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.”


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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.

Call for chapters: British Travel Narratives on Wars

British Travel and Narratives on Wars is a forthcoming edited collection under consideration for publication by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and the editors Jeanne Dubino and Elisabetta Marino invite contributors to submit book chapter proposals. If you are interested in contributing please contact marino@lettere.uniroma2.it  and dubinoja@appstate.edu for further information. Continue reading

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