Penn State University Press announces new books for spring/summer 2019

November 27, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Press has unveiled its spring/summer 2019 catalog, featuring new general interest and scholarly books in the fields of art history, literature, Early American studies, European history, occult studies, medieval and early modern studies, and more.

Notable forthcoming titles include "Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront," a vividly illustrated exploration of artmaking and LGBTQ culture on the Hudson River piers in 1970s NYC by Jonathan Weinberg; "The Lady Doctor," a hilarious graphic novel by Graphic Medicine pioneer Ian Williams; and Bret L. Rothstein’s "The Shape of Difficulty: A Fan Letter to Unruly Objects," a fascinating meditation on puzzles and those who love to solve them.

Penn State University Press Spring/Summer 2019 catalog cover
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Scholarly highlights include "Against Our Will: Sexual Trauma in American Art Since 1970" by Vivien Green Fryd, an important look at feminist art through the lens of trauma theory; "Troublesome Women: Gender, Crime, and Punishment in Antebellum Pennsylvania" by Erica Rhodes Hayden; "Borges Beyond the Visible," a radical new interpretation by Max Ubelaker Andrade of some of Borges’ most beloved stories; and "Picatrix: A Medieval Treatise on Astral Magic," a new English translation of one of the most revered medieval magical guides in Western esotericism.

The catalog also includes new titles in ancient Near East and biblical studies from Eisenbrauns, which the Press acquired as an imprint in November 2017, and new titles in art and art history from National Gallery Singapore, now distributed by the Press.

Eisenbrauns' spring/summer 2019 catalog features new titles on Hebrew scriptures, ancient languages, archeological reports and more. Notable new titles include the third volume in Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni’s "Textbook of Aramaic Ostraca from Idumea"; "Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East," a collection of scholarly essays providing a model of a more productive agenda for understanding gender in ancient Near Eastern societies; "Cuneiform in Canaan: The Next Generation," an updated version of the original volume published by the Israel Exploration Society and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2006; "A Glossary of Old Syrian" by Joaquín Sanmartín; and additions to the Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement series and Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures series. The new catalog also includes distributed titles from Åbo Akademi University, the American Oriental Society, and the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project.

To see all of Penn State University Press’s forthcoming spring/summer 2019 titles, visit

Last Updated December 17, 2018