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“Not only is [this book] a gold mine of information about art for animals, but so too it shows how important visual representations are for attracting people’s interests in the lives of other animals and for showing what humans need to do to give them the very best lives possible.”—Marc Bekoff in Psychology Today
“A detailed, sympathetic analysis of favela religion in relation to secular media . . .. Highly recommended.”
—S. D. Glazier, Choice
“A highly original collection that introduces readers not only to diversity in subjects and approaches but also to the commonalities in aspiration and pleasure. Contributors do justice to both in essays ranging from a lyceum in Liberia to meetings of soldiers imprisoned during the Civil War to immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.”
—Mary Kelly, author of Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic
“A universal appeal underlies this book's particular exploration of how Middle English literary spectacles function in a handful of 14th-century texts . . .. Williams contributes to the scholarly discussion material that will be useful for understanding traditional elements such as plot, character, and theme and also postmodern interest in identity and alterity”
—A. P. Church, Choice
The editors of Thinking Together: Lecturing, Learning, and Difference in the Long Nineteenth Century have created a website with chapter abstracts, teaching tools, further reading and more! Explore the world and the ideas of the book with this fabulous resource: http://thinkingtogetherbook.com/
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: Gettysburg: A History of the Gettysburg Battle-field Memorial Association by John Mitchell Vanderslice.
“John Mitchell Vanderslice’s Gettysburg offers an overarching history of the Battle of Gettysburg and describes the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association’s origins and accomplishments. The Memorial Association, established by an act of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1864, aimed to preserve and protect the battlefield grounds and gather information about the battle. It helped acquire. . . ” (more)
PSU Press and the Graphic Medicine series were highlighted in Publisher’s Weekly:“The ALA is Ready to Shake Things Up . . . with Comics.”
Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Field was given a feature write-up inMother Jones.
Color in the Age of Impressionism: Commerce, Technology, and Art by Laura Anne Kalba won the 2018 Charles Rufus Morey Prize from the College Art Association and the 2016–17 Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies.
Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium by Bissera V. Pentcheva won the 2018 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Historical Studies from the American Academy of Religion.
Meyer Schapiro’s Critical Debates: Art Through a Modern American Mind by C. Oliver O’Donnell (forthcoming) has been awarded theWillibald Sauerländer Award for distinguished research in the history and practice of art historical writing from the Conivncta Florescit Friends of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte.
The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa by ShiPu Wang is the winner of the 2018Georgia O’Keeffe Book Prize from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Research Center.
In ancient Mesopotamia, men training to be scribes copied model letters in order to practice writing and familiarize themselves with epistolary forms and expressions. Similarly, model contracts were used to teach them how to draw up agreements for the transactions typical of everyday economic life. This volume makes available a trove of previously. . . (more)
The first in a series of volumes publishing the Sumerian literary texts in the Schøyen Collection, this book makes available, for the first time, editions of seventeen cuneiform tablets, dating to ca. 2000 BCE and containing works of Sumerian religious poetry. Edited, translated, and annotated by Christopher Metcalf, these poems shed light on the interaction between cult, scholarship, and scribal culture in. . . (more)
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