Welcome to the June issue of Bluelines!
This month will feature our biggest backlist sale yet—you won’t want to miss it! Keep an eye on our sales page for details, as well as information on upcoming virtual exhibits. Or better yet, subscribe to all our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.
Sign up here here to attend a virtual author panel featuring our newest series, Humor in America, on Friday, June 18th at 4pm EDT. Our guests are James E. Caron, author of Satire as the Comic Public Sphere and Christopher Gilbert, author of Caricature and National Character. The event will be moderated by acquisitions editor Ryan Peterson. If you missed last month’s event, PSU Press Presents: Comics in Scholarship, you can still watch it on our Facebook page.
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“The Rohonc Code is a valuable guide for how to approach an old unsolved cipher. Historians will benefit from learning some of the mathematical approaches that Láng describes, while mathematicians will benefit from Láng’s detailing of how he pursued potential historical leads.”
—Craig P. Bauer, author of Unsolved! The History and Mystery of the World’s Greatest Ciphers from Ancient Egypt to Online Secret Societies
“Laura Fernández-González’s attention to understudied buildings is admirable, as is her characterization of the Spanish Empire as one under construction. Philip II of Spain and the Architecture of Empire makes an important contribution to the study of domestic architecture and will certainly put the Royal Archive at Simancas on the map of important undertakings by Philip II.—Jesús Escobar, author of The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid
“By examining the editorial cartoons of James Montgomery Flagg, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Ollie Harrington, and Ann Telnaes—whose powerful imagery ‘animated American values in war cultures from the First World War forward’—Gilbert provides a vigorously argued account of the contribution of political cartooning to the construction and deconstruction of contending national myths.”—Kent Worcester, editor of Silent Agitators: Cartoon Art from the Pages of “New Politics”
“Any scholar or student interested in the roles of comic and satiric discourse in twenty-first-century culture will benefit from reading this book. In my own engagements with satire, I will turn to this book first as an authoritative sorting-out of where we are and where we are going.”—Bruce Michelson, author of Mark Twain on the Loose: A Comic Writer and the American Self
“What is the Rohonc Codex, and why are scholars interested in it?”
“The codex is a small—but thick—handwritten book from the sixteenth century. It is entirely written in a secret code, and many scholars consider it the world’s second most mysterious enciphered book. In contrast to the most mysterious enciphered book, which is the famous Voynich manuscript, the Rohonc Codex remained relatively unknown to the wider public for many decades. Its peculiarity—still in contrast to the Voynich—lies in the strange fact that until the turn of the twenty-first century, very few codebreakers tried to solve it.”
Read more on our blog!
The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought says of The First Inauguration by Stephen Howard Browne: “A paean to the country’s past as well as its ever-present possibility, The First Inauguration reminds us of a time in which presidential addresses left, as one observer at the scene of Washington’s described, ‘Expressions of every Face so affected, and overpowered me, that I could not command the Emotions of my Heart.’”
The American Historical Review says that Tanya Sheehan’s Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor “warrants an attentive hearing from researchers and teachers who are seeking to understand the politics of race as it unfolds on the streets and in social media—in years past and in the days to come.”
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: Chronicon Ephratense.
This history recounts the formation of the Seventh Day Baptist congregation in Ephrata from the early Pietist movement in Germany to the founding of Ephrata and other communities in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1730s. Focusing on the biography of the influential leader and superintendent Conrad Beissel (1690–1768), Chronicon Ephratense explores life in the Ephrata community through intimate portraits of its inhabitants. It contributes to and enriches our knowledge of the unique social and religious conditions among early settlers of central and southeastern Pennsylvania.
The essay “Damaged Type and Areopagitica’s Clandestine Printers,” that appeared in Milton Studies Vol. 62, Issue 1, has been awarded honorable mention in the Rare Book School’s Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography Essay Prize! Click here to learn more.
We are very happy to announce that the journal Methodist History will be joining Penn State University Press Journals in 2022!
The following journals have been selected for inclusion in the Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index: Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Journal of Theological Interpretation, and Journal of Modern Periodical Studies!
This is part of a three-volume final report of the renewed excavations at Ramat Raḥel by the Tel Aviv–Heidelberg Expedition (2005–2010). It presents the finds from the Babylonian-Persian pit, one of the most dramatic find-spots at Ramat Raḥel.
“The references to idols in the first half of the book of Isaiah have never before been studied together in detail. Given the prominence of the subject in the second half of the book, this is a surprising gap that Lynch here fills with great insight. This will prove to be an enduring contribution to the wider topic of the development of monotheism in Israel.”—H. G. M. Williamson, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford
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