This Week’s New Books–St. Peter, Education, Slavery, Labor, and Textiles in Literature

The Invention of Peter
The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity


George E. Demacopoulos

288 pages | 6 x 9

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4517-2 | $69.95 | £45.50

A volume in the Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion series

By emphasizing the ways the Bishops of Rome first leveraged the cult of St. Peter to their advantage, George E. Demacopoulos constructs an alternate account of papal history that challenges the dominant narrative of an inevitable and unbroken rise in papal power from late antiquity through the Middle Ages. Read more . . .

Public Education Under Siege
Public Education Under Siege


Edited by Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose

256 pages | 6 x 9

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4527-1 | $55.00 | £36.00

Public Education Under Siege argues for a democratic and egalitarian alternative to the test-driven, market-oriented core of current education reform. These short, jargon-free essays cover public policy, teacher unions, economic inequality, race, language diversity, parent involvement, and leadership. Read more . . .

A New World of Labor
A New World of Labor: The Development of Plantation Slavery in the British Atlantic


Simon P. Newman

352 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 illus.

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4519-6 | $55.00 | £36.00

A volume in the Early Modern Americas series

A New World of Labor connects developments in seventeenth-century Britain with the British experience of slavery on the West African coast and with the initial development of African chattel slavery in Barbados, whose labor system played a foundational role in defining how plantation slavery developed throughout British America. Read more . . .

Slavery's Borderland
Slavery's Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River


Matthew Salafia

336 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 illus

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4521-9 | $55.00 | £36.00

A volume in the Early American Studies series

By centering the practical and figurative significance of the Ohio River as a political border, a cultural boundary, and an artery of movement and economy that gave form to the region, Matthew Salafia sheds light on peculiarities of labor and economy along the Ohio River. Read more . . .

Now in Paperback
Pens and Needles
Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England


Susan Frye

344 pages | 7 x 10 | 21 color, 31 b/w illus.

Cloth 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4238-6 | $65.00 | £42.50

Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2252-4 | $27.50 | £18.00

A volume in the Material Texts series

"Susan Frye's book is a beautiful and powerful contribution to scholarship on early modern women's material culture. . . . No other book covers such ground; Pens and Needles is an invaluable resource for art historians, social historians, literary critics, and anyone interested in the material world that early modern women made."–American Historical Review

Through an examination of the expressive arts of needlework, painting, and writing, Pens and Needles offers insights into women's lives and, in its final chapters, into literary texts such as Shakespeare's Othello and Cymbeline and Mary Sidney Wroth's Urania. Read more . . .


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