Thursday, July 16, 2015

New HEB Areas: Hip Hop Studies and Animal Studies

As part of its upcoming 2015 title release, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be adding Hip Hop Studies as a new area of study. Books in this field slated for release to our online platform later this summer are: Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop by Jeff Chang (ed.) (Basic Civitas, 2006);  Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur (Basic Civitas, 2003) and Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop (Basic Civitas, 2007) by Michael Eric Dyson; The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop by Murray Forman (Wesleyan University Press, 2002); The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture by Bakari Kitwana (Basic Civitas, 2003); The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop—and Why It Matters by Tricia Rose (Basic Civitas, 2008); and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop by Joseph Schloss (Wesleyan University Press, 2014).

We will also be adding two initial titles in the new field of Animal Studies, J. M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Kathleen Kete's The Beast in the Boudoir: Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris (University of California Press, 1994).

Certain traditional fields of study, such as history, have always been prominent within the HEB collection; by delving into newer fields, HEB hopes to ensure that all disciplines relevant to contemporary scholars, both established and emerging, are represented.

We anticipate that more works will be added to both  areas as our collection evolves.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ACLS Centennial Series

As part of its upcoming 2015 title release, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be making available five initial entries in its new ACLS Centennial Series, a selection of books authored by prominent contributors to ACLS to commemorate its founding in 1919. A number of these titles will be included with each release over the next five years, leading up to ACLS's 100-year anniversary in 2019. (Read  about our founding and history here.)

Slated for initial release later this summer are three books originally published in the 1910s and '20s: John Erskine, The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent, and Other Essays (1915); The Elizabethan Lyric: A Study (1916); and Democracy and Ideals: A Definition (1920);  The Rise of Universities (1923) by Charles Homer Haskins, the first chairman of the American Council of Learned Societies; and J. Franklin Jameson's The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement (1926). These books exemplify the scholarly achievements that ACLS and its originators have fostered over the last century.

We look forward to bringing additional titles in this series to our readers in the future.