Welcome to the August issue of Bluelines!
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In case you missed it, our Fall/Winter catalog is available! Browse forthcoming books and journals here.
Our first PSU Press Presents event of the Fall 2021 season is coming up in September! Register now for a virtual event with the authors of new books in our Perspectives on Sensory History series, and keep an eye out for more events to be announced soon.
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“Fear and Nature expansively defines eco-horror as not only a sub-genre of literature but as a cohesive mode operating across genres and media. Whether talking about Algernon Blackwood or Algernon Swinburne, Bong Joon Ho or Junji Ito, this volume explores the rhizomatic connections that make eco-criticism something that transcends genre, and makes a convincing case for its relevance not only today but as a way of reconsidering what has come before.”—Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World
“The Persian Revival is an original study that builds a strong case for the transmission and deployment of knowledge across regions and cultural realms. It does so for a hitherto uncharted period and region—one that has not received adequate scholarly attention—and makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on global art and architectural histories of the long nineteenth century.”—Madhuri Desai, author of Banaras Reconstructed: Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City
“This is an intellectually ambitious, rigorously argued, and erudite book that explores visual strategies and their theoretical underpinnings of ‘empty spaces’ in medieval manuscripts. A must-read for scholars of medieval and northern Renaissance art and intellectual history.”—Nino Zchomelidse, author of Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy
“Frederick Watts and the Founding of Penn State makes a compelling case for the national importance of Pennsylvania in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American social, political, and economic history. It also tells an intriguing, persuasive story that shows how Watts was an influential figure with implications far beyond the particulars of his time and place. Roger L. Williams continues his long record as one of our finest historians of higher education.”—John R. Thelin, author of Going to College in the Sixties
Read a Q&A with Roger Williams, author of Frederick Watts and the Founding of Penn State, on our Tumblr.
Q: What was the thinking behind so-called agricultural colleges in the 19th century? Why were they brought into being?
A: The movement to found agricultural colleges in the 1850s was part and parcel of a larger movement toward scientific agriculture—the effort to infuse traditional agricultural practices with scientific knowledge, particularly chemistry, to improve farming practices and productivity.
The agencies pushing for agricultural colleges were state agricultural societies, founded mainly in the 1840s and ‘50s to advance the lot of the American farmer. The United States was an overwhelmingly agricultural nation before the Civil War; indeed 85% of the population was rural and the thinking was that state and federal governments needed to do more to advance the lot of the farming community.
MK Czerwiec’s collection Menopause: A Comic Treatment won two 2021 Eisner Awards at San Diego Comic-Con last month! The book was named best anthology and Mimi Pond’s contribution, “When the Menopausal Carnival Comes to Town,” won best short story.
Architectural Histories says of Matthew Reeve’s Gothic Architecture and Sexuality in the Circle of Horace Walpole: “His prose is Daedalian in its eloquence but firmly maintains the threads of coherence sometimes abandoned by scholarly theorists, resulting in a work which is accessible and pleasing for all.”
If you missed any of our past author panels, you can watch them on the PSU Press Facebook page!
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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: Centre County: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Year 1915.
This brief volume provides readers with an overview of Centre County’s history from its earliest European settlement up to the year 1915. Exploring the county’s major events across several centuries, J. Thomas Mitchell delves into such subjects as early living conditions, county government, and the establishment of townships. Mitchell also offers a history of Centre County’s schools and of the Pennsylvania State College (now University) as well as a discussion of its transportation, industry, and major public figures.
The article “The ‘Four Nations of Indians Upon the Susquehanna’: Mid-Atlantic Murder, Diplomacy, and Political Identity, 1717–1723” is freely open and available until October!
In mid-August we welcome Leslie Waters, the new Managing Editor of the journal
Coming 2022—Journal for the History of Rhetoric! The journal publishes high-quality scholarship on all historic aspects of rhetoric, in all historical periods.
This is the first attempt to consider the phenomenon stamped storage jars a whole and to develop a unified theory that would explain the function of these stamp impressions and shed new light on the history of Judah during six centuries of subjugation to the empires that ruled the region—as a vassal kingdom in the age of the Assyrian, Egyptian, and Babylonian empires and as a province under successive Babylonian, Persian, Ptolemaic, and Seleucid rule.
This book publishes 323 handcopies of cuneiform tablets found in the academic papers of W. G. Lambert (1926–2011), one of the foremost Assyriologists of the twentieth century. Prepared by A. R. George and Junko Taniguchi, it completes a two-part edition of Lambert’s previously unpublished handcopies.
“The mix of giggle-inducing factoids and incisive scientific insights make this investigation of copulation well worth digging into”—Publishers Weekly
“This surprisingly delightful and empathetic examination offers an exemplar in the graphic medicine genre”—Publishers Weekly
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