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Welcome to the October issue of Bluelines!

We’re proud to announce that Graphic Mundi, a new graphic novel imprint, will launch in Spring 2021! Visit to sign up for more information, and follow the imprint on Twitter and Instagram.

Our Fall/Winter 2020 catalog is now available! Browse forthcoming books and journals here.

Select titles on Pennsylvania history are on sale for 50% off through October 15th! Shop here.

The Press is still taking precautions related to the novel corona virus, so your orders and responses to inquiries might take longer than normal. Learn more. Learn more here.

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The Third Population The Third Population

Aurélien Ducoudray and Jeff Pourquié, Translated by Kendra Boileau

Coming October 15th!

The Third Population is a great missing component to the rich area of comics about mental health, a form of stepping back from the intensely personal aspects and mapping out the universal ones that include many levels of involvement and require planning, organization, patience, and empathy.”—John Seven, The Beat

The Play World: Toys, Texts, and the Transatlantic German Childhood The Play World

Toys, Texts, and the Transatlantic German Childhood

Patricia Anne Simpson

“Simpson’s book is a welcome addition to discussions of the importance of the domestic sphere, and its artifacts and practices, for questions of cultural nationalism and transnational interplays. It shows the impact of toys and play on narratives of migration, the articulation of middle-class subjectivity, and the role of model childhoods in the self-identity of modern European family structures—and how they influenced European American family structures in their acquisition of racial, ethnic, and national regimes.”—Karin A. Wurst, author of Fabricating Pleasure: Fashion, Entertainment, and Cultural Consumption in Germany, 1780–1830

Metaphysical Africa: Truth and Blackness in the Ansaru Allah Community Metaphysical Africa

Truth and Blackness in the Ansaru Allah Community

Michael Muhammad Knight

“In Metaphysical Africa, Michael Muhammad Knight demonstrates a substantial grasp of the origins and "inner workings" of the AAC-NIH in a refreshingly fulsome fashion. With a wonderful fusion of journalistic zeal and scholarly rigor, each chapter of this book lends itself to an intriguing, insightful representation of a profoundly dynamic Black religious worldview coming into its own.”—Juan M. Floyd-Thomas, coauthor of The Altars Where We Worship: The Religious Significance of Popular Culture

A Weaver-Poet and the Plague A Weaver-Poet and the Plague

Labor, Poverty, and the Household in Shakespeare’s London

Scott Oldenburg

A Weaver-Poet and the Plague interacts expertly with primary sources and secondary literature about the plague, the labor of poor men and women in early modern London, grief and gender. This original book offers a fascinating reading of the weaver William Muggins’s poem London’s Mourning Garment (1603) and a compelling microhistory of this poet in relation to his social network. Oldenburg offers a fresh perspective on a ‘nonaristocratic aesthetics’ of low and middling sorts of poets and prose writers.”—Jennifer C. Vaught, author of Architectural Rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser

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Beyond Civility coeditors William Keith and Robert Danisch discuss the concept of “radical civility” and the importance of public discourse over on our Tumblr.

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