Welcome to the December issue of Bluelines!
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We’re thrilled to announce our Spring/Summer 2022 catalog, with books in literature, art history, religious studies, rhetoric and communication, modernism, medieval and early modern studies, current events, and more. Browse the full catalog here.
Please note that the Press offices will be closed for winter break from December 18th through January 3rd. See you in 2022!
“A children’s book for grown-ups, A Jewish Bestiary is modest in appearance, broad in learning and deep in subtle humor.”—The New York Times
“Stuckey brilliantly identifies when and how discourse degenerates to despicable and campaigns deteriorate to deplorable. I highly recommend her exquisitely written, lush, and lyrical exploration of these critical elections.”—Diane J. Heith, author of The Presidential Road Show: Public Leadership in an Era of Party Polarization and Media Fragmentation
“The affirmative and affirming vision of School Choice and the Betrayal of Democracy is one that rejects the ‘neutrality’ of ‘the market,’ and the habit of ignoring problems such as economic coercion, in favor of a world of interconnection. Asen’s elegant analysis of the (a)morality of neoliberalism is sure to be heavily cited for years to come.”—Patricia Roberts-Miller, author of Demagoguery and Democracy
“What It Feels Like is an exciting contribution to rhetorical studies and women’s and gender studies, offering a theory of visceral rhetoric that provides both explanatory power for rape culture and a potential framework for feminist intervention. It addresses a timely topic in a refreshingly new way, providing critical insight into how rape culture is rhetorically constituted as well as reason to hope for change.”—Elizabeth C. Britt, author of Reimagining Advocacy: Rhetorical Education in the Legal Clinic
Mark Podwal, the author of A Jewish Bestiary, discusses animal representation throughout Jewish history alongside some of his favorite creatures from the bestiary on our Tumblr.
“Animal representation has long figured in the history of the Jewish book. Indeed, the earliest printed Jewish book containing illustrations, as far as is known, is a collection of medieval animal fables, Meshal Ha-Kadmoni (“The Ancient Parable”). By the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the bestiary had achieved a popularity in the Christian world second only to that of the Bible. The earliest extant illustrated bestiary dates from the ninth century. Medieval bestiaries were almost always accompanied by illustrations, and this combination of text and picture provides the genre with special charm. In addition to being a kind of encyclopedia of the animal kingdom, the bestiary also served as a book of Christian moral and religious instruction. . . ”
Genealogies of Modernity calls Christian Nygren’s Titian’s Icons a “beautifully illustrated tome . . . interesting and challenging”
Deep Knowledge: Ways of Knowing in Sufism and Ifa, Two West African Intellectual Traditions by Oludamini Ogunnaike was awarded the Outstanding First Book Prize from the Association for the Study of The Worldwide African Diaspora.”
Reading Religion calls Responding to the Sacred: An Inquiry into the Limits of Rhetoric “a starting point for future works on the rhetoric of the sacred that rely on ethnographies.”
If you missed our November virtual author panel, “Disrupting Rhetorics of Privilege in Race, Sexuality, and Education,” you can view it here!
Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.
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: Pennsylvania Deer and Their Horns.
Pennsylvania Deer and Their Horns, published in 1915, stands alongside a number of Shoemaker’s volumes, such as Wolf Days in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Lion or Panther, dedicated to telling the tales of vanishing or extinct Pennsylvania wildlife. Pennsylvania Deer and Their Horns places these tales within the greater context of the Pennsylvania sportsmen’s and hunting culture. While lamenting the extinction of the old-stock Pennsylvania deer species, Shoemaker celebrates the hunter and the sport and writes in a hopeful spirit that the sport will continue without causing extinction.
In this volume, Alhena Gadotti and Alexandra Kleinerman investigate how Akkadian speakers learned Sumerian during the Old Babylonian period in areas outside major cities.
Given the limited extrabiblical evidence for camels before circa 1000 BCE, a thorough investigation of the spatio-temporal history of the camel in the ancient Near and Middle East is necessary to understand their early appearance in the Hebrew Bible. A state-of-the-art evaluation of the cultural history of the camel and its role in the biblical world, this volume brings the humanities into dialogue with the natural sciences.
“[A] stupendous testimony of survival”—starred review, Booklist
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