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“[T]he result of 16 years of research: Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront (Penn State University Press, $34.95). . . . focuses on the 1970s, when Weinberg himself used to trawl Manhattan’s West Side piers for both sexual and artistic gratification. The rambling, blighted structures that once represented the city’s reputation as a booming seaport were newly rife for site-specific artwork and documentation by the likes of Gordon Matta-Clark, whose 1975 ‘Days End’—five gaping incisions into the now-destroyed Pier 52—presided over the comings and goings of gay men looking for connection and satisfaction. It’s an alluring homage to a time, a community and a landscape that have long since vanished.”
—Jermey Allen, from the New York Times “Queer Coffee Table: 10 L.G.B.T.Q. Books to Usher in World Pride”
“A compelling collection of essays that map out the transplantation of Kongo and Central African Christian traditions in the Americas by exploring the crucial role African Christian festivals played in the Americas. This is a timely multidisciplinary text that invites readers to explore representation and performance expressed in ideas, music, and art deployed by Africans to assert the will to thrive in the context of domination and to forge a vibrant Christian presence and practice.”
—Elias Bongmba, author of The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa
“A crucial intervention in discussions about black Africans in Renaissance Europe. Focusing specifically on early modern Spain, Jones offers insightful and nuanced readings of the ways in which (mostly) white Spanish writers appropriated black speech in staged performances and poetry, arguing that such appropriations actually encode black African agency. Importantly, he decenters the author and asks readers to approach these literary forms from the margin to understand how forces beyond the author influence text formation. Jones’s careful, against-the-grain readings open up to readers new archives (and re-present familiar ones from fresh, intriguing perspectives) for the study of black cultural experiences in the Renaissance era.”
—Cassander L. Smith, author of Black Africans in the British Imagination: English Narratives of the Early Atlantic World
“McHugh’s emphasis on multispecies affective bonding and shared living across texts and histories reshapes the terrain of literary animal studies, posing new lines of inquiry for scholars across many fields. Bringing interspecies lifeways and indigenous knowledges to consciousness within animal studies discourses, Love in a Time of Slaughters models a crucial new set of interpretive geographies for our social and ecological moment.”
—Carrie Rohman, author of Choreographies of the Living: Bioaesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance
On Sunday May 5th at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jonathan Weinberg was in conversation with artists Sasha Wortzel and Andreas Sterzing about art, sexuality, and the New York waterfront over the last fifty years in anticipation of the publication of Pier Groups (now published). Watch the entire presentation and conversation that has been uploaded to The Whitney Museum site.
Coco Fusco from the New York Review of Books reviewed Vivien Green Fryd’s Against Our Will stating, “Fryd marshals historical data quite effectively to show how feminists forced the rest of society to see that widespread sexual aggression was being concealed by patriarchal views of women masquerading as absolute truths. She demonstrates that feminist activism and the art that was part of it helped to liberate women by creating a space and a vocabulary for them to express themselves, while also contributing to seismic shifts in the field of psychology and in popular culture.”
Gretchen van Slyke’s translations of La Petite Fadette by George Sand and George Sand by Martine Reid were featured in the London Review of Books by Tim Parks. Parks calls Reid’s biography on Sand “highly readable” and writes that Reid has “interesting things to say about the link between Aurore’s [Sand’s] religious experience and her invention of a godlike, genderless hero for the ‘scores of novels’ she was already writing in her head.”
We are pleased to announce that Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry has joined PSU Press! Check out issue 24.1 (Spring 2019), available now
A new issue of William Carlos Williams Review is now available!Check out issue 36.1 featuring articles such as “Pictures from Jutland: Placing the Poetries of Seamus Heaney and William Carlos Williams” and “‘Pop! So, You’re Not Dead!’: Reimagining Loss in William Carlos Williams’s ‘Burning the Christmas Greens’ and ‘The Sparrow.’”
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: Reconstructing Woman by Dorothy Kelly.
Reconstructing Woman explores a scenario common to the works of four major French novelists of the nineteenth century: Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, and Villiers. In the texts of each author, a “new Pygmalion” (as Balzac calls one of his characters) turns away from a real woman he has loved or desired and prefers instead his artificial re-creation of her. All four authors also portray the possibility that this simulacrum, which replaces the woman, could become real. The central chapters examine this plot and its meanings in multiple texts of each author (with the exception of the chapter on Villiers, in which only “L’Eve future” is considered). . . (more)
Since the 1980s, projects such as the State Archives of Assyria have made great strides in the philological study of Neo-Assyrian inscriptional sources, producing text editions and hand-copies of administrative and legal texts, letters, religious and literary works, and royal and private commemorative inscriptions with a high standard of accuracy. And yet, nearly thirty years later, we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what these texts have to offer. This volume advances. . . (more)
This is the second and final volume of scientific and interdisciplinary reports on the excavations and research conducted at Tell el-Borg, north Sinai, between 1998 and 2008, written by the scholars and specialists who worked on the site under the direction of Professor James K. Hoffmeier.
This volume focuses on the cemetery areas, which yield more than a dozen tombs, typically made of mud brick, some of which were constructed for a single occupant and some of which were larger tombs that accommodated. . . (more)
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