical texts that were kept in the library of their monastery. St Augustine's, Canterbury, offered not only a haven for prayer but also a laboratory for occult activity.”Learn More »
“Horowitz’s elegant study of the personal bonds underlying public life in the early nineteenth century is an important contribution to the field of postrevolutionary French history. Erudite, lucid, and highly readable, her book engages with questions of broader relevance about how political trust is rebuilt in the wake of revolution, and about the role of the emotions in political life.”Learn More »
Updated and Revised EditionLearn More »
Romero brilliantly and painstakingly reconstructs and analyzes Argentina’s tortuous, often tragic modern history, from the “alluvial society” born of mass immigration, to the dramatic years of Juan and Eva Perón, to the recent period of military dictatorship. For this second English-language edition, Romero has written new chapters covering the “Kirchner decade” (2003–2013), the upheavals surrounding the country’s 2001 default on its foreign debt, and the tumultuous years that followed as Argentina sought to reestablish a role in the global economy while securing democratic governance and social peace.
“A rare and brilliant book where exceptionally wide scholarship leads the Anglophone reader into a deeper understanding of some of the wondrous resources of Spanish-speaking cultures.”
“Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment is a splendid book. Denise Schaeffer treats an enormously complex question in a way that is simple, elegant, and altogether free of jargon. She first shows how each stage of Emile’s education is always double—meant seriously, but also designed to prepare for its own supersession—and then reveals this educational sequence also at work in Rousseau’s education of his reader.”Learn More »
Historical Thinker, Historical Writer
“David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer is a timely and wide-ranging reevaluation of a major facet of Hume's writing. This collection shows how ‘Hume the historian' was evolving through his philosophical works and essays, both before and during the period of his great historical writing.”Learn More »
“As innovators in democratic process, we know how much we depend on learning from practical trials and real-world experiences. This work captures the experience in detail and provides an important reference point for anyone hoping to bring deliberation and the citizen’s voice back in to how we do government.”Learn More »
Indigeneity and Commonplaces of National Identity in Republican Ecuador
“Constitutive Visions demonstrates, in rich detail, how visual representations serve as rhetorical acts that constitute nations—acts every bit as important as the constitutions, laws, political speeches, and policies that make up a national rhetorical culture. This book will become a benchmark for both experienced scholars and novices seeking to examine how national and visual arguments take on rhetorical power across time and space.”Learn More »
“This is an important book that brings miracle stories from Islam into conversation with philosophy. Isra Yazicioglu takes us on a journey through al-Ghazali’s defense of miracle stories—and she reframes those stories in terms of modern philosophy, beginning with Hume, developing with Peirce (who reminds us that natural laws are not absolute but who nevertheless recognizes regularities in nature), and ending with Nursi (for whom miracles invite us to rethink our assumptions about natural causation). This is a well-written and engaging book on an important topic. It deserves to be widely read and discussed.”Learn More »
A Journey into Mi'kmaw Myth
“Jennifer Reid presents truly original material—previously unknown stories that she recorded with Mi’kmaw friends. She also ties existing sources together in new ways. Finding Kluskap succeeds in presenting both new material and new interpretation—while still synthesizing existing literature in meaningful ways.”Learn More »
“Peter Iver Kaufman examines in impressive detail the religious soil in which Shakespeare's plays flourish. By offering an expert survey of an immensely complex terrain, this book will serve those who want to scrutinize the religious discourses embedded in the plays. This book is significant, then, for Shakespearean scholars, for scholars of early modern English non-Shakespearean drama, and for historians of the English Reformation.”Learn More »
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The Political Economy of Employment in Southern Communities in the United States
“This is an exceptional work of scholarship that presents a comprehensive and compelling study of racial inequality in employment that also provides prescriptions for change. It’s both highly readable and meets rigorous academic standards. It’s not to be missed by anyone with a genuine interest in race and employment inequality.”Learn More »
Comparisons and Interplay Across Borders
“Kathleen Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch, distinguished pioneers in the field of right-wing women’s history, have done it again. This book is impressive in its scope and depth, taking the field to a new level. Blee and Deutsch have assembled a fine collection that builds and expands on previous research on gender and right-wing politics. They address the topic in a transnational context while paying close attention to local actors and circumstances.”Learn More »
Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective
“This innovative, accessible, and thorough collection addresses an admirable range of historical and geographical contexts to demonstrate that the human relationship with other species is complex and overdetermined, and that human systems of knowledge and representation are crucial for negotiating this uneven terrain.”Learn More »
Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing
“I have long been a fan of Rachel Poliquin's otherworldly online museum, www.ravishingbeasts.com, but after reading The Breathless Zoo I know just what she means when she says that all taxidermy, like storytelling, is ‘deeply marked by human longing.’ I am already longing to read The Breathless Zoo again.”Learn More »
Space, Ritual, and the Senses in Byzantium
“Bissera Pentcheva's stimulating The Sensual Icon: Space, Ritual, and the Senses in Byzantium functions on the cutting edge of art historical method, drawing not only on recent trends in the study of visual and material culture, but also in anthropology and film theory. . . . This is a volume that will transform the discipline of medieval art.”Learn More »
Issues in the Making and Meaning of Reliquaries, 400–circa 1204
“Cynthia Hahn offers a refreshing new synthesis on the topic of medieval reliquaries. She shows that they are a form of ‘representation’ that mediates religious experience of relics as well as their political and institutional meanings. Engaging both primary sources and current theoretical writings, Hahn’s text will be of crucial interest to a broader readership concerned with the material embodiment of the sacred and strategies of representation.”Learn More »
The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America
“This remarkable book combines close readings of periodicals with theoretical acumen and interpretive insights, revealing the central role that medical metaphors played in American photographic culture in the nineteenth century. Conveniently embodying the desires and anxieties of both photographers and their clients, these medical metaphors were made manifest as much in advertisements, cartoons, and articles as in actual photographic portraits. Casting doubt on any hard-and-fast distinction between the social and the physical body, Doctored will change the way you think about this period of American history.”Learn More »
Limits and Legacies of the Enlightenment; Essays in Honor of Robert Darnton
“Into Print conveys the impressive scale and scope of Darnton’s enduring influence on research on the Enlightenment and its antecedents as well as historical scholarship itself.”Learn More »
The Deputies and the King in the Early French Revolution
“Shapiro has taken an innovative approach, and his arguments are compelling. His coverage of the important debates in the Assembly is impressive.”Learn More »
Women and Social Policy in Peru, 1990–2000
“An engaging bottom-up account of how social policies are understood by rural and urban poor women in Peru.”Learn More »
Familial Ideals, Citizenship, and Political Struggle, 1970–1990
“Politicians and activists are constantly making reference to family. They use family as a metaphor for political community. They tell us how they will help families. They justify their political actions by referring to their own familial roles. Using Chile as a case study, Gwynn Thomas explains how and why family rhetoric enters politics. Thomas's book spans the left and right of the political spectrum over a twenty-year period, providing a comprehensive and accessible account of gender and Chilean politics.”Learn More »
Urban Popular Movements in Peru and Ecuador, 1990–2005
“Paul Dosh's study is timely. Its results may imply that significant developments, with regard to both urban-based social movements themselves and the context in which they operate, are presently under way. The author has assembled an impressive array of empirical sources, and the fact that his study is comparative—focusing on Peru as well as Ecuador—will increase its relevance for Latin America as a whole.”Learn More »
Regions, Nation, and the State in the Rise of Mexican Industrialism, 1920s–1940s
“Made in Mexico is a very important book that fills a number of gaps in the literature on postrevolutionary Mexico by tracing the national and regional development of the country's industrial sector. The book, which explores the conflicts among industrialists and labor leaders as well as state and federal policy makers over statist industrialism, is well written, thoroughly researched, and rests firmly on materials from Mexico City’s national depositories as well as the state archives of Jalisco, Nuevo León, and Puebla.”Learn More »
“[Rural Protest and the Making of Modern Democracy in Mexico, 1968–2000] powerfully reveals how developments in rural Mexico fostered electoral democratization, manifested in the victory of the opposition (the PAN) in the 2000 and 2006 presidential elections. . . . The author provides a wealth of data to support her conclusions, derived in part from extensive field work and the equally extensive use of primary documents. Moreover, she utilizes a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches to analyze these data in sophisticated ways.”Learn More »
Participation, Decentralization, and the Left
“Benjamin Goldfrank’s proposal to compare various leftist-sponsored experiments in collective participation in local decision-making represents a valuable contribution. . . . This book is an example of exceptional scholarship. It is well focused, explores the theoretical and practical implications of its findings and draws on extensive fieldwork and considerable secondary literature.”Learn More »
Dialogues with Plato in Contemporary Thought
“This book is well written and largely avoids jargon. Topics discussed include the role of representation, the relationship between beauty and truth, and the question of discourse and its relationship to the world. This volume is suitable for both undergraduates and graduate students in philosophy, literature, and allied fields.”Learn More »
Natural Philosophy in the Scottish Enlightenment
“Seeking Nature’s Logic: Natural Philosophy in the Scottish Enlightenment will be required reading for those who study natural philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment, but hopefully it will attract a wide readership, for it has things to offer many others whose scholarly interests intercept Wilson’s at one place or another.”Learn More »
Public Advocacy Without Public Intellectuals
“The category of the public intellectual is fraught with contradictions: politics and culture, theory and practice, philosophy and rhetoric. If only there were a genre to mediate these tensions to good effect. Letters to Power reminds us that there was, and is: the ‘minor rhetoric’ of the public letter. Samuel McCormick’s skillful readings provide numerous insights regarding the predicaments and strategies shaping learned advocacy. By focusing on things small and sly, he shows how public culture can be improved by careful thinkers doing humble work.”Learn More »
“Diane Enns powerfully shows how easily we can lapse into misleading and dangerous assumptions about the entitlements and authority of victims. While seeking to respect and repair the victims of violence, we may defer too much, with damaging consequences. This beautifully written and thoughtful book poses central questions about conflict and its aftermath.”Learn More »
“Atwood's important study contributes a great deal to our understanding of the complex Brethren community. It helps to disentangle the important elements of transmission across the line that notionally divides the medieval from the Reformation era. It characterizes the thought of what was in many respects a non-intellectual movement, giving the influence of Marsilius of Padua its proper place.”Learn More »
Seduction, Patriarchal Society, and Literary TraditionLearn More »
In Don Juan and the Point of Honor, James Mandrell undertakes a systematic examination of the many questions surrounding the legendary character. On the one hand, it might be argued that Don Juan threatens society, since he is supposedly an agent of social anarchy. On the other hand, given his intriguing sexual accomplishments, he could be viewed as a positive expression of life itself. James Mandrell shows what is at stake in the asking of such questions and, moreover, what is at stake in representations and considerations of Don Juan.
Strategies of Representation in Balzac, Flaubert, and JamesLearn More »
In Realism and the Drama of Reference, Meili Steele brings the problem of reference—how language discloses the world—into contemporary critical debates about representation. He explores the potential of reference in the work of three authors in the realistic tradition: Balzac, Flaubert, and James.
Pennsylvania’s Revolution [is], in sum, an interesting and somewhat taxing cornucopia. Like the state itself, it resists summation but has grist for many mills.
Weaver’s book . . . is a fascinating read and contributes to the growing body of literature on local medical cultures in the United States and their transformation over time. The author convincingly demonstrates the importance of medical practices to ethnic identity, and the crucial roles of gender and religion in popular healing.”Learn More »
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Pennsylvania
“An excellent study of state history with national themes.”“It will no doubt educate and entertain all who read it.”Learn More »
Snapshots of Latino Life in Allentown, Pennsylvania
“The New Face of Small-Town America offers vivid portraits of the people and families behind the demographic statistics, revealing a little-known aspect of contemporary immigration: far from the big cities and the border towns, in small inland settlements often written off as victims of deindustrialization, Latinos are restoring public life, renewing entire communities, and working hard to build a new urban future for our pluralist democracy.”Learn More »
A Few Scraps records the birth of the oil industry in Pennsylvania from the eyewitness perspective of Alfred Smiley, a Pennsylvania native who worked on the world’s first modern oil well. The “Drake” well, often called the birthplace of the modern petroleum industry, was struck on Oil Creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania, in August 1859. Smiley worked on this well and many others throughout the region, riding the overnight success and eventual decline of the oil boom in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Legends Collected in Central PennsylvaniaLearn More »
In the Seven Mountains belongs to Henry Shoemaker’s robust corpus of tales and legends based on the folklore of Pennsylvania. This volume presents stories from the Seven Mountains, located in Mifflin, Centre, and Juniata Counties, through which Shoemaker traveled by carriage in 1912, stopping to speak with local residents and visit “scores of localities of historic and legendary” importance. In his distinctive literary voice, Shoemaker recounts colorful legends—tales of ghosts and hauntings, of elusive mountain lions and their “celebrity” hunters—as well as human interest stories, many of which feature central Pennsylvania landmarks such as Tussey Mountain and Bald Mountain.
Containing a Complete Chart of the Allegheny River, from Warren to Pittsburgh
The Allegheny Pilot, first published in 1855, is an early travel guide to western Pennsylvania’s rivers and navigable waterways, complete with detailed maps, notes, and charts.
With a Full Account of His Travels and Labors Among the Germans in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and VirginiaLearn More »
First published in 1857 by the notable Pennsylvania German writer Henry Harbaugh, this volume presents the biography of Michael Schlatter, the organizer of the German Reformed Church in Pennsylvania. Schlatter arrived in Philadelphia in 1746 on an appointment from the German Reformed Church to set up churches among the growing German population in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic.