First collection of essays on Leonard Cohen to be published in UK to be released by Cambridge Scholars

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Spirituality and Desire in Leonard Cohen’s Songs and Poems: Visions from the Tower of Song, edited by Peter Billingham.

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About the Book

This volume represents the first ever collection of essays on Leonard Cohen to be published in the UK and one of the very first to be produced internationally. The essays range from unique insights offered by Cohen’s award-winning, authorised biographer Sylvie Simmons through to discussions of major themes in Cohen’s output, such as spirituality and desire, and include creative reflections from a filmmaker and poets upon their own creative response to his practice. Emerging from a one day symposium organised by Professor Peter Billingham at the University of Winchester, UK, to celebrate Cohen’s 80th birthday, this Festschrift collection represents a uniquely stimulating, insightful and provocative discussion of the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen, combining academic rigour with serious engagement with this remarkable poet and singer-songwriter. With a career now spanning over a long lifetime, from iconic favourites such as “Suzanne” and “Bird on the Wire” through to more recent worldwide successes such as “Hallelujah” and “Anthem”, this book is a must-read for cultural studies scholars and Cohen aficionados alike.

Spirituality and Desire in Leonard Cohen’s Songs and Poems: Visions from the Tower of Song is due for publication in January 2017. The preliminary list of chapters and contributors can be seen below.

Introduction:     “The only way to deal with the avalanche is to avoid the snow altogether” (Peter Billingham, University of Winchester)

Chapter 1: ‘Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows’: Conflict and Memory in Hamlet and ‘The Old Revolution’ (Simon Barker, University of Chichester)

Chapter 2: Crosses, Nails and Lonely Wooden Towers: The Leitmotif of ‘The Wounded Man’ in selected songs of Leonard Cohen (Peter Billingham, University of Winchester)

Chapter 3: “I never discuss my Mistresses and Tailors”: A Short Abstract Film about the Life and Work of Leonard Cohen (David Burden, Southampton Solent University)

Chapter 4: I’m (not) your man: Reading Leonard Cohen’s Lyrics without Leonard Cohen (Glenn Fosbraey, University of Winchester)

Chapter 5: Sex, Religion, Politics, and the Death Instinct: ‘Night Comes On’ (Leighton Grist, University of Winchester)

Chapter 6: Leonard Cohen and the Philosophical Voice of Learning (Rebekah Howes, University of Winchester)

Chapter 7: Leonard Cohen (Sylvie Simmons)

Chapter 8: Audacious Troubadour: The Early Poetry of Leonard Cohen (Julian Stannard, University of Winchester)

Chapter 9: Cohen Junction: Between the Trains (Judy Waite, University of Winchester)

Chapter 10: Lili Marlen and the Ghosts Decoding a Song to Find a Poet (Dragan Todorovic, University of Kent)

About the Editor

Peter Billingham is Professor of Modern Drama at the University of Winchester, UK, and has extensive experience as a teacher, researcher, author and playwright. His most recent monograph was Edward Bond – a Critical Study (2013) and his book At the Sharp End (2007) was nominated for the Theatre Book Prize. He is an award-winning playwright whose play “The Likeness” was a British Theatre Challenge winner and was produced in London in 2016.

For further information on this title, please contact Cambridge Scholars Publishing at admin@cambridgescholars.com.

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