Book Announcement: Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters

Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895736
Hardback, pp231, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters, edited by Edyta Just and Wera Grahn.

During the last few years, the concept of generic skills and competences has become widespread across universities. An introduction to generic competences is, as such, important because it enables redefinition of educational goals and may positively rearrange forms of interaction in classes. It also indicates that education should inspire students to develop and use critical and creative forms of thinking, feeling and doing. On the one hand, the need to promote generic skills can be seen as driven by neoliberal desire. On the other, however, generic competences can enable students to think, feel and act differently, but also respect and welcome various forms of life and ways of living. Responding to the growing need to reflect upon generic competences, this book contributes to the various ways of conceptualising generic skills and the methods in which they might be acquired. The volume engenders adventurous encounters between different theories, which predominantly come from the feminist conceptual framework, that result in appealing meanings of affect and concepts. It also experimentally explores and discusses ways in which theories of affect and concepts may complicate understanding of generic competences and inspire generic skills-oriented education. Consequently, this collection revitalizes the concept of generic skills, but also advocates daring pedagogical practices that invigorate the meaning of and approach to teaching and learning in present landscapes of higher education. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Representations of Female Identity in Italy: From Neoclassism to the 21st Century

Representations of Female Identity in Italy: From Neoclassism to the 21st Century now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873352
Hardback, pp220, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Representations of Female Identity in Italy: From Neoclassism to the 21st Century, edited by Silvia Giovanardi Byer and Fabiana Cecchini.

This volume explores a variety of iconic female characters in Italian literature, art and film who depict distinct representatives of female identity within this national culture. The contributors here apply various methodologies to characterize the evolution of women’s identity and their representation in such expressive modalities, drawing from literature, film, drama, history, the humanities, media and cultural studies. Cross-genre, cross-cultural, and cross-national explorations are also utilised here in order to underline the multifaceted ways in which de facto female characterization occurred. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings

Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443882859
Hardback, pp265, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings, edited by Nina Kane and Jude Woods.

This collection of essays emerged out of the Agender conference, and various queer cultural activities associated with the PoMoGaze project (Leeds Art Gallery, 2013–2015). PoMoGaze was a term created to promote queer co-curatorial projects held at the gallery as part of Community Engagement activities, and references ‘PoMo’ as a shortening of ‘Postmodern’ combined with ‘Gaze’ as a play on words linking the act of looking with LGBT*IQ activities. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center

Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873369
Hardback, pp175, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center by Pareena G. Lawrence and Kavita Chakravarty.

This volume represents a collection of life histories of women who live in rural Haryana. It looks at the impact of the 73rd Amendment to India’s constitution, which introduced reservations in the political arena for women. The Panchayati Raj Act of 1992 reserved one third of all Sarpanch positions for women, and granted constitutional status to the Panchayat system, outlining its specific functions and jurisdiction. This book enhances existing scholarship on the impact of these changes in that it provides the opportunity for women Sarpanches from Haryana to speak for themselves and reflect upon their journey. Ten elected women Sarpanches share their stories about their lives, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. Their life histories address the following questions: Who are these women who agreed to run for a reserved seat in the elections? What motivated them? Why were they asked to run? What barriers do they face? Do they feel they are making a difference? Indeed, these stories reflect the lived realities of the women impacted by the changes in legislation.
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Book Announcement: Iranian Women in the Memoir: Comparing Reading Lolita in Tehran and Persepolis (1) and (2)

Iranian Women in the Memoir: Comparing Reading Lolita in Tehran and Persepolis (1) and (2) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443882767
Hardback, pp230, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Iranian Women in the Memoir: Comparing Reading Lolita in Tehran and Persepolis (1) and (2) by Emira Derbel.

This book investigates the various reasons behind the elevation of the memoir, previously categorized as a marginalized form of life writing that denudes the private space of women, especially in Western Asian countries such as Iran. Through a comparative investigation of Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (1) and (2), the book examines the way both narrative and graphic memoirs offer possibilities for Iranian women to reclaim new territory, transgress a post-traumatic revolution, and reconstruct a new model of womanhood that evades socio-political and religious restrictions. Exile is conceptualized as empowering rather than a continued status of loss and disillusionment, and the liminality of both women writers turns into a space of artistic production.
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Book Announcement: Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian Fiction: Fire Is Being Eaten

Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian Fiction: Fire Is Being Eaten now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443883672
Hardback, pp230, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian Fiction: Fire Is Being Eaten by Sławomir Kuźnicki.

This volume details Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novels through the themes of the ambivalent ethics of science and technology, the position of women in the male-dominated world, and the ambiguous role played by religion and spirituality. The book’s unique and original approach places Atwood’s fiction within the contemporary world, with all the problems of our fast-changing reality. Furthermore, it provides an excellent reading of her dystopias in a broader, humanist context, with an emphasis on the social, cultural and political issues that have been important for both her, the writer, and us, the readers.
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Book Announcement: Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges and Achievements

Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges and Achievements now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443872812
Hardback, pp150, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges and Achievements by Hend T. Al-Sudairy.

The first book to situate the Saudi woman in a broader cultural context, this text explores a variety of themes, historical developments, and social taboos. It also investigates a wide range of writing by Saudi women, beginning with the first attempt by a woman to write for the public in the middle of the twentieth century up to the peak of the Saudi woman’s literary production in this millennium.
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