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2021 Pricing Updates

In recognition of the financial challenges that many libraries now face as a result of COVID-19, Duke University Press has made the decision to keep 2020 prices for the 2021 calendar year for our journals and electronic collection products (with the exception of our subject collections, where the pricing is based on the number of included titles).

While it is difficult for us, as a nonprofit publisher, to keep our pricing unchanged, we hope that this decision will help to ease burdens on libraries during this unprecedented time. Please visit our COVID-19 response page to learn more about our efforts to support libraries and our readers, including extended grace access, content trials, syllabi, and more.

Pricing will remain unchanged for direct journal subscriptions, the e-Duke Books and e-Duke Journals collections, DMJ 100, MSP on Euclid, and Euclid Prime. Detailed information is accessible at If your library has a custom deal, please contact to confirm your price.

We appreciate the outpouring of feedback from our library community about how best to offer our support during this time, and we invite you to continue reaching out to us. Additional updates about our 2021 offerings follow.

New OA titles join the Duke University Press journals list

Duke University Press is pleased to announce the additions of open-access journals liquid blackness and the Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies to its 2021 list. Both journals will be included in the e-Duke Journals collection.

liquid blackness: journal of aesthetics and black studies, a biannual journal founded at Georgia State University in 2014, carves out a place for aesthetic theory and the most radical agenda of black studies to come together in order to achieve a double goal: to fully attend to both the aesthetic work of blackness and the political work of form.

The Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, a biannual journal founded in 2001 and published on behalf of Sungkyunkwan University, promotes new research on pre-1945 East Asian humanities, publishing articles that stay within traditional disciplinary or regional boundaries as well as works that explore the commonalities and contrasts of countries in the Sinographic Sphere.

E-books available this week through GOBI

Single-title Duke University Press e-books hosted on our content platform,, will be available starting this week to purchase through GOBI. More than 2,700 DRM-free backlist and current titles will be available, and purchases include unlimited multiuser access. Librarians who are interested in single-title purchases via GOBI should contact their GOBI Collection Development Manager.

East Asian Science, Technology and Society exits publishing program

After the publication of its 2020 volume, Duke University Press will no longer publish East Asian Science, Technology and Society. We will be in touch in the coming months with information regarding the new publisher and previously purchased content.

For more information about 2021 pricing, please contact

Freely Available Resources for #BlackLivesMatter Activists

Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen an outpouring of response from grieving communities against structural oppression and police brutality. As we balance political action and education about history and critical race theory, we encourage you to read and share the following resources with your community.


Our staff-curated syllabi offer journal articles and issues that are free for a limited time; please note that the books on these lists are not free but can be purchased via your local black-owned bookstore.

Syllabus topics include:

See the full list here.

Articles on racial inequity & COVID-19

The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law has released pre-publication manuscripts about COVID-19 and health policy, which are free to read until late August. Several of these articles, such as “Racism and the Political Economy of COVID-19: Will We Continue to Resurrect the Past?” by Zinzi Bailey and J. Robin Moon, address the structural racism providing the foundation for significant racial inequity during this pandemic. See the full article list here.

Policing and state violence resources from Radical History Review

The Radical History Review has curated a list of articles on policing and state violence. These articles, along with RHR’s new issue “Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination,” are free to read online through the end of September. (This issue can be read alongside Public Culture‘s 2019 issue “Violence and Policing,” also free through September as part of our Police Violence Syllabus.)

Open-access books

Duke University Press has published many open-access books, all accessible here. Titles of interest include Ontological Terror: Blackness, Nihilism and Emancipation by Calvin L. Warren, Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson by Shana L. Redmond, The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music by Nina Sun Eidsheim, and An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti by Marcus Rainsford.

Black art resources from Nka

In recognition of the importance of art and visual culture in the history of struggle against racism, the following issues of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art are free online through the end of September:

Time Out of Joint: The Queer and Customary in Africa

GLQ_26_3_prIn “Time Out of Joint: The Queer and Customary in Africa,” a new issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, contributors investigate how queer theory might change when African texts, experiences, and concepts are placed front and center rather than treated as examples or case studies.

The authors consider what the concept of customary does to the dialectic of tradition and modernity that is at the heart of much Africanist scholarship. Can queer theoretical texts travel beyond the North Atlantic world that made them without reproducing imperial ways of knowing? Can there be an African queer theory? In posing these questions, the authors encourage readers to consider queerness from and within Africa, exploring what African customary forms of gender and sexuality might do to the antinormativity of queer theory and how presumptions within Euro-American queer scholarship contribute to Afro-pessimist or Afro-optimist scholarship.

The issue’s introduction by editors Kirk Fiereck, Neville Hoad, and Danai S. Mupotsa is free to read online. Keguro Macharia’s article “belated: interruption,” which considers belatedness in relation to the encounter between queer and Africa, is free as well through the end of September.

Learn more about GLQ or purchase “Time Out of Joint” here.

Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination

rhrPolicing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination,” a new issue of Radical History Review, is now available free online through the end of September.

The issue, edited by Amy Chazkel, Monica Kim, and A. Naomi Paik, helps us imagine a world without police by examining historical cases in which people resolved social problems and maintained social peace through means other than relying on formal institutions of law enforcement. Contributors consider what new relationships and ways of dealing with violence and harm might emerge when we focus our gaze on those specific historical moments when people chose to carve out communal relations that operated beyond the policing function of the state.

Several articles from RHR‘s archive that address policing are also freely available through the end of September—see the full list on RHR‘s blog The Abusable Past.

Start reading “Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination” here. To subscribe to Radical History Review or purchase an issue, visit

Political Protests and Movements of Resistance Syllabus

politicalprotestsOur syllabi series highlights articles, books, and journal issues that encourage thoughtful discussion of today’s most pressing issues. The Political Protests and Movements of Resistance Syllabus, new today, lists titles that tackle topics of political protest, resistance, and activism. Subjects include transnational social movements, spatial reclamation, student occupation, protest literature, and more.

All journal articles and issues in this syllabus are freely available online until August 31, 2020. The books in this syllabus can be purchased from your local independent bookseller, from online booksellers, and at

Start reading the Political Protests and Movements of Resistance Syllabus, or explore our full list of syllabi, many with free journals content.

Health policy experts on the inequities, politics, & lessons of COVID-19

Seventeen health policy experts provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic in a new series of articles published by the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, available free online for three months.

The authors, focusing primarily on the United States, explore topics such as COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on people of color and how the US can reduce, rather than exacerbate, social and health inequities in future rapid response.

They outline the conditions of political communication that led to divergence along party lines and suggest social interventions to help us recover, such as universal health insurance, paid sick leave, tax reform, and investments in parental leave.

Explore the full list of articles here, all available as pre-publication manuscripts.

What We’ve Been Reading

Our staffers have largely been cooped up at home lately, and many of us have been turning to books for escape. Here’s what we’ve been reading lately—you can grab your own copies by ordering through your local bookstore or through

splendidProject Editor Ellen Goldlust writes, “Erik Larsen’s new book, The Splendid and the Vile, is about Winston Churchill’s first year as British prime minister, which included the Blitz, when German planes bombed Britain every night between September 1940 and May 1941. In large part as a result of Churchill’s leadership, British public support for fighting the Nazis never wavered in spite of the stress (imagine having your sleep disrupted by bombs every night for eight months!) and horrific damage and loss of life that these sustained attacks caused. In addition, knowing that Britain could not survive without US support, Churchill helped American officials navigate public sentiment on this side of the Atlantic to provide the necessary aid. The book is a stunning story about what real leadership in a time of crisis looks like and highlights just how badly the current US government is failing during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

dutch“I recently finished Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House, which was a perfect antidote to all the scholarly material I read during the day,” writes Editorial Production Manager Jessica Ryan. “The main characters are siblings who are obsessed with their family home, which they were forced to leave after the death of their father during their adolescence. It is the story of a family, a house, and growing up. Having to sell our family home after owning it for more than fifty years and sharing the complicated, wonderful, and often conflicting memories that house held for me and my six siblings made the idea of obsessive nostalgia real. With that in mind and the stories we tell around our family table, I continue to be amazed at the powerful presence a house can be in one’s life—and how empty a house can be when you can’t let others in.”

moominLaura Sell, Publicity and Advertising Manager, writes, “When the stay-at-home orders were first issued, I thought, ‘I’ll have so much time to read!’ But it turned out that I’ve had a lot of trouble concentrating during this time. In an effort to get off my phone and back into a book, I went to a shelf of childhood favorites, Tove Jansson’s Moomins series. I grabbed one at random: Moominvalley in November. It turned out to be a perfect pandemic read. Winter is coming to Moominvalley and four misfits converge on the Moomins’ house, only to find they’ve gone away. There’s not much of a plot, just little vignettes about the characters as they settle down together in the house and await the return of its owners. It gets darker and colder and the Moomins don’t return, but Snufkin, the Fillyjonk, Mymble, Toft, the Hemulen, and Grandpa Grumble become friends of sorts. But the book retains a melancholy air throughout, pondering loneliness and the transition of seasons. The Moomins never come home! What an odd little children’s book. It did help me get my reading groove back.”

dustMetadata and Digital Systems Manager Lee Willoughby-Harris’s first pandemic read was Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder. “OK, I’ll admit it. I miss sport. And given that society began to shift as March Madness was about to begin, I needed something to help fill the void. Centering around the Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals, the book is part social history (the ridiculous things people believed about athletic women in the early twentieth century is mind-boggling), part sports history, and thoroughly engaging. The story concludes with the 1932 AAU Women’s Basketball Championship in which the Cardinals face Babe Didrikson (Zaharias).”

9781480417168“I’ve read a lot of great books in the past weeks. But I’ve wanted to be comforted and read things that have definitive answers in this very uncertain time. So I’ve turned to the Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy L. Sayers,” writes Production Coordinator Erica Woods Tucker. “These books can be read in a day or two, and they’re just a fun read. I’d start with Whose Body? then maybe read Lord Peter Views the Body (a bunch of thriller and mystery short stories starring Wimsey that are just really fun and true to the genre.) [Please note these were written in between the world wars in Britain, so political correctness was not a thing. But I still enjoyed them.]”

irbyPre-Production Manager Lisa Savage’s recommendation is Wow, No Thank You, the latest collection of personal essays by Samantha Irby. “I was introduced to Irby’s writing by our colleague Erica Woods Tucker, and I’m so happy that she did! Irby’s writing is the perfect respite from the worries and anxieties of the state of the world—you can giggle at her wildly entertaining stories about her own worries and anxieties instead! She is candid, self-deprecating, and completely relatable. From her hilariously honest advice on love and marriage to her experience moving from a tiny apartment in Chicago to a house in Kalamazoo (‘what is that thing attached to the back of our house, a deck or a patio’) to her ‘Hollywood Summer’ as a writer on the Hulu show Shrill (she wrote the amazing ‘Pool Party’ episode), you’ll find lots to laugh about. Plus, all of her books have cute animals on the cover. Check out her Instagram, @bitchesgottaeat, too.”


Revisiting Queer Studies Syllabus

RevisitingQueerOur syllabi series is full of great content on some of today’s most pressing issues, and we’re proud to add the new Revisiting Queer Studies Syllabus to this list.

The Revisiting Queer Studies Syllabus lists articles, books, and journal issues that examine queerness today. Topics include queerness in poor and working-class populations, the transformation of sexuality as bodies age, decolonizing queerness, the relationship between queerness and antinormativity, queer migration, contemporary coming-out stories, and more.

All journal articles and issues in this syllabus are freely available online until August 31, 2020. The books in this syllabus can be purchased from your local independent bookseller, from online booksellers, and at All book introductions are freely available.

Start exploring the Revisiting Queer Studies Syllabus.

In Memoriam: David Bathrick

A post by the New German Critique Editorial Collective


Photo by Robert Barker/Cornell University

We are saddened to learn of the death of David Bathrick, professor emeritus at Cornell University and co–founding editor of New German Critique: An Interdisciplinary Journal of German Studies. David, 84, passed away April 30 at his home in Bremen, Germany.

In 1973 David cofounded New German Critique with Andreas Huyssen, Anson Rabinbach, and Jack Zipes. The journal has played a significant role in introducing US readers to Frankfurt School Critical Theory, and it helped expand the field of German studies from its focus on literature to a broadly conceived form of cultural historical studies. It remains an important forum for debate in the humanities and social sciences. A 2005 issue of New German Critique dedicated to David is freely available through the end of August in his honor.

After a 17-year career at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, David taught theater arts, German studies, and Jewish studies at Cornell University for 20 years, retiring in 2007. He authored The Powers of Speech: The Politics of Culture in the GDR, a seminal book that stands as a classic on GDR cultural politics before and after the fall of the wall, and The Dialectic and the Early Brecht: An Interpretive Study of “Trommeln in der Nacht.” He coedited Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory and Modernity and the Text: Revisions of German Modernism.

Some of us remember meeting David at the Madison Workshop during the early 1970s. From the very beginning of his long career, he stood out. He was a strong and innovative force in the profession. His commitment to modern German literature, and especially to Brecht, Weimar, and GDR culture, was always more than a purely scholarly engagement. His enthusiasm was both personal and political. What made him so attractive as a colleague and friend was his complete disregard for institutional hierarchies. This was the spirit in which NGC was founded.

Ever one to think outside the box and beyond the canon, David spent much of his career reflecting on mass culture and visual media. The Weimar Republic and its unique designs for living generated his articles on nonsynchronous authors such as Franz Jung as well as Max Schmeling, the boxing champion, and German Americanism. Above all cinema would become a key site of his endeavors. An indefatigable cinephile, David attended the Berlinale every year and took pleasure when he did so in watching four or five features a day. He wrote significant articles on Béla Balázs and G. W. Pabst, radio culture and Nazi cinema, filmic exemplars of aesthetic resistance in the Third Reich, and representations of the Holocaust. His summer seminars devoted to German film studies would have a strong impact on the rising careers of young scholars and have served as the catalyst for two widely used collections of essays.

Editing NGC with David as unflappable guide and inspiration was always an adventure leading to new insights. Working with him on the journal, there has never been a boring moment, and his roaring laughter and good spirits even in crisis situations are legend. He was committed to expanding German studies in ways that by now have become part of the field at large. If rethinking the Frankfurt School’s critical theories of modernity in changed historical conditions was a core concern, the journal opened its pages to feminist and queer studies, to postmodernism, film, and visual culture, and most recently to eco-critical studies. Together with his own incisive work on Brecht and Müller, on the question of oppositional culture in the GDR and on 1989, on Nazi film and contemporary taboos on Holocaust images and their transgressions, David Bathrick’s scholarship, teaching, and editorial work has shaped generations of students, many of whom have themselves become leaders in the profession.

Students at Cornell, UW–Madison, and elsewhere recall his generosity and his wit. He was a remarkably gifted advisor and mentor, who throughout his decades-long career inspired countless students—both doctoral and undergraduate—to explore new avenues of research, into East German history and culture, film history, and Holocaust studies. They also remember him as an extraordinary raconteur whose encounters with student movements and secret police (both FBI and Stasi) provided them with insights that went well beyond the written page. As one of his students put it succinctly, discussions with him always seemed to be a master class in how to think.

David embodied a form of critical thought that was in love with its objects, explored their contradictions, and was attuned both to the cognitive and affective dimensions of literary and theoretical texts, films, and historical constellations of culture and politics. Generosity toward other modes of thought and impatience with narrow moralizing, ideological closure, and the mindset of victimization and ressentiment were hallmarks of his being. As Biddy Martin, one of his students and member of the journal’s editorial collective in the 1970s, wrote in NGC 95, the special issue dedicated to his 70th birthday: “Bathrick observes, probes, pierces, teases, taunts, laughs and gazes with a cutting edge and an extraordinary tenderness. He delights with his capacity for amazement and with his irreverence. Nothing is automatically sacred, but his humor, while aggressive toward closure, complacency and piety, also reveals his profound humanity, his love of quirkiness, his embrace of absurdity, and his appreciation of our various limitations.”

David Bathrick was the soul of NGC. His memory will always be with us.

The NGC Editorial Collective


Labor and Precarity Syllabus

The rise of precarious and contingent labor has been one of the major economic changes over the past few decades, especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007–2009.


That precarity impacts many roles within the economy—gig workers, warehouse workers, day laborers, sanitation workers, and beyond—that all share a similar set of uncertainties, such as limited or no permanent employee rights, work-based payment, and insecure/unprotected households.

These books, journal issues, and articles in our new Labor and Precarity Syllabus address the many faces of precarity around the world. All journal articles and issues in this syllabus are freely available online until July 31, 2020. The books in this syllabus can be purchased from your local independent bookseller, from online booksellers, and at All book introductions are freely available online.

Explore the Labor and Precarity Syllabus.