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University press publications receive recognition

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 10, 2006) -- Choice Magazine has selected three Ohio University Press and Swallow Press books as 2006 Outstanding Academic Titles.

"Music Hall & Modernity: The Late-Victorian Discovery of Popular Culture" by Barry J. Faulk, "Theatres of Struggle and the End of Apartheid" by Belinda Bozzoli and "Highland Sanctuary: Environmental History in Tanzania's Usambara Mountains" by Christopher A. Conte were chosen from almost 7,000 titles reviewed by the Choice editorial staff. The list includes 682 books and electronic sources reviewed by Choice over the past year.

"It is an honor any time one of our books is listed as a 'Choice' Outstanding Academic Title," said David Sanders, director of Ohio University Press and Swallow Press. "To have three books receive such a designation in the same year demonstrates the level of commitment by Ohio University Press to scholarly excellence, across many disciplines. I think it is a real recognition of the breadth and depth of our contribution to Ohio University's scholarly mission. We are proud of our authors and proud that we played a part in their success."

According to Choice, these outstanding titles have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field and their importance in the treatment of their subjects. The Outstanding Academic Titles list is considered of the "best of the best" by Choice. Less than 10 percent of the titles reviewed during the past year, and less than 3 percent of the more then 23,000 titles submitted for review are included.

"Music Hall & Modernity" demonstrates how such pioneering cultural critics as Arthur Symons and Elizabeth Robins Pennell used the music hall to secure and promote their professional identity as guardians of taste and national welfare. It offers a complex view of the new middle-class, middlebrow, mass culture of late-Victorian London and contributes to a body of scholarship on nineteenth-century urbanism.

"Theatres of Struggle" is a compelling study of the origins and trajectory of one of the legendary black uprisings against apartheid that draws on insights gained from the literature on collective action and social movements. Delving into the well-known Alexandra Rebellion of 1986, the books engages readers into the world of the rebels and causes them to confront the moral complexity and social duress experienced by Africans as they invented new social forms, and violently attacked old ones.

"Highland Sanctuary" is the first environmental history of the Usambara Mountains. In a groundbreaking study, Conte examines the physical nature of the mountain and the forces that have led to such diversified flora and fauna. Particular attention is paid to how land-use practices have subtly and dramatically affected the landscape, and even the social structure in the East and West Usambaras.

For more information on these books and other publications by Ohio University and Swallow press, visit their Web site at www.ohiou.edu/oupress/

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