Last Friday, Penn Press Director Eric Halpern and Marketing Director Laura Waldron traveled out to Harrisburg, PA, to visit the Midtown Scholar
bookstore. The owners, Cathy Lawrence and Eric Papenfuse,
have been longstanding patrons of the Press, giving to support our
publishing program in American history and American studies.
Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture draws together studies in archaeology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, genetics, neuroscience, and environmental science to investigate the evolution of the human mind, the brain, and the human capacity for culture. Read more...
Stuyvesant Bound is an innovative, compelling reassessment of the last Director-General of New Netherland. Donna Merwick employs a multidisciplinary approach to examine the layers of culture within which Peter Stuyvesant forged his career and performed his identity. Read more...
Victoria Vantoch takes us on a fascinating journey into the golden era of air travel. The Jet Sex explores the much-mythologized stewardess within the context of the Cold War, globalization, and the emerging culture of glamour to reveal how beauty and sexuality were critical to national identity and international politics. Read more...
This book explores actors' systems of intellectual property in early modern England. Focusing on Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, and other plays, James Marino demonstrates how Shakespeare's company asserted ownership of its plays through intense ongoing revision and through insistent attribution to Shakespeare. Read more...
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For a preview of our Fall 2012 books, take a look at the latest catalog in glorious PDF. Our forthcoming books cover an array of subjects, from medieval letters to Miami politics. Here's a sampling of the Press's forthcoming titles.
On March 26, 1890, the University of Pennsylvania Press was incorporated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.Within a decade, the University of Pennsylvania Press imprint began to appear on scholarly publications. One of the Press's first books was the landmark The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, by African American reformer, scholar, and social critic W.E.B. Du Bois. That book remains on the Penn Press list to this day.
Penn Press is pleased to announce the Inaugural Mellon Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Press. The series runs from March 26 to March 30 at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, located at 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.
This year Peter C. Mancall, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at the University of Southern California and coeditor of Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World, will give three lectures on Nature and Culture in the Early Modern World. This lecture series will explore aspects of the relationship between people and nature in the early modern Atlantic. Each of the lectures will begin with paintings: a series of images in a fourteenth-century cloister in the south of France; a hand-painted atlas created in 1547; and a 1585 water color of a Carolina Algonquian town by the English artist John White.
Lecture One: “Fréjus: The Borders of Nature” Monday, March 26, 5:00 PM McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania 3355 Woodland Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Lecture Two: “Vallard: The New Ecology of the Atlantic Basin” Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 PM McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania 3355 Woodland Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Lecture Three: “Secota: The Landscape at the End of History” Friday, March 30, 3:00 PM (Please note the change in time for the last lecture) McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania 3355 Woodland Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hot on the heels of the Foundation for Landscape Studies announcement that a forthcoming Penn Press book will receive a David Coffin Publication Grant, we learned today two of our books won the Foundation's John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize.
Karen M'Closkey received the Coffin Publication Grant for her work-in-progress Unearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates. The Press plans to publish Unearthed in 2013.
Congratulations to Robert Darnton and Teofilo F. Ruiz, Penn Press authors and 2011 National Humanities Medalists. The National Endowment for the Humanities created the National Humanities Medal to honor "individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities." President Barack Obama presented the awards to Darnton, Ruiz, and other honorees at a White House ceremony yesterday.
Darnton, author of The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon, received a medal for his commitment to making knowledge accessible to everyone. "An eminent cultural historian and librarian, Dr. Darnton has illuminated the world of Enlightenment and Revolutionary France, and has pursued his vision for a national library of digitized books," said the president.
Project MUSE in partnership with the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) has launched an ebook collection for libraries. This collection contains thousands of peer-reviewed digital books from more than 65 major scholarly publishers and university presses, including the University of Pennsylvania Press.
"The addition of ebook collections to the MUSE platform means that, going forward, scholars and students will find a one-stop shopping experience for new university press publications," says Penn Press Director Eric Halpern. Librarians, researchers, and students can discover and search UPCC ebooks along with content from journals on MUSE.
As one of the founding UPCC presses, Penn Press has made more than 400 ebooks available through Project MUSE, and the list of available Press titles is growing. Patrons of participating libraries will be able to read these ebooks on any computer or mobile device with a web browser. Readers can download enhanced web-ready PDFs of the book's chapters and sections—including table of contents, bibliography, notes, and index—from the Project MUSE website. Providing small, chapter-length files discourages piracy while allowing readers access to texts without cumbersome digital rights management (DRM) software. It also improves access to libraries located in areas with low bandwidth. An unlimited number of library patrons can access UPCC ebooks simultaneously.
"'Do for e-books what MUSE does for journals'– became our rallying cry," said Project MUSE Director Dean Smith in his blog Director's Musings. Smith and other Project MUSE representatives have been out in force since last October, spreading the word about the ebook program to librarians and scholars. So far 62 institutions have signed up for the program.
For more information about the UPCC ebook collection and how your library can participate, visit the Project MUSE website. Librarians may request pricing information here.
The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the University of Pennsylvania Press invite submissions for the SHEAR Manuscript Prize for 2012. The Prize will be awarded to an exceptional book-length scholarly manuscript pertaining to the history of North America from 1776 to 1861. Within that period, the manuscript may treat virtually any aspect of history, including cultural, political, economic, or social history. Competition is open to any author who has not previously published a scholarly book. Ineligible for consideration are collections of essays, editions of primary sources, or new editions of previously published books.
The author of the winning manuscript will receive a publishing contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press that includes a cash advance, royalties, and an illustrations budget. The book will be published as a volume in the series Early American Studies, sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
To submit a manuscript for consideration, please first send a letter of inquiry accompanied by a brief prospectus, sample chapter, and current CV to:
Robert Lockhart History Editor University of Pennsylvania Press 3905 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
The deadline for submission of preliminary materials is March 1, 2012.
Shortly thereafter, the prize committee will invite finalists to send complete manuscripts for consideration, and the winner will be announced at SHEAR's annual conference.