Welcome to the December issue of Bluelines!
Don’t miss our Holiday Book Sale! In honor of the 45th anniversary of Eisenbrauns, we’re giving you 45% off sitewide with code EB45! See our favorite gift books and start shopping here.
Our Spring/Summer 2021 catalog is available! Browse here.
Graphic Mundi, a new graphic novel imprint from Penn State University Press, will release its inaugural volume, COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology, in February 2021. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) to support the employees of bookstores and comic shops and brick-and-mortar stores affected by the pandemic. Read the press release here.
In bittersweet news, we’ll bid goodbye to journals manager Diana Pesek when she retires at the end of the month. Diana crafted and executed an ambitious growth strategy for the Press’s journals program, expanding it from 13 to over 75 periodicals during her 10-year tenure. We’ll miss her generous spirit, professionalism, commitment to scholarly communications, and enthusiasm. The Press is currently searching for a replacement. Details about the position are here.
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.
“Browne’s analysis of Washington’s address is superb. He succeeds admirably in showing how Americans performed and instantiated a dynamic, protean conception of nationhood.”—Peter S. Onuf, author of The Mind of Thomas Jefferson
“[An] aching, concentric rumination on loss, in which writing through the aftermath leads to insights on letting go and holding on.”—Foreword Reviews
“Objects of Vision is an engaging and well-written book that adroitly guides readers to understand the complex mechanisms by which meaning is made in visual texts.”—Martin A. Berger, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“This project takes a compelling place within the hermeneutics of religion and literature as a way of studying religion. Most impressive is Koltun-Fromm’s subtle interpretation of the material, showing that it sustains very careful analysis, proving itself worthy of close reading and moral probing. Drawing on Religion models a productive integration of textual and visual materials and does so with clear prose and no jargon or excessive theorizing.”—David Morgan, author of Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment
Watch the recording of the book launch for Laura Levitt’s The Objects That Remain, hosted by Big Blue Marble Bookstore on November 9th.
Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain by Nicholas R. Jones has been awarded the Outstanding First Book Prize by the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.
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: Pioneer Life; or, Thirty Years a Hunter.
Pioneer Life is a mostly autobiographical narrative of the life of Philip Tome. Tome was born in 1782 near present-day Harrisburg and lived on the upper Susquehanna. He tells colorful (and mostly true) tales about his hunting exploits in the Pennsylvania wilderness, as he tracked elk, wolves, bears, panthers, foxes, and other large animals through the state’s north-central mountains, earning wide renown. . . (more)
New in 2021!
Victorians Institute Journal
This annual publication is an award-winning, refereed scholarly journal that publishes articles, reviews, and newly edited texts of interest to scholars in Victorian and Edwardian literary and cultural studies. Subscribe today!
New in 2021!
This is an annual journal published in cooperation with both the Elizabeth Bishop Society and the Robert Lowell Society. It welcomes scholarly writing pertaining entirely, or in part, to either or both authors. Subscribe today!
Congratulations to more than 30 of our scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that were recently accepted for indexing in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences, also known as ERIH PLUS! Applications are made weekly to many indexes for our 80 journal titles. Contact Journals Marketing Manager Christopher Miller at email@example.com for additional information.
In this book, Philip Zhakevich examines the technology of writing as it existed in the southern Levant during the Iron Age II period, after the alphabetic writing system had fully taken root in the region. Using the Hebrew Bible as its corpus and focusing on a set of Hebrew terms that designated writing surfaces and instruments, this study synthesizes the semantic data of the. . . (more)
The kings of the Neo-Babylonian Empire left hundreds of official inscriptions on objects such as clay cylinders, bricks, paving stones, vases, and stelae. These writings, ranging from lengthy narratives enumerating the deeds of a monarch to labels identifying a ruler as the. . . (more)
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