Hot Off Penn Press: April’s New Books

New books keep arriving in our warehouse! This month, we have titles spanning American History and Medieval Studies, Political Science and Urban Studies. See them all below.

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Domestic IntimaciesDomestic Intimacies: Incest and the Liberal Subject in Nineteenth-Century America
Brian Connolly

"Domestic Intimacies is pathbreaking. It lays bare the ways destabilizing sexual desires penetrated American liberal thought and shifted sovereignty from the state to the individual, who in turn emerged as a desiring subject, obsessed with his rights, disdainful of government and constraint. I predict the book will transform our understanding of Victorian America. I know it has mine." —Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, author of This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity

"Domestic Intimacies is a provocative and pathbreaking work. By demonstrating that the incest prohibition has a surprisingly complex history, Connolly not only offers a new account of the fundamental contradictions of the nineteenth-century family, he also historicizes the concepts of anthropology and psychoanalysis. Conceptually sophisticated and empirically dense, the book deserves a wide and multidisciplinary audience. It is a real standout performance." —Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles

"Domestic Intimacies is one of those books that leads us to think differently about the categories and concepts that have long been taken for granted. It is what might be called 'critical history' at its best." —Joan W. Scott, Institute for Advanced Study

Domestic Intimacies upends histories of the family, sexuality, and liberalism in nineteenth-century America by placing incest at the center of all of them, arguing that the simultaneous valorization of sentimental family and autonomous individual were constructed in relation to the threat of incest.

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304 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4621-6 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0985-3 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Early American Studies series


Paper SovereignsPaper Sovereigns: Anglo-Native Treaties and the Law of Nations, 1604-1664
Jeffrey Glover

"A nuanced narrative of Anglo-Native interactions in the early years of British colonialism. Jeffrey Glover crafts a persuasive story that draws on much of the best historical work, and rigorously avoids romanticizing (or demonizing) any of the involved parties, showing how indigenous leaders used the tools and strategies available to them to advance their individual and communal interests." —Sandra M. Gustafson, University of Notre Dame

Paper Sovereigns demonstrates that treaty making and breaking in the early North Atlantic world involved complex struggles and crosscultural systems of negotiation, establishing Native American treaties as a powerful influence on European colonization.

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352 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4596-7 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0966-2 | $59.95s | £39.00


Elizabeth Patterson BonaparteNOW IN PAPERBACK
Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic
Charlene M. Boyer Lewis

"In this expertly researched and carefully documented biography, Boyer Lewis tells the personal saga of a woman scorned, in the process revealing much about this country's debates over the creation of a national culture and the role of women within it. . . . Besides telling a good story, [Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte] enriches our understanding of the formative first decades of the 19th century. As Boyer Lewis shows, 'republican motherhood' was not the sole form of expression for politically active and engaged women of this period. This fascinating, highly readable book should interest scholars and general readers alike." —Library Journal

"This study of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte recovers the life of an impressive woman who successfully challenged the gender, political, and cultural conventions of the early American republic to reinvent herself as a European lady of taste and refinement. . . . Readers will be captivated by this well-crafted portrait of a woman who challenges us to rethink our presumptions about gender and the emergence of democratic sensibility in the early republic." —Journal of American History

"Although it might be tempting to dismiss Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte as a curiosity—a gorgeous woman in a tiara and a see-through Paris gown—Charlene Boyer Lewis persuasively argues for her significance in this thoughtful and engaging book." —Journal of the Early Republic

"Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's rebellious flouting of contemporary social and gender norms made her famous–and infamous–throughout the western world. Yet in the hands of Charlene Boyer Lewis, this is not just the story of a woman seeking fame. Rather, Boyer Lewis portrays Bonaparte as a significant figure whose unusual life offers the opportunity to explore a much larger set of ideas, trends, and patterns circulating between Europe and America in the early nineteenth century." —Rosemarie Zagarri, author of Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic

Appraising Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's many identities—celebrity, aristocrat, independent woman, mother—Charlene M. Boyer Lewis is able to show how Madame Bonaparte, as she was known, exercised extraordinary social power at the center of the changing transatlantic world.

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288 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4430-4 | $34.95s | £23.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2292-0 | $24.95s | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0653-1 | $24.95s | £16.50



Difference of a Different KindDifference of a Different Kind: Jewish Constructions of Race During the Long Eighteenth Century
Iris Idelson-Shein

"Iris Idelson-Shein gives us a window into a far richer and much more dynamic interplay between the Jewish and the non-Jewish world than what one finds in most scholarship on the Haskalah. She contextualizes her readings with exemplary rigor, breadth, and elegance. Idelson-Shein's prose truly sparkles, and each of the chapters is a sheer pleasure to read, full of narrative drive, stylistic sophistication, and conceptual subtlety. Difference of a Different Kind is a powerful book that delivers an original argument in a lucid and elegant manner." —Jonathan Hess, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"A substantial and well-researched study of the complexities of racial thinking in the European Jewish Enlightenment. Iris Idelson-Shein covers an extraordinary range of topics: rape, infanticide, the savage, hirsute peoples, miscegenation, children's books, issues of translation, and the formation of scientific racism." —Felicity Nussbaum, University of California, Los Angeles

The eighteenth century has long been considered a formative period in the history of European racial identity. Difference of a Different Kind offers a new exploration of the ways Jewish authors confronted notions of race that began to pervade European ideology and adapted them to construct their own identity.

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280 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4609-4 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0970-9 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series


Gothic SubjectsGothic Subjects: The Transformation of Individualism in American Fiction, 1790-1861
Siân Silyn Roberts

"Silyn Roberts offers a fresh and original approach to the American gothic —one that sheds new light on the cultural work of the early American novel and does so in a transatlantic context." —Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

Silyn Roberts turns our previous understanding of gothic literature inside out, arguing that the gothic conventions imported from Britain were appropriated by American writers to offer the early republic a vision of what American character might ultimately be.

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264 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4613-1 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0983-9 | $59.95s | £39.00



"The Abencerraje" and "Ozmín and Daraja": Two Sixteenth-Century Novellas from Spain
Edited and translated by Barbara Fuchs, Larissa Brewer-García, and Aaron J. Ilika

Faithfully translated into modern, accessible English, "The Abencerraje" and "Ozmín and Daraja" offer rich imaginings of life on the Christian-Muslim frontier and reveal early modern Spain's profound fascination with the Moorish culture that was officially denounced and persecuted.

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152 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4608-7 | $39.95s | £26.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0645-6 | $39.95s | £26.00


The Beguines of Medieval ParisThe Beguines of Medieval Paris: Gender, Patronage, and Spiritual Authority
Tanya Stabler Miller

"Tanya Stabler Miller writes with intelligence and clarity. The contributions she makes to our understanding of how female spirituality was connected to female labor are revelatory." —William Chester Jordan, Princeton University

"An important and rich case study. In telling detail, The Beguines of Medieval Paris sheds light on the broader contours of this religious movement." —Walter Simons, Dartmouth College

This book reconstructs the history of beguine communities in one of medieval Europe's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities: Paris. Drawing on an array of archival sources, Miller illuminates the important role beguines played in the economic, intellectual, and religious life of the city.

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304 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4607-0 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0968-6 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series



On the Doorstep of EuropeOn the Doorstep of Europe: Asylum and Citizenship in Greece
Heath Cabot

"On the Doorstep of Europe is particularly timely, as the international community weighs what are sometimes seen as competing interests of rights and security and as asylum regimes are themselves threatened. Importantly, Heath Cabot's work illustrates ways that protections can fall short in that the systems that are set up to ensure that persecuted individuals receive safe haven can become unworkable for the very individuals they are designed to serve." —Susan Bibler Coutin, University of California, Irvine

"Original, vividly written, and ethnographically rich, On the Doorstep of Europe breaks new ground as a contribution to the anthropology of law, globalization studies, and the ethnography of the eastern Mediterranean. In particular, it illuminates the increasingly complex dynamics of a country newly confronting cultural diversity and rapid urbanization." —Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University

On the Doorstep of Europe examines the way asylum seekers, bureaucrats, and service providers in Greece attempt to navigate the dilemmas of governance, ethics, knowledge, and sociability that emerge through this legal process.

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272 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4615-5 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0980-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Ethnography of Political Violence series


Cultural Heritage in TransitCultural Heritage in Transit: Intangible Rights as Human Rights
Deborah Kapchan, Editor

"This valuable, innovative, and coherent volume will add a complex and complementary dimension to discussions of human rights." —Donald Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Analyzing "heritage events"—from Roma wedding music to Trinidadian wining, Moroccan verbal art, and neopagan rituals—Cultural Heritage in Transit tracks the effects of the heritage industry, focusing on cultural rights and human rights writ large.

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248 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4594-3 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0946-4 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series


Islamist Parties and Political Normalization in the Muslim WorldIslamist Parties and Political Normalization in the Muslim World
Quinn Mecham and Julie Chernov Hwang, Editors

"A superb book that offers balanced, nuanced, evidence-based thoughtful analysis at both the case study and comparative levels." —R. William Liddle, Ohio State University

"This empirically rich and level-headed approach to Islamist politics combines a broad theoretical and analytical framework with deep knowledge of particular cases in and beyond the Arab world." —Nathan J. Brown, George Washington University

This innovative volume examines how Islamist parties operate and interact within democratic and semidemocratic political systems in Turkey, Morocco, Yemen, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.

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248 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4605-6 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0972-3 | $59.95s | £39.00


Dividing Divided StatesDividing Divided States
Gregory F. Treverton

"Secessionist struggles within states continue to demand historical understanding and policy attention. Dividing Divided States provides a critical overview of key factors —from people and natural resources to state assets —that policy makers will have to consider as the secessionist dynamic unfolds. Deeply informed by the case of Sudan, the volume provides insight from a broad array of cases." —Monica Duffy Toft, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

Dividing Divided States provides a detailed guide to recent secessions, from the partition of India to the secession of Eritrea from Ethiopia. This careful and straightforward study looks at the core issues likely to confront newly seceded states: people, natural resources, and state resources.

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248 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4599-8 | $49.95s | £32.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0960-0 | $49.95s | £32.50



Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City
George Galster

"An insightful history of Detroit from its accidental birth to its tortured present." —Planning

"An immensely readable and personal book. Underlying [Galster's] fine analysis of how the city went from arsenal of democracy and engine of America's manufacturing might to its current state of terrible decay is a deep knowledge of its streets, its music, its history, and its people." —Urban Affairs

"Driving Detroit is replete with interesting insights on the social history of one of America's most troubled cities. George Galster has done a remarkable job of revealing how powerful elements in the Detroit metropolitan area created over time intense race and class polarization and a pronounced city-suburban dichotomy. There are lessons to be learned from this compelling study of a dysfunctional metropolitan region. Indeed, Galster's illuminating analysis is a must-read." —William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

"George Galster cares deeply about Detroit–as should we all. In this clever and highly readable book, he draws upon history, social science, music, poetry and art to build a compelling case that bitter, unresolved conflicts have trapped the region in a zero-sum game, undermining the well-being of its people and communities–past, present, and future. Although Detroit is unique in many respects, the conflicts that bedevil it are not. There's a lot to learn here for anyone who cares about 21st-century urban America." —Margery Austin Turner, The Urban Institute

"Like a good documentary, Driving Detroit expertly guides us through a fascinating yet grim and sad urban reality while exposing the deeper historical impact of economic restructuring, enduring racism, and selfish politics. And yet the insights connected to this extreme case are not confined only to Detroit. This book should be compulsory reading for urbanists in the U.S. and beyond who are searching for adequate responses to the challenges of their own cities." —Sako Musterd, University of Amsterdam

Driving Detroit paints a portrait of metropolitan Detroit through an imaginative application of social science, song lyrics, poems, and oral history to explain why the city has fallen from industrial powerhouse into urban dysfunction.

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320 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4429-8 | $45.00s | £29.50
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2295-1 | $22.50s | £15.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0646-3 | $22.50s | £15.00
A volume in the Metropolitan Portraits series

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