Book Review: Crossed Correspondences: Writers as Readers and Critics of their Peers

This bilingual volume contains essays about a specific kind of correspondence between writers. A wide range of authors working in French and English is represented here – from Gabriel Harvey and Edmund Spenser to Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee – but the essays come together in exploring what the volume’s editor, Vanessa Guignery, describes as “private literary criticism” passed between writers. Guignery writes that the collection concerns itself with “correspondences in which writers comment not only on the production of their correspondent, but also their own artistic approach to their own work while it is still in progress or only just completed but not yet published” (1). In other words, these are all letters showing the ways in which writers help each other write. As Guignery notes, the shifts in the technologies of correspondence from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century do not diminish the significance of epistolary exchanges between writers, they simply change their forms from paper to screen.

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Book Announcement: Towards Efficient Photovoltaic Devices: Key Facts and Experiments on Dye Sensitised Solar Cells

Towards Efficient Photovoltaic Devices: Key Facts and Experiments on Dye Sensitised Solar Cells now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp140, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Towards Efficient Photovoltaic Devices: Key Facts and Experiments on Dye Sensitised Solar Cells by Codrin Alexandru Andrei.

Fossil fuels are limited resources and are anticipated to be exhausted within the next few decades. Solar energy is the only renewable resource capable of adequately meeting today’s total global energy demand.
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Book Announcement: Landscapes of Participatory Making, Modding and Hacking: Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Landscapes of Participatory Making, Modding and Hacking: Maker Culture and Makerspaces now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp145, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Landscapes of Participatory Making, Modding and Hacking: Maker Culture and Makerspaces, edited by Kenneth Y T Lim.

This book describes maker culture as it is manifested in particular socio-cultural contexts, and describes some of the underlying narratives behind the emergence of such cultures and hackerspaces. With reference to case studies, it invites a recasting of long-standing academic notions of industrialization, industrial location, urbanization, and regional divides.
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Book Announcement: Politics and Romance in Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies

Politics and Romance in Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp155, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Politics and Romance in Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies by Kenneth Usongo.

This study of the political and romantic impulses of Shakespeare’s tragic characters – including Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, Othello, and Iago, among others – discusses the overblown ambition of these characters as they embrace cunning and evil in order to acquire power and romance. The excessive ambition shown by these characters fuels action in the plays and significantly contributes to their downfall.
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Book Announcement: Ideological Roots of the Conflict between Pro-Kurdish and Pro-Islamic Parties in Turkey

Ideological Roots of the Conflict between Pro-Kurdish and Pro-Islamic Parties in Turkey now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp210, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Ideological Roots of the Conflict between Pro-Kurdish and Pro-Islamic Parties in Turkey by Rahman Dag.

The current agenda of international politics is full of headline-grabbing conflicts. This book focuses on one such conflict, namely the Kurdish question in Turkey, with recent peace negotiations between Turkey and the PKK having apparently failed.
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Book Announcement: The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919-1922

The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919-1922 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp250, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919-1922 by Jeffrey M. Leatherwood.

Ever since the courtroom doors closed in 1919, the tragic Charlotte Streetcar Strike has haunted the collective memory of the Carolina Piedmont region. During a season of labor unrest, it briefly made national headlines. Five men were killed and at least twelve others were wounded by gunfire during a demonstration against Southern Public Utilities, a subsidiary of James B. Duke’s Southern Power. For many who lived afterward in North Carolina’s “Queen City,” the strike and riot were events better left forgotten, while, for later generations, the “Battle of the Barn” has become an item of curiosity. Continue reading

PODCAST: From academia to pop culture to body hair, porn culture has permeated almost every aspect of our lives

Today, pornography is inescapable. It shapes our self-image, our relationships, our sexualities — even our body hair removal practices. In academia, many media scholars have taken a non-critical approach to porn and third wave feminists have embraced it. If it feels like the pornographers have won, it’s because in many ways they have.

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