Welcome to the March/April issue of Bluelines!
Out of concern for the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, and in response to a statewide order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses, the PSU Press warehouse has suspended operations until further notice. Click here to learn more about our response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Many of our books are available as e-books or through print on demand; scroll down to see some of our favorite new releases that are available for purchase now. You can also sign up via the “Learn More” link on any of our book pages to be notified when our warehouse operations resume and print books are ready to ship.
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Available as an e-book!
Since its construction, Notre Dame Cathedral has played a central role in French cultural identity. In the wake of the tragic fire of 2019, questions of how to restore the fabric of this quintessential French monument are once more at the forefront. This all-too-prescient book, first published in French in 2013, takes a central place in the conversation.
Available as an e-book!
“Baynes-Rock raises fundamental questions about private property, the fallacies of economics, and the wisdom of ecology. The challenges may be great, but at least this book presents ideas and possibilities that may help us face them.”—Piers Locke, coeditor of Conflict, Negotiation, and Coexistence: Rethinking Human-Elephant Relations in South Asia
Available in print!
“A provocative and insightful study that compels readers to reconsider long-accepted notions of Hellenic rhetorical theory.”—Richard Leo Enos, author of Greek Rhetoric Before Aristotle
Available as an e-book!
“With this excellent and seamlessly coauthored study, Christine and Tracy Adams delve into the creation of the post of the royal significant other—an often overlooked category of premodern female power and influence. They move beyond the salacious to an intellectual understanding of the complementarity of gendered premodern political power.”—Zita Rohr, author of Yolande of Aragon (1381–1442) Family and Power: The Reverse of the Tapestry
Lindsay Cook, translator of Notre Dame Cathedral and colleague of co-author Andrew Tallon, writes about the 2019 Notre Dame fire and the future of the cathedral on the Press blog.
For those of us who look to comics as a way to think things through in times of uncertainty, to comprehend, and to empathize, we have begun planning the publication of a curated anthology of COVID-19 comics for release in early 2021, when we’ll launch the Graphic Mundi imprint of Penn State University Press. Learn more here.
We’re disappointed not to visit with you at our usual conferences this spring. Instead, we’ve created virtual exhibits where you can browse the titles we’d have brought with us, and learn how to contact the editors with your book proposal. See the full list here.
Through June 30th, all PSU Press books hosted on Project Muse and JSTOR are available to read for free. Journals hosted on Project Muse are free through the end of May.
PSU Press has added its support to the National Emergency Library, an initiative by the Internet Archive to serve the nation’s displaced learners. The collection includes over 1.4 million e-books from the 1920s–1990s, acquired and digitized by the Internet Archive, that are not covered by other e-book collections. Learn more and browse here.
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: Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations.
“In this volume, John Warner grapples with one of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s chief preoccupations: the problem of self-interest implicit in all social relationships. Not only did Rousseau never solve this problem, Warner argues, but he also believed it was fundamentally unsolvable—that social relationships could never restore wholeness to a self-interested human being.
This engaging study is founded on two basic but important questions: what do we. . . ” (more)
The article “The Origin of Tel Dor Hacksilver and the Westward Expansion of the Phoenicians in the Early Iron Age: The Cypriot Connection” from the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies is free to read through June 15.
The emergence of ancient urbanism has long held the interest of archaeologists attempting to understand the origins of inequality and its links to early urban life. This volume presents the results of archeological research at the Early Bronze Age sites of Numayra and Ras an-Numayra, conducted to investigate the rise of Early Bronze Age urban society, with a distinctive focus on links between environmental and social. . . (more)
The Bible says that YHWH alone is God and that there is none like him—but texts and artwork from antiquity show that many gods looked very similar. In this volume, scholars of the Hebrew Bible and its historical contexts address the problem of YHWH’s ancient look-alikes, providing recommendations for how Jews and Christians can think theologically about this challenge.
Sooner or later, whether in a religion class or a seminary course, students bump up against. . . (more)
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