Roberto Cantú working on new book on Alfonso Reyes (1889-1959)

Roberto Cantú is the editor of five books with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism (2013), The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination (2014), The Reptant Eagle: Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel (2015), Equestrian Rebels: Critical Perspectives on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution (2016), and most recently Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes (2018).

Roberto’s work is almost entirely responsible for providing English speaking audiences with critical analyses of some of the most prominent novelists in Mexico and Latin America, among them Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012), Octavio Paz (1914-1998), and Mariano Azuela (1873–1952). With his latest book on Américo Paredes now published, we are delighted to share news that Roberto is already turning his mind to his next collection.

Provisionally entitled A Scholiast’s Quill: New Critical Essays on Alfonso Reyes, Roberto’s new project aims to recover Alfonso Reyes’ (1889-1959) interdisciplinary legacy from the standpoint of the twenty-first century, with essays written exclusively for the book by scholars from Colombia, Croatia, France, Mexico, and the United States who analyze the poetry and essays of Alfonso Reyes from contrasting theoretical approaches. It will be the first book on Reyes in the English language, continuing Roberto’s dedication to introducing and assessing the contributions of Latin American poets and essayists. It emerged out of a conference held in 2017, and further information can be found here.

Among other essays, the book will consider:

  • Reyes’ major poetic works such as Visión de Anáhuac, Homero en Cuernavaca
  • Reyes’ philosophical correspondence with leading European and Latin American writers
  • The relationship between Reyes and modernism in the wider context of the Mexican and Latin American essay tradition
  • The influence of Anglo-American criticism on Reyes’ work
  • The idea of America in Reyes’ poetry and essays

Roberto’s newest book with Cambridge Scholars, Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredescan be purchased by clicking here.


Dr Mary Honan given a civic reception honouring her scholarly work on peace, justice, and reconciliation

We are delighted to share news that Dr Mary Honan, author of The Literary Representation of World War II Childhood: Interrogating the Concept of Hospitality, published with Cambridge Scholars in 2017, was honoured with a civic reception recognising “her outstanding academic research on race & ethnic relations, peace & reconciliation” (see here for more details).

Mary’s speech at the reception can be viewed here, and her book with Cambridge Scholars can be purchased by clicking here.


Book review: A Genealogy of the Verse Novel

The release of A Genealogy of the Verse Novel late last year brings a welcome addition to verse novel research. Catherine Addison, an academic in the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand, South Africa, has already published several articles on this area of research in recent years, and here brings to the table a significant scholarly contribution. Continue reading

Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – May 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most exciting publications from 2017. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with Tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is a world renowned expert in the fields of Anglo-American and Portuguese literature and culture, anthropology, cultural and intercultural studies, and gender studies. Continue reading

Call for Chapters: Owen Barfield in Contemporary Contexts

‘Owen Barfield in Contemporary Contexts: Exploring His Thought and Influence’ is a proposed edited collection that will focus on the life, work, and ideas of Owen Barfield. The book will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and the editor Martin Ovens invites contributors to submit book chapter proposals by October 1st, 2018. Continue reading

Meet our Authors: Giada Goracci – April 2018

Giada Goracci received a PhD in English Studies from the University of Verona in 2015. Her areas of research include gender studies, literature and film, literature and fashion studies, ethics, power, and the body. She is currently teaching Scientific English at the University of Verona. Giada serves on the Editorial Board for Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, published by the University of Nis, Serbia, and the SDU Journal of English Studies, published by Suleyman Demirel University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She is also a member of the Italian Association of English Studies (AIA) and the Italian Association of Law and Literature (AIDEL). Continue reading