Book Announcement: The Selected Letters of Charles Whibley: Scholar and Critic

The Selected Letters of Charles Whibley: Scholar and Critic now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500334
Hardback, pp438, £67.99 / $114.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Selected Letters of Charles Whibley: Scholar and Critic, edited by Damian Atkinson.

The scholar Charles Whibley was born in 1859 and died in 1930, straddling the end of the Victorian age, the new century, and the Great War and its aftermath. After completing his studies at Cambridge, his early journalistic experiences were with the critic, poet and editor William Ernest Henley, known for his mentoring of young writers on the Scots, later National Observer, and Whibley was to a great extent the mainstay of the journal. Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Spanish and Latin American Women’s Crime Fiction in the New Millennium: From Noir to Gris

Spanish and Latin American Women’s Crime Fiction in the New Millennium: From Noir to Gris now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500167
Hardback, pp179, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Spanish and Latin American Women’s Crime Fiction in the New Millennium: From Noir to Gris, edited by Nancy Vosburg and Nina L. Molinaro.

Crime fiction written by women in Spain and Latin America since the late 1980s has been successful in shifting attention to crimes often overlooked by their male counterparts, such as rape and sexual battery, domestic violence, child pornography, pederasty, and incest. In the twenty-first century, social, economic, and political issues, including institutional corruption, class inequality, criminalized oppression of immigrant women, crass capitalist market forces, and mediatized political and religious bodies, have at their core a gendered dimension. The conventions of the original noir, or novela negra, genre have evolved, such that some women authors challenge the noir formulas by foregrounding gender concerns while others imagine new models of crime fiction that depart drastically from the old paradigms. This volume, highlighting such evolution in the crime fiction genre, will be of interest to students, teachers, and scholars of crime fiction in Latin America and Spain, to those interested in crime fiction by women, and to readers familiar with the sub-genres of crime fiction, which include noir, the thriller, the police procedural, and the “cozy” novel. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday

Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527502901
Hardback, pp362, £64.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday, edited by Heidi Hansson and Anka Ryall.

Less tangible than melting polar glaciers or the changing social conditions in northern societies, the modern Arctic represented in writings, visual images and films has to a large extent been neglected in scholarship and policy-making. However, the modern Arctic is a not only a natural environment dramatically impacted by human activities. It is also an incongruous amalgamation of exoticized indigenous tradition and a mundane everyday. The chapters in this volume examine the modern Arctic from all these perspectives. They demonstrate to what extent the processes of modernization have changed the discursive signification of the Arctic. They also investigate the extent to which the traditions of heroic Arctic images – whether these traditions are affirmed, contested or repudiated – have continued to shape, influence and inform modern discourses. Sometimes the Arctic is seen as synonymous with modernity itself. Sometimes it appears as a utopian space signalling a different future. However, it still often represents the continued survival within modernity of the past as nostalgia, longing, dream and myth. Continue reading

Book Review: Travel and Intercultural Communication: Going North

Travel and Intercultural Communication are so closely connected that any approach to either of the two invites an analysis of both phenomena. Civilization and culture cannot be conceived in the absence of travel. Travel has always been a projection of the imagination first, and then, more often than not, a dream come true. It is through travel that cultures can communicate, and through intercultural communication that they have gained a new impetus.

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Book Announcement: A Companion to the English Version of J. Liébault’s Treatise on the Diseases of Women: MS Hunter 303

A Companion to the English Version of J. Liébault’s Treatise on the Diseases of Women: MS Hunter 303 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895002
Hardback, pp464, £67.99 / $114.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Companion to the English Version of J. Liébault’s Treatise on the Diseases of Women: MS Hunter 303 by Soluna Salles Bernal.

Jean Liébault (1535–1596), a doctor of medicine and an agronomist born in Dijon, contributed to the emergence of modern gynaecology by rescuing the Hippocratic medical tradition that recognized the specificity of the female body. His main work, a comprehensive treatise devoted to describing and treating the diseases of women, was highly influential in French gynaecology, being published several times. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Fractures and Disruptions in Children’s Literature

Fractures and Disruptions in Children’s Literature now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895156
Hardback, pp309, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Fractures and Disruptions in Children’s Literature, edited by Ana Margarida Ramos, Sandie Mourão and Maria Teresa Cortez.

In March 2015, the eleventh edition of The Child and the Book Conference was organized at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. The conference was related to the theme of fracture and disruption in children’s and young adult literature. This publication provides not only a synthesis of the main reflections, but also a starting point for understanding the issues of fracture and disruption within children’s and young adult literature. The volume gathers texts from consolidated figures within the field of research in Children’s Literature, as well as contributions from junior researchers, creating bridges and dialogue between both generations and critical and theoretical approaches. It includes chapters on violence, war, sexuality and politics, discussion around formal-stylistic perspectives, analysis of fringe works and hybrid literary forms as well as the issue of audience and the crossover universe. Special reference should be given to the inclusion of contributions from lesser-known countries and literatures such as Brazil, Italy, Norway, Poland, and Portugal. The volume will be of interest to children’s literature specialists, graduate and post-graduate students, librarians, and mediators of reading. Continue reading

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