Welcome to the latest issue of Bluelines!
Our Fall/Winter 2020 catalog is now available! Browse forthcoming books and journals here.
We’re pleased to announce that, as of July 1, the PSU Press warehouse has implemented a phased approach to resuming normal operations following our March 23 suspension of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a statewide order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses. Due to the precautions we are taking to protect our staff, it may take longer than normal to process and ship orders placed via our website or by phone. Learn more here.
“Out in Central Pennsylvania offers an important addition to LGBTQ history, giving us an expertly researched and compelling story of local activism told by the men and women who built community and political consciousness in the decades after Stonewall. In situating the particular challenges and creative efforts of LGBTQ organizing within broader national movements, William Burton and Barry Loveland remind us that the history of our fight for equality is found not only in big cities but also in small towns and rural areas across the country.”—James Polchin, author of Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall
“Both a creative and a fastidious scholar, Paul Kaplan aims to shed fresh light on the dialogue concerning race, nationalism, and representation. In this well-argued volume, he deftly weaves together travel writing by Americans abroad becoming aware of Africans in Europe; racial representations by the talented mixed-race Louisiana sculptor Eugène Warburg and the German American painter Emanuel Leutze; a dialogue on racial matters between two major intellectuals, Charles Norton and John Ruskin; and the relevance of the Old European Masters whose racial representations made an impact on African Americans.”—Patricia Hills, author of Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence
“The singular importance of Pennhurst—to people with disabilities, American history, and humanity’s long arc toward justice—cannot be overstated. Wisely, brilliantly, the editors of this multilayered and illuminating book chose to tell the tale of this one place in a way that encompasses all it epitomized, from eminent physicians urging tragic beliefs to the flesh and blood individuals who lived with (and loved amidst) the consequences, from the brave reporters who exposed the concealed and the cruel to the dogged advocates who battled for rights and freedom. Even the ghastly misuse of the site in our own time—as infuriating as it is emblematic—is laid bare. I wish every politician with a conscience, indeed, every person with a heart and a soul, would pick up this book. A compelling feat of truth-telling, it is essential reading for all.”—Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister and The Story of Beautiful Girl
“In a much needed and thought-provoking study, William Keith and Robert Danisch examine the concepts of civility and incivility, offering both critique and justification for civility as a norm of political discourse. They reconceive civility as a kind of discourse that can help us solve political problems in a way that is more equal, less conditioned by economic, political, or social power, and more respectful of mutual humanity. This study offers a timely assessment of our broken public sphere.”—Jennifer Mercieca, coeditor of The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency
Tumblr Q&A with William Burton and Barry Loveland, authors of Out in Central Pennsylvania
Q. What are the difficulties in developing social networks in non-urban areas?
The barriers were enormous. In small non-urban areas, like in central Pennsylvania, there were no defined LGBTQ neighborhoods, with bars and social outlets like restaurants and clubs or organizations. The prevailing social and political climate was generally. . . (more)
Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront and author Jonathan Weinberg were featured onCNN Style.
Menopause: A Comic Treatment received a starred review in Booklist: “Playful and enjoyable indeed, as well as moving, affirming, and solidarity-sparking.”
We’re disappointed not to visit with you at our usual conferences this summer. Instead, we’ve created virtual exhibits where you can browse the titles we’d have brought with us, and learn how to contact the editors with your book proposal. See the full list here.
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: History of Independence Hall.
First published in Philadelphia in 1859, History of Independence Hall combines Belisle’s meditations on the hall as a sacred part of our nation’s history with biographical accounts of each signer of the Declaration of Independence and a meticulous catalogue of the contents of the hall. The author states his hope that the publication will serve as more than just a mere guidebook, but rather will. . . (more)
Judging from the sheer amount of textual material left to us, the rulers of ancient Ur were above all else concerned with keeping track of their poorest subjects, who made up the majority of the population under their jurisdiction. Year after year, administrators recorded, in frightening detail, the whereabouts of the poorest individuals in monthly and yearly rosters, assigning tiny parcels of land to countless prebend holders and starvation rations to even more numerous estate slaves. The texts published in this volume—dating from the time of the. . . (more)
This volume brings together five essays that represent the latest directions in the study of geography in classical antiquity. Arranged chronologically, these contributions cover several centuries and cultures, ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the Roman Empire and deal with topics such as ancient cosmology, literary interpretations of geography, ancient navigation, and geography in the Roman Imperial world. . . (more)
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