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Passing to América

by Thomas A. Abercrombie Penn State University Press (November 22, 2018)

In 1803 in the colonial South American city of La Plata, Doña Martina Vilvado y Balverde presented herself to church and crown officials to denounce her husband of more than four years, Don Antonio Yta, as...

Love Cures

by Laine E. Doggett Penn State University Press (January 30, 2018)

What is love? Popular culture bombards us with notions of the intoxicating capacities of love or of beguiling women who can bewitch or heal—to the point that it is easy to believe that such images are timeless...

The Book of Peace

by Christine de Pizan Penn State University Press (January 30, 2018)

Christine de Pizan, one of the earliest known women authors, wrote the Livre de paix (Book of Peace) between 1412 and 1414, a period of severe corruption and civil unrest in her native France. The book offered...


by Kristen Tobey Penn State University Press (July 28, 2016)

In September 1980, eight Catholic activists made their way into a Pennsylvania General Electric plant housing parts for nuclear missiles. Evading security guards, these activists pounded on missile nose cones...

The Continuity of the Conquest

by Wendy Marie Hoofnagle Penn State University Press (August 29, 2016)

The Norman conquerors of Anglo-Saxon England have traditionally been seen both as rapacious colonizers and as the harbingers of a more civilized culture, replacing a tribal Germanic society and its customs with...

Texts in Transit in the Medieval Mediterranean

by Y. Tzvi Langermann & Robert G. Morrison Penn State University Press (July 28, 2016)

This collection of essays studies the movement of texts in the Mediterranean basin in the medieval period from historical and philological perspectives. Rejecting the presumption that texts simply travel without...

The Media and Religious Authority

by Stewart M. Hoover Penn State University Press (August 02, 2016)

As the availability and use of media platforms continue to expand, the cultural visibility of religion is on the rise, leading to questions about religious authority: Where does it come from? How is it established?...

The Noisy Renaissance

by Niall Atkinson Penn State University Press (August 09, 2016)

From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual...


by Robin E. Jensen Penn State University Press (October 10, 2016)

This book explores the arguments, appeals, and narratives that have defined the meaning of infertility in the modern history of the United States and Europe.

Throughout the last century, the inability of women...

Elephant House

by Nigel Rothfels & Dick Blau Penn State University Press (October 21, 2015)

In Elephant House, photographer Dick Blau and historian Nigel Rothfels offer a thought-provoking study of the Oregon Zoo’s Asian Elephant Building and the daily routines of its residents—human and pachyderm...

Why Budgets Matter

by Dennis S. Ippolito Penn State University Press (October 22, 2015)

When the first edition of Why Budgets Matter was published in 2003, the federal budget had fallen back into deficit. At the time, fairly modest changes in taxes and spending would have ensured that deficits...

Text + Field

by Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen, Karma R. Chávez & Robert Glenn Howard Penn State University Press (May 12, 2016)

Rhetorical critics have long had a troubled relationship with method, viewing it as at times opening up provocative avenues of inquiry, and at other times as closing off paths toward meaningful engagement with...

Without God

by Louis Betty Penn State University Press (June 07, 2016)

Michel Houellebecq is France’s most famous and controversial living novelist. Since his first novel in 1994, Houellebecq’s work has been called pornographic, racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and vulgar. His...

Hope in Hard Times

by Timothy Kelly, Margaret Power & Michael Cary Penn State University Press (June 01, 2016)

Of the many recipients of federal support during the Great Depression, the citizens of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, stand out as model reminders of the vital importance of New Deal programs. Hoping to transform their...

Alchemical Belief

by Bruce Janacek Penn State University Press (October 04, 2011)

What did it mean to believe in alchemy in early modern England? In this book, Bruce Janacek considers alchemical beliefs in the context of the writings of Thomas Tymme, Robert Fludd, Francis Bacon, Sir Kenelm...

The Chankas and the Priest

by Sabine Hyland Penn State University Press (April 25, 2016)

How does society deal with a serial killer in its midst? What if the murderer is a Catholic priest living among native villagers in colonial Peru? In The Chankas and the Priest, Sabine Hyland chronicles the...

Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell

by Alice Sowaal & Penny A. Weiss Penn State University Press (May 02, 2016)

Often referred to as a proto-feminist, early modern English philosopher and rhetorician Mary Astell was a pious supporter of monarchy who wrote about gender equality at a time when society tightly constrained...

The Arras Witch Treatises

by Andrew Colin Gow, Robert B. Desjardins & François V. Pageau Penn State University Press (April 25, 2016)

This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts—Tinctor’s Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in...

Raphael’s Ostrich

by Una Roman D’Elia Penn State University Press (January 12, 2016)

Raphael’s Ostrich begins with a little-studied aspect of Raphael’s painting—the ostrich, which appears as an attribute of Justice, painted in the Sala di Costantino in the Vatican. Una Roman D’Elia traces...

Trafika Europe

by Andrew Singer Penn State University Press (March 01, 2016)

In volume 1 of Trafika Europe, Andrew Singer gathers choice offerings from the first year of the quarterly journal of the same name. These fourteen selections—from seven women and seven men, seven poets and...

Supernatural Entertainments

by Simone Natale Penn State University Press (February 03, 2016)

In Supernatural Entertainments, Simone Natale vividly depicts spiritualism’s rise as a religious and cultural phenomenon and explores its strong connection to the growth of the media entertainment industry...

The Nature and Pace of Change in American Indian Cultures

by R. Michael Stewart, Kurt W. Carr & Paul A. Raber Penn State University Press (January 21, 2016)

Three thousand to four thousand years ago, the Native Americans of the mid-Atlantic region experienced a groundswell of cultural innovation. This remarkable era, known as the Transitional period, saw the advent...

Measuring Shadows

by Raz Chen-Morris Penn State University Press (January 29, 2016)

In Measuring Shadows, Raz Chen-Morris demonstrates that a close study of Kepler’s Optics is essential to understanding his astronomical work and his scientific epistemology. He explores Kepler’s radical...

Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations

by John M. Warner Penn State University Press (March 14, 2016)

Among Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s chief preoccupations was the problem of self-interest implicit in all social relationships. A person with divided loyalties (i.e., to both himself and his cohorts) was, in Rousseau’s...

Serious Nonsense

by William W. Donner Penn State University Press (March 05, 2016)

Versammlinge—community events filled with songs, performances, speeches, and skits that celebrate Pennsylvania German heritage and culture—are held entirely in the Pennsylvania German Deitsch language. Some,...

The Salem Belle

by Ebenezer Wheelwright & Richard Kopley Penn State University Press (December 17, 2015)

The Salem Belle is a historical novel, a tale of vengeance and superstition set against the Salem witchcraft tragedy of 1692. Rejected by the beautiful Mary—“the Salem belle”—the bitter Trellison accuses...

The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint

by Mita Choudhury Penn State University Press (December 09, 2015)

This microhistory investigates the famous and scandalous 1731 trial in which Catherine Cadière, a young woman in the south of France, accused her Jesuit confessor, Jean-Baptiste Girard, of seduction, heresy,...

Feminist Interpretations of William James

by Erin C. Tarver & Shannon Sullivan Penn State University Press (December 17, 2015)

Widely regarded as the father of American psychology, William James is by any measure a mammoth presence on the stage of pragmatist philosophy. But despite his indisputable influence on philosophical thinkers...

Elizabeth Bishop

by Susan McCabe Penn State University Press (September 12, 1994)

Elizabeth Bishop represents a full-scale examination of Bishop's work—poetry, prose, and selected unpublished material—to reveal how personal loss becomes implicated in her vision of self as fluid and unfixed...

The Challenge of Coleridge

by David Haney Penn State University Press (November 07, 2000)

Interweaving past and present texts, The Challenge of Coleridge engages the British Romantic poet, critic, and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge in a "conversation" (in Hans-Georg Gadamer’s sense) with philosophical...

American Trajectories

by Warner Berthoff Penn State University Press (February 18, 1994)

In American Trajectories Warner Berthoff argues that even in the broadest cultural and historical perspective, imaginative literature (like all the arts) is a matter of individual signatures and differences....

Listening, Thinking, Being

by Lisbeth Lipari Penn State University Press (July 01, 2014)

Although listening is central to human interaction, its importance is often ignored. In the rush to speak and be heard, it is easy to neglect listening and disregard its significance as a way of being with others...

Framing Majismo

by Tara Zanardi Penn State University Press (March 08, 2016)

Majismo, a cultural phenomenon that embodied the popular aesthetic in Spain from the second half of the eighteenth century, served as a vehicle to “regain” Spanish heritage. As expressed in visual representations...

Among the Bone Eaters

by Marcus Baynes-Rock & Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Penn State University Press (August 31, 2015)

Biologists studying large carnivores in wild places usually do so from a distance, using telemetry and noninvasive methods of data collection. So what happens when an anthropologist studies a clan of spotted...

Democracy Within Reason

by Miguel Angel Centeno Penn State University Press (January 13, 1997)

During the 1980s the Mexican regime faced a series of economic, social, and political disasters that led many to question its survival. Yet by 1992 the economy was again growing, with inflation under control...

Democracy at the Point of Bayonets

by Mark Peceny Penn State University Press (September 22, 1999)

No country has worked harder to coerce others to adopt liberal institutions than the United States. This book examines the promotion of democracy during U.S. military interventions in the twentieth century,...

Kitsch and Art

by Thomas Kulka Penn State University Press (November 27, 1996)

What is kitsch? What is behind its appeal? More important, what is wrong with kitsch? Though central to our modern and postmodern culture, kitsch has not been seriously and comprehensively analyzed; its aesthetic...

Toledo Cathedral

by Tom Nickson Penn State University Press (November 18, 2015)

Medieval Toledo is famous as a center of Arabic learning and as a home to sizable Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Yet its cathedral—one of the largest, richest, and best preserved in all of Europe—is...

After Identity

by Robert Zacharias Penn State University Press (November 11, 2015)

For decades, the field of Mennonite literature has been dominated by the question of Mennonite identity. After Identity interrogates this prolonged preoccupation and explores the potential to move beyond it...

The Rhetorics of US Immigration

by E. Johanna Hartelius Penn State University Press (September 11, 2015)

In the current geopolitical climate—in which unaccompanied children cross the border in record numbers, and debates on the topic swing violently from pole to pole—the subject of immigration demands innovative...

The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881–1921

by Philip O'Leary Penn State University Press (April 27, 1994)

The Gaelic Revival has long fascinated scholars of political history, nationalism, literature, and theater history, yet studies of the period have neglected a significant dimension of Ireland's evolution into...

The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630–1789

by Joshua Miller Penn State University Press (April 08, 1991)

The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America describes and explores the emergence of a directly democratic political culture in America, the Federalists' theoretical campaign against that culture, and the...

A Cultivated Reason

by Christopher Williams Penn State University Press (January 05, 1999)

As Plato’s tripartite division of the soul, Descartes’s criterion of clear and distinct ideas, and Kant’s notion of the categorical imperative attest, philosophy has traditionally been wedded to rationalism...

Thinking About Love

by Diane Enns & Antonio Calcagno Penn State University Press (November 06, 2015)

Does love command an ineffability that remains inaccessible to the philosopher?

The essays collected in Thinking About Love take up the nature and experience of love with reference to some of our best-known Continental...

Living Christianly

by Sylvia Walsh Penn State University Press (April 15, 2005)

The pseudonymous works Kierkegaard wrote during the period 1843–46 have been responsible for establishing his reputation as an important philosophical thinker, but for Kierkegaard himself, they were merely...

The Crossroads of American History and Literature

by Philip F. Gura Penn State University Press (April 26, 1996)

The Crossroads of American History and Literature collects two decades' worth of the best-known essays of Philip F. Gura. Beginning with a definitive overview of studies of colonial literature, Gura ranges through...

Dialectical Readings

by Stephen N. Dunning Penn State University Press (July 18, 1997)

Interpretation pervades human thinking. Whether perception or experience, spoken word or written theory, whatever enters our consciousness must be interpreted in order to be understood. Every area of inquiry—art...

Living Poetically

by Sylvia Walsh Penn State University Press (August 19, 1994)

Living Poetically is the first book to focus primarily on Kierkegaard's existential aesthetics as opposed to traditional aesthetic features of his writings such as the use of pseudonyms, literary techniques...


by Arabella Lyon Penn State University Press (November 24, 1998)

The relationship between an author's and an audience's intentions is complex but need not preclude mutual engagement. This philosophical investigation challenges existing literary and rhetorical perspectives...

Farewell to Visual Studies

by James Elkins, Gustav Frank & Sunil Manghani Penn State University Press (October 15, 2015)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences...