Meet our Authors – Despoina N. Feleki

Despoina N. Feleki is an independent researcher and appointed English Educator in Greece. She holds a PhD in Contemporary American Studies and an MA in Studies in European Literature and Culture. She lectures on the intersections between textuality and digitality, and how these affect literary and educational practices.  Her latest scientific interests revolve around contemporary Anglophone fiction, new media studies and popular cultural productions, investigating their effect on both readers’ and learners’ consciousness. Feleki presents her research in national and international conferences and is a regular review contributor to the online European Journal of American Studies. Her published articles have also appeared in numerous academic journals. Continue reading


Book of the Month – August 2018

Our August Book of the Month is Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White’s Open World by Mohammed Hashas.

Geopoetics is a movement and creative project concerned with reconnecting human beings to the natural world and reinvigorating our understanding of the spaces and places in which we dwell. Largely associated with the Scottish poet Kenneth White and his Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, this project has spawned a vast, interdisciplinary body of scholarship that draws upon science, philosophy, and literary theory to push the latent possibilities of our relationship with the earth, and with each other.

Amongst this scholarship, Hashas’ book stands out as a landmark contribution. Hashas not only provides a critical overview and analysis of geopoetics, but also shows how White’s writing points us towards a more harmonious, fulfilling future. In the words of Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of White’s Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, the book is no less than “the book we have been waiting for; a template for taking geopoetics further.”

0546298_intercultural-geopoetics-in-kenneth-whites-open-world_300This work introduces Kenneth White’s geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project that reclaims the return to communication with the earth, nature, wo-man, and the self as part of a cosmic unity approach. It traces geopoetics’ beginnings, key concepts, territories and trajectories, aims, and perspectives. Geopoetics is shown here to be a cosmopolitan project for a more open and harmonious world, which buries narrow-mindedness and offers new horizons.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this book throughout August. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:

“Hashas’ reading of Kenneth White’s project is a worthwhile contribution to laying the foundation for a better understanding between cultures, namely the Arab-Islamic culture and Western culture.”
–Khalid Hajji, President of the Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World Peace

“White’s geopoetics deserves our attention in this hasty world that is losing values, connectedness, and humanness, and Hashas renders us this service intelligently in this work.”
–Francesca M. Corrao, Professor of Arabic Language and Culture, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome

“Kenneth White’s exploration of Arabic culture has been less developed than that of Asia and of the Inuit in the West. Hashas, who has been initiated to geopoetics by a former student of Kenneth White, seems naturally destined to pursue the path of the Poet and Thinker as developed also by the International Institute of Geopoetics.”
–Michèle Duclos, Retired Senior Lecturer, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France; author of Kenneth White, nomade intellectual, poète du monde (2006).

“Enthusiasts of White’s ground-breaking synthesis of science, philosophy and poetry have long felt the need of a thorough academic structural outline of his thinking that would not only serve as a commentary on White’s oeuvre, but also provide a template for taking geopoetics further. In Intercultural Geopoetics, Mohammed Hashas has written the book we have been waiting for; it is a considerable achievement.”
–Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

“Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White’s Open World represents a valuable contribution to the study of space, intersecting in a homogeneous and harmonious way the different literary, philosophical and geocultural perspectives that a meticulous study of geopoetics requires.”
–Simone Sibilio, Reset, 30/01/2018

Book Review: Radical Contra-Diction: Coleridge, Revolution, Apostasy

Björn Bosserhoff’s book Radical Contra-Diction: Coleridge, Revolution, Apostasy, published in 2016 with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, has been reviewed by Katy Beavers from the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London. The review is not available online, but an indicative excerpt is below:

“Bosserhof concludes that Coleridge’s attempts to rewrite his own past were to counter the charges of apostasy made against him by critics such as Hazlitt. He notes that Coleridge was keen to take the chances presented to him to publicly renounce his former youthful opinions. Of course, Coleridge’s later apostasy was largely unsuccessful—people remembered his earlier views—and his public recantations did nothing to change the minds of those who knew him (such as Hazlitt). Bosserhof’s Radical Contra-diction includes a number of colour illustrations, including portraits of Coleridge and Southey among other works related to the Revolution. In all, Bosserhof’s study sheds new light on a decisive period in Coleridge’s life and thought.”

The book can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.

Book review: Travelling around Cultures: Collected Essays on Literature and Art

Zsolt Győri and Gabriella Moise’s book, Travelling around Cultures: Collected Essays on Literature and Art, has been reviewed in the latest issue of Pro&Contra by Eszter Krakkó. Eszter’s review is extremely positive, and can be read in full here. Please see below for an indicative excerpt.

“Although the subtitle humbly suggests that this volume is a “mere” collection of essays, on reading the book, one immediately notices that it undertakes a challenge of thematic coherence that exceeds the usual aims and scope of “regular” conference proceedings – and meets this self-imposed requirement perfectly. […] the compilation aptly fulfils the role it was destined for and “illustrates the diversity of cultural products and phenomena while bringing to view the way texts emerge, engage with real life, and become consumed” and at times also “commodified” (10). Perhaps the editors agree with the hope that this excellently edited volume of cutting-edge scholarship will be consumed by many but never commodified.”

Please click here to purchase the book directly from Cambridge Scholars.

Out now in paperback with 60% off: The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive

Cambridge Scholars is delighted to announce that the paperback of Gillian Alban’s acclaimed The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive is out now. To celebrate the publication of the paperback and to continue the book’s recent feature as our May Book of the Month, we are offering a 60% discount with the discount code MEDUSA60.

Please click here to add the paperback to your cart, and then use the discount code when checking out to grab the book for a bargain of a price. Please note that the discount is time-limited and will expire on the 1st of August 2018.

Book review: Byron and the Best of Poets

Nicholas Gayle’s first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Byron and the Best of Poets, has been reviewed by David Woodhouse in the Byron Journal. It is an extremely positive review, which praises Gayle’s distinctive voice and style and his passionate analysis of Byron. The review is available here (subscription required), and an indicative excerpt is below:

“One of the charming features of this charming book is the way in which Nicholas Gayle takes ‘the passionate sincerity of Byron’s defence of Pope’ at face value…Although Gayle provides a good flavour of the Pope/Bowles Controversy in his opening chapter, he finds it by turns ‘curious’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘sterile’. Instead, his equally ambitious project—the first full-length study of Byron’s ‘lifelong interaction with Pope’—focuses almost exclusively on ‘verse intertexts’ while drawing upon ‘elements of biography and psychology’. Two of the book’s generously acknowledged presiders are Peter Cochran…and Bernard Beatty…But Gayle has his own distinctive voice and his own original insights. After a second chapter addressing the use of antithesis, enjambment and caesura in couplet and octave, he embarks upon two hundred pages of lively close reading…Gayle’s incursions into what he calls the ‘quagmire of psychology’ are usually delicate and thought-provoking.

Gayle’s determination to ‘follow the thinking wherever it leads’ is admirable but three of the strengths of his approach carry with them potential dangers…One of the book’s most brilliant observations is that Byron’s ‘eighteenth-century’ preoccupation with genre taxonomy appears to subside at a critical juncture: ‘he wrote a “Romaunt”, a “Mystery`’, a “Venetian Tale”, a “Fragment of a Turkish Tale”, a play as “Dramatic Poem” etc.—and yet strangely put no title to the first manuscript page of “Don Juan”.’ Here Gayle makes us better acquainted with what we should have known familiarly…Gayle’s finest comparison of Pope and Byron concentrates on ‘a particular quality of conversational tone’ in the portrayals of Pitholeon and Raucocanti. He demonstrates how the caricature of Pope as a poet of uniform pace and pause was such a wilful (if in many ways understandable) Romantic misreading. He also helps us begin to see how keeping ‘tune and time’, the anxious burden of the post-Augustan heroic couplet, becomes a relished part of the performance in anglicised ottava rima. Applause, in spite of faults, is due this book for the passionate sincerity with which Nicholas Gayle champions Byron and Pope and for his insistence that ‘the poetry is the thing’.”

The book is available to purchase now from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here. In addition, Nicholas’ second book with Cambridge Scholars, Byron and the Sea-Green Isle, is available to pre-order now – please click here to do so.