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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 The Rohonc Code

Tracing a Historical Riddle

Benedek Láng

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

Under the Literary Microscope Philip II of Spain and the Architecture of Empire

Laura Fernández-González

“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

Arguing with Numbers Caricature and National Character

The United States at War

Christopher J. Gilbert

“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”

Satire as the Comic Public Sphere Satire as the Comic Public Sphere

Postmodern “Truthiness” and Civic Engagement

James E. Caron

“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

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Virtual Author Events

If you missed our May virtual author panel, “Comics in Scholarship” you can watch it on the PSU Press Facebook page!

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.

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journals news

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!

new from eisenbrauns

Ramat Rahel VI Ramat Raḥel VI

The Renewed Excavations by the Tel Aviv–Heidelberg Expedition (2005–2010). The Babylonian-Persian Pit

Oded Lipschits, Liora Freud, Manfred Oeming, and Yuval Gadot

Copublished with Tel Aviv University

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.

VIEW Ancient News, the Eisenbrauns newsletter.

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