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Welcome to the July issue of Bluelines!

We’re starting off the month with a sale on our bestselling memoirs and biographies. Browse the sale here and save up to 60% when you use code BIO22 through 7/17. Keep an eye on our sales page for current sales and specials. Or, better yet, subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.

Our Fall/Winter 2022 Catalog is now available! Browse all our forthcoming titles, including books from our Graphic Mundi and Eisenbrauns imprints, on our website.


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new & noteworthy

Cover for One Hundred Years of James Joyce's Ulysses One Hundred Years of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”

Edited by Colm Tóibín, with forewords by Michael D. Higgins and Colin B.

“A fascinating glimpse into Joyce’s posthumous transformation from novelist into cultural icon, just right for fans and scholars.”—Publishers Weekly

Cover for Graphic Public Health Graphic Public Health

A Comics Anthology and Road Map

Meredith Li-Vollmer

“Effective and colorful. . . . Lay readers can enjoy the dynamic artwork and compassionate perspectives on healthcare, and maybe learn a little in the process.”—Publishers Weekly

Cover for Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature

With an Edition of Middle English and Middle Scots Pastourelles

Edited by Sarah Baechle, Carissa M. Harris, and Elizaveta Strakhov

Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature brings a new focus on the sexual violence of the pastourelle genre, which, as the authors note, has often been erased or sidelined in mainstream scholarship. The essays offer a unique contribution by showing how the responses of women to sexual violence in the literature is mirrored by the responses of real women to similar events in our time.”—Alison Gulley, editor of Teaching Rape in the Medieval Literature Classroom: Approaches to Difficult Texts

Cover for Kenneth Burke's Weed Garden Kenneth Burke’s Weed Garden

Refiguring the Mythic Grounds of Modern Rhetoric

Kyle Jensen

“To Burke scholarship, Kenneth Burke’s Weed Garden contributes an original, persuasive answer to questions about the coherence of A Rhetoric of Motives and of Burke’s whole philosophy of symbolic action. To rhetorical studies generally, it rigorously demonstrates the usefulness of genetic rhetorical criticism in understanding a specific text of rhetorical theory and masterfully illustrates the value of mythic images in interpreting rhetorical texts and contexts. For historically oriented cultural studies, it provides an extremely strong case for the major contribution rhetorical theory and analysis can make, especially when it combines scrupulous, detailed archival work with sophisticated, interdisciplinary theoretical speculation.”—Steven Mailloux, author of Rhetoric’s Pragmatism: Essays in Rhetorical Hermeneutics

subject/series highlight

Billie Murray, author of Combating Hate, discusses the concept of “more speech” and ways to address and combat hate speech in this guest post on our Tumblr:

“More Speech” Will Not Save Us from Fascism

Each day we see news stories about banning books, critical race theory, or access to reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare; stories about attacks on academic freedom, voting rights, free speech, and even the Capitol; stories about nationwide increases in hate speech and violence against minoritized people. Any cursory review of our current political moment, especially in the United States, reveals that we are facing very real and immediate threats to basic human rights and freedoms—what some would characterize as an alarming slide toward fascism.

Click here to read the full guest post on PSU Press’s Tumblr.

awards & reviews

upcoming exhibits & events

psu press presents

Panelists participating in an author event via Zoom

Watch a recording of June’s event, “Comics, Clinics, and Public Health,” on our YouTube Channel.

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.

unlocked book of the month

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: Forty Years Among the Old Booksellers of Philadelphia: With Biographical Remarks..

journals news

new from eisenbrauns

See more from Eisenbrauns over at Ancient News.

new from graphic mundi

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