Book Announcement: Family, Violence and Gender in African Anglophone Novels and Contemporary Terrorist Threats

Family, Violence and Gender in African Anglophone Novels and Contemporary Terrorist Threats now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443898669
Hardback, pp165, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Family, Violence and Gender in African Anglophone Novels and Contemporary Terrorist Threats by Chi Sum Garfield Lau.

This book investigates how the breakdown of the family and the conventional gendering of roles gives rise to terrorist violence as portrayed in various African Anglophone narratives written by internationally renowned authors including Chinua Achebe, Doris Lessing, J.M. Coetzee and the award-winning contemporary Moroccan author Laila Lalami. It proves that the indispensable relationship between an eroding family structure and terror is not only an observation found in African Anglophone narratives, but, rather, that this relationship can help us to better comprehend terror as a globalized phenomenon in the twenty-first century.
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Book Announcement: A Literary Journey to Rome: From the Sweet Life to the Great Beauty

A Literary Journey to Rome: From the Sweet Life to the Great Beauty now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873284
Hardback, pp115, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Literary Journey to Rome: From the Sweet Life to the Great Beauty by Christina Höfferer.

Rome is considered to be the most beautiful city in the world. However, how many people know about the hidden Rome, the Vatican’s secret archives, the true fate of Pasolini? This book describes a city full of passionate people who are in love with Rome and enthusiastic about what they experience there. Taking the reader on a journey through the city, we meet a woman picking urban fruit from the trees of Rome, learn the importance of studio 5 for Frederico Fellini, and chat with lovers of the work of the acclaimed Viennese-Roman author Ingeborg Bachmann. Always in search of the special in everyday life, the book draws a lively picture of the always vibrant Eternal City.
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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: Fatherhood in Contemporary Discourse: Focus on Fathers

Fatherhood in Contemporary Discourse: Focus on Fathers now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873239
Hardback, pp275, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Fatherhood in Contemporary Discourse: Focus on Fathers, edited by Anna Pilińska.

This volume offers a variety of perspectives on contemporary fatherhood: from analyses of literature, film, drama, and popular culture, to issues tackled by psychology, gender studies, and social sciences. Arranged into thematic sections, the chapters cover a wide range of approaches to fatherhood, including studies and analyses based on fieldwork and interviews with participants. Each chapter discusses various culture-dependent models of masculinity in relation to the topic of fatherhood depicted in works of literary and film art, emphasizing the crucial factors and features which make all these models different from one another and using examples of such cultural contexts as Australia, China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Iran. With the use of methodological tools provided by literature studies, film studies, culture studies, psychology, gender and queer studies, and sociology, the book is a comprehensive insight into current research on both real-life and fictional realizations of fatherhood.
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Book Review: Julian among the Books

Julian of Norwich, her mystical experiences, and her writing, have been the subject of ever-increasing interest and study over the course of the twentieth century, and now well into the twenty-first. This very recent study, Julian among the Books, includes ten chapters and several appendices, the latter presenting excerpts from various early volumes related to Julian and her writings. Though the chapters are, in effect, distinct studies, taken together they provide fascinating insight into Julian, her writings, and especially their literary, religious, historical, geographical, and artistic contexts. In bringing these varied contexts to the fore, Julia Bolton Holloway, in effect, confirms the interrelated character of the English and wider European milieus in which Julian wrote. At the same time, Holloway regularly stresses the importance of the contributions of women such as Brigitte of Sweden and Catherine of Siena to spiritual reflection around the time of Julian (c. late 1300s). This book is replete with reproductions of images from various manuscripts and works of art, including several pages of full-color plates. Of particular note is that Holloway works directly, and in discussion with, various themes in comparison among manuscripts of Julian’s writings rather than with reconstructed texts. While Holloway’s work with the manuscripts themselves makes it more difficult, at times, to follow her train of thought, it somehow seems to give the reader a sense of being closer to Julian herself.

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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

Book Announcement: Harbors, Flows, and Migrations: The USA in/and the World

Harbors, Flows, and Migrations: The USA in/and the World now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873185
Hardback, pp604, £80.99 / $137.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Harbors, Flows, and Migrations: The USA in/and the World, edited by Vincenzo Bavaro, Gianna Fusco, Serena Fusco and Donatella Izzo.

Poised between the land and the sea, enabling the dynamic flow of people and goods, while also figuratively representing a safe place of rest and refuge, the harbor constitutes a liminal, ambivalent space par excellence that has been central to the American imagination and history since the early colonial days. From the mythical tales of discovery and foundation to the endless flows of migrants, through the dark pages of the slave trade and the imperialistic dream of an ever-expanding nation, harbors, both as a trope and as physical spaces, powerfully signify the American experience. Continue reading