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Excerpt: What the Signs Say

Jun. 15, 2020—What the Signs Say: Language, Gentrification, and Place-Making in Brooklyn is officially out this week from Vanderbilt UP. Written by Shonna Trinch and Edward Snajdr, the book explores the impact of storefronts and their signage and argues that the public language of storefronts is a key component to the creation of the place known as Brooklyn,...

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The Legacy of One of Our Most Important Books

Jun. 10, 2020—In this staff post, Vanderbilt UP Marketing and Sales Manager Betsy Phillips reflects on the checkered legacy of one of VUP’s most important books in our 80-year history: A Vanderbilt Miscellany. The Legacy of One of Our Most Important Books by Betsy Phillips As a part of Vanderbilt UP’s 80th Anniversary commemoration this year, we wanted...

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Author Post: Finding Indigenous Women in Nineteenth-Century Argentine Anthropology

May. 15, 2020—As part of Vanderbilt UP’s celebration of the Latin American Studies Association LASA2020 virtual congress this week, we welcome a guest post today from Ashley Elizabeth Kerr, author of Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860–1910). Finding Indigenous Women in Nineteenth-Century Argentine Anthropology by Ashley Elizabeth Kerr At some point in my research...

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What We’re Reading: The Great Shut-In

Apr. 20, 2020—With so many staying home to try to help #FlattenTheCurve during the COVID-19 crisis, we at Vanderbilt UP wanted to share a list of books we’ve been reading and enjoying lately as we all shelter in place. We hope you are healthy and safe and able to take some time for reading. Anarchaeologies: Reading as...

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Excerpt: Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain

Apr. 17, 2020—Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain is officially out this week from Vanderbilt UP. Edited by Rafael Climent-Espino and Ana M. Gómez-Bravo, the book comprises 14 essays that showcase the eye-opening potential of a food lens within colonial studies, ethnic and racial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and studies of power dynamics,...

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Excerpt: Between the Rocks and the Stars

Apr. 15, 2020—Vanderbilt UP is excited to share that we have two new books out this week. The first is Between the Rocks and the Stars: Narratives in Natural History by Stephen Daubert. Between the Rocks and the Stars dives deep into the relationships that shape the natural world. It presents a collection of vignettes from the...

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Excerpt: Sex, Skulls, and Citizens

Mar. 16, 2020—Vanderbilt UP has a new book out this week—Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860–1910) by Ashley Elizabeth Kerr. Analyzing a wide variety of late-nineteenth-century sources, Sex, Skulls, and Citizens argues that Argentine scientific projects of the era were not just racial encounters, but were also conditioned by sexual relationships in...

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10 Outstanding Covers from the AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show

Jan. 16, 2020—The following is a guest post by Drohan DiSanto, designer at Vanderbilt University Press, exploring ten outstanding book covers from the Association of University Presses’ 2019 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. Vanderbilt UP is currently hosting the traveling Book, Jacket, and Journal Show exhibit on Vanderbilt’s campus, in the Vanderbilt Libraries Special Collections exhibit space...

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A Year of Book Love: Celebrating Eighty Years of Vanderbilt University Press

Jan. 2, 2020—The following is a guest post by Gianna Mosser, director of Vanderbilt University Press. As we look forward to a new decade, Vanderbilt University Press also has the pleasure and occasion to celebrate eighty years of publishing. Founded in 1940, VUP was originally a platform for literary writers affiliated with the university, similar to many...

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Excerpt: Enduring Postwar

Dec. 16, 2019—This week brings the official publication date of Enduring Postwar: Yasuoka Shōtarō and Literary Memory in Japan by Kendall Heitzman. Writer Yasuoka Shōtarō (1920–2013) was perfectly situated to become Japan’s premier chronicler of the Shōwa period, the span of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) from 1926 to 1989. Over fifty...

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