Welcome to the September issue of Bluelines!
We’re kicking off this month with 40–60% off select titles in our History of the Book series. Browse the sale here and use code HOB21 for a discount through 9/19. 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.
In case you missed it, our Fall/Winter catalog is available! Browse forthcoming books and journals here.
Our first PSU Press Presents event of the Fall 2021 season is this month! Register now for a virtual event with the authors of new books in our Perspectives on Sensory History series, and keep an eye out for more events to be announced soon.
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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
“Sculptors Against the State is a substantial and significant contribution to the existing literature on the aesthetics of anarchism. Antliff boldly ventures into new conceptual territory, reading form and materiality against political discourse and artistic criticism during the brief period leading up to the outbreak of World War I, precisely when such relationships came to be understood as some of the fundamental signposts of modernism.”—Adam Jolles, author of The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941
“While there is now a growing literature on identification, there is no volume, as far as I know, so firmly rooted in literary studies, as compared to historical approaches. The Art of Identification makes a significant, original, and novel contribution to the literature.”—Simon Cole, author of Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification
“Fear and Nature expansively defines eco-horror as not only a sub-genre of literature but as a cohesive mode operating across genres and media. Whether talking about Algernon Blackwood or Algernon Swinburne, Bong Joon Ho or Junji Ito, this volume explores the rhizomatic connections that make eco-criticism something that transcends genre, and makes a convincing case for its relevance not only today but as a way of reconsidering what has come before.”—Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World
Kenneth Partridge, author of Hell of a Hat, appeared on the podcast “Stephanie and Stephanie Talk Tunes” to discuss ska and his upcoming book.
Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression by Timothy Kelly, Margaret Power, and Michael Cary has been selected to receive the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Award!
Join us at 4pm on Thursday 9/2 for “Perspectives on Sensory History,” featuring authors Nicholas Hammond, Ryan McCormack, A. Joan Saab, and Mark M. Smith.
If you missed any of our past author panels, you can watch them on the PSU Press Facebook page!
Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.
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: The Wayside Inns on the Lancaster Roadside Between Philadelphia and Lancaster.
During its heyday at the turn of the nineteenth century, the Lancaster Turnpike was one of the nation’s most modern and important roads. Julius Sachse’s Wayside Inns provides a picture of the many inns and taverns that sprung up along the highway to cater to its travelers.
PSU Press Journals welcomes our new Production Coordinators! Komal Ganjoo and Leah Noel bring many years of experience in publishing to our team.
Bishop-Lowell Studies is a newly-founded annual journal that welcomes all scholarly writing pertaining to one or both authors. All writings ranging across their respective bodies of poetry, other writings, and literary and cultural significance are welcomed and appreciated.
We are happy to announce that the first issue of Nineteenth Century Studies has been launched by PSU Press! The journal publishes studies of interest to scholars of the nineteenth century in all humanistic fields. There are no geographical limitations on potential contributions.
The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, a journal of reviews of current critical discussion of the English literature of the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-centuries, is joining our portfolio! Notes on the history and culture of the period and bibliographical commentary often accompany the Scriblerian’s comprehensive article and book reviews.
This is the first attempt to consider the phenomenon stamped storage jars a whole and to develop a unified theory that would explain the function of these stamp impressions and shed new light on the history of Judah during six centuries of subjugation to the empires that ruled the region—as a vassal kingdom in the age of the Assyrian, Egyptian, and Babylonian empires and as a province under successive Babylonian, Persian, Ptolemaic, and Seleucid rule.
“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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