Penn State University Press announces new books for Fall/Winter 2020

May 13, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Press has unveiled its Fall/Winter 2020 catalog featuring new general interest and scholarly books in the fields of American history, literature, art history, religious studies, rhetoric and communication, medieval and early modern studies, animal studies, and more. 

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Notable forthcoming titles include "A Pre-Columbian Bestiary: Fantastic Creatures of Indigenous Latin America," a whimsical compendium of imaginary and mythical Latin American beasts by Ilan Stavans, with vivid illustrations by Eko; "The First Inauguration: George Washington and the Invention of the Republic" by Stephen Howard Browne, Penn State Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences; "The Objects That Remain," a poignant memoir by Laura Levitt that explores how physical objects inform our understanding of trauma; and "Menopause: A Comic Treatment," a collection of hilarious and insightful comics on hot flashes and much more, edited by MK Czerwiec.

Scholarly highlights include "Deportable and Disposable: Public Rhetoric and the Making of the 'Illegal' Immigrant" by Lisa A. Flores, an important look at the history of language used to describe Mexican immigrants; "Designing a New Tradition: Loïs Mailou Jones and the Aesthetics of Blackness," an exploration of the art and legacy of African American artist Loïs Mailou Jones by Rebecca VanDiver; "Robert de Reims: Songs and Motets," a critical edition of the work of the 13th-century trouvère edited and translated by Eglal Doss-Quinby, Gaël Saint-Cricq, and Samuel N. Rosenberg; and "On Transhumanism," an essential and clarifying volume by noted metahumanist philosopher Stefan Lorenz Sorgner.

The Fall/Winter 2020 catalog also includes new titles in ancient Near Eastern and biblical studies from Eisenbrauns, which the Press acquired as an imprint in November 2017, and new journals now available from PSU Press such as The Langston Hughes Review, and Studies in the American Short Story. The press has also released "Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer," a publication of the Palmer Museum of Art that marks the occasion of a retrospective exhibition devoted to the working relationship between abstract painter Warren Rohrer and his wife, poet Jane Turner Rohrer.

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Last Updated May 18, 2020