Hot Off Penn Press: Fresh reads for 2018

Happy New Year! Penn Press's 2018 is off to a great start, with a range of new titles in literature, history, religious studies and more. Take a look below!

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FEATURED TITLES


Novels in the Time of Democratic WritingNovels in the Time of Democratic Writing: The American Example
Nancy Armstrong and Leonard Tennenhouse

"Nancy Armstrong and Leonard Tennenhouse have long been our preeminent theorists of the novel. In this latest, virtuoso installment, they take on the novels of the early republic, seeing this corpus as nothing less than a template for a new polity, an updated version of the global and the local, replacing the hierarchical social contract of their English counterparts with a managed horizontality, a controlled redistribution of property and sensibility. Electrifying and eye-opening."—Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University

In the decades after U.S. independence, American novelists carried on an argument that pitted direct democracy against the representative liberalism they attributed to their British counterparts. The result was an American novel distinguished by its use of narrative tropes that generated a social system resembling today's distributed network.

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264 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4976-7 | $55.00s | £44.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9461-3 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series

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To Live Like a MoorTo Live Like a Moor: Christian Perceptions of Muslim Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Spain
Olivia Remie Constable. Edited by Robin Vose. Foreword by David Nirenberg

"Because [Remie Constable] was always on the qui vive for new approaches and interests emerging in the profession, her work could put the medieval material she mined so well to the service of historians discovering those emerging topics even before they knew they wanted it. To pick but one example, whatever period they work in, the many historians who are becoming interested in the cultural work done by material culture—dress, food, housewares and furnishing, the things and objects we bear about our lives as we construct them—will find much inspiration in these pages. So too will those whose attention is increasingly tuned to questions of Islamic 'diasporas' in Christian Europe, both past and present. There is a great deal to learn from this book."—David Nirenberg, from the Foreword

To Live Like a Moor traces the many shifts in Christian perceptions of Islam-associated ways of life which took place across the centuries between early Reconquista efforts of the eleventh century and the final expulsions of Spain's converted yet poorly assimilated Morisco population in the seventeenth.

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248 pages | 6 x 9 | 17 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4948-4 | $55.00s | £44.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9467-5 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

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The Elegies of MaximianusThe Elegies of Maximianus
Edited and translated by A. M. Juster. Introduction by Michael Roberts

A. M. Juster presents a faithful, poetic translation of the elegies of Maximianus, "last of the Roman poets." This comprehensive volume includes an introduction by renowned classicist Michael Roberts, the first English translation of an additional six poems attributed to Maximianus, and the first commentary in English on the elegies since 1900.

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240 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4979-8 | $65.00s | £52.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9464-4 | $65.00s | £42.50

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AMERICAN HISTORY


Unsettling the WestUnsettling the West: Violence and State Building in the Ohio Valley
Rob Harper

"Unsettling the West is deeply researched, beautifully written, and powerfully argued. Rob Harper's sustained and painstaking attention to detail and his unfailingly judicious presentation make this book the most comprehensive account of the American Revolution in the Ohio Valley to date."— Eric Hinderaker, University of Utah

In Revolutionary America, colonists surged across the Appalachians, Indians fought to preserve their land, and a bloodbath ensued—but why? Breaking with previous interpretations, Unsettling the West tells the story of a frontier where government initiatives, rather than pioneer independence, drove violence and colonization.

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272 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4964-4 | $45.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9449-1 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Early American Studies series

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ANCIENT STUDIES


Constantine and the CitiesNOW IN PAPERBACK
Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics
Noel Lenski

"[Lenski] shows convincingly how different messages, indeed different 'Constantines,' were modelled for different contexts and audiences, and asks us to consider how these contexts and audiences completed the construction of the emperor."—Times Literary Supplement

Roman Emperor Constantine raised Christianity from a minority religion to imperial status, but his religious orientation was by no means unambiguous. In Constantine and the Cities, Noel Lenski demonstrates how the emperor and his subjects used the instruments of government in a struggle for authority over the religion of the empire.

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416 pages | 7 x 10 | 56 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4777-0 | $89.95s | £72.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2368-2 | $34.95s | £27.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9223-7 | $34.95s | £23.00
A volume in the Empire and After series

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JEWISH STUDIES


Werner ScholemWerner Scholem: A German Life
Mirjam Zadoff. Dona Geyer, Translator

"A beautifully written, extremely moving, and brilliantly researched work. It is, on one level, a biography of Werner Scholem, whose odyssey through the Weimar Republic ultimately led to his death in 1940. But it is also the story of two brothers—the Communist, Werner, and Gershom, the committed Zionist and great Kabbalah scholar. Finally, it is a cultural history of German Jewry and the interwar Left in all its varieties. Mirjam Zadoff rightly concludes that there is no way to separate these strands, which all come together in this extraordinary book."—Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University

In Werner Scholem: A German Life, Mirjam Zadoff has written a book that is at once a biography of an individual, a family chronicle, and the story of an entire era.

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 39 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4969-9 | $49.95s | £40.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9460-6 | $49.95s | £32.50
A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series

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LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES


Reading ChildrenNOW IN PAPERBACK
Reading Children: Literacy, Property, and the Dilemmas of Childhood in Nineteenth-Century America
Patricia Crain

"Patricia Crain has long been one of the handful of scholars whose work I have found truly transformative, changing my sense of the kinds of questions one could ask and of the strategies one might develop for answering them. Reading Children is capacious, precise, and at times breathtakingly original in its vision and methods."—Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Amherst College

Reading Children offers a history of the relationship between children and books in Anglo-American modernity, exploring early children's literature, pedagogical practices, property lessons inherent in children's book ownership, and the emergence of childhood itself as a literary property.

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280 pages | 7 x 10 | 35 color, 45 b/w illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4796-1 | $69.95s | £56.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2353-8 | $34.95s | £27.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9284-8 | $34.95s | £23.00
A volume in the Material Texts series

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MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES


Periodization and SovereigntyNOW IN PAPERBACK
Periodization and Sovereignty: How Ideas of Feudalism and Secularization Govern the Politics of Time
Kathleen Davis

"Everyone should read this book. There are at least two reasons I think so. The first is the sheer intellectual pleasure to be had in grappling with its challenging and complex argument. The second is the exciting way the book models the kind of comparative, cross-field, interdisciplinary projects that everyone values but that few of us are trained to do."—Criticism

By examining periodization together with the two controversial categories of feudalism and secularization, Kathleen Davis exposes the relationship between the constitution of "the Middle Ages" and the history of sovereignty, slavery, and colonialism.

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200 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4083-2 | $59.95s | £48.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2412-2 | $24.95s | £19.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0741-5 | $24.95s | £16.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

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The Beguines of Medieval ParisNOW IN PAPERBACK
The Beguines of Medieval Paris: Gender, Patronage, and Spiritual Authority
Tanya Stabler Miller

"An impressive demonstration of how far a scholar can go with painstaking investigation and interpretation of scattered and limited evidence. . . . There is a great deal to admire and ponder [in this book]."—The Medieval Review

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.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2411-5 | $27.50s | £21.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0968-6 | $27.50s | £18.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

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POLITICAL SCIENCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS


Building Militaries in Fragile StatesBuilding Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the United States
Mara E. Karlin

"Mara E. Karlin combines rigorous scholarship with the knowledge and expertise gained from years of working on the front lines of Defense Department policy managing American military aid to states under enormous stress. This formidably written book has much to say to practitioners and scholars alike: it offers exceptional insight into an activity that the United States will engage in for decades to come."—Eliot A. Cohen, author of The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force

With a rich comparative case-study approach that spans Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Building Militaries in Fragile States unearths provocative findings that suggest the traditional way of working with foreign militaries needs to be rethought.

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296 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4926-2 | $75.00s | £60.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9413-2 | $75.00s | £49.00

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES


Liturgical SubjectsNOW IN PAPERBACK
Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium
Derek Krueger

"Liturgical Subjects is a pioneering examination of the medieval religious subject that adds texture and nuance to studies that, so far, have tended to emphasize only the Western Christian tradition. . . . Krueger's is the first study to examine how Orthodox liturgy functioned as a mechanism for the formation of the Byzantine Christian's perception of self."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A thrilling tour of Byzantine culture through wholly unexpected routes. With beautifully crafted prose, Krueger presents a trajectory lucidly drawn, filled with arresting insight and searing, poignant imagery; yet the account is concrete and concise, moving deftly through its chapters with impressive economy and formidable command of a wide array of textual and material evidence."—Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University

Focusing on the practice of Byzantine Orthodoxy in Constantinople from the sixth to eleventh centuries, Liturgical Subjects examines how hymns, sermons, prayers, and art offered models for Christian self-recognition and scripts for repentance.

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328 pages | 6 x 9 | 24 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4644-5 | $75.00s | £60.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2410-8 | $29.95s | £23.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9015-8 | $29.95s | £19.50
A volume in the Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion series

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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY


Miscellaneous Investigations in Central Tikal—The Plaza of the Seven TemplesMiscellaneous Investigations in Central Tikal—The Plaza of the Seven Temples: Tikal Report 23C
H. Stanley Loten

The Great Maya center of Tikal, in Guatemala, is famous for its well-preserved architecture. This book presents descriptions of nine structures that line the Plaza of the Seven Temples, which sits immediately west of the South Acropolis of Central Tikal. These structures were surveyed with little or no excavation as part of the Tikal Project Standing Architecture Survey. This report is the primary record of these structures in Tikal's urban landscape, and it provides clear, precise, and usable architectural analyses for Mayanists, archaeologists, art historians, architectural historians, urbanists, and those interested in construction techniques and in the uses of Maya buildings.

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144 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 69 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-1-934536-95-7 | $59.95s | £48.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-1-934536-96-4 | $59.95s | £39.00
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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Miscellaneous Investigations in Central Tikal—Structures in and Around the Lost World PlazaMiscellaneous Investigations in Central Tikal—Structures in and Around the Lost World Plaza: Tikal Report 23D
H. Stanley Loten

This book presents descriptions of six structures that belong to the Tikal Project category "standing architecture," that is, though partially collapsed, some features of these buildings remain in place and accessible without excavation. These structures were surveyed with little or no excavation as part of the Tikal Project Standing Architecture Survey. This report is the primary record of these structures in Tikal's urban landscape, and it provides clear, precise, and usable architectural analyses for Mayanists, archaeologists, art historians, architectural historians, urbanists, and those interested in construction techniques and in the uses of Maya buildings.

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96 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 36 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-1-934536-97-1 | $55.00s | £44.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-1-934536-98-8 | $55.00s | £36.00
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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