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The Trouble with Men

Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power
David Shields

“In this bold mixture of stark honesty and humor, Shields . . . ponders how sex, love, attraction, and power all coalesce to both fortify and complicate the human mating experience. . . . Entertaining and contemplative, Shields offers focused philosophy and effervescent wisdom on some of society’s knottiest topics.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fearless consideration of sex and power that is also a moving meditation on the possibility of love.” —Amy Fusselman

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William S. Burroughs' "The Revised Boy Scout Manual"

An Electronic Revolution
William S. Burroughs, edited by Geoffrey D. Smith & Jonh M. Bennett

“It’s all there all the time with Burroughs.”—Marc Maron

“A carefully annotated, definitive edition of a long-lost William S. Burroughs work, The Revised Boy Scout Manual is a scathingly humorous, often uncannily prescient guide to revolution.”—Foreword

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Tales from la Vida

A Latinx Comics Anthology
Edited by Frederick Luis Aldama

“These deftly constructed stories shake us to our core selves, waking us and the world to the sweeping spectrum of Latinx identities and experiences. Mind blowing!” —Keith Knight, The Knight Life and K Chronicles

“An eclectic and artistically stunning collection of work overflowing with emotional resonance and cultural reverence, Tales from La Vida is a gift to cherish.” —David Walker, Luke Cage and Bitter Root

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Drawing on Anger

Portraits of U.S. Hypocrisy

Eric J. García

“Each cartoon grabs you and releases emotions: laughter, anger, rage, fear, hate, maybe curiosity to the uninformed and unaware. García offers context with a few lines to make provocative images. Nothing is off-limits, and nothing is hidden.” —José Angel Gutiérrez, Attorney and Emeritus Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington

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On the Back of a Turtle

A Narrative of the Huron-Wyandot People

Lloyd E. Divine Jr. (dárahǫk)

On the Back of a Turtle is a well-written and informative book that makes it easier to understand the journey of the Wyandotte people. It is a book that will help educate and inform Wyandotte people of our history for generations to come.” —Chief Billy Friend, Wyandotte Nation

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Great American Desert

Terese Svoboda

“Terese Svoboda has brought a poet’s lyrical intensity and factual density to prose fiction and writes like no one else.” —Tom McGuane

“A devious and extraordinary new collection of stories from one of our best writers.” —Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! 

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New & Forthcoming Titles:

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Fear Icons

Kisah Lewellyn Schlegel

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Lethal Theater

Susannah Nevison

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Precarious Rhetorics

Edited by Wendy Hesford, Adele C. Licona, and Christa Teston

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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:

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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Happy #UPWeek 2018!

#TurnItUP with today’s University Press blog tour theme of “The Neighborhood.” Read about how OSU Press is helping OSU celebrate it's forthcomning 150th birthday on our new blog!

An interview with Frederick Luis Aldama Aldama, series editor for Latinographix, talks with us about the process of editing the new anthology, Tales from la Vida.

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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.
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And congratulations to the editor of our journal, Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, and co-editor of our comic studies book series, for his nomination for his book, The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon (University Press of Mississippi) and to the editor of our LatinoGraphix series for the nomination of his book, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)
See the full list of nominees here.


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.”