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Aug. 14, 2009

New titles are available from the University of Iowa Press

Several new titles are now available from the University of Iowa Press, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The second edition of Mary E. Atherly's "Farm House: College Farm to University Museum" -- available for the first time in paperback -- traces the history of the first permanent structure on the campus of Iowa State University. The volume is part of the UI Press Bur Oak Books series, which preserves the literature, history, geography and culture of Iowa and the Midwest. Atherly was curator of Farm House Museum and is a member of the curatorial committee of the Iowa governor's mansion, Terrace Hill.

Also from the Bur Oak series is an expanded edition of "Kolonie-Deutsch: Life and Language in Amana" by Philip E. Webber. The book is a blend of sociolinguistic research about the local variety of German and stories from Amana Colony members both past and present. Webber is a professor of German and linguistics at Central College.

"A Sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography: Reading a Culture through Its Art" by Donald A. Proulx explores the work of artists on the south coast of ancient Peru. This is the first book-length treatment of Nasca ceramic iconography to appear in English, drawing upon an archive of more than 8,000 Nasca vessels from over 150 public and private collections. Proulx is a professor of anthropology emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

"American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative," edited by Robert K. Martin and Eric Savoy, is a collection of essays on the persistence of the Gothic in American culture through focus on the histories of gender and race, the cultures of cities, and scandals and sensations. The volume's topics range from the well-known Gothic horrors of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to the popular fantasies of Stephen King and the postmodern visions of Kathy Acker.

The new volume in the Sightline Books series in literary nonfiction is "The Great Chain of Life," written by Joseph Wood Krutch and illustrated by Paul Landacre, and originally published in 1956. Krutch (1893-1970), who was the Brander Matthews Chair of Dramatic Literature at Columbia University for two decades and served as the Nation's drama critic for nearly 30 years, turned to the study of the natural world in his later years. "The Great Chain of Life" brings a humanist's eye and ear to one of the great questions of the ages: "What am I?"

The books are available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Allison Means, UI Press, Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,