Welcome to the latest issue of Bluelines!
Our Fall/Winter 2020 catalog is now available! Browse forthcoming books and journals here.
Out of concern for the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, and in response to a statewide order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses, the PSU Press warehouse has suspended operations until further notice. Click here to learn more about our response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Many of our books are available as e-books or through print on demand; scroll down to see some of our favorite new releases that are available for purchase now. You can also sign up via the “Learn More” link on any of our book pages to be notified when our warehouse operations resume and print books are ready to ship.
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“Louise Green has compiled an important collection of analyses, focusing on the problem of nature in the age of climate change, and relating this to cultural circumstances in colonial and postcolonial Africa. These fascinating, well-researched, and surprisingly original studies show how nature is produced as a cultural relic in late capitalist society. Her book is an important contribution to the fields of Anthropocene studies, African studies, and cultural studies.”—John Noyes, author of Herder: Aesthetics Against Imperialism
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“Impeccably researched, The Female Secession is an invaluable contribution to scholarship on early twentieth-century Austrian art and to feminist art history. Brandow-Faller persuasively argues that the self-consciously feminine art produced by Women’s Academy artists should be understood as part of a feminist lineage that leads through the artwork of 1970s feminist artists such as Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro and on to that of craftivists of the twenty-first century.”—Bibiana Obler, author of Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and Münter, Arp and Taeuber
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Found in two-thirds of the world, rabies is a devastating infectious disease with a 99.9 percent case-fatality rate and no cure once clinical signs appear. Rabies in the Streets tells the compelling story of the relationship between people, street animals, and rabies in India, where one-third of human rabies deaths occur. Deborah Nadal makes the case that only a One Health approach of “interspecies camaraderie” can save people and animals from the horrors of rabies and almost certain death.
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“Warnock’s monograph makes a signature contribution to the study of Hantaï’s body of work and to the wider history of modernism. She explicates the fundamental theoretical and practical concerns of an understudied artist whose work, while important, is not well known to a broad audience. Without a doubt, her scholarship provides the most sophisticated art-historical analysis of Hantaï’s thought and practice to date.”—Michael Schreyach, author of Pollock’s Modernism
Tumblr Q&A with Deborah Nadal, author of Rabies in the Streets
Q. Why should we be worried about rabies?
In the Global North, where rabies affects mainly wildlife and causes no more than a couple of autochthonous human cases a year, people tend to think of it as a disease of history. On the contrary, every day dog bites pose deadly threats to those who live in the Global South. In Asia and Africa, almost 60,000 human deaths are estimated to occur every year, but the actual figure is thought to be. . . (more)
Public Books says of Staging Habla de Negros by Nicholas R. Jones: “This kind of innovative comparative work makes space for dramatic resistance and plurality in our telling of imperial histories.”
We’re disappointed not to visit with you at our usual conferences this spring. 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: Tulip Ware of the Pennsylvania-German Potters.
“Published in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Museum, Tulip Ware of the Pennsylvania-German Potters is an in-depth look into the Pennsylvania German folk art known as slipware or redware. This volume introduces readers to the subject by detailing the international history of slip decoration and providing an overview of the technique and products throughout the world. Curator Edwin Atlee Barber delves into. . . ” (more)
“The 1918 Influenza Outbreak in Harrisburg” by Sarah Wilson Carter, featured in Pennsylvania History 87.1, is free to read on JSTOR.
The “radiocarbon revolution” has profoundly altered traditional historical frameworks in the Near East. Addressing the ramifications of the new, higher radiometric (14C) chronology, as well as the impact of new excavations and expanded data sets on third-millennium BCE studies, this volume brings together twenty-three essays covering a diverse array of topics, such as urbanism, heterarchy, nomadism, ruralism, terminology, and cultural continuity/discontinuity. . . (more)
Jack Murad Sasson, distinguished scholar of the ancient Near East, has enjoyed a long career studying the cultures, languages, and literatures of that consequential region. His many books and articles span a seemingly endless array of topics and materials. Foremost are his in-depth analyses of the Syrian city of Mari and its remarkable heritage. Of comparable importance are. . . (more)
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