Hot Off Penn Press: September’s New Books

With the turn toward fall, the Press's presses have been printing overtime, with better than a baker's dozen of titles being released this month. The topics range widely, from the erotic poetry of Ovid, to the dreams of New England's colonists, to a review of the previous term of the Supreme Court. Click the links below to jump to your area of interest.

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American GandhiAmerican Gandhi: A. J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century
Leilah Danielson

"This first-rate study establishes A. J. Muste's significance by placing him in the rich context of left-wing politics and thought from World War I to the mid-1960s. Leilah Danielson captures Muste's unique position as a figure who, by dint of his welcoming personality, could often transcend bitter sectarian conflicts and build coalitions which advanced common purposes. She explains why Muste became a beloved figure, even among Americans who disapproved of his politics."—Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation

American Gandhi traces the evolving political and religious views of one of the most beloved figures of the American left. Through A. J. Muste's exemplary career as a peace activist and radical, Leilah Danielson charts the rise and fall of American liberalism and the left over the course of the twentieth century.

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472 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4639-1 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9044-8 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series


The Ragged Road to AbolitionThe Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865
James J. Gigantino II

"A fresh, well-documented tale that forces us to reconsider much of what we thought we knew about the social, political, and productive life of a young nation."—Susan O'Donovan, University of Memphis

"The Ragged Road to Abolition does much more than fill a historiographical hole. It highlights how slavery and freedom operated on a continuum, rather than as oppositional states."—Hilary Moss, Amherst College

James J. Gigantino II shatters the easy dichotomy between free and slave states in early America. The Ragged Road to Abolition illustrates how slavery in New Jersey persisted until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and reveals the myriad ways this marginalized the state's free blacks.

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368 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4649-0 | $39.95s | £26.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9022-6 | $39.95s | £26.00


The Opened LetterThe Opened Letter: Networking in the Early Modern British World
Lindsay O'Neill

"A great book that itself opens up rich discussions of 'networking,' as well as those to do with letters, letter-writing, and news. By concentrating on the relatively understudied late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, this book marks a useful intervention, especially in debates about Atlantic integration, social cohesion, and the circulation of information."—Sarah M. S. Pearsall, Cambridge University

By the eighteenth century, personal networks bound together the widening British world. In The Opened Letter, Lindsay O'Neill argues that the British became an early networking society, relying on letters to maintaining necessary social networks that British global expansion and mobility threatened to disconnect.

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272 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4648-3 | $47.50s | £31.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9018-9 | $47.50s | £31.00
A volume in the Early Modern Americas series


Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New EnglandDreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England: Indians, Colonists, and the Seventeenth Century
Ann Marie Plane

"With a fresh interpretation of an understudied phenomenon, this book makes important contributions to the history of cultural contact, the history of lived religion in Puritan New England, gender studies, and the nascent field of history of the emotions and interior states of subjectivity."—Susan Juster, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ann Marie Plane explores the significance of dreams in seventeenth-century life. Touching on race, gender, emotions, and interior life, this book treats colonist and Indian experiences and analyzes both the content of the dreams themselves and the act of dream reporting.

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256 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4635-3 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9054-7 | $59.95s | £39.00


Lenape CountryLenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn
Jean R. Soderlund

"Succinct and imaginatively conceived, Lenape Country is one of the best narrative histories I have read to date on the European-Indian interaction along the Delaware River."—Gunlög Fur, author of A Nation of Women: Gender and Colonial Encounters Among the Delaware Indians

Lenape Country is a sweeping narrative history of Lenape Indian encounters with European settlers in the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

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264 pages | 6 x 9 | 24 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4647-6 | $39.95s | £26.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9019-6 | $39.95s | £26.00
A volume in the Early American Studies series


In the CrossfireNOW IN PAPERBACK
In the Crossfire: Marcus Foster and the Troubled History of American School Reform
John P. Spencer

"This excellent biography of a remarkable educator enriches the history of urban education. By carefully examining Foster's work in Philadelphia and Oakland, California from 1958 to 1973, John Spencer sheds new light on a pivotal era in the evolution of African American schools. . . . This well-written and persuasively argued study should be required reading in courses on the principalship, school-community relations, multiculturalism, and urban education."—Education Review

"In the Crossfire does an exemplary job of narrating Foster's educational and occupational trajectory, first as student in the Jim Crow South, then as a teacher and principal in Philadelphia, and finally as an administrator in Oakland. Yet Spencer accomplishes so much more than this. While he grounds his analysis in the singular life of one man, Spencer expertly utilizes Foster to tell a much larger story about the "troubled history" of urban education, equality, and school reform in the postwar period."—Journal of American Studies

In the Crossfire brings a much-needed historical perspective to contemporary debates about educational inequality by tracing the life and work of Marcus Foster, an African American educator who struggled to reform urban schools in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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312 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4435-9 | $34.95s | £23.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2325-5 | $24.95s | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0766-8 | $24.95s | £16.50
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series



Ovid's Erotic PoemsOvid's Erotic Poems: "Amores" and "Ars Amatoria"
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso). Translated by Len Krisak. Introduction by Sarah Ruden

"Krisak has found a voice that accurately reflects that of his author, revealing the elegance of Ovid's skill in writing verses and the liveliness of his sensibility and subversive wittiness."—Charles Martin

Translated by award-winning poet Len Krisak, Ovid's Erotic Poems offers a fresh modern take on the renowned Roman's sophisticated satirical verse on love, sex, marriage, and adultery.

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232 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4625-4 | $32.50s | £21.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0992-1 | $32.50s | £21.50


Excavations in Residential Areas of Tikal—Nonelite Groups Without Shrines: Tikal Report 20A
William A. Haviland

Excavations in Residential Areas of Tikal—Nonelite Groups Without Shrines is a two-volume presentation of the excavations carried out in and near small residential structures at Tikal, Guatemala. Tikal Report 20A is a descriptive presentation of the excavation data and includes nearly two hundred illustrations.

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720 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 183 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-1-934536-70-4 | $89.95s | £58.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-1-934536-71-1 | $89.95s | £58.50
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology



Rewriting Saints and AncestorsRewriting Saints and Ancestors: Memory and Forgetting in France, 500-1200
Constance Brittain Bouchard

"Constance Bouchard has written a substantial, important, and complex book, the fruit of her deep engagement with a range of issues relating to early medieval memory in the area that would become France."—Amy Remensnyder, Brown University

Rewriting Saints and Ancestors examines the ways medieval French writers re-remembered and rewrote the lives of saints and dynastic ancestors, reconceptualizing the past in order to make sense of the present.

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4636-0 | $79.95s | £52.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9008-0 | $79.95s | £52.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series


Reorienting the EastReorienting the East: Jewish Travelers to the Medieval Muslim World
Martin Jacobs

"An original, comprehensive, and clear account of medieval and early modern Jewish travel writing. Martin Jacobs discusses all known relevant Jewish writings from the period, giving the textual history of each and often comparing them to contemporary Christian and Muslim texts. Any reader of this book will come away not only with a clear picture of Jewish travel writing but also with a good introduction to the main concerns of contemporary scholarship on medieval and early modern travel writing more generally." —Iain Macleod Higgins, University of Victoria

The first comprehensive investigation of premodern Jewish travel writing about the Islamic world, Reorienting the East examines Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic travel accounts from the mid-twelfth to the early sixteenth centuries that subvert, or reorient a decidedly Christian vision of the region and reflect changing Jewish self-perceptions.

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344 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4622-3 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9001-1 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series


Barbarous AntiquityBarbarous Antiquity: Reorienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England
Miriam Jacobson

"Barbarous Antiquity extends our sense of Ovid's dual role as classical exemplar and outlier, and makes a substantial contribution by demonstrating how lyric and narrative poetry were as important to the English image of the Ottoman Mediterranean as drama and travel writing."—John Archer, New York University

Barbarous Antiquity reorients early modern English poetry around England's mercantile and cultural exchanges with the Ottoman Empire, revealing how English poetry renegotiated its relationship to the classical past.

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296 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4632-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9007-3 | $59.95s | £39.00



American Justice 2014American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court
Garrett Epps

"In his typically wise and witty style, Garrett Epps has produced a closeup of the Court's most recent term that illuminates both the justices and the cases. Supreme Court enthusiasts as well as readers who tune in only for the big decisions will find American Justice 2014 a valuable guide to the Roberts Court's immediate past and likely future."—Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School

In this provocative and insightful book, constitutional scholar and journalist Garrett Epps reviews the key decisions of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term, highlighting one opinion or dissent from each Justice to illuminate the political and ideological views that prevail on the Court.

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192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4718-3 | $16.95t | £11.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9130-8 | $9.95t | £6.50


Visions of SovereigntyVisions of Sovereignty: Nationalism and Accommodation in Multinational Democracies
Jaime Lluch

"Lluch's comprehensive grasp of both theory and history is what distinguishes this powerful study of nationalist movements within multinational states from any competitors. The theoretical reach, the attention to political evolution, and the knowledge of dozens of cases that illuminate his major findings from Catalonia and Québec, are unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon."—James C. Scott, Yale University

Visions of Sovereignty provides a deep analysis of political activity within the Québécois and Catalonian national movements from a comparative perspective. This interdisciplinary study examines why some nationalists take a secessionist stance while others within the same movement chose nonsecessionist approaches toward greater self-rule.

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344 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4600-1 | $75.00s | £49.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0961-7 | $75.00s | £49.00
A volume in the National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century series


Engineering RevolutionEngineering Revolution: The Paradox of Democracy Promotion in Serbia
Marlene Spoerri

"A searching, and at times unsettling examination of a critical case of international democracy support, with important lessons for practitioners, policy experts, and activists."—Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Drawing from declassified CIA documents, personal interviews, and internal NGO documents, Engineering Revolution uncovers the true extent of the West's involvement in the overthrow of Balkan dictator Slobodan Milošević—finding that Western governments often hurt, rather than helped, Serbia's tenuous transition to democracy.

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256 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4645-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9020-2 | $59.95s | £39.00



Confronting Suburban School Resegregation in CaliforniaConfronting Suburban School Resegregation in California
Clayton A. Hurd

"An excellent case study of a major contemporary issue. This fascinating story has the narrator, scope, and format it deserves."—Roger Sanjek, author of Race

In this ethnographic study of the school district struggles in Central California, Clayton A. Hurd explores the core issues at stake in campaigns to reorganize districts into ethnically separated schools as well as the resistance against them mobilized by the working-class Latino community.

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288 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4634-6 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9010-3 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Contemporary Ethnography series

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