SD Mines Professor Authors Book on Soviet Film Adaptations of Shakespeare Plays

RAPID CITY, SD (Jan. 17, 2018) – Michael Hudgens, Ph.D., who teaches philosophy and writing composition at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has authored a new book “The Shakespeare Films of Grigori Kozintsev.”

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Book Announcement: Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett)

Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500273
Hardback, pp624, £80.99 / $137.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett), edited by Dario Salvi.

In 1876, Richard Genée, the busiest and arguably best Viennese operetta librettist collaborated, this time as a composer, with Camillo Walzel on a new masterpiece; Der Seekadett. The final result was one of the best Viennese operettas of all time. The work was performed across the world for 80 years, before the advent of films and lighter musical theatre made it, and many other works belonging to the same tradition, obsolete. Continue reading

Book Review: A forgotten theatrical treasure

The fame of ‘Die Fledermaus’ is universal. With ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’, ‘The Merry Widow’, and ‘Countess Maritza’, it defines the nature and progress of the operetta genre, representing as it does, the essence of the Golden Age of Viennese Operetta. The melodies of Strauss are famous, but endemic to the success of this work are the brilliant theatrical situations and the skillfully crafted text. These were pre-eminently the work of Richard Genée.

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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

Book Announcement: English Without Boundaries: Reading English from China to Canada

English Without Boundaries: Reading English from China to Canada now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895880
Hardback, pp310, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of English Without Boundaries: Reading English from China to Canada, edited by Jane Roberts and Trudi L. Darby.

This volume brings together a compendium of world-class research on English, from the Anglo-Saxons to Big Data. Selected from papers presented at the 2016 conference of the International Association of University Professors of English, the essays demonstrate the strength of English studies across the world, with contributions from scholars in China, Finland, Israel, Italy, Japan and Portugal, as well as from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The essays not only cross geographical boundaries, but also disciplinary ones. Contributors write about English through the prism of gender studies, history, linguistics, the digital humanities, theatre history and the history of the book; topics covered include mainstream writers such as Shakespeare and Milton, and shine light on less well-known topics such as Welsh poetry of the Wars of the Roses and captivity narratives in seventeenth-century North America. Bringing together perspectives on English from around the world, English Without Boundaries is a unique collection showing the energy and breadth of English studies today. Continue reading