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Welcome to the May issue of Bluelines!

This month we are not only attending the virtual International Congress on Medieval Studies, we are offering 50% off over one hundred backlist titles in medieval and early modern studies! Visit our sales page for current sales and specials, as well as information on KZOO and other virtual exhibits. Be sure to subscribe to all our emails so you don’t miss out on any special offers.

Join us on May 20th for a virtual panel with the authors and editors of three recent books in comics studies: Ken Koltun-Fromm, author of Drawing on Religion: Reading and the Moral Imagination in Comics and Graphic Novels; Scott T. Smith and José Alaniz, editors of Uncanny Bodies: Superhero Comics and Disability; and Susan Merrill Squier and Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff, editors of PathoGraphics: Narrative, Aesthetics, Contention, Community. Learn more about the event in our PSU Press Presents series here!

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new & noteworthy

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 Under the Literary Microscope

Science and Society in the Contemporary Novel

Edited by Sina Farzin, Susan M. Gaines, and Roslynn D. Haynes

“This lively collection is valuable for its placement of literary criticism alongside scholarship on public engagement with science.”—Charlotte Sleigh, author of Literature and Science

Arguing with Numbers Arguing with Numbers

The Intersections of Rhetoric and Mathematics

Edited by James Wynn and G. Mitchell Reyes

Arguing with Numbers is a major contribution to the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine and is full of important resources for teaching communication to math and engineering students. We can only hope, too, that it will become a foundational book, fostering the further growth of a rhetorical subfield investigating mathematics, related formal systems, and the disciplines that study them.”—Randy Allen Harris, editor of Rhetoric and Incommensurability

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 April virtual author panel, “Magic in History” you can watch it on the PSU Press Facebook page!

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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: Posthumous America.

Benjamin Hoffmann’s Posthumous America examines the literary idealization of a lost American past in the works of French writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

journals news

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.

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