Welcome to the October 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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“Now it can be told: the ska and swing music of the glorious post-Nirvana ‘90s deserves your love and respect. Kenneth Partridge takes you back to the songs that will have your Vans tapping, with stories that will make your pompadour stand on end. Mr. Partridge, skanks for the memories.”—Dave Holmes, editor-at-large of Esquire and former MTV VJ
In this provocative book, Marla Segol explores the development of the kabbalistic cosmology underlying Western sex magic. Drawing extensively on Jewish myth and ritual, Segol tells the powerful story of the relationship between the divine and the human body in late antique Jewish esotericism, in medieval kabbalah, and in New Age ritual practice.
“The affirmative and affirming vision of School Choice and the Betrayal of Democracy is one that rejects the ‘neutrality’ of ‘the market,’ and the habit of ignoring problems such as economic coercion, in favor of a world of interconnection. Asen’s elegant analysis of the (a)morality of neoliberalism is sure to be heavily cited for years to come”—Patricia Roberts-Miller, author of Demagoguery and Democracy
“A New Handbook of Rhetoric is a major contribution to the ongoing conversation about how contemporary rhetorical theory relates to the rhetorical tradition. The digital world and global crises such as climate change motivate a search for theories that can explain, accommodate, and advance rhetorical judgments and rhetorical practice. The ‘alpha-privative’ strategy employed here is novel and productive, offering an innovative way to both learn from the past and move into the uncharted and unprecedented future.”—Carolyn R. Miller, coeditor of Landmark Essays on Rhetorical Genre Studies
Read our Q&A with Andrew Casper, author of An Artful Relic: The Shroud of Turin in Baroque Italy, on the Shroud of Turin and debates about its authenticity.
How did the Shroud of Turin become such an important and controversial religious artifact?
As far as medieval and early-modern relics go I don’t think there could be one as tantalizing as the Shroud of Turin. We have to remember that many relics are small and rather humble in appearance—a piece of a saint’s bone, for example, is not that much to look at. But the Shroud is large and combines traces of Christ’s blood with an image in what effectively amounts to a stamp of his body when the cloth came into contact with it. That said, the Shroud’s emergence did not come about all by itself. Instead, certain conditions came into alignment in the late 1500s that nurtured its rise to prominence: the growing power of the House of Savoy, the strategic establishment of their new capital in Turin, and the reinvigorated sense of triumph after the Counter-Reformation.
Women Write About Comics says of MK Czerwiec’s Eisner-winning anthology, “Menopause: A Comic Treatment is a testament to how graphic medicine has grown over the past decade, not only as a field of study, but as an intersectional movement that values perspectives from diverse voices from beyond the medical field, to challenge previously held misconceptions about the body, health, illness and everything that lies in between”
If you missed our September virtual author panel, “Perspectives on Sensory History,” 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: Beliefs and Superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans.
Since its publication in 1915, Beliefs and Superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans has been not only a valuable addition to the catalogue of American folklore but also a vital resource in preserving a linguistic culture and traditions that were already fading from the American consciousness. Edwin Miller Fogel’s years of research in both Pennsylvania and Germany led to this collection, the most complete of its time, of more than two thousand Pennsylvania German aphorisms.
How do you distinguish friend from foe? British General Sir William Howe grew frustrated attempting to do just this. “Panic in Philadelphia, 1777: Civilian Behavior and British Military Failure” is open for free access until the end of the year!
Editor Alex Petit came up with a unique way to introduce the most recent issue of The Eugene O’Neill Review. Check out this video preview of Volume 42, Issue 2!
This is a tale of two Creación playtexts. This open article uses archival documentation and an awareness of performance norms of the period to attempt to solve the riddle of which came first. Hurry! This is open until October 15!
This volume addresses the nexus of religion and geography in the ancient Near East through case studies of various time periods and regions. Using Sumerian, Akkadian, and Aramaic text corpora, iconography, and archaeological evidence, the contributors illuminate the diverse phenomena that occur when religion is viewed through the lenses of space and place.
“Sy Gitin reinvented American archaeology in the Middle East. A uniquely talented raconteur, scholar, and Mensch, he transformed the sleepy American archaeological school in Jerusalem into an engine propelling meaningful collaboration across daunting divides. Here’s the account—filled with remarkable scientific, political, diplomatic, and above all human surprises, and not a few great stories—of a pioneer in scholarship without borders. The result is a manual for thinking about any historical field from the actual ground up.”—Baruch Halpern, author of The First Historians: The Hebrew Bible and History
“The mix of giggle-inducing factoids and incisive scientific insights make this investigation of copulation well worth digging into”—Publishers Weekly
“This surprisingly delightful and empathetic examination offers an exemplar in the graphic medicine genre”—Publishers Weekly
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