New York University Press

New York University Press founded in 1916 by Elmer Ellsworth Brown, then Chancellor of the University.

nyupressNew York University Press located on Washington Square in Manhattan's historic and intellectually vibrant Greenwich Village. It was, in Elmer Ellsworth Brown words, created "to publish contributions to higher learning by eminent scholars."
In the more than 90 years since its founding, the Press has sought to reflect the intellectual vitality of New York University by publishing a wide array of provocative and compelling titles, as well as works of lasting scholarly and reference value. NYU Press was once best known for its publication of The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman, the most comprehensive and definitive series of the poet's work. In more recent years, the Press has published major new, award-winning reference works such as the three-volume Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust - a 2001 National Jewish Book Award winner - and The New Encyclopedia of Judaism, and distinctive works of scholarship in history, religion, psychology, literature, cultural studies, politics, sociology, film, and law. In addition, the Press has an established list in New York regional history, politics and culture, Balkan Studies, and has growing lists in such areas as Jewish studies, African-American studies, Asian-American studies, Latino/Latina culture, and youth culture in general. NYU Press publishes approximately 100 new books each year, enjoys a back-list of over 1500 titles, and was described recently by the Chronicle of Higher Education as “a major player in academic publishing.” The Press distributes its books both domestically and internationally through its agents in Britain, Europe, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Australia, and Latin America. NYU Press is also the exclusive North American distributor of Monthly Review Press and Fordham University Press. While the Press's mandate has evolved over the decades, adjusting to changes in the academy and in the publishing world, Brown's words continue to ring true to this day in describing the Press's bedrock purpose.
Introducing selected titles:

Is Diss System? NYU PressIs Diss System? A Milt Gross Comic Reader by Ari Y. Kelman (editor) published by New York University Press in 2010. Where readers considering Milt Gross a linguistic innovator or a peddler of derogatory stereotypes, his popularity during the 1920s and 1930s indicates how widely his work resonated with American audience. He turned his gift for hearing the humorous overtones of well-worn stories of daily immigrant life into a series of widely popular cartoons. He captured American humor in transition, his parodies of poetry sounded like reading primers set loose on the Lower East Side, while his accounts of Jewish tenement residents echoed with the mistakes of the immigrant experience. Ary Y. Kelman is an author and assistant professor of American studies at the University of California, Davis.

Empire of Sacrifice, NYU PressEmpire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence
by Jon Pahl published by New York University Press in 2010. This book explains how distinctive features of American culture work together by exploring how constructions along the lines of age, gender, and race have operated to centralize cultural power across American cultural and civil religions in ways that do not always appear to be ‘religious.’ Author traces development of these forms of systemic violence throughout history. He uses evidence from movies and works of literature. Jon Pahl is an author and professor of the history of Christianity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.

NEWARK, NYU PressNewark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America by Kevin Mumford published by New York University press in 2007. Mumford moved to Newark in 1998. Newark’s tale of race, rights, and rioting was worth telling. Newark is located in the highly populated state of New Jersey, in the Northwest region of the nation. The major cities of MJ were hit by the cycle of deindustrialization that characterized the rust belt across the U.S. from the 1950s… Mumford explores the effect of the riots and how the police and National Guard escalated the violence. The author applies the concept of the public sphere to the problem of race. He demonstrates how print culture and political ideas were instrumental in shaping African American consciousness. Newark explains the impact of African Americans on the reconstruction of American cities in the 20th century. K. Mumford is Associate Professor of History and African American studies at the University of Iowa.

A Feeling of belonging, NYU PressA Feeling of Belonging: Asian American Women’s Public Culture, 1930-1960 by Shirley Jennifer Lim published by New York University Press in 2006. Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook,
Shirley Jennifer Lim examines the cultural practices of Asian American women in USA pop culture. She focuses on the cultural activities of young and unmarried Asia American women from 1930 to 1960. This period marked a crucial generation, when these women began to make their presence felt in the U.S. The author explores lives of Chi Alpha Delta, Anna May Wong, who were distinguished from previous generations by American citizenship…

Ottoman Art In The Service Of The Empire by Zdzislaw Zygulski, Jr. first published by New York University Press in 1992. The publication of this work has been aided by a grant from the Hagor Kevorkian Fund. The Hagor Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies of New York University asked Zdzislaw Zygulski to present a discussion of the role flags & other objects had in Ottoman history. This book is based on the lectures Zdzislaw Zygulski gave in 1989 at New York University in response to that invitation.
"The most important single factor in the long history of the Turkish people was the change from a nomadic to a settled way of life," Zdzislaw Zygulski wrote in his preface. "The Ottomans succeeded in creating a state with imperial dimensions... To sustain this state, the Turks used their Islamic faith, of which they had become the most fervent followers, and borrowed numerous symbols and instruments from other nations that proved important for their state..."
Ottoman Art In The Service Of The Empire by Zdzislaw Zygulski, Jr. provides a rare & authoritative glimpse at the splendid decorative military art of the Ottomans. this book illustrated by 23 line drawings, 73 black-and-white illustrations, 9 fascinating colour plates that captured the artistry & the skilled craftsmanship of the Ottomans period.
Zdzislaw Zygulski, Jr. is a Curator of the Czartorski Collection in the National Museum of Krakow & Professor of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.

Love Beyond Death: The Anatomy of a Myth in the Arts by Rudolph Binion first published by New York University Press in 1993. In preparing this book author incurred many debts. He drew liberally on Joel Sheveloff's expertise in music & Alice Binion's in art. James Murphy located a lost painting. Samuel Cohn, Jr., Robert Aldrich, Bram Dijkstra, John Michael Montias, Steven Kern, Robert Rosenblum, Jack Spector gave the manuscript close critical reading at various stages... Many people & institutions took part in creating of the Love Beyond Death: The Anatomy of a Myth in the Arts, this richly illustrated volume that explores the eroticization of death in the literature, music & art of the 19th century & the popular culture of our time. Rudolph Binion explores a rich variety of prose & poetry, sculpture & paintings, instrumental music & lyrics. Author compares modern with pre-modern treatments of key subjects such as Mary Magdalen & Salome, supporting his text with fascinating illustrations...
Rudolph Binion is the Leff Families Professor of Modern European History at Brandeis University & the author of several books.

riversidechurchThe History of the Riverside Church in the City of New York first published by New York University Press in 2004.
The Riverside Church is always thought of as a national institution, a mega-church, a Protestant cathedral. The Riverside Church, multicultural congregation that continue
to nurture liberal theological tradition housed in a fascinating building on the Upper West Side of New York City. Idea for this project - book about Riverside Church - emerged from conversations between Dr. Forbes & his friend & colleague, the late Professor James Melvin Washington of Union Theological Seminary. Unfortunately, Professor Washington's life ended before their dream came reality.
The Riverside Church emerged out of the vision of Jon D. Rockefeller, Jr. & Harry Emerson Fosdick, a collaborative venture between America greatest philanthropists & its famous liberal preacher. This church served as the premier model of Protestant liberalism in the U.S.
The History of the Riverside Church is a collaborative effort by a stellar of scholars.This book, illustrated with black & white photographs & drwings offers a critical history of this unique institution, including its cultural impact on New York City. Contributors to this title: Peter J Paris, John Wesley Cook, James Hudnut-Beumler, Lawrence H. Mamiya, Leonora Tubbs Tisdale & Juduth Weisenfeld with a foreword by Martin E. Marty.

ordianry peopleOrdinary People Extraordinary Lives: A Pictorial History of Working People in New York City by Debra E. Bernhardt & Rachel Bernstein published by New York University Press in 2000. This is a Project of the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.
Ordinary People Extraordinary Lives: A Pictorial History of Working People in New York City tells a few stories of men & women who worked in factories & sweatshops, in homes & offices, on bridges & docks. It is the stories of the people who built New York City.
This book provides a different angles of vision, focusing on photographs & stories of working people. This title has mission to bring to light some of the extraordinary images, lives, events that document it. Debra E. Bernhardt & Rachel Bernstein selected resonant voices & images that evoke the chutzpah, tenacity, fire & creativity of New Yorkers. The archival documents give a picture of working-class life. New York City has been home to a wider range of skilled workers, immigrants, workers' organizations... This book is "the tip of an iceberg - it comes out of nearly two decades of projects designed to recover & preserve the records and the voices of New York City labor."
Debra E. Bernhardt is director of the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University's division of libraries. Rachel Bernstein teaches in the Public History program at New York University.


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