Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practicenow available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice, edited by Theo Stickley and Stephen Clift.
This book brings together leading UK researchers in the field of arts and health, including creative arts therapies. The chapters are based on presentations originally given at a UK seminar series on scholarship and research on connections between the creative arts, health and wellbeing, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Continue reading →
Breaking with Convention in Italian Artnow available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Breaking with Convention in Italian Art, edited by Julia C. Fischer.
Popularized by the hit television show, the phrase “breaking bad” is defined in urban slang as someone who challenges convention, defies authority, or rejects moral and social norms. Running from 2008 to 2013 on AMC, Breaking Bad featured one of the most unforgettable characters in television history: Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, husband, and father, who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. For five seasons, fans watched as Walter White tried to secure financial security for his family by using his chemistry skills to manufacture drugs. Throughout the series’ run, Walter White was the epitome of the phrase “breaking bad”, as he broke the law and continually rejected the social mores that he had dutifully followed until his cancer diagnosis. Continue reading →
Mental Illnesses in Symbolismnow available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Mental Illnesses in Symbolism, edited by Rosina Neginsky.
For the artists, writers and musicians of the Symbolist Movement of the turn of the century, true art, an extension of one’s “soul” or unconscious, was often regarded as dark, mysterious and unreliable – the world of Dionysus. Such artists, writers and musicians searched for symbols to express or suggest psychological pathologies manifested in exaltation, madness, and other extreme mental states. Mental Illness in Symbolism inquires into the mysteries of the Symbolist psyche through essays on works of art, literature and music created as part or extension of the Symbolist Movement. Continue reading →
Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposiumnow available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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 →
Audiovisual Posthumanismnow available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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. Continue reading →
David Carrier’s The Contemporary Art Gallery is a small but well-stocked treasury of first-hand observations by someone who’s spent a lot of time in art galleries, but who has retained enough critical distance to see them with a certain objectivity. Continue reading →