Book Announcement: Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction

Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443894968
Hardback, pp405, £87.99 / $149.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction, edited by Nicolas Debarsy, Stéphane Cordier, Cem Ertur, François Nemo, Déborah Nourrit-Lucas, Gérard Poisson and Christel Vrain.

Since human activities are embedded in interactions, they are at the very center of the modeling of any form of social life, shaping societies, groups and interpersonal relationships. All theories of social, cognitive and cultural life are thus associated with explicit or tacit models of the nature of interactions and relations. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature

Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891394
Hardback, pp220, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature, edited by Barry Taylor and Alejandro Coroleu.

The studies gathered in this volume engage in different ways with the ideas of André Jolles (1874–1946), whose Einfache Formen (“Simple Forms”) was first published in 1930. Trained as an anthropologist, Jolles argued that these “simple” forms – Legende (legend), Sage (saga), Mythe (myth), Rätsel (riddle), Spruch (proverb), Kasus (case), Memorabile (memorable action), Märchen (folk or fairy tale) and Witz (joke or witticism) – which had circulated at a very early stage of human culture underlay the more sophisticated genres of literature. Unlike epic or tragedy, many of the simple forms are not theorised in classical rhetoric. The essays presented here focus on their reception in Hispanic culture from the Middle Ages to circa 1650. As such, the book will be of interest to scholars of medieval and early modern Spanish, Catalan and Latin literature. It will also appeal to historians of Humanismm as well as scholars working on classical and Renaissance literary theory. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton

Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp165, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton by Lars Kaaber.

Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton investigates the exact age of the eponymous prince in Shakespeare’s play, a topic which has been subject to frequent debates over the past 239 years. Whether Hamlet is sixteen, eighteen or, as the Gravedigger states in Act V, thirty years old may seem irrelevant to performances of the play (since actors tackling the part are very rarely in their teens), but it still tends to influence our general view of the Danish prince. Romantic criticism in the early 19th century insisted on a heroic and supremely intelligent teenage prince, and, to a large extent, this view of Hamlet still prevails. Whether Shakespeare meant his protagonist to be the irreproachable prince of Romantic fancy, however, remains a question. Continue reading

Meet our Authors: Ron D. Petitte – August 2017

Ron D. Petitte serves as Dean of the Honors Institute at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, USA, which includes the Center for Leadership & Justice and the Center for Undergraduate Research. Ron is also a tenured, full professor of Politics and Government, at Bryan College. A retired U.S. Army Colonel and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), he served as a technical advisor for 20th Century Fox on the Academy Award-winning film, Patton.

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Meet our Authors: Dimitrios Kassis – August 2017

Dimitrios Kassis holds a PhD from the Faculty of English Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His doctoral thesis was entitled Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature, published in 2015. He has received a Master’s degree in Education Studies (with Distinction) from Roehampton University in London.

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Book Announcement: Forensic Communication in Theory and Practice: A Study of Discourse Analysis and Transcription

Forensic Communication in Theory and Practice: A Study of Discourse Analysis and Transcription now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp225, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Forensic Communication in Theory and Practice: A Study of Discourse Analysis and Transcription, edited by Franca Orletti and Laura Mariottini.

This edited collection brings together, for the first time, contributions from different context-language situations on forensic communication, combining theoretical and methodological studies with professional and technical capabilities. Continue reading

Book Announcement: The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive

The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp299, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive, edited by Adriana Teresa Damascelli.

This book offers striking insights into the desires and frustrations of women through the narratives of impressive contemporary novelists. Crafting its analysis on the gaze as presented by Lacan and Sartre, the book demonstrates how the subject creates her own ego against her alter egos or hostile others in the mirrors facing her, offering insight into women’s powers and weaknesses. The first two mirroring chapters trace the women stalking its pages under a panoptic gaze, as they learn how to revert their look defiantly back onto others. Some win assurance through their own assertive gaze; others are stared down, reduced to psychic trauma, madness and even suicide beneath the demeaning force of the looks of others. Continue reading