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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Book Review: Texts and Textiles: Affect, Synæsthesia and Metaphor in Fiction

Deciding what to include in this review has been difficult, the breath and depth of Diana Mary Eva Thomas’s research is rewarding, challenging, and just plain fascinating (as denoted by the plethora of stickie-notes that adorn each chapter of my copy of the book). However if you like to read beautiful immersive fiction, have ever wondered how some authors are able to create detailed environments and complex characters more effectively than others, or thought that perhaps the standard textile metaphor has the potential to be so much more, Thomas’s research provides a thorough, contemporary approach to these questions and much, much more.

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Book Announcement: Queer Rebellion in the Novels of Michelle Cliff: Intersectionality and Sexual Modernity

Queer Rebellion in the Novels of Michelle Cliff: Intersectionality and Sexual Modernity now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443872829
Hardback, pp278, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Queer Rebellion in the Novels of Michelle Cliff: Intersectionality and Sexual Modernity by Kaisa Ilmonen.

This book explores Jamaican-American author Michelle Cliff’s (1946–2016) literary rebellion against the colonial, gendered and racist norms of Western Modernity. It studies the sexualized circuits of the Atlantic world, drawing on the fields of literary criticism, feminist theories, queer studies and Caribbean studies. In order to do this, the book develops the theoretical paradigm of intersectionality. It also addresses the disturbing questions concerning the sexual politics of transatlantic modernity as represented in Cliff’s novels. Continue reading

PODCAST: From academia to pop culture to body hair, porn culture has permeated almost every aspect of our lives

Today, pornography is inescapable. It shapes our self-image, our relationships, our sexualities — even our body hair removal practices. In academia, many media scholars have taken a non-critical approach to porn and third wave feminists have embraced it. If it feels like the pornographers have won, it’s because in many ways they have.

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