Fall 2021 University Press Recommendations

The master list of university presses, catalogs, and Twitter accounts can be found here (this list will help you get a sense of the shorthands I use for Press names). All past and future seasonal recommendation lists can be found here.

Fall 2021 Book Recommendations by . . .

General Interest
Race, Indigeneity, and Whiteness
World Cultural Studies
American Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
SF / Fantasy / Horror Studies

Some notes about my recommendations:

  • The lists below are organized alphabetically by the author surname.
  • I have outlined, in purple font, works of particular interest to me—the highlights of the catalog season, if you will.
  • These recommendations reflect my personal interests as well as my scholarly ones, and as such cannot wholly capture all the many hundreds of interesting, worthwhile, and significant books put out by university presses this season.

General Interest

Black, The Short History of War (Yale)

Burger, Reading History (Toronto)

Caramello, Riding to Arms: A History of Horsemanship and Mounted Warfare (Kentucky)

Cohen, The Underwater Eye: How the Movie Camera Opened the Depths and Unleashed New Realms of Fantasy (Princeton)

Cole, The Folk: Music, Modernity, and the Political Imagination (Stanford)

Crain, Profit over Privacy: How Surveillance Advertising Conquered the Internet (Minnesota)

Crawford and Windsor, The PhD Parenthood Trap: Caught Between Work and Family in Academia (Georgetown)

Dagg, Smitten by Giraffe: My Life as a Citizen Scientist (McGill-Queen’s)

Darnell, The History of Anthropology: A Critical Window on the Discipline in North America (Nebraska)

Dodds and Woodward, The Arctic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)

Finn, Debating Anarchism: A History of Action, Ideas and Movements (Bloomsbury)

Frey, Netflix Recommends: Algorithms, Film Choice, and the History of Taste (Stanford)

Fuller, Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record (Princeton)

Futuyma, How Birds Evolve: What Science Reveals about Their Origin, Lives, and Diversity (Princeton)

Gacek, Portable Prisons: Electronic Monitoring and the Creation of Carceral Territory (McGill-Queen’s)

Goldman, The Sisterhood: The 99ers and the Rise of U.S. Women’s Soccer (Nebraska)

Graziosi and Sysyn, Genocide: The Power and Problems of a Concept (McGill-Queen’s)

Green, Gloves: An Intimate History (Reaktion)

Hannah, Extinctions: Living and Dying in the Margin of Error (Cambridge)

Harper, Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History (Princeton)

Higham, The World Before Us: The New Science Behind Our Human Origins (Yale)

Homolka, Jesus Reclaimed: Jewish Perspectives on the Nazarene (Berghahn)

Hunter, Edible Insects: A Global History (Reaktion)

Ifans, Stars and Ribbons: Winter Wassailing in Wales (Wales)

Jones, The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris (Oxford)

Joseph-Salisbury and Connelly, Anti-Racist Scholar-Activism (Manchester)

Kotsko, What Is Theology? Christian Thought and Contemporary Life (Fordham)

Lang, Living with Yards: Negotiating Nature and the Habits of Home (McGill-Queen’s)

Lang, Turn on the Words! Deaf Audiences, Captions, and the Long Struggle for Access (Gallaudet)

Langston, Climate Ghosts: Migratory Species in the Anthropocene (Brandeis)

Levin, Soda and Fizzy Drinks: A Global History (Reaktion)

Lucassen, The Story of Work: A New History of Humankind (Yale)

Marcum and Schonfeld, Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization (Princeton)

McGurl, Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon (Verso)

Montemurro, Getting It, Having It, Keeping It Up: Straight Men’s Sexuality in Public and Private (Rutgers)

Morrissey, A Short History of Islamic Thought (Oxford)

Newberry, The Nighthawk’s Evening: Notes of a Field Biologist (Oregon State)

Nunn, Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory and Myth (Bloomsbury)

Nussbaum, Hummus: A Global History (Reaktion)

O’Sullivan, Cloneliness: On the Reproduction of Loneliness (Bloomsbury)

Payne, I, Warbot: The Dawn of Artificially Intelligent Conflict (Oxford)

Pettegree and der Weduwen, The Library: A Fragile History (Basic Books)

Pirie, The Rule of Laws: A 4,000-Year Quest to Order the World (Basic Books)

Plotnik, Explorers of Deep Time: Paleontologists and the History of Life (Columbia)

Pyne, Postcards: The Rise and Fall of the World’s First Social Network (Reaktion)

Redman, Prophets and Ghosts: The Story of Salvage Anthropology (Harvard)

Rinfret, ed., Who Really Makes Environmental Policy? Creating and Implementing Environmental Rules and Regulations (Template)

Roberts, Jungle: How Tropical Forests Shaped the World—and Us (Basic Books)

Sabin, In the Blink of an Eye: A Cultural History of Spectacles (Reaktion)

Sarasohn, Getting Under Our Skin: The Cultural and Social History of Vermin (Johns Hopkins)

Schmid and Schröter, The Making of the Bible: From the First Fragments to Sacred Scripture (Harvard)

Shermer, Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt (Harvard)

Shipman, Our Oldest Companions: The Story of the First Dogs (Harvard)

Shue, The Pivotal Generation: Why We Have a Moral Responsibility to Slow Climate Change Right Now (Princeton)

Smith, Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization (Harvard)

Stackhouse, Evangelicalism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)

Traverso, Revolution: An Intellectual History (Verso)

Tvedt, The Nile: History’s Greatest River (Bloomsbury)

Vannini and Vannini, Inhabited: Wildness and the Vitality of the Land (Mcgill-Queen’s)

Williams, When the Sahara Was Green: How Our Greatest Desert Came to Be (Princeton)

Zitcer, Practicing Cooperation: Mutual Aid beyond Capitalism (Minnesota)


Amber, et al., Indigenous Women and Street Gangs: Survivance Narratives (Alberta)

Anderson, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life (Chicago)

Aziz, The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom (California)

Barker, Making and Breaking Settler Space: Five Centuries of Colonization in North America (British Columbia)

Belew and Gutiérrez, eds., A Field Guide to White Supremacy (California)

Bell, Whiteness Interrupted: White Teachers and Racial Identity in Predominantly Black Schools (Duke)

Beltrán, Latino TV: A History (NYU)

Bruyneel, Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race in the United States (North Carolina)

Byman, Spreading Hate: The Global Rise of White Supremacist Terrorism (Oxford)

Chávez, The Sound of Exclusion: NPR and the Latinx Public (Arizona)

Cherry, The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle (Oxford)

Curtis, The Myth of Colorblind Christians: Evangelicals and White Supremacy in the Civil Rights Era (NYU)

De La Torre, Feminista Frequencies: Community Building through Radio in the Yakima Valley (Washington)

Dussart and Poirier, eds., Contemporary Indigenous Cosmologies and Pragmatics (Alberta)

Fiola, Returning to Ceremony: Spirituality in Manitoba Métis Communities (Manitoba)

Fujino and Rodriguez, eds., Contemporary Asian American Activism: Building Movements for Liberation (Washington)

Grieser, The Black Side of the River: Race, Language, and Belonging in Washington, DC (Georgetown)

Hay, Inventing the Thrifty Gene: The Science of Settler Colonialism (Manitoba)

HoSang, A Wider Type of Freedom: How Struggles for Racial Justice Liberate Everyone (California)

Hutchins and Smith, eds., The Earliest African American Literatures: A Critical Reader (North Carolina)

Irons, White Men’s Law: The Roots of Systemic Racism (Oxford)

Jacobs, After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America’s Stolen Lands (Princeton)

Johnson and Aladejebi, eds., Unsettling the Great White North: Black Canadian History (Toronto)

Justice and O’Brien, eds., Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations under Settler Siege (Minnesota)

Keyes and Aguiar, eds., White Space: Race, Privilege, and Cultural Economies of the Okanagan Valley (British Columbia)

King, et al., Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School (Arizona)

Lara and brown, eds., Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature (Pittsburgh)

Leeming, Tales of the Earth: Native North American Creation Mythology (Reaktion)

Levell, Mischief Making: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Art, and the Seriousness of Play (British Columbia)

Leza, Divided Peoples: Policy, Activism, and Indigenous Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Arizona)

Forde and Bedingfield, eds., Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America (Illinois)

Lien and Nielssen, eds., Adjusting the Lens: Indigenous Activism, Colonial Legacies, and Photographic Heritage (British Columbia)

Lowery, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle (North Carolina)

Maguire, Africans in East Anglia, 1467-1833 (Boydell Press)

Mayberry, The Critical Life of Toni Morrison (Camden House)

McCusker, Fictions of Whiteness: Imagining the Planter Caste in the French Caribbean Novel (Virginia)

McHenry, To Make Negro Literature: Writing, Literary Practice, and African American Authorship (Duke)

Moreton-Robinson, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism (20th anniversary edition; Minnesota)

Morey, White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order (North Carolina)

Osorio, Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea (Minnesota)

Passavant, Policing Protest: The Post-Democratic State and the Figure of Black Insurrection (Duke)

Pegler-Gordon, Closing the Golden Door: Asian Migration and the Hidden History of Exclusion at Ellis Island (North Carolina)

Perez, Navigating CHamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization (Arizona)

Pérez, Diversity’s Child: People of Color and the Politics of Identity (Chicago)

Pollock, Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States (Minnesota)

Rastegar, Tolerance and Risk: How U.S. Liberalism Racializes Muslims (Minnesota)

Rhodehamel, America’s Original Sin: White Supremacy, John Wilkes Booth, and the Lincoln Assassination (Johns Hopkins)

Rifkin, Speaking for the People: Native Writing and the Question of Political Form (Duke)

Rück, The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth-Century Canada (British Columbia)

Schneider, The Archaeology of Refuge and Recourse: Coast Miwok Resilience and Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial California (Arizona)

Sharma, Hawai′i Is My Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific (Duke)

Smithsimon, Liberty Road: Black Middle-Class Suburbs and the Battle Between Civil Rights and Neoliberalism (NYU)

Tahmahkera, Cinematic Comanches: The Lone Ranger in the Media Borderlands (Nebraska)

Tatonetti, Written by the Body: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities (Minnesota)

Thurman, Singing Like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (Cornell)

Walsh, The Religion of Life: Eugenics, Race, and Catholicism in Chile (Pittsburgh)

Witgen, Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America (North Carolina)

Womack, The Matter of Black Living: The Aesthetic Experiment of Racial Data, 1880-1930 (Chicago)

World Cultural Studies

Adelman, Civilised by Beasts: Animals and Urban Change in Nineteenth-Century Dublin (Manchester)

Alexander, et al., eds., Drawing the Past, Volume 2: Comics and the Historical Imagination in the World (Mississippi)

Anctil, History of the Jews in Quebec (Ottawa)

Bartoszyńska, Estranging the Novel: Poland, Ireland, and Theories of World Literature (Johns Hopkins)

Basta, The Symbolic State: Minority Recognition, Majority Backlash, and Secession in Multinational Countries (McGill-Queen’s)

Bergantz, French Connection: Australia’s Cosmopolitan Ambitions (NSW)

Breslauer, The Rise and Demise of World Communism (Oxford)

Campbell, Ireland’s Farthest Shores: Mobility, Migration, and Settlement in the Pacific World (Wisconsin)

Carroll, The Contested Crown: Repatriation Politics between Europe and Mexico (Chicago)

Clark, Eurasia without Borders: The Dream of a Leftist Literary Commons, 1919–1943 (Harvard)

Clavier, Royalism, Religion and Revolution: Wales, 1640-1688 (Boydell Press)

Crate, Once Upon the Permafrost: Knowing Culture and Climate Change in Siberia (Arizona)

Daut, et al., eds., Haitian Revolutionary Fictions: An Anthology (Virginia)

Demshuk, Three Cities After Hitler: Redemptive Reconstruction Across Cold War Borders (Pittsburgh)

Doleshal, In the Kingdom of Shoes: Bata, Zlín, Globalization, 1894–1945 (Toronto)

Dowling, Fatal Contact: How Epidemics Nearly Wiped Out Australia’s First Peoples (Monash)

Droessler, Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa (Harvard)

Ellis, Bibliophiles, Murderous Bookmen, and Mad Librarians: The Story of Books in Modern Spain (Toronto)

Ford, The King’s Peace: Law and Order in the British Empire (Harvard)

Friedman, Ripe for Revolution: Building Socialism in the Third World (Harvard)

Friedrich, The Jesuits: A History (Princeton)

Garvin, Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women’s Food Work (Toronto)

Goscha, The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam (Princeton)

Gribben, The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland (Oxford)

Griffin, Vehicles of Decolonization: Public Transit in the Palestinian West Bank (Temple)

Gustafsson and Kääpä, The Politics of Nordsploitation: History, Industry, Audiences (Bloomsbury)

Hebblethwaite, A Transatlantic History of Haitian Vodou: Rasin Figuier, Rasin Bwa Kayiman, and the Rada and Gede Rites (Mississippi)

Hinkson, See How We Roll: Enduring Exile between Desert and Urban Australia (Duke)

Janke, True Tracks: Respecting Indigenous Knowledge and Culture (NSW)

Hernández, For a Just and Better World: Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900-1938 (Illinois)

Herzfeld, Subversive Archaism: Troubling Traditionalists and the Politics of National Heritage (Duke)

Hoskins, Australia and the Pacific: A History (NSW)

Hussey, Imperial Bodies in London: Empire, Mobility, and the Making of British Medicine, 1880–1914 (Pittsburgh)

Jalali, Afghanistan: A Military History from the Ancient Empires to the Great Game (Kansas)

Kay, Empire of Destruction: A History of Nazi Mass Killing (Yale)

Law, A World Away: The British Package Holiday Boom, 1950–1974 (McGill-Queen’s)

Loewen, Mennonite Farmers: A Global History of Place and Sustainability (Johns Hopkins [US] / Manitoba [Canada])

López, José Martí: A Revolutionary Life (Texas)

Luo, The Global White Snake (Michigan)

Majumdar, Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures: Film and History in the Postcolony (Columbia)

Matthews and Sanders, eds., Subaltern Medievalisms: Medievalism from below in Nineteenth-Century Britain (D.S. Brewer)

Mathy, Chronic Aftershock: How 9/11 Shaped Present-Day France (McGill-Queen’s)

McDaniel, Centenary Subjects: Race, Reason, and Rupture in the Americas (Vanderbilt)

Mimica, Imacoqwa’s Arrow: On the Biunity of the Sun and Moon in a Papuan Lifeworld (HAU Books)

Oakdale, Amazonian Cosmopolitans: Navigating a Shamanic Cosmos, Shifting Indigenous Policies, and Other Modern Projects (Nebraska)

Reeve, Amazonian Kichwa of the Curaray River: Kinship and History in the Western Amazon (Nebraska)

Reynolds and Clements, Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero (NSW)

Roberts, The War on the Uyghurs: China’s Campaign against Xinjiang’s Muslims (Manchester) [UK version of a Princeton (US) title]

Schwartz, Radiation Sounds: Marshallese Music and Nuclear Silences (Duke)

Stearns, The War That Doesn’t Say Its Name: The Unending Conflict in the Congo (Princeton)

Stepputat, The Kecak and Cultural Tourism on Bali (Rochester)

Tan-Tangbau and Minh, Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam Quyền Văn Minh and Jazz in Hà Nội (Mississippi)

Tarquini, A History of Italian Fascist Culture, 1922–1943 (Wisconsin)

Upchurch, “Beyond the Law”: The Politics of Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain (Temple)

Veracini, The World Turned Inside Out: Settler Colonialism as a Political Idea (Verso)

Warsh, American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700 (North Carolina)

American Studies

Alexander, et al., eds., Drawing the Past, Volume 1: Comics and the Historical Imagination in the United States (Mississippi)

Barker, The Red Scare: The State’s Indigenous Terrorist (California)

Blanchard, The Extraction State: A History of Natural Gas in America (Pittsburgh)

Blue, The Deportation Express: A History of America through Forced Removal (California)

Burrow-Branine, Come Now, Let Us Argue It Out: Counter-Conduct and LGBTQ Evangelical Activism (Nebraska)

Chard, Nixon’s War at Home: The FBI, Leftist Guerrillas, and the Origins of Counterterrorism (North Carolina)

Chatzipapatheodoridis, The Music Diva Spectacle: Camp, Female Performers and Queer Audiences in the Arena Tour Show (Intellect)

Cohen, Pure Adulteration: Cheating on Nature in the Age of Manufactured Food (Chicago)

Cohen and Murrow, Rethinking America’s Past: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States in the Classroom and Beyond (Georgia)

Cummings, A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American (North Carolina)

Davis, Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions That Changed American Politics (North Carolina)

Davis, The Search for the First Americans: Science, Power, Politics (Oklahoma)

Dougherty, Lost Tribes Found: Israelite Indians and Religious Nationalism in Early America (Oklahoma)

Ehrlich, Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy, and Academic Freedom in the Age of JFK (Illinois)

Finnegan, The Voice of Science: British Scientists on the Lecture Circuit in Gilded Age America (Pittsburgh)

Foley, The Editor Function: Literary Publishing in Postwar America (Minnesota)

Foley, Citizen Cash: The Political Life and Times of Johnny Cash (Basic Books)

Foner, One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America (Princeton)

Gaddini, The Struggle to Stay: Why Single Evangelical Women Are Leaving the Church (Columbia)

Gleason, Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives (Texas)

Hagelin and Silverman, The New Female Anti-Hero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First-Century US Television (Chicago)

Hinkelman, For No Reason at All: The Changing Narrative of the First World War in American Film (Mississippi)

Horn, A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America (Basic Books)

Hunt and Miles, eds., The Reagan Moment: America and the World in the 1980s (Cornell)

Igartua, Communities of the Soul: A Short History of Religion in Puerto Rico (McGill-Queen’s)

Jenkins and Secker, Superheroes, Movies, and the State: How the U.S. Government Shapes Cinematic Universes (Kansas)

Jin, Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless: A Japanese American Diaspora in the Pacific (Stanford)

Johnson, Lying in the Middle: Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America (Illinois)

Kolker, Triumph over Containment: American Film in the 1950s (Rutgers)

Kuhn, The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution (Oxford)

Laughlin, Redeem All: How Digital Life Is Changing Evangelical Culture (California)

Lebovic, A Righteous Smokescreen: Postwar American and the Politics of Cultural Globalization (Chicago)

Magid, Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical (Princeton)

McClure, Winter in America: A Cultural History of Neoliberalism, from the Sixties to the Reagan Revolution (North Carolina)

McGregor, Communion of Radicals: The Literary Christian Left in Twentieth-Century America (LSU)

Meriweather, Tears, Fire, and Blood: The United States and the Decolonization of Africa (North Carolina)

Morgan, A Nation of Descendants: Politics and the Practice of Genealogy in U.S. History (North Carolina)

Pearson, The Birth Certificate: An American History (North Carolina)

Piehler, A Religious History of the American GI in World War II (Nebraska)

Pfeiffer, Transforming Girls: The Work of Nineteenth-Century Adolescence (Mississippi)

Pöhlmann, Vote with a Bullet: Assassination in American Fiction (Camden House)

Polak, FDR in American Memory: Roosevelt and the Making of an Icon (Johns Hopkins)

Pollans, Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities (Texas)

Rabinovitch-Fox, Dressed for Freedom: The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism (Illinois)

Ratner-Rosenhagen, American Intellectual History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)

Reagin, Re-living the American Frontier: Western Fandoms, Reenactment, and Historical Hobbyists in Germany and America Since 1900 (Iowa)

Richardson, How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America (Oxford)

Richland, Cooperation without Submissions: Indigenous Jurisdictions in Native Nations-US Engagements (Chicago)

Roland, Delta of Power: The Military-Industrial Complex (Johns Hopkins)

Roth, Her Cold War: Women in the U.S. Military, 1945–1980 (North Carolina)

Rouleau, Empire’s Nursery: Children’s Literature and the Origins of the American Century (NYU)

Rusczcycky, Vulgar Genres: Gay Pornographic Writing and Contemporary Fiction (Chicago)

Schipper, Denmark Vesey’s Bible: The Thwarted Revolt That Put Slavery and Scripture on Trial (Princeton)

Schwartz-DuPre, Curious about George: Curious George, Cultural Icons, Colonialism, and US Exceptionalism (Mississippi)

Shaw and Goodman, Hollywood and Israel: A History (Columbia)

Stolzenberg and Myers, American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York (Princeton)

Stuelke, The Ruse of Repair: US Neoliberal Empire and the Turn from Critique (Duke)

Talusan, Instruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music during US Colonization of the Philippines (Mississippi)

Tillet, In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece (Abrams)

Vider, The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II (Chicago)

Weidman, Killer Instinct: The Popular Science of Human Nature in Twentieth-Century America (Harvard)

Weinberg, Red Dynamite: Creationism, Culture Wars, and Anticommunism in America (Cornell)

Wiegand, American Public School Librarianship: A History (Johns Hopkins)

Ancient and Medieval Studies

Airlie, Making and Unmaking the Carolingians, 751-888 (Bloomsbury)

Aldana, Calculating Brilliance: An Intellectual History of Mayan Astronomy at Chich’en Itza (Arizona)

Aldhouse-Green, Rethinking the Ancient Druids: An Archaeological Perspective (Wales)

Anhalt, Embattled: How Ancient Greek Myths Empower Us to Resist Tyranny (Stanford)

Bale, Margery Kempe: A Mixed Life (Reaktion)

Beard, Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern (Princeton)

Beaton, The Greeks: A Global History (Basic Books)

Browne, et al., eds., English Medieval Embroidery: Opus Anglicanum (Yale)

Bryan, Discourse in Old Norse Literature (D.S. Brewer)

Caner, The Rich and the Pure: Philanthropy and the Making of Christian Society in Early Byzantium (California)

Clark, The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History (Yale)

Cole, The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy (Osprey)

Cooper, Christine de Pizan: Life, Work, Legacy (Reaktion)

de la Bédoyère, Domina: The Women Who Made Imperial Rome (Yale)

Earenfight, Catherine of Aragon: Infanta of Spain, Queen of England (Penn State)

Flight, Basilisks and Beowulf: Monsters in the Anglo-Saxon World (Reaktion)

Franklin, Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia (California)

Gribit, Henry of Lancaster’s Expedition to Aquitaine, 1345-1346: Military Service and Professionalism in the Hundred Years War (Boydell Press)

Harvey, The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages (Reaktion)

Heslop, Viking Mediologies: A New History of Skaldic Poetics (Fordham)

Hingley, Conquering the Ocean: The Roman Invasion of Britain (Oxford)

Hollway, The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada (Osprey)

Irby, Conceptions of the Watery World in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Bloomsbury)

Jigoulov, The Phoenicians (Reaktion)

Karateke and Anetshofer, eds., The Ottoman World: A Cultural History Reader, 1450–1700 (California)

López-Ruiz, Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean (Harvard)

Mallette, Lives of the Great Languages: Arabic and Latin in the Medieval Mediterranean (Chicago)

Marder, Green Mass: The Ecological Theology of St. Hildegard of Bingen (Stanford)

Meserve, Papal Bull: Print, Politics, and Propaganda in Renaissance Rome (Johns Hopkins)

Moshenska, Making Darkness Light: A Life of John Milton (Basic Books)

Moyle, The King’s Painter: The Life of Hans Holbein (Abrams Press)

Orme, Going to Church in Medieval England (Yale)

Papalexandrou, Bronze Monsters and the Cultures of Wonder: Griffin Cauldrons in the Preclassical Mediterranean (Texas)

Patterson, Making the Bible French: The Bible historiale and the Medieval Lay Reader (Toronto)

Porter, Homer: The Very Idea (Chicago)

Rosenberg, Tales of a Minstrel of Reims in the Thirteenth Century (CUA)

Salter, Saints, Cure-Seekers, and Miraculous Healing in Twelfth-Century England (York Medieval Press)

Salzman, The Falls of Rome: Crises, Resilience, and Resurgence in Late Antiquity (Cambridge)

Shanafelt, Uncommon Sense: Jeremy Bentham, Queer Aesthetics, and the Politics of Taste (Virginia)

Sigurdsson, Scandinavia in the Age of Vikings (Cornell)

Star, Apocalypse and Golden Age: The End of the World in Greek and Roman Thought (Johns Hopkins)

Stephenson, New Rome: The Empire in the East (Harvard)

Vuille, Holy Harlots in Medieval English Religious Literature: Authority, Exemplarity and Femininity (D.S. Brewer)

Warner, The Agincourt Campaign of 1415: The Retinues of the Dukes of Clarence and Gloucester (Boydell Press)

Weeda, Ethnicity in Medieval Europe, 950-1250: Medicine, Power and Religion (York Medieval Press)

Wellesley, The Gilded Page: The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts (Basic Books)

Wilson, Dictator: The Evolution of the Roman Dictatorship (Michigan)

SF / Fantasy / Horror Studies

Ancuta and Valančiūnas, eds., South Asian Gothic: Haunted Cultures, Histories, and Media (Wales)

Booth and Williams, eds., Fan Studies Primer: Method, Research, Ethics (Iowa)

Brown, Love, Sex, Gender, and Superheroes (Rutgers)

Castricano, Gothic Metaphysics: From Alchemy to the Anthropocene (Wales)

Chapman, Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007 (Bloomsbury)

Chua and Rehding, Alien Listening: Voyager’s Golden Record and Music from Earth (Princeton)

Clare, Ancient Greece and Rome in Videogames: Representation, Play, Transmedia (Bloomsbury)

Clasen, A Very Nervous Person’s Guide to Horror Movies (Oxford)

Cordasco, Out of This World: Speculative Fiction in Translation from the Cold War to the New Millennium (Illinois)

Delany, Of Solids and Surds (Yale)

Favreau, Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid (Bloomsbury)

Grybauskas, A Sense of Tales Untold: Exploring the Edges of Tolkien’s Literary Canvas (Kent State)

Hefner, Black Pulp: Genre Fiction in the Shadow of Jim Crow (Minnesota)

Hernandez, et al., eds., Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology (Ohio State)

Higgins, Reverse Colonization: Science Fiction, Imperial Fantasy, and Alt-Victimhood (Iowa)

Jones, Horror: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)

Luckhurst, Gothic: An Illustrated History (Princeton)

Magoulick, The Goddess Myth in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: A Feminist Critique (Mississippi)

McSweeney, Black Panther: Interrogating a Cultural Phenomenon (Mississippi)

Montgomery, The Postapocalyptic Black Female Imagination (Bloomsbury)

Morris, Public Religions in the Future World: Postsecularism and Utopia (Georgia)

Morton, Spacecraft (Bloomsbury)

Newton, The Mad Max Effect: Road Warriors in International Exploitation Cinema (Bloomsbury)

Peterson, Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons (MIT)

Premat, Borges: An Introduction (Vanderbilt)

Rosegrant, Tolkien, Enchantment, and Loss: Steps on the Developmental Journey (Kent State)

Roston, The Writer’s Crusade: Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse-Five (Abrams)

Ruston, The Science of Life and Death in Frankenstein (Bodleian Library Publishing)

Sanchez-Taylor, Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color (Ohio State)

Sargeant, Encountering the Impossible: The Fantastic in Hollywood Fantasy Cinema (SUNY)

Scharmen, Space Forces: A Critical History of Life in Outer Space (Verso)

Scott, Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics (NYU)

Sneed, The Dreamer and the Dream: Afrofuturism and Black Religious Thought (Ohio State)

Spiers, Encountering the Sovereign Other: Indigenous Science Fiction (Michigan State)

Stein, Authorizing Superhero Comics: On the Evolution of a Popular Serial Genre (Ohio State)

Tidwell and Soles, Fear and Nature: Ecohorror Studies in the Anthropocene (Penn State)

Weinstock and Hansen, eds., Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema (Fordham)

One thought on “Fall 2021 University Press Recommendations

  1. Thank you for the resource. Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia looks fascinating. Straight onto my massive medieval history “to acquire” list.


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