Book Announcement: Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo

Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp297, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo by Harry Eiss.

Do I dare disturb the universe? It is a question recognized by people around the world. If typed into the internet, hundreds of examples appear. Many know that it comes from one of the best known poems of the twentieth century, T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. What many do not know is that Eliot dramatically shifted his views at the height of his fame for writing such dark poetry as this and his also famous The Wasteland, becoming a sincere, devoted Christian. While his poetry is famous because it expresses the loss of a spiritual center in European civilization, a careful reading of it reveals that he was struggling with his Christianity from the beginning, not rejecting it, but trying to make it fit into the contemporary world. If a reader works through his love song for all of the esoteric meanings, as he demands, it quickly becomes evident that he intended it as a struggle between agape, amour and eros. Beginning it with a quote from Dante forces that into place. Though the protestant forms of Christianity have changed their views on these, the Roman Catholic holds fast. Continue reading

Call for Articles: Words: Description, Acquisition, and Pedagogy

Contributions are invited for an edited manuscript – Words: Description, Acquisition, and Pedagogy – to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Vocabulary, or the lexicon, is a strong predictor of academic success and language proficiency. Therefore, it is important for researchers and practitioners to better understand how vocabulary is acquired, represented in the mind, as well as learned in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual environments. The manuscript will bring together recent research on the topic; the lexicon will be considered from multiple perspectives by theorizing the description of lexicon, lexical acquisition, and pedagogy.

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Book Announcement: Hungarian Perspectives on the Western Canon: Post-Comparative Readings

Hungarian Perspectives on the Western Canon: Post-Comparative Readings now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp305, £29.99 / $50.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Hungarian Perspectives on the Western Canon: Post-Comparative Readings, edited by László Bengi, Ernő Kulcsár Szabó, Gábor Mezei, Gábor Tamás Molnár and Pál Kelemen.

In this collection, Hungarian literature is read together with canonical works of the Western literary tradition. The book studies the distinction between “major” and “minor” literatures, showing that such parallel readings may highlight previously unknown components of the literary tradition. The book does not hold traditional comparative methods, based on verifiable mediations or transactions between national philologies and national literary narratives, to be the exclusive standard of interpretation; readings can concentrate on common surfaces and textual events instead. This is what is meant by ‘post-comparative’ perspectives, a term to indicate that the conditions of a comparative reading never precede the reading itself. On this basis, the present volume points at several possibilities of how a common ground between texts can be created, especially because the chapters within it perform parallel readings in highly different ways. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A Student’s Handbook of Indian Aesthetics

A Student’s Handbook of Indian Aesthetics now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp145, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Student’s Handbook of Indian Aesthetics by Neerja A. Gupta.

Art and life in India have been inextricably intertwined from ancient times to the present day. Art as a way of life, as ritual, as decoration and as unity with the Sublime bore testament to the socio-cultural milieu; the high level of sophistication that developed in ancient India was reflected in the arts in a holistic light. The arts, thus, strived to hone man’s intellectual sensibilities, thus raising him to the level of the transcendental, which in India was Brahma or ultimate reality. Continue reading

Book Review: Romualdo Marenco: Excelsior and Sport

Nineteenth-century Italians liked big ballets that featured huge sets, flashy costumes and enormous casts; these were the massive productions called the “Ballo Grande.” Two of the biggest of these extravaganzas were Excelsior, (1886) a paean to progress and modern technology, and Sport (1897) which celebrated the human desire for bodily perfection and athletic prowess. Both of these works were written by composer Romualdo Marenco (1841-1907) and choreographed by Luigi Manzotti (1835-1905). They were written for Milan’s La Scala Theater, and incredibly, Excelsior (despite its many sets, costumes and cast of hundreds) has continued to be performed. Sport, unfortunately, has been relegated to virtual oblivion.

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Call for Articles: Women in Politics: An International Perspective

This interdisciplinary volume discusses women’s leadership, representation in parliament, women’s rights, cultural barriers, and democratization process. Gender inequality remains one of the most important questions and a major barrier to human development.

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