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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“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
“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 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
“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
La Gazette Druout on The Letters of Edgar Degas edited by Theodore Reff: “The meticulously prepared edition sheds light on Degas’ key role in forming the group of Independents...as well as the lengths to which he was willing to go to expand the circle and use it to serve his own interests.”
Front Porch Republic on Ivan Illich by David Cayley: “In Illich’s own words, ‘friendship suffices,’ and if he can indeed be said to have had a plan, it was to simply ‘remove, by little acts of renunciation, anything that stood in its way..’”
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.
In 1946 Tennessee Williams wrote a letter to Eugene O’Neill on his premiere of The Iceman Cometh that was presumed lost to history. An article on the newly discovered letter is free to read until the end of June.
Pacific Coast Philology has two articles that will remain open for the rest of the year: “All the Reflected Light We Cannot See” by Leila Silvana May and “Boy, Girl, You Are a Sword” by Chloe Allmand.
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.
“A Voice Without End brings to bear on the selected psalms models of interpretation that open up a much wider conversation—not only with the Psalter as a whole but with the wider contours of scripture in its final form. It will benefit biblical scholars with theological interests as well as theologians.”— Trevor Hart, author of Between the Image and the Word: Theological Engagements with Imagination, Language and Literature
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