Minnesota Scholarship Online (MNSO) has launched today! Bringing hundreds of fascinating works of scholarship onto the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO), MNSO has also added two completely new subjects to the platform – ‘Art’ and ‘Architecture’. This means that the University of Minnesota Press is the nineteenth partner to be part of UPSO’s family of prestigious publishers, and takes the ever-expanding library to over 19,000 online titles.
Founded in 1925, the University of Minnesota Press is among the most distinctive American university presses, with an international reputation for publishing boundary-breaking and intellectually rigorous work. After building its reputation during its first fifty years on traditional scholarly books and publishing in the literary and creative arts, Minnesota redefined its program in the 1980s to become a leading publisher of ground-breaking scholarship in social and critical theory, cultural studies, race and ethnic studies, and media studies and in the process became the first university press to define its editorial program by critical methods rather than academic discipline.
MNSO makes over 300 key titles from the Press available online and in XML format for the first time. The site has added content to nineteen UPSO subjects, including Literature, Philosophy, and Sociology, as well as adding new ‘Art’ and ‘Architecture’ modules.
To celebrate the launch of Minnesota Scholarship Online, we’ve made a selection of chapters from some of the press's key titles free and available for one month:
- 'The Colonial Origins of Global Water Inequality' in The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos by Karen Piper
- 'Introduction: Celebrity in the Digital Era – A New Public Intimacy' in Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture by P. David Marshall
- 'From the Military-Industrial to the Military-Entertainment Complex' in Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation, and Technoculture by Patrick Crogan
- 'Alien Phenomenology' in Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing by Ian Bogost
- 'Introduction: “Studying Up” and the Anthropology of Transnational LGBT Human Rights Advocacy' in Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide by Ryan R. Thoreson
- 'The Power of the “Story”' in The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami by Matthew Carl Strecher