University of Pittsburgh Press
The University of Pittsburgh Press is a publisher with distinguished lists in a wide range of scholarly and cultural fields. They publish books for general readers, scholars, and students. The Press focuses on selected academic areas: Latin American studies, Russian and East European studies, Central Asian studies, composition and literacy studies, environmental studies, urban studies, the history of architecture and the built environment, and the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine. Their books about Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania include history, art, architecture, photography, biography, fiction, and guidebooks.

Their renowned Pitt Poetry Series represents many of the finest poets active today, as reflected in the many prestigious awards their work has garnered over the past four decades. In addition, the Press is home to the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and, in rotation with other university presses, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. They sponsor the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which recognises the finest collective works of short fiction available in an international competition.

Nature's Registry

Documenting Natural History in Prussia, 1770-1850
Format: Hardback
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9780822948278
Pub Date: 17 Sep 2024
Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Description:
A new addition to the University of Pittsburgh Press's Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century series.

William Bartram's Visual Wonders

The Botanical Drawings of an American Naturalist
Format: Hardback
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780822948261
Pub Date: 10 Sep 2024
Description:
The botanical drawings of the American naturalist William Bartram.

Querida

Poems
Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
ISBN: 9780822948377
Pub Date: 10 Sep 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
Winner of the 2024 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

2000 Blacks

Poems
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780822967309
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
Winner of the 2023 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Dragstripping

Poems
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780822967279
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
A new collection of poetry from Jan Beatty, author of Body Wars.

The Poetics of Plants in Spanish American Literature

Format: Paperback
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9780822967316
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Series: Pitt Illuminations
Description:
The Poetics of Plants in Spanish American Literature examines the defining role of plants in cultural expression across Latin America, particularly in literature. From the colonial georgic to Pablo Neruda’s Canto general, Lesley Wylie’s close study of botanical imagery demonstrates the fundamental role of the natural world and the relationship between people and plants in the region. Plants are also central to literary forms originating in the Americas, such as the New World Baroque, described by Alejo Carpentier as “nacido de árboles.

The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 14

The Correspondence, October 1873-October 1875
Format: Hardback
Pages: 552
ISBN: 9780822948186
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2024
Series: The Correspondence of John Tyndall
Description:
The 499 letters in the fourteenth volume of The Correspondence of John Tyndall cover a number of particularly intense and acrimonious disputes. More notably, this volume spans the period of the composition, delivery, and furious reaction to Tyndall’s famous—or, more accurately, infamous—Belfast Address. This prestigious lecture, which he delivered as the newly inaugurated president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, has long been heralded as one of the most momentous events of the nineteenth century.
Sensitive Rhetorics Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9780822948117
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Description:
Claims that students are too sensitive are familiar on and around college campuses. The ideas of cancel culture, safe spaces, and political correctness are used to shut down discussion and prevent students from being recognized as stakeholders in higher education and as advocates for their own interests. Further, universities can claim that student activists threaten academic freedom.
The Weak and the Powerful Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780822948070
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Description:
Panama is a country whose geopolitical importance outweighs its size because of the volume of trade that passes the Central American isthmus through the canal. For nearly a century, the United States occupied and controlled the Panama Canal Zone and its shipping operations. In 1999, control was passed to Panama’s Canal Authority.
The Selected Reginald Shepherd Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9780822948216
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
Drawing from all six of his collections, The Selected Shepherd offers a new retrospective on the work of an important and sometimes controversial Black, gay poet. Although well known for his erotic poems about white men, Shepherd also wrote consistently about the natural world and its endangerment and his grief over his mother’s death. Presented in both publication order and the order in which they originally appeared within each collection, these poems highlight the most important themes of Shepherd’s work, along with both his predictability and unpredictability as a poet.
The Persistence of Local Caudillos in Latin American Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9780822948124
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Description:
Despite democratization at the national level, local political bosses still govern many municipalities in Latin America. Caudillos and clans often use informal political practices—ranging from clientelism and patronage to harassment of political opposition—to control local political dynamics. These arbitrary and, at times, abusive practices pose important challenges to how Latin American democracy works and how power is exercised after the decentralization reforms in the region.
The Other Border Wars Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780822948087
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Illuminations
Description:
The Other Border Wars: Conflict and Stasis in Latin American Culture questions bordering as an organizing principle of culture, conflict, and politics. Shannon Dowd argues that Central and South American border conflicts such as the Chaco War, between Bolivia and Paraguay (1932–1935); the Soccer War, between El Salvador and Honduras (1969); and the Falklands/Malvinas War, between Argentina and the United Kingdom (1982); can be considered as stasis, meaning civil strife, rather than polemos, meaning international war. Through analyses of literature, film, and theatre, Dowd shows that border conflict is entwined with domestic strife, reinforced by stagnant geographical lines, and magnified under globalization.
The Graft Hybrid Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780822947936
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Description:
The global triumph of Mendelian genetics in the twentieth century was not a foregone conclusion, thanks to the existence of graft hybrids. These chimeral plants and animals are created by grafting tissue from one organism to another with the goal of passing the newly hybridized genetic material on to their offspring. But prevailing genetic theory insisted that heredity was confined to the sex cells and there was no inheritance of characteristics acquired during an organism’s lifetime.

Modern Architecture in Mexico City

History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780822966999
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Culture Politics & the Built Environment
Description:
Winner, 2018 SAH Alice Davis Hitchcock Award Mexico City became one of the centers of architectural modernism in the Americas in the first half of the twentieth century. Invigorated by insights drawn from the first published histories of Mexican colonial architecture, which suggested that Mexico possessed a distinctive architecture and culture, beginning in the 1920s a new generation of architects created profoundly visual modern buildings intended to convey Mexico’s unique cultural character. By midcentury these architects and their students had rewritten the country’s architectural history and transformed the capital into a metropolis where new buildings that evoked pre-conquest, colonial, and International Style architecture coexisted.
Literacies of/from the Pluriversal Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780822947295
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Description:
Decolonial projects can end up reinforcing dominant modes of thinking by shoehorning understandings of Indigenous and non-Western traditions within Eurocentric frameworks. The pluralization of literacies and the creation of so-called alternative rhetorics accepts that there is a totalizing reality of rhetoric and literacy. This volume seeks to decenter these theories and to engage Indigenous contexts on their own terms, starting with the very tools of representation.
In Parachutes Descending Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780822967200
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
In Parachutes Descending follows the speaker’s decision to leave her Bostonian husband for Jane, a San Franciscan artist, while charting the sensual consequences of our bodily entanglements. These poems capture personal desires fermenting among current earthly cataclysms, including climate change and global capitalism. In doing so, this collection asks us to think inclusively about the ways we become with all humans and nonhumans, all of us—past, present, and future—intimately entwined with others.