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The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint

by Mita Choudhury Penn State University Press (December 09, 2015)

This microhistory investigates the famous and scandalous 1731 trial in which Catherine Cadière, a young woman in the south of France, accused her Jesuit confessor, Jean-Baptiste Girard, of seduction, heresy,...

Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue

by Mark Garrett Longaker Penn State University Press (September 04, 2015)

During the British Enlightenment, the correlation between effective communication and moral excellence was undisputed—so much so that rhetoric was taught as a means of instilling desirable values in students....

Broken Lights and Mended Lives

by William Caferro Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

A discussion by a broadly respected authority of the complicated relationship between theology and ordinary life in the early church. The first section of the book scrutinizes theology with a view to understanding...

Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France

by Jonathan Dewald Penn State University Press (March 31, 2015)

In Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France, Jonathan Dewald explores European aristocratic society by looking closely at one of its most prominent families. The Rohan were rich, powerful, and respected,...

Sign of Pathology

by Nathan Stormer Penn State University Press (March 18, 2015)

Much of the political polarization that grips the United States is rooted in the so-called culture wars, and no topic defines this conflict better than the often contentious and sometimes violent debate over...

Animal Companions

by Ingrid H. Tague Penn State University Press (April 20, 2015)

Although pets existed in Europe long before the eighteenth century, the dominant belief was that pet keeping was at best frivolous and at worst downright dangerous. In Animal Companions, Ingrid Tague explores...

Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves

by Ann-Janine Morey Penn State University Press (August 29, 2014)

Dogs are as ubiquitous in American culture as white picket fences and apple pie, embracing all the meanings of wholesome domestic life—family, fidelity, comfort, protection, nurturance, and love—as well...

Collective Courage

by Jessica Gordon Nembhard Penn State University Press (April 11, 2014)

In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Not since W. E. B. Du Bois’s...

Citizens in a Strange Land

by Hermann Wellenreuther Penn State University Press (August 05, 2013)

In Citizens in a Strange Land, Hermann Wellenreuther examines the broadsides—printed single sheets—produced by the Pennsylvania German community. These broadsides covered topics ranging from local controversies...

Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region, 1880–2000

by Karol K. Weaver Penn State University Press (August 08, 2011)

While much has been written about immigrant traditions, music, food culture, folklore, and other aspects of ethnic identity, little attention has been given to the study of medical culture, until now. In Medical...

Gorgeous Beasts

by Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee & Paul Youngquist Penn State University Press (September 28, 2012)

Gorgeous Beasts takes a fresh look at the place of animals in history and art. Refusing the traditional subordination of animals to humans, the essays gathered here examine a rich variety of ways animals contribute...

Nothing but Love in God's Water

by Robert Darden Penn State University Press (October 01, 2014)

The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God’s Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and...

The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman

by Philip Boobbyer Penn State University Press (May 24, 2013)

The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman is an in-depth look at the life, spirituality, and ideology of one of the most original figures in twentieth-century religion. Frank Buchman (1878–1961), the Pennsylvania-born...