JHU Press Blog
by bjs | Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM
In the fall of 2012, JHUP Journals Production Editor Kristopher Zgorski launched a new blog focused on crime fiction, one of his personal passions. Last night, he received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his contributions to the genre through BOLO Books . The name comes from the police term "Be On the Look Out" and provides mystery and thriller readers with reviews of new books, interviews with authors and much, much more.
The blog spreads positive word-of-mouth reviews of books to try and share the passion Kristopher has for reading. The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing. Previous winners have included the Edgar Allan Poe Society, The Poe House, Steven Bochco, Angela Lansbury, Vincent price and President Bill Clinton. Kristopher managed to find time between his job, reading up to five books a week and the rest of his life to join us for a Q&A.
What does winning this award mean to you?
by bjs | Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM
A pair of Boston academics will take over the editorial duties of the journal American Imago this year. Murray M. Schwartz, Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, and Dawn Skorczewski, Director of University Writing and Professor of English at Brandeis University, take the reins from Otterbein University's Louis Rose . The journal has a distinguished history dating back to Sigmund Freud, and the new editorial team joined us for a Q&A about their new challenge.
How do you two divide the labor as editors for American Imago ?
To keep communications clear with authors, book reviewers and the Johns Hopkins Press, we work as Editor (Murray) and Co-Editor (Dawn). As Editor, Murray receives submissions and responds directly to authors and the Press, but editorial work is collaborative in every respect. Together, we consider whether to send submissions for review by Editorial board members or other reviewers, we work together to plan the contents of each issue, and we regularly discuss longer term plans for special issues. We only accept essays and reviews when we both find them...Read More
by eea | Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM
Like many others, I have dedicated my career to trying to improve equity and advance social change. I am especially interested in identifying ways to ensure that all people – regardless of demographic background or place of residence – have the opportunity to enroll in and benefit from high-quality higher education. Like other academics, I have conducted research studies, using a range of methodological approaches and theoretical lenses, to examine and shed light on multiple dimensions of this topic. I have published the results in books, journal articles, and other outlets targeted toward scholarly audiences. I also engage in efforts intended to connect the results of academic research to the federal and state policymakers, educational leaders and administrators, and others who can create needed changes.
In this era of “fake news,” the politicization of science, and what Tom Nichols calls “the death of expertise,” I have become increasingly curious about how other scholars understand the connections among research, advocacy, and policy. Of particular interest is understanding how colleagues consider such questions as: What is the role of research in informing policymakers and practitioners about the need for policies and practices that advance equity, inclusiveness, and social change? Do academic...Read More
by bjs | Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM
The final issue of New Literary History 's 48th volume took on a big issue. Literally. University of Virgina professors Krishan Kumar and Herbert F. Tucker guest edited the special issue "Writ Large ", which featured eight essays on big thinking and big writing. Tucker joined us for a Q&A about this special issue that tries to answer the age-old question of "is bigger better?"
How did this special issue come about?
In an unusually specific way. In 2014 I got interested in a Times Literary Supplement article on Toynbee’s A Study of History that opened out into broader consideration of the lately disused but arguably now resurgent category of longue-durée historiography, and that went on to ask more generally what were the current prospects for ambitiously capacious work in the interpretive human sciences. Here was an interesting question, I thought, one that intersected with my own ongoing interest in epic forms of imaginative and other writing. Only then did I look up the column and see that the author was none other than a friend of mine at UVa, and a colleague on...Read More
by eea | Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM
While working with the first-person narratives that inform this book, I found historical moment after moment open up in new and often compelling ways. Knowing for example that tensions in British-occupied Boston were only increasing after the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, Sarah Gray Cary’s hastily arranged departure from Massachusetts in early 1774 takes on new urgency. Writing to her son Henry, years later, Sarah explains: “sailing from Portsmouth -- Boston harbor being blocked with ice . . . the following month, the revolution broke out, and then all intercourse was stopped between us.” Sarah is not only alluding to the Coercive Acts, whereby the British revoked the colony’s charter, but she is also marking the beginnings of the American Revolution and the subsequent closing of Boston Harbor in June 1774. Additional archival records provide details about Sarah’s departure. The Reverend Thomas Cary, Sarah’s brother-in-law, records in his diary on February 8 th that “Sister Cary & Ned” arrived in Newburyport from Chelsea and on February 15 th that he “Went to Portsmouth with Sister Sally.” British...Read More
by bjs | Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM
The Johns Hopkins University Press has added two new journals to its exceptional collection of humanities and social sciences publications.
The Journal of Chinese Religions is the official publication of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions . Published twice a year, the journal publishes work on all aspects of Chinese religions in all periods. Philip Clart from Leipzig University in Germany serves as editor of the semiannual publication.
JHUP will publish Asian Perspective in cooperation with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in South Korea. Carla P. Freeman from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, edits the journal. The quarterly publishes critical analysis of the global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Asia.
"We are proud to welcome Asian Perspective and the Journal of Chinese Religions to JHUP," said Journals Publisher William Breichner . "Both have an outstanding tradition of producing important work and will fit into our collection of journals. We are also excited to start a relationship with the Society...Read More
by eea | Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 2:57 PM
One hundred years after U.S. involvement in World War I, it is time to revisit our literature that came out of that conflict--because we are only now, finally, able to understand it in its actual historical context. That is the purpose of my new book, War Isn't the Only Hell: A New Reading of World War I American Literature . It draws on military archives and cutting-edge research by social-military historians to fully and properly come to terms with the works of thirteen of our major writers, including some of our most famous authors and some who were in their own time well-known but have been mostly forgotten.
The Great War is sometimes called “America’s forgotten war.” This is the case, not only because World War I came to be overshadowed by World War II, but because, as Steven Trout suggests, there is no single prevailing account of the war that became registered in the national memory, as there is with World War II. Instead, we supposedly have two sets of contradictory narratives, some patriotic and excited, some haunted and disillusioned. We know what American involvement in World War II was about; we are less clear...Read More
by bjs | Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Nathan Grant has served as editor of African American Review since 2008. An Associate Professor at St. Louis University, he has agreed to republish his introduction to the issue celebrating the journal's landmark 50th anniversary here on our blog. Issue 50.4 has collected works from throughout the journal's history from many notable names. The issue is accessible on Project MUSE .
Gwendolyn Brooks. Wole Soyinka. Sandra Govan. The Umbra Poets. John Edgar Wideman. Houston A. Baker, Jr. Hilton Als. Bernth Lindfors. Nathaniel Mackey. Hortense J. Spillers. Natasha Trethewey. Camille Billops. Kimberly Benston. James V. Hatch. Darwin T. Turner. Jayne Cortez. William Greaves. Frances Smith Foster. Arnold Rampersad. bell hooks. Rita Dove. Jerry W. Ward, Jr. Toi Derricotte. Sandra Pouchet Paquet.
These are just a few of the names whose works have graced the pages of African American Review over the last fifty years. It’s an impressive and weighty list in its entirety—names of poets, fiction writers, and scholars who have given expression both wide and deep to the experiences of African America and the larger African diaspora,...Read More
by eea | Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 12:00 PM
Where’s the Manual?
Putting together the book, “ Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders, ” has been a pleasure, though not a simple undertaking: the issues facing higher education today are profound and plentiful. Some days the task of assembling a list of important topics seemed it would never end: finances - of course; Title IX - no longer simply an athletic matter; tenure - while it is difficult to pass judgment on a colleague, the new question is whether or not it should even exist; governance – faculty share responsibility but now students and the news media seem to want a voice in decision making, as well; and so on. The list grew long and intersected. We wanted to offer two voices for each issue and wished to have balance between large and small institutions, publics and independents; gender equality, long serving and newer to their positions. The chart was beyond what fit on the back on an envelope. But finally the grid came together and the wealth of professional experience our authors reveal is candid and often witty. We asked for and got anecdotes and examples, not precepts or advice...Read More
by eea | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:00 PM
The Chesapeake Bay as a Reflection of American Political Life
By Tom Pelton
As a journalist covering local government across different regions of the U.S. – in Virginia, Connecticut, Illinois, and Massachusetts – I witnessed a pattern that was disturbing to me. Forests and fields were being blacktopped by suburban sprawl, which was destroying not only natural landscapes but also draining the economic life out of unique and charming towns and cities.
When I started working as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun in 1997, this sterilization of the American landscape became all the more offensive to me, because I saw that it was now defacing one of the world’s great ecological masterpieces: the Chesapeake Bay. For the next 20 years, I wrote about Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay – including as an environmental reporter for The Sun, then as host of the public radio program “The Environment in Focus” on Baltimore’s WYPR 88.1 FM. John Hopkins University Press Editor Robert Brugger was a fan of my radio show, and one day emailed me to ask if I could write a book about the bay. I seized on my book project as an opportunity to...Read More