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Welcome to the August issue of Bluelines!

We’re kicking off this month with 40% off select titles in our Keystone Books series. Browse the sale here and use code PA21 to receive the discount through 8/15. Keep an eye on our sales page for current sales and specials. Or, better yet, subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.

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.

The Press is still taking precautions related to the novel coronavirus, so your orders and responses to inquiries might take longer than normal. Learn more here.


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Cover for Fear and Nature Fear and Nature

Ecohorror Studies in the Anthropocene

Edited by Christy Tidwell and Carter Soles

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

Cover for The Persian Revival The Persian Revival

The Imperialism of the Copy in Iranian and Parsi Architecture

Talinn Grigor

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

subject/series highlight

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.

Read the full interview here.

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