Book Announcement: Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium

Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp340, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium, edited by David Forrest, Quinn Patrick Ankrum, Stacey Jocoy and Emily Ahrens Yates.

Coming to terms with Britten’s music is no easy task. The complex, often contradictory language associated with Britten’s style likely stems from his double interest in progressive composition and immediate connection with a broad, popular audience – an apparent paradox in the splintered musical culture of the 20th century – as well as from complicated truths in his own life, such as his love for a country that accepted neither his sexuality nor his politics. As a result, the attempt to describe his music can tell us as much about our own biases and the inadequacies of our analytic tools as it does about the music itself. Such audits of our scholarly language and strategies are vital in light of the still-murky view we have of twentieth century music. This opportunity for academic self-reflection is the reason Britten studies such as this book are so important. The essays included here challenge assumptions about musical constructs, relationships between text and music, and the influences of age, spirituality, and personal relationships on compositional technique. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Audiovisual Posthumanism

Audiovisual Posthumanism now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp360, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Audiovisual Posthumanism, edited by Evi D. Sampanikou.

This volume deals with the challenges posthumanism meets as a successor to postmodernism in the field of artistic, literary and aesthetic expression. It also explores the ways social sciences and humanities are affected by posthumanism, and it asks how posthumanism can be an expansion of humanism in the contemporary world, rather than a transcendence of humanism. The chapters’ authors come from different countries, cultural backgrounds and study areas to present a varied perspective on posthumanism.
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Book Announcement: Continuity between the World and Art, and the Problem of Globalization

Continuity between the World and Art, and the Problem of Globalization 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 Continuity between the World and Art, and the Problem of Globalization by Pedro Aullón de Haro.

This book represents a synthetic challenge to create a general aesthetics overcoming the problem of mimesis and any subordination of art, by using the ancient concept of continuity. Consequently, it traces an ontology of continuity considering nature as landscape, the persons who inhabit it as character, and the passage of the character in the landscape as journey. In addition, it also addresses the problem of continuity and globalization. As such, it is of special interest to readers of aesthetic and critical thinking, as well as literary and sociocultural scholars.
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Book Announcement: Depicting Dante in Anglo-Italian Literary and Visual Arts: Allegory, Authority and Authenticity

Depicting Dante in Anglo-Italian Literary and Visual Arts: Allegory, Authority and Authenticity now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp220, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Depicting Dante in Anglo-Italian Literary and Visual Arts: Allegory, Authority and Authenticity by Christoph Lehner.

In the course of 750 years, Dante Alighieri has been made into a universally important icon deeply engrained in the world’s cultural memory. This book examines key stages of Dante’s appropriation in Western cultural history by exploring the intermedial relationship between Dante’s Divina Commedia, the tradition of his iconography, and selected historical, literary and artistic responses from British artists in the 19th and 20th centuries. The images and iconographies created out of Dantean appropriations almost always centre around the triad of allegory, authority and authenticity. These three important aspects of revisiting Dante are found in the Dantean image fostered in Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries and feature prominently in the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, T. S. Eliot and Tom Phillips. Their appropriation of Dante represents landmarks in the productive reception of the Florentine, and is invariably linked to a tradition of Dante studies established in Britain during the middle of the 19th century. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Monuments and Site-Specific Sculpture in Urban and Rural Space

Monuments and Site-Specific Sculpture in Urban and Rural Space now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp232, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Monuments and Site-Specific Sculpture in Urban and Rural Space, edited by Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler.

Monuments and Site-Specific Sculpture in Urban and Rural Space presents a collection of essays discussing works of art whose formal qualities, content and spatial interactions expand our idea of creation and commemoration. By addressing projects that range from war memorials to commemorations of individuals, as well as works that engage real and virtual environments, this book brings to light new aspects concerning twentieth and twenty-first century monuments and site-specific sculpture. The book addresses the work of, among others, Günter Demnig, Michael Heizer, Thomas Hirschhorn, Dani Karavan, Costantino Nivola, Melissa Shiff and John Craig Freeman, Robert Smithson, and Micha Ullman. A lucid, thought-provoking discussion of creative processes and the discourse between site-specific sculpture and its publics is provided in this collection. As such, it is vital and indispensable for historians, art historians and artists, as well as for every reader interested in the interrelations of art, urban and rural spaces, community and the makings of memory.
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