Black Lives Matter.

How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

Jerald Walker

“No one—absolutely no one—I’ve read is writing better than Jerald Walker about race, being black, and the depths and complexities of our humanity.” —Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage, winner of the National Book Award

Read “Breathe,” a timely essay from the book

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Black Lives Matter.

Reimagining the Middle Passage

Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song

Tara T. Green

“[Green] illuminates how individuals resisted social death and why this resistance is still necessary today.”—Matthew Teutsch, Black Perpectives

A 2019 CHOICE Outstanding Title

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Black Lives Matter.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out

Political Horror

Edited by Dawn Keetley

“Just when I thought, ‘Okay, we’ve now seen every way we could approach this film,’ the next essay would reframe it in a new way that made me think and then rethink.” —Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

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Black Lives Matter.

Love’s Long Line

Sophfronia Scott

“Love’s Long Line reminds us that a life lived with hope is a life full of possibility. . . . Scott knows how to find grace even in its absence.” Renée E. D’Aoust, Brevity

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Black Lives Matter.

Apocalypse Man

The Death Drive and White Masculine Victimhood

Casey Ryan Kelly

Apocalypse Man is an ambitious, disturbing, and ultimately necessary project that helps us make sense of our current political moment.” —Joshua Gunn

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Black Lives Matter.

James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity

Aaron Ngozi Orforlea

“Illuminates the rhetorics of black male subjectivities.…Oforlea demonstrates how Baldwin and Morrison invite an exploration of storytelling as an act of collective resistance against societal forces of racial oppression.”—American Literature

Winner of the 2018 College Language Association Award for Creative Scholarship

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New & Forthcoming Titles:

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a more perfect Union

Teri Ellen Cross Davis

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Don't Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen

Edited by Kristen Iversen and David Lazar

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Like Love

Michele Morano

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Praying Naked

Katie Condon

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The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie

Written by Frederick Luis Aldama
Illustrated by Chris Escobar

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Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Science Fiction and Fantasy

Edited by Matthew David Goodwin
Introduction by Frederick Luis Aldama

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Voices from the Ape House

Elizabeth Lynn Armstrong

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The Columbus Anthology

Edited and with an Introduction by Amanda Page

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Rhetoric of Health and Medicine As/Is: Theories and Approaches for the Field

Edited by Lisa Melonçon, S. Scott Graham, Jenell Johnson, John A. Lynch, and Cynthia Ryan

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Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Isiah Lavender III and Lisa Yaszek

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Talking #browntv: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen

Frederick Luis Aldama and William Anthony Nericcio

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Vaccine Rhetorics

Heidi Yoston Lawrence

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About the Ohio State University Press:

The Ohio State University Press was established in 1957 and currently publishes 50-60 new books a year. We specialize in literary and cultural studies, (including comics, narrative theory, Victorian studies, and medieval studies) American studies, rhetoric and communication, gender and sexuality studies, and race and ethnic studies (including Black studies and Latinx studies). We also acquire books in regional studies on our Trillium imprint, creative works, on our Mad Creek imprint, and linguistics, and publish the annual winners of The Journal’s non/fiction and poetry prizes.

In addition to its books, the Press publishes a distinguished group of journals including Inks, the journal of the Comics Studies Society, Adoption & Culture, American Periodicals, Victorians, North American Journal of Celtic Studies, and Narrative.

The Ohio State University Press is a proud member of the Association of University Presses. For a spreadsheet list of the Association's members and the subjects they publish in, click here. For a PDF of the Association's publication, Best Practices for Peer Review, click here.

Latest News:

Congratulations to our authors Anthony Moll, author of Out of Step, and Barrie Jean Borich, author of Apocalypse, Darling for their 2018 Lambda Literary Award nominations!

And congratulations to Nicole Walker for the nomination of her book, Sustainability: A Love Story, as a Foreword Reviews 2018 Indie Award Finalist.

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The Ohio State University Press joins the University Press Diversity Fellowship Program

A four-year, $1,205,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has been awarded to six university presses to support the continued development and expansion of the pipeline program designed to diversify academic publishing.
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As recipient of the prize, Bilocerkowycz receives $1,000 and her collection of linked essays, On Our Way Home from the Revolution, will be published as part of the 21st Century Essays series in Fall 2019.  

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James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity by Dr. Aaron Ngozi Oforlea has been awarded the College Language Association's 2018 Award for Creative Scholarship. This award recognizes outstanding literary and linguistic scholarship. Oforlea's work explores the rhetorical strategies that Baldwin’s and Morrison’s black male characters employ as they negotiate discourses of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Cover for the Book, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity by Dr. Aaron Ngozi Oforlea
Library Journal has named Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society one of the best new magazines of 2017, calling it "a journal that takes comics seriously." Congratulations to editor Jared Gardner and the entire Inks team! Cover of the journal Inks, volume 2, issue one.
Check out the full list here!
Cover of Kate Polak's Book, Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics
Kate Polak's Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics has been nominated for the 2018 Eisner Awards in the category of Best Academic/Scholarly Work.  Ethics in the Gutter examines how comics—particularly those that fictionalize historical atrocity—teach readers about the possibilities and limitations of empathy and ethics.


Patricia Vigderman's The Real Life of the Parthenon reviewed in The Wall Street Journal:
“Ms. Vigderman’s polished prose is never vague; it never gropes, nor does it disappoint. The work is a sequence of beautifully interwoven meditations.”

Reviewed in The New York Times:
“Part memoir, part travelogue and part musing on cultural patrimony, her new book is a voyage around the ancient world in which she examines the issues raised by the migration of art in the modern era.”