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Penn State University Press announces new books for fall/winter 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Press has unveiled its fall/winter 2019 catalog featuring new general interest and scholarly books in the fields of art history, literature, religion, rhetoric, graphic medicine, Jewish studies, occult studies, medieval and early modern studies, and more.

“Us Two Together” by Ephameron chronicles the author’s experience watching her father’s descent into early-onset dementia. The graphic novel is part of Penn State University Press’ critically acclaimed Graphic Medicine series. Credit: Penn State University Press / Penn StateCreative Commons

Notable forthcoming titles include the graphic novel “Vanni: A Family’s Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict” by Benjamin Dix and Lindsay Pollock; “Hebrew Melodies,” a new edition of Heinrich Heine’s cycle of poems translated by Stephen Mitchell and U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky, with vivid illustrations by Mark Podwal; and “Us Two Together” by Ephameron, a graphic novel that lyrically chronicles the author’s experience watching her father’s slow descent into early-onset dementia, part of Penn State University Press’ critically acclaimed Graphic Medicine series.

Scholarly highlights include “After Gun Violence: Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock,” a timely examination of the ways advocacy groups, community leaders, politicians and everyday citizens talk about gun violence by Iowa State professor Craig Rood; “Uncanny Bodies: Superhero Comics and Disability,” a collection of essays edited by Scott T. Smith and José Alaniz; “Religion Around Mary Shelley” by Jennifer L. Airey, who positions Shelley as an important religious thinker of the Romantic period; and “Bells for America: The Cold War, Modernism, and the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington” by Diederik Oostdijk, an exploration of how the Netherlands and the United States reconstructed their national identities and fostered an international relationship in the post–Cold War era through public art.

The catalog also includes new titles in ancient Near East and biblical studies from Eisenbrauns, which the press acquired as an imprint in November 2017, and new titles in art and art history from National Gallery Singapore, now distributed by Penn State University Press.

To see all of Penn State University Press’ forthcoming fall/winter 2019 titles, visit

About the Penn State University Press

Founded in 1956, Penn State University Press publishes high-quality books, journals and graphic novels of interest to scholars and general readers, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences.

The publishing arm of Penn State and a division of the Penn State University Libraries, the press specializes in works about Penn State, Pennsylvania, and the mid-Atlantic region, as well as scholarship in the fields of art history, medieval studies, Latin American studies, rhetoric and communication, religious studies, and graphic medicine.

Last Updated June 19, 2019