Welcome to the November issue of Bluelines!
We’re cleaning house! This month, save up to 65% on titles in our Religious Studies backlist sale. Browse the sale here and use code REL21 to get the discount. Keep an eye on our sales page for current sales and specials. Or, better yet, subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.
Our 2022 Journals catalog is now available! View the catalog here to see what’s coming up next year.
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“What It Feels Like is an exciting contribution to rhetorical studies and women’s and gender studies, offering a theory of visceral rhetoric that provides both explanatory power for rape culture and a potential framework for feminist intervention. It addresses a timely topic in a refreshingly new way, providing critical insight into how rape culture is rhetorically constituted as well as reason to hope for change.”—Elizabeth C. Britt, author of Reimagining Advocacy: Rhetorical Education in the Legal Clinic
“In Looking at Trauma, the authors share invaluable experiential knowledge gained through their work with trauma survivors, while also synthesizing denser preceding works on trauma therapy and recovery. The result is a manageable and informative tool kit for service providers and educators.”—Julie Blair, MSW, RSW
“This excellent collection not only provides an authoritative introduction to petrofiction’s key texts, conceptual debates, and critical methodologies but also extends the range and scope of that work. In their impressive expansion of the geographical ambit and theoretical concerns of oil fiction, particularly into the Global South, these essays offer new and hitherto underrealized perspectives. They are what the field has been waiting for.”—Graeme Macdonald, coauthor of Combined and Uneven Development: Toward a New Theory of World-Literature
“The Anglican Church in Burma makes a meaningful and significant input to the fields of church history and mission studies. This kind of in-depth research into the Anglican Church in Burma has not been previously published, and the findings are an important and interesting new contribution to global Christianity”—Albert Sundararaj Walters, author of Knowing Our Neighbour: A Study of Islam for Christians in Malaysia
The authors of Looking at Trauma discuss how comics can change the way we treat trauma on our Tumblr.
We (Abby Hershler and Lesley Hughes) are two trauma therapists who have heard the same story from so many trauma survivors: “I finally reached out for help. But my doctor/counsellor told me I needed to see an expert.”
While a referral to a trauma specialist makes sense, it can often mean waiting months, even years, for help. The societal cost of unaddressed childhood trauma amounts to billions of dollars annually. But health care providers often feel ill-equipped to offer support.
In an effort to narrow this health care gap, we collaborated with a medical illustrator, Patricia Nguyen, and her professor, Shelley Wall, to offer a solution: a book that explores trauma-focused and trauma-informed therapy through comics. . .
(Click here to continue reading on PSU Press’s Tumblr.)
Critical Inquiry says of Molly Warnock’s Simon Hantaï and the Reserves of Painting: “Molly Warnock”s achievement in bringing together Simon Hantaï’s modernist ambition with his extremely conservative use for religion is enormous.”
If you missed our October virtual author panel, “Image, Object, and Meaning in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds,” you can watch it on the PSU Press Facebook page!
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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: Memoirs of a Life Chiefly Passed in Pennsylvania Within the Last Sixty Years.
Depicting his life from his childhood in Pennsylvania to his time as a public official, including his experiences recruiting and training his own troops for the Revolutionary War, Alexander Graydon’s memoirs provide a unique and personal view of the American Colonial period. First published in 1811, his memoirs were not initially popular, probably because of their inflammatory remarks about public figures ranging from Albert Gallatin to Thomas Jefferson and his followers. Memoirs of a Life Chiefly Passed in Pennsylvania shows Graydon’s disdain for those he saw as seduced by power and money and leaves the reader with a critical view of some of the most popular figures of his time.
New journal! Backed by a distinguished international board of editors, Bishop-Lowell Studies showcases work exploring the achievements of these lifelong friends and stunningly influential mid-twentieth-century American poets.
It is generally accepted that Revelation’s heavenly scenes were intended to demonstrate that God continued to exercise his control even when the audience’s experience might suggest otherwise. In The Abyss in Revelation, Edward Gudeman argues that even though the scenes of the underworld and its inhabitants are describing reality from the opposite perspective, they declare God’s sovereignty and power in an equally powerful way.
Given the limited extrabiblical evidence for camels before circa 1000 BCE, a thorough investigation of the spatio-temporal history of the camel in the ancient Near and Middle East is necessary to understand their early appearance in the Hebrew Bible. A state-of-the-art evaluation of the cultural history of the camel and its role in the biblical world, this volume brings the humanities into dialogue with the natural sciences.
“[A] stupendous testimony of survival”—starred review, Booklist
“The story of the early days of the HIV epidemic is a visceral and heart wrenching experience.”—The Advocate
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