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: English Without Boundaries: Reading English from China to Canada

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

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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

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

Book Announcement: Theatre Theory and Performance: A Critical Interrogation

Theatre Theory and Performance: A Critical Interrogation now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp115, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Theatre Theory and Performance: A Critical Interrogation by Siddhartha Biswas.

Over the last few centuries, the world as we know it has seen remarkable change and the arts – including theatre – have faced new challenges. Theatre is now no longer a simple point of entertainment laced with instruction or dissent, but is perceived as a more collaborative idea that looks at ever-changing paradigms. All over the world, theatre now is a dynamic process that simultaneously retains tradition and delves into extreme experimentations. This book represents a starting point for a much-needed critical interrogation. It looks at the constant features of European theatre and brings in some Indian elements, positing both in their respective locations, as well as looking at the symbiosis that has been functioning for some time. Continue reading

Book Announcement: The Israeli Defence Forces’ Representation in Israeli Cinema: Did David Betray His Soldiers?

The Israeli Defence Forces’ Representation in Israeli Cinema: Did David Betray His Soldiers? now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp260, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Israeli Defence Forces’ Representation in Israeli Cinema: Did David Betray His Soldiers?, by Fiammetta Martegani.

Of all the Biblical heroes, the character of King David is perhaps the most paradoxical and also the most difficult to grasp. He is the Biblical Man for all seasons: a warrior, a lover, a poet, a killer and a restorer. This elaborate and fascinating archetypal hero influenced and inspired the representation of the Israeli soldier in Israeli media, art and cinema, from the establishment of the State of Israel until the present day. Continue reading

In focus: New book chronicles 100 years of filming in Jamaica

A new book documenting the international movie industry filming in Jamaica was released earlier this month and hopes to share the history of Jamaica as a destination for filming. In the book, “Jamaica, the Land of Film,” author Peter Polack chronicles all of the mainstream films from the early 1900’s to present, that used the island nation’s setting as the go-to place to shoot a movie in the Caribbean.

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Book Announcement: Arthur Miller’s Century: Essays Celebrating the 100th Birthday of America’s Great Playwright

Arthur Miller’s Century: Essays Celebrating the 100th Birthday of America’s Great Playwright now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443886482
Hardback, pp255, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Arthur Miller’s Century: Essays Celebrating the 100th Birthday of America’s Great Playwright, edited by Stephen Marino.

Arthur Miller was one of the major American dramatists of the twentieth century, clearly ranking with other truly great American playwrights, including Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee. The centennial of Miller’s birth in New York City on October 17, 1915 was celebrated around the world with a panoply of staged productions, theatrical events, media documentaries, and academic conferences. Continue reading