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Welcome to the November issue of Bluelines!

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Our 2022 Journals catalog is now available! View the catalog here to see what’s coming up next year.

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Cover for What It Feels Like What It Feels Like

Visceral Rhetoric and the Politics of Rape Culture

Stephanie R. Larson

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

Cover for Looking at Trauma Looking at Trauma

A Tool Kit for Clinicians

Edited by Abby Hershler, Lesley Hughes, Patricia Nguyen, and Shelley Wall

“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

Cover for Oil Fictions Oil Fictions

World Literature and Our Contemporary Petrosphere

Edited by Stacey Balkan and Swaralipi Nandi

“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

Cover for The Anglican Church in Burma The Anglican Church in Burma

From Colonial Past to Global Future

Edward Jarvis

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

subject/series highlight

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.)

awards & reviews

psu press presents

Zoom author event

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!

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.

unlocked book of the month

journals news

new from eisenbrauns

See more from Eisenbrauns over at Ancient News.

new from graphic mundi

Cover for Hakim’s Odyssey Hakim’s Odyssey

Book 1: From Syria to Turkey

Fabien Toulmé, translated by Hannah Chute

“[A] stupendous testimony of survival”—starred review, Booklist

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