Welcome to the February issue of Bluelines!
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Our Art and Architecture 2022 catalog is available! View the catalog here to see what’s new and forthcoming, and don’t forget to stop by our virtual booth at CAA! Our 2022 Spring/Summer and Journals catalogs are also available to browse here.
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“Animating the Antique is painstaking, original, and uncompromising. Weaving art history with aesthetics, the history of archaeology and of collections, and other topics, Betzer’s study of the figuration of sculpture in two-dimensional representations sets a unique insight into a multifaceted framework.”—Whitney Davis, author of Replications: Archaeology, Art History, Psychoanalysis
“Playful Pictures provides a rich and welcome study of secular Venetian domestic paintings, many of which are familiar to art historians but have not been connected fully to the literary, social, and performative worlds of Venetian culture. Henry brings a well-researched interdisciplinary perspective and vividly re-creates the viewing contexts for these paintings.”—Jodi Cranston, author of Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice
“Homza’s research brings to the table a wealth of materials previously neglected or overlooked. . . . This remarkably readable, comprehensive, insightful and nuanced study deserves a wide audience.”—Richard L. Kagan, author of Lucrecia’s Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain
“Franklin-Lyons shows a truly virtuosic command of a very diverse and complicated set of primary sources. Shortage and Famine in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon is so legible and lively that a reader unfamiliar with the evidence might not recognize what a truly impressive accomplishment this is in terms of archival work.”—Jeffrey A. Bowman, author of Shifting Landmarks: Property, Proof, and Dispute in Catalonia around the Year 1000
Edward Jarvis, the author of The Anglican Church in Burma: From Colonial Past to Global Future, discusses Christianity in Burma and its future on our Tumblr.
Q: To what extent are Christians, alongside Muslims, a persecuted group in Burma/Myanmar?
A: The various religious persecutions in Burma have occurred in very uneven patterns over the decades, so it is really difficult, or even impossible, to compare them. The reasons and driving forces behind the persecutions of Christians, Muslims, and other religious groups can be completely different; in some contexts, Burma’s majority-Buddhist population has experienced persecution too. Broadly speaking, the persecutions stem from a particularly inflexible and intolerant conception of nationhood—an ideology that has been a powerful force in the country’s politics for over a hundred years. The persecution of Christians is multifaceted, widespread, complex, and frequently horrifying, at least to the same extent as other religious persecutions.
The Absent Image: Lacunae in Medieval Books by Elina Gertsman is the winner of this year’s Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from CAA.
Women Artists, Their Patrons, and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna, by Babette Bohn is the category winner of the 46th Annual PROSE Award in Art History & Criticism from the Association of American Publishers.
Gothic Architecture and Sexuality in the Circle of Horace Walpole by Matthew Reeve has received the Book Award for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period between 1600–1800 from the Historians of British Art.
Our Spring 2022 season of events kicks off on February 16! Join us for a discussion with the authors of three new books in our Latin American Originals series, moderated by series editor Matthew Restall. Register for the event 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: Weaving Narrative: Clothing in Twelfth-Century French Romance.
Enide’s tattered dress and Erec’s fabulous coronation robe; Yvain’s nudity in the forest, which prevents maidens who know him well clothed from identifying him; Lanval’s fairy-lady parading about in the Arthurian court, scantily dressed, for all to observe: just why is clothing so important in twelfth-century French romance? This interdisciplinary book explores how writers of this era used clothing as a signifier with multiple meanings for many narrative purposes.
The Scholarly Publishing Collective is excited to announce that the online content platform is now live, with content from over 130 journals published by our partners at the Collective! All content is temporarily free to access until March 31, 2022. Click here to access the website.
Journal of Information Policy, one of our two open access titles, recently published a special issue of papers presented at a conference. This annual journal brings contemporary research and analysis of significant information policy issues to the attention of policymakers in a timely fashion. Click here to view the journal.
Despite the fact that it was a dead language at the time, Sumerian was considered a crucial part of scribal training due to its cultural importance. In this volume, Alhena Gadotti and Alexandra Kleinerman investigate how Akkadian speakers learned Sumerian during the Old Babylonian period in areas outside major cities.
“There is no way to decipher the history of Ancient Israel without the archaeology of Jerusalem, with no access to the Temple Mount, there is no way to understand the archaeology and history of Jerusalem without the City of David ridge, and there is no way to study the City of David without the results of the Reich/Shukron excavations. This volume is therefore a landmark in the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.”—Israel Finkelstein, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University
“Fun and forensic. . . . The brain as organ, the brain as self, the brain in all its glory.”—Bob Fingerman, author of Dotty’s Inferno and Minimum Wage
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