Welcome to the September issue of Bluelines!
Our Fall/Winter 2020 catalog is now available! Browse forthcoming books and journals here.
Select books on the history of labor in Pennsylvania are on sale for up to 50% off through September 15th! Shop here.
Please note that, as of July 1, the PSU Press warehouse has implemented a phased approach to resuming normal operations following our March 23 suspension of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a statewide order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses. Due to the precautions we are taking to protect our staff, it may take longer than normal to process and ship orders placed via our website or by phone. Learn more here.
Coming September 15th!
“This complicated examination of colonialism is well worth unpacking.”—Publishers Weekly
“Meralli and Deloupy capture the complex legacy of the war through a tapestry of intersecting stories and convincingly argue that denying the trauma is to prolong its impact.”—Library Journal
“In this imaginative, erudite, and lavishly illustrated book, Reeve delineates the connections between style, subjectivity, and sexuality in Horace Walpole’s vision of the Gothic—and as a general matter for the study of visual and material culture—with force, clarity, and nuance. Deeply researched and elegantly written, the book will interest historians of the Middle Ages and of the eighteenth century, art and architectural historians, queer theorists, students of medievalism, and many other readers. It is a stunning achievement of historical imagination and moral eloquence.”—Whitney Davis, author of Queer Beauty: Sexuality and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Freud and Beyond
“A signature contribution to the study of Hantaï’s body of work and to the wider history of modernism.”—Michael Schreyach, author of Pollock’s Modernism
Field Language presents the work of an extraordinary couple who together left the rural lifeways of their Mennonite upbringing to go “into the world” to create forms of modern art that reflected on the places and culture they came from. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition devoted to the working relationship between abstract painter Warren Rohrer and his wife, poet Jane Turner Rohrer, this sumptuously illustrated book explores the Rohrers’ painting and poetry in relation to their biographies and to the nature of modernism and modernity.
PSU Press is opening up After Gun Violence as part of Project Muse’s focus on racism:
“MUSE in Focus: Confronting Structural Racism” is a selection of scholarly books and articles from a wide range of publishers and perspectives about the history of racism in America, its endurance throughout society, and how the country can respond now to enact meaningful and lasting reform. We hope that this selection of research can help inform the necessary conversations and actions around this topic.
Free to read through the end of September!
Shelf Awareness gives Menopause: A Comic Treatment a starred review: “This collection, edited by M.K. Czerwiec, joins the Graphic Medicine Series in treating a complex topic with candor and creativity. Twenty-five comics represent diverse women and their experiences, in drawing styles as distinctive as the artists.”
Reading Religion on Kenyan, Christian, Queer: “In a fascinating dynamic that speaks to the passion and intimacy of the book, the author weaves his story with the stories of those whose lives he narrates.”
(Now available in paperback!)
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: Pennsylvania Mountain Stories.
Henry W. Shoemaker (1880—1958) was known for his deep love for the wilderness and native cultures of Pennsylvania. The state’s first official folklorist, he wrote more than twenty books detailing Pennsylvania’s modern mythology. Pennsylvania Mountain Stories is perhaps Shoemaker’s definitive collection of folktales. The idea for this book came to Shoemaker during his. . . (more)
This volume brings together five essays that represent the latest directions in the study of geography in classical antiquity. Arranged chronologically, these contributions cover several centuries and cultures, ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the Roman Empire and deal with topics such as ancient cosmology, literary interpretations of geography, ancient navigation, and geography in the. . . (more)
This volume completes the publication of Middle Babylonian texts from the Rosen Collection that date to the Kassite period, a project that was initiated by Wilfred H. van Soldt with CUSAS 30 in 2015. In this book, Elena Devecchi provides full transliterations, translations, and extended commentaries of 338 previously unpublished cuneiform tablets from Kassite Babylonia (ca. 1475–1155 BCE). Most of the texts are. . . (more)
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