Hot Off Penn Press: July’s New Books

The temperatures may have broken a bit over the past couple of days here in Philadelphia, but we are truly in the dog days of summer. While most of the country goes on vacation, though, Penn Press is still releasing new books. This month, we saw releases in American History and Literature, Anthropology, and more.

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Pan American WomenPan American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico
Megan Threlkeld

"Pan American Women is the book that historians of feminism have been awaiting for a long time. Megan Threlkeld has given us a deeply researched study of interwar feminist interactions across time, nationality, politics, and organizations. She provides us with a rich portrait of activist women struggling to connect across ideologies and in the face of international political conflicts. I will be returning to this book again and again." —Ellen Carol DuBois, University of California, Los Angeles

"A remarkably perceptive study of the tensions between collaborative and imperialist sensibilities and the challenges of disentangling feminist goals from nationalist politics, even in ostensibly progressive internationalist settings." —Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pan American Women examines U.S. women activists' attempts to advance inter-American cooperation among women and further hemispheric peace between the World Wars. Threlkeld argues that diplomatic tensions in Mexico and the ongoing Revolution complicated these efforts, as Mexican women embraced a more nationalist political identity.

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256 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4633-9 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9002-8 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series



The KillersThe Killers: A Narrative of Real Life in Philadelphia
George Lippard. Edited by Matt Cohen and Edlie L. Wong

"With its resonant social commentary, The Killers has assumed significance in recent American studies. But this engaging novel stands on its own as a portrait of city life, with special emphasis on the street gangs of Philadelphia's underworld." —David S. Reynolds, CUNY Graduate Center

The Killers is a tale of gang violence, revenge, kidnapping, racial and ethnic conflict, international intrigue, and working-class triumph. Based on the real-life events of a Philadelphia race riot, this long-out-of-print sensational novella showcases the political and literary interests of its author, bestselling novelist George Lippard.

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 11 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4624-7 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0996-9 | $45.00s | £29.50


The Difficult Art of GivingThe Difficult Art of Giving: Patronage, Philanthropy, and the American Literary Market
Francesca Sawaya

"A fresh, original, and important revisionist literary history. Francesca Sawaya explores the ways that corporate-based philanthropy emerges from, without fully displacing, older forms of cultural sponsorship like patronage. By discussing how this new philanthropy intersects with the careers of key turn-of the-century writers and is manifested in some of the major fictions by these writers, Sawaya tells a new story about this period—and about American literary history generally—that is anchored in illuminating rereadings of fictional texts." —Kenneth W. Warren, University of Chicago

The Difficult Art of Giving rethinks the economic history of American literature, demonstrating that the practices of patronage and corporate-based philanthropy shaped the literary market . Francesca Sawaya examines the importance of patronage and philanthropy on major post-bellum authors' careers and fiction.

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264 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4630-8 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9003-5 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series



The Neoplatonic SocratesThe Neoplatonic Socrates
Danielle A. Layne and Harold Tarrant, Editors

"A welcome addition to growing scholarly interests in Neoplatonism and Socratic studies. These essays open up the fascinating world of how later Platonists read the dialogues and allow us to glimpse the Socratic dialogues in a way that defamiliarizes them, yielding a substantially new view of Socrates from prevailing modern analytic tendencies." —Sara Ahbel-Rappe, University of Michigan

The Neoplatonic Socrates explores the portrait of the great philosopher as developed by the Platonists in the first six centuries C.E. and examines Neoplatonic attitudes toward themes relevant to the contemporary studies of Socrates.

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264 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4629-2 | $75.00s | £49.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-1000-2 | $75.00s | £49.00



Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian WarSearching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War
Sharon Alane Abramowitz

"A significant contribution to the literature on postwar West Africa as well as to the growing literature on mental health in medical anthropology."—Danny Hoffman, University of Washington

Sharon Alane Abramowitz examine how humanitarian healthcare dealt with mental health and psychiatry during Liberia's turbulent postwar transition, looking closely at the ways mental health and psychosocial interventions worked to manage trauma and produce postwar peace.

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280 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4626-1 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0993-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series



Human Rights as War by Other MeansHuman Rights as War by Other Means: Peace Politics in Northern Ireland
Jennifer Curtis

"The premise of this book is excellent, original, and significant. Jennifer Curtis makes an important contribution to an understanding of the peace process and in particular of the hidden roles played so often by civil society in forging social change."—Michael O'Flaherty, University of Ireland, Galway

"This is one of the most sustained, persuasive, and comprehensive analyses of the progress of the Northern Ireland peace process since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998."—Hastings Donnan, Queen's University, Belfast

Combining firsthand ethnographic reportage with historical research, Human Rights as War by Other Means traces the use of rights discourse in Northern Ireland's politics from the local civil rights campaigns of the 1960s to present-day activism for truth recovery and LGBT equality.

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304 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4619-3 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0987-7 | $69.95s | £45.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series


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