Welcome to the April issue of Bluelines! It’s National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we’ve unlocked Imperial Lyric by Leah Middlebrook. And in Journals News we welcome back The Langston Hughes Review after a nearly 10-year hiatus with a special issue.
We invite you to a book launch: Pier Groups: A Conversation with Jonathan Weinberg at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Sunday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater.
Pier Groups (Penn State Press) weaves together interviews, documentary photographs, literary texts, artworks, and film stills to show how avant-garde practices competed and mingled with queer identities along the Manhattan waterfront. Part memoir, part art history, the book is a document of the artistic and sexual expression that characterized—and ultimately transformed—the neighborhood where the Whitney now stands.Go here for details and tickets.
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“This collection of essays brings together two areas that are still often looked at separately: the history of magic and the history of saints, mystics, and more everyday parishioners. As well as celebrating the work of Richard Kieckhefer, Collins’s volume showcases the original work being done by leading scholars in the field. It should stimulate new work on the relationship between holiness and unholiness in the Middle Ages.”
—Catherine Rider, author of Magic and Religion in Medieval England
“A tour de force. Weaving together close reading, reception study, and book history, this volume sheds new light on Donne’s writing, its readers, and the complex landscape of early modern religious belief and practice. Expertly navigating archival sources, Eckhardt follows Donne’s works as they travel through a world of religious communion and division, generating and participating in conversations that are as compelling now as they were in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.”
—David Colclough, author of John Donne's Professional Lives
“Borges’s ideal reader is, of course, Borges himself. Max Ubelaker Andrade is not only sharp, knowledgeable, and comprehensive but also passionate—a trait that is surprisingly rare among literary scholars today, so well trained in the art of detached thinking. Ubelaker Andrade knows not only what Borges knew but what he didn’t know. He delivers explorations that make the invisible tangible. My advice to the reader of this book is the same as Borges often gave: mistrust everything in its pages. It’s the only way to come up with your own interpretation. In that task, Ubelaker Andrade will be an astonishing guide.”
—Ilan Stavans, author of Borges, the Jew
“This book is a gem. It gives the most comprehensive and accessible account of the importance of form in the last hundred years of writing about art. It should be compulsory reading not just for art historians, but also for aestheticians and anyone interested in visual culture.”
—Bence Nanay, author of Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception
Troublesome Women author Erica Rhodes Hayden talked about her book on the Age of Jackson Podcast this past month! Hear the full episode here.
Hillary Chute from the New York Times Book Review featured Ian Williams’s The Lady Doctor in “Graphic Novels that Will Diagnose Your Disease.” She says “what makes this book fascinating is its sensitive portrayal of Lois’s interactions with a range of patients. In recurrent, wordless pages throughout, with his clean and fluid black line art, Williams illustrates the rhythm of Lois’s professional routine through whom and what she encounters: an assortment of faces, body parts and affects streaming by in an even staccato.”
Landscape into Eco Art by Mark A. Cheetham was reviewed by Selina Oakes in Aesthetica Magazine. She calls Landscape into Eco Art “an engaging and theoretical read, which systematically analyses contemporary eco art. It draws on key examples of the genre while reflecting on former land art legacies and paying homage to the forgotten art of landscape depiction.” Oakes also states that “Cheetham expands our understanding of contemporary eco art by taking its heritage—along with its current condition—into consideration.”
The Langston Hughes Review is back!
After an almost 10-year hiatus, The Langston Hughes Review is back with issue 25.1! It’s a special issue on “Remembering Langston Hughes: His Art, Life, and Legacy 50 Years Later,” guest edited by Wallace D. Best (Princeton University). Read about “Religion in the Life of Langston Hughes,” “The ‘Simple’ Way to Climb a Racial Mountain,” and much more.
“Forging a Consistent Vision: The People Who Shaped Manchester's Renewal, 1964–2014” by Dan Holland from the Spring 2019 issue of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies is free to read through July 1st!
Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Imperial Lyric by Leah Middlebrook.
“Present scholarly conversations about early European and global modernity have yet to acknowledge fully the significance of Spain and Spanish cultural production. Poetry and ideology in early modern Spain form the backdrop for Imperial Lyric, which seeks to address this shortcoming. Based on readings of representative poems by eight Peninsular writers, Imperial Lyric demonstrates that the lyric was a crucial site for the negotiation of masculine identity as Spain’s noblemen were. . . ” (more)
This is the second and final volume of scientific and interdisciplinary reports on the excavations and research conducted at Tell el-Borg, north Sinai, between 1998 and 2008, written by the scholars and specialists who worked on the site under the direction of Professor James K. Hoffmeier.
This volume focuses on the cemetery areas, which yield more than a dozen tombs, typically made of mud brick, some of which were constructed for a single occupant and some of which were larger tombs that accommodated. . . (more)
A Glossary of Old Syrian: Volume 1: ʔ–ḳ is the first of two volumes aimed at the completion of a lexicographical index of the Old Syrian linguistical continuum. This glossary gives a picture, or map, of the Old Syrian lexicon as it can be extracted and reconstructed from the available sources, from the (Old Akkadian-)Eblatic through the Old and Middle Babylonian corpora.
Old Syrian can be defined most appropriately as a diachronically. . . (more)
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