Hot Off Penn Press: From gardens to stadiums

In the mid-July heat, relax somewhere cool with one of our new titles, which include an illustrated and comprehensive look at Japanese gardens, an incisive ethnographic study of children caught up in both immigration and child welfare systems, a look at the transformation of American stadiums from the perspective of architectural history and urban policy, and much more. Enjoy!

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Japanese Gardens and Landscapes, 1650-1950Japanese Gardens and Landscapes, 1650-1950
Wybe Kuitert

In Japanese Landscapes and Gardens, 1650-1950 Wybe Kuitert presents a richly illustrated survey of the gardens and the people who commissioned, created, and used them and chronicles the modernization of traditional aesthetics in the context of economic, political, and environmental transformation.

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384 pages | 10 x 8 1/2 | 140 color, 49 b/w illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4474-8 | $69.95 | £58.00
A volume in the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series


Ancient States and Infrastructural PowerAncient States and Infrastructural Power: Europe, Asia, and America
Clifford Ando and Seth Richardson, Editors

"This book is an enormously valuable and interesting enterprise. It offers persuasive and provocative interpretations of the operations and effectiveness of state power in the ancient world."—Neville Morley, University of Exeter

Ancient States and Infrastructural Power examines how early states built their territorial, legal, and political powers before they had the capacity to enforce them. Contributors trace how state power first developed from the Andes to China, from Babylon to Rome.

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320 pages | 6 x 9 | 20 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4931-6 | $69.95 | £58.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9417-0 | $69.95 | £45.50
A volume in the Empire and After series


Marriage Without BordersMarriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal
Dinah Hannaford

"Deeply researched and engagingly written, Marriage Without Borders traces how new forms of transnational kinship emerge as increasing numbers of Senegalese men migrate abroad in order to sustain their relatives who remain back home. Equally attentive to the 'women who wait' and the men who go abroad, Dinah Hannaford offers a moving portrait of what happens to conjugality when couples live separated by vast distances. Her book makes clear that we've turned a corner in studies of transnational family life, one where it is no longer possible to celebrate the interconnectedness made possible by new communications technologies without also taking into account the terrible human cost of this new way of achieving social reproduction in the contemporary world."—Jennifer Cole, University of Chicago

This multi-sited ethnography provides a rich account of the costs of global neoliberal economic policy for families in the global south. With a focus on Senegalese migrants in Europe and their wives who are left behind, Hannaford illustrates how new understandings of intimacy, gender, and class are forged in a culture of migration.

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180 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4934-7 | $55.00 | £45.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9419-4 | $55.00 | £36.00
A volume in the Contemporary Ethnography series


Maimonides and the MerchantsMaimonides and the Merchants: Jewish Law and Society in the Medieval Islamic World
Mark R. Cohen

In Maimonides and the Merchants, Mark R. Cohen reveals the extent of pragmatic revisions to the halakha, or body of Jewish law, introduced by Moses Maimonides in his Mishneh Torah, the comprehensive legal code he compiled in the late twelfth century.

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248 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4914-9 | $65.00 | £54.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9400-2 | $65.00 | £42.50
A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series


The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume 2The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume 2: C Passūs 5-9; B Passūs 5-7; A Passūs 5-8
Ralph Hanna

"Of all the poems of the English Middle Ages, Piers Plowman is the one that most deserves and needs annotation of the fullest and best possible kind, both because it is a text of unrivaled literary quality and interest, and because it is characteristically knotty and deploys a language of unusual richness, density, and allusiveness. Much of this allusiveness is to areas of learning that are not at every modern reader's fingertips. A particular difficulty is the existence of the poem in three authorial versions of almost desperate complexity. It will be an immense triumph to have a commentary which elucidates their relationships as a matter of policy and not simply as the result of conflating annotation on the different versions."—Derek Pearsall

The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume 2, by Ralph Hanna, deliberately addresses the question of the poem's perceived "difficulty," by indicating the legitimate areas of unresolved dilemmas, while offering often original explanations of a variety of textual loci.

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416 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4891-3 | $89.95 | £74.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9383-8 | $89.95 | £58.50

Walter Map and the Matter of BritainWalter Map and the Matter of Britain
Joshua Byron Smith

"Working fluidly across Latin and Welsh sources, Joshua Byron Smith makes clear why Walter Map is so important in his own right and also useful as a lens for exploring the growth of romance."—Siân Echard, University of British Columbia

Why would the thirteenth-century French prose Lancelot-Grail Cycle have been attributed to Walter Map, a twelfth-century writer from the Anglo-Welsh borderlands? Joshua Byron Smith sets out to answer this and other questions and offers a new explanation for how narratives about the pre-Saxon inhabitants of Britain circulated in England.

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272 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4932-3 | $69.95 | £58.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9416-3 | $69.95 | £45.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

Playwriting Playgoers in Shakespeare's TheaterPlaywriting Playgoers in Shakespeare's Theater
Matteo A. Pangallo

"An extremely substantial contribution to the field. Playwriting Playgoers in Shakespeare's Theater has the potential to reconfigure current debates about theatrical authorship and spectatorship, and it also acts as an invaluable primer on a range of neglected material."—Lucy Munro, King's College London

Playwriting Playgoers in Shakespeare's Theater shows how the rise of England's first commercialized culture industry also gave rise to the first generation of participatory consumers and their attempts to engage with mainstream culture by writing early modern "fan fiction."

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256 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4941-5 | $59.95 | £50.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9425-5 | $59.95 | £39.00


Modern ColiseumModern Coliseum: Stadiums and American Culture
Benjamin D. Lisle

In Modern Coliseum, Benjamin D. Lisle tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. Featuring over seventy-five images documenting the transformation of the American stadium over time, Modern Coliseum will be of interest to a variety of readers, from urban and architectural historians to sports fans.

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328 pages | 7 x 10 | 76 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4922-4 | $34.95 | £28.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9407-1 | $34.95 | £23.00
A volume in the Architecture | Technology | Culture series


Fragile FamiliesFragile Families: Foster Care, Immigration, and Citizenship
Naomi Glenn-Levin Rodriguez

"Fragile Families makes original contributions to our understanding of U.S. immigration and family law, as well as the inner workings of the institutions that intervene in the lives of undocumented children and mixed status families. Naomi Glenn-Levin Rodriguez offers a detailed look into the practices and perspectives of social workers, judges, and foster and biological parents and the lives of the children who are affected by their decisions."—Susan Terrio, Georgetown University

Fragile Families examines the precarious position of Latina/o families who are simultaneously caught up in systems of child welfare and immigration enforcement, focusing on the central role of child welfare decision-making in producing and maintaining boundaries of citizenship, race, and national belonging in the United States.

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232 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4938-5 | $59.95 | £50.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9428-6 | $59.95 | £39.00
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series

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