Welcome to the April issue of Bluelines!
With spring finally here, we’re encouraging readers to get outside with 40% off field guides, bird atlases, and other outdoor books! Visit our sales page for current sales and specials, as well as information on virtual exhibits. Be sure to subscribe to all our emails so you don’t miss out on any special offers, including our Earth Day Sale later this month.
Sign up here to attend a virtual author panel all about Magic in History on Friday, April 30th at 4pm EDT. Our guests are Michael D. Bailey, Allegra Iafrate, Frank Klaassen, Sharon Hubbs Wright, and Marla Segol; the event will be moderated by Claire Fanger. Browse the rest of our spring PSU Press Presents events here!
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“This book is a monumental contribution to a rapidly growing body of studies on pioneering women artists. It will galvanize this field with fresh topics of discussion and a rich harvest of new archival findings.”
—Sheila Barker, Founding Director, Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists
“With its innovative combination of magical texts and legal documents, this is an important research contribution and offers an excellent set of annotated sources for teaching not just about magic but also about power, belief, and ambition in Tudor England.”—Jonathan Barry, author of Witchcraft and Demonology in South-West England, 1640–1789
“An important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of Jewish life in Pennsylvania and religious life more broadly. The Prophetic Quest brings attention to hitherto unknown items that themselves carry artistic, historic, and religious significance.”—Dianne Ashton, author of Hanukkah in America: A History
“This book will become a central work for a period of Quaker history that has lacked a comprehensive history to date.”—Thomas Hamm, author of The Quakers in America
Laura Levitt, author of The Objects That Remain, discusses reckoning with trauma through “sacred” evidence on our Press blog:
“I challenge the notions of both legal and even theological justice as the only ways of imagining justice. Instead, what I explore is a more active, immanent form of doing justice through the crafting, telling, and sharing of stories that animate the objects transformed by violence.” Read more.
ARLIS/NA Reviews says of Designing a New Tradition: Loïs Mailou Jones and the Aesthetics of Blackness by Rebecca VanDiver: “This monograph not only elevates Jones but is a valuable contribution to the discourse on the visual articulation of Black identity in the twentieth century.”
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: In the Seven Mountains.
Originally published in 1913 by the Bright Printing Company, In the Seven Mountains belongs to Henry Shoemaker’s robust corpus of tales and legends based on the folklore of Pennsylvania. Weaving narratives of the supernatural, local history, wildlife, and Native American lore, Shoemaker preserves the region’s unique cultural heritage in a series of fantastical stories that blur the lines between truth and fiction. The text, reproduced in facsimile for the first time since its original printing, includes illustrations by S. W. Smith and W. W. Sholl.
Congratulations to the following journals for being approved for inclusion in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS), the European Union’s most important and prestigious reference index in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences:
Philosophy & Rhetoric, Milton Studies, Wesley and Methodist Studies, Shaw, Reception, Preternature, The Langston Hughes Review, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Journal of General Education, Journal of Information Policy, Journal of Jewish Ethics, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies.
“For students and scholars alike, Classical Ethiopic is the best grammar of Gəˁəz available in any language.”
—Aaron M. Butts, author of Language Change in the Wake of Empire: Syriac in Its Greco-Roman Context
This multidisciplinary study takes a fresh look at Judean history and biblical literature in the late fourth and third centuries BCE. In a major reappraisal of this era, the contributions to this volume depict it as one in which critical changes took place.
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