Welcome to the August issue of Bluelines!
As you prepare to return to school (whether as a student or teacher), take a look at our two-week sale. We’re running a series of sales called “Complete your set,” giving you the opportunity fill in the holes in your collection. Bookmark the page and check back often. Or, better yet, subscribe to the Sales and Specials emails to find out about them automatically.
“MUSE in Focus: Addressing Gun Violence” is a selection of recent scholarship from Project MUSE publishers on gun violence, its effect throughout the culture, and its possible solutions. After Gun Violence by Craig Rood and other notable books and articles are currently free to read in hopes that these works will help to inform the policymakers responsible for solving this crisis, as well as to educate researchers and other concerned citizens who seek evidence-based work on this topic. Access the collection here.
Just announced! Homeless Advocacy and the Rhetorical Construction of the Civic Home by Melanie Loehwing won the 2019 Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association. Learn more about the award here. Order your copy at a 30% discount using code NR18.
Our Fall/Winter 2019 catalog is now available! Browse a digital version here.
The PSU Press staff
“By showcasing a rich array of Kenyan queer creative practices, Adriaan van Klinken makes a compelling case for religion as a discursive site of African queer subjectivity, agency, and queer inventiveness that point to a nascent African queer theology.”—Grace Musila, coeditor of Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Landscapes
“In this fascinating, accessible book, readers will find their expectations challenged, with current debates expanded and sometimes redirected.”
—Caroline McCracken-Flesher, author of The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders
“A most insightful, intelligent, and imaginative account of how dependent, in many ways, [Michelet’s] historical vision was to works of art.”
—Michael Ann Holly, author of The Melancholy Art
“This expertly produced volume will be of great interest to historians and to anyone interested in early modern English culture.”
—Richard Kieckhefer, author of Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer’s Manual of the Fifteenth Century
What inspired you to write Kenyan, Christian, Queer?
I have been following and studying the role of religion in the politics of homosexuality in Africa for the past decade. Initially my work focused on Zambia, and in several articles, I tried to make sense of religious discourses and politics opposing LGBT people and campaigning against the recognition of their human rights. I did consider writing a book about this, yet I asked myself: Do I really want to spend several years of my life writing about what, in the end, is religiously inspired sociopolitical homophobia? What does it do to me, personally, emotionally, and intellectually, to invest my time and energies in such a project?
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: First Pages by Giancarlo Maiorino.
“‘Titology,’ a term first coined in 1977 by literary critic Harry Levin, is the field of literary studies that focuses on the significance of a title in establishing the thematic developments of the pages that follow. While the term has been used in the literary community for thirty years, this book presents for the first time a thoroughly developed theoretical discussion on the significance of the title as a. . . ” (more)
Call for Papers: AMP: American Music Perspectives
AMP welcomes manuscripts from a variety of cultural and theoretical perspectives, while also considering traditional, biographical, historical, and archival studies of American music and its artists, composers, genres, and practitioners. AMP also welcomes interpretive analyses of American music, as well as manuscripts that investigate its sociocultural production, its political manifestations, and the history of the business practices and technological innovations associated with its development.
“From the Sublime to the Picturesque: Dorothea’s Husbands, Embodied in Rome” by Claire Thomas is free to read through the end of August from George Eliot—George Henry Lewes Studies, to celebrate the month in which George Eliot began writing Middlemarch.
Through a focus on the visual idiom of the novel’s Roman sections, author Claire Thomas suggests that Dorothea’s two husbands can be understood as embodiments of contrasting aesthetic categories of sightseeing: deathly Casaubon as the. . . (more)
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