Book Announcement: Samuel Beckett and Europe: History, Culture, Tradition

Samuel Beckett and Europe: History, Culture, Tradition now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443896306
Hardback, pp193, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Samuel Beckett and Europe: History, Culture, Tradition, edited by Michela Bariselli, Niamh M. Bowe and William Davies.

Drawing on the diverse critical debates of the ‘Beckett and Europe’ conference held in Reading, UK, in 2015, this volume brings together a selection of essays to offer an international response to the central question of what ‘Europe’ might mean for our understandings of the work of Samuel Beckett. Ranging from historical and archival work to the close interrogation of language and form, from the influences of various national literary traditions on Beckett’s writing to his influence on the work of other writers and thinkers, this book examines the question of Europe from multiple vantage points so as to reflect the ways in which Beckett’s oeuvre both challenges and enlivens his status as a ‘European writer’. With a full introductory chapter examining the challenging implications of the term ‘Europe’ in the contemporary period, this volume treats Europe as a recognition of the multiple ways that Beckett’s poetry, criticism, prose and drama invite new understandings of the role of history, culture and tradition in one of the most significant bodies of writing of the twentieth century. Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Alternative Educational Methodologies

Alternative Educational Methodologies now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895187
Hardback, pp309, £67.99 / $114.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Alternative Educational Methodologies, edited by Ion Albulescu and Horaţiu Catalano.

This volume brings together a number of papers presented at the international conference on “Specific Methodologies in Educational Alternatives” held in June 2016, at the Bistriţa University Extension of the Educational Sciences Department of Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The event served to promote the most recent theoretical and practical findings related to educational alternatives, and attracted the attendance of over 250 theorists and experts in the field. The conference represented a significant opportunity to know and develop this field of study, based on research and examples of good practice. The contributions here specifically explore the six educational alternatives that exist in Romania, namely Step by Step, Waldorf, Freinet, Curative Pedagogy, Montessori and the Jenaplan. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women

Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895019
Hardback, pp283, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women by Samantha Spence.

This books draws on feminist commentary from the disciplines of anthropology, history, law, politics and sociology in order to deal with the phenomenon of modern-day witchcraft. It focuses on the re-emergence of witchcraft beliefs in contemporary society, suggesting that witchcraft accusations and persecution are being used as a marginalisation mechanism of women. The re-emergence of witchcraft beliefs in contemporary society and the prevalence of the violence associated with such beliefs has received little attention within academic literature, yet witchcraft-related violence against women is, progressively, becoming one of the most pervasive forms of violence facing women today. This book addresses this gap in the literature, discussing the return of witchcraft beliefs to contemporary society, whilst assessing the effectiveness of international human rights law in protecting women from witchcraft accusations and persecution. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Rhetorical Criticism in Communication Studies: Workshop for a Dream

Rhetorical Criticism in Communication Studies: Workshop for a Dream now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895118
Hardback, pp166, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Rhetorical Criticism in Communication Studies: Workshop for a Dream by Georgina Gabor.

This book focuses on seven entries in Carl R. Burgchardt’s Readings in Rhetorical Criticism, to which it adds a complementary effort. While maintaining a strategy of ongoing dialogue with both the prospective reader and the texts under scrutiny, the book acknowledges the author’s privileged moment of essential identification and represents a step out of the limiting frame of the inherently political character of inquiry. This allows the book to present personal narrative about guidance by specific critics such as Edwin Black, Forbes Hill, Karlyn Khors Campbell, Kenneth Burke, William Lewis, and Raymie McKerrow through the labyrinth of “that Leviathan, the public mind” (H. Wichelns). Continue reading

Book Announcement: Palaeoart of the Ice Age

Palaeoart of the Ice Age now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895170
Hardback, pp260, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Palaeoart of the Ice Age by Robert G. Bednarik.

The many hundreds of books and thousands of academic papers on the topic of Pleistocene (Ice Age) art are limited in their approach because they deal only with the early art of southwestern Europe. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive synthesis of the known Pleistocene palaeoart of six continents, a phenomenon that is in fact more numerous and older in other continents. It contemplates the origins of art in a balanced manner, based on reality rather than fantasies about cultural primacy. Its key findings challenge most previous perceptions in this field and literally re-write the discipline. Despite the eclectic format and its high academic standards, the book addresses the non-specialist as well as the specialist reader. It presents a panorama of the rich history of palaeoart, stretching back more than twenty times as long in time as the cave art of France and Spain. This abundance of evidence is harnessed in presenting a new hypothesis of how early humans began to form and express constructs of reality and thus created the ideational world in which they existed. It explains how art-producing behaviour began and the origins of how humans relate to the world consciously. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Theory and Best Practice Models in Educational Institutions in Spain and Italy

Theory and Best Practice Models in Educational Institutions in Spain and Italy now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500044
Hardback, pp142, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Theory and Best Practice Models in Educational Institutions in Spain and Italy, edited by Annemarie Profanter and Luisa Sevillano García.

The current societal and social reality in Europe is undergoing far-reaching changes due to the phenomenon of migration. Educational policy and pedagogical practice play a key role in the academic support of immigrant children in schools. In this volume, the connections between societal change and educational issues in relation to two southern European nations, Spain and Italy, are analyzed. The stories of intercultural communication and integration of these two case studies focus on five themes: linguistic diversity, the performance gap, teacher training programs and school culture, the role of music education in multicultural and multilingual contexts, and the development of a supranational education as an improvement for multicultural education. The volume is of particular relevance for educational researchers, as well as for the interested general reader. It takes the reader to public and private entities in Italy and Spain, where intercultural education is part of societal discourse, and serves as a sounding board for the discussion of developments in other parts of Europe with similar demographics. Continue reading