Meet our Authors: D. Antoine Sutton – May 2018

D. Antoine Sutton (DMin.) is a Pastor in the small hamlet of Red Cloud, Nebraska, in the United States. He is a Biblicist whose specialisms and reading and research interests include comparative Semitic philology; the poetry and textual criticism of A.E. Housman; astronomy in the Augustan era: specifically, the text and transmission of Manilius’ Astronomica; the origins and formation of classical Islam; Muslim historiography and theology; divinity studies during the Enlightenment; and the use of typology as a literary and theological device in the exegesis of ancient Greek and Roman poetry. He is also the editor of The Ds Commentary on Books, an academic review-bulletin, and composes poems and translations.

Antoine studied Latin as a teenager and later learned Syriac and Arabic at home and in school while residing in Amman, Jordan. During an eclectic course of study with distinguished scholars of Biblical and Islamic texts, one that included reading archaeological reports, he also acquired Hellenistic Greek, Semitic philology and Mishnaic Hebrew – as well as a reading knowledge of Turkish during an extended residence in Istanbul, Turkey. A former United States Marine and Gulf War I veteran, Antoine has travelled to over 3000 cities and is consequently a strong advocate for a cosmopolitan approach to the peoples and events of antiquity.

SuttonAntoine’s book with Cambridge Scholars, Introducing A.E. Housman (1859-1936): Preliminary Studies (2018), began its life when he realised the majority of studies on Housman introduced students to his poetry, not his classical work. Moreover, after years of carefully studying Housman’s own primary publications rather than the secondary literature about him and his writings, it became apparent to Antoine that conventional depictions of his personal life and habits were mythic, and based on unsubstantiated lore.

There was therefore a need for an accessible but detailed critical introduction to the career and writings of Housman. This book provides it, and has been described as “a brilliant tour-de-force of amazingly well-documented scholarship” by the late Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University, Fred C. Robinson.


Antoine explains how we came into contact with Cambridge Scholars, and his experience of the publication process:

“I first learned of Cambridge Scholars a decade ago or so when the three volume edition Hall, Ritchie and Edwards’ P. Papinius Statius was issued. Wanting to review it, I requested a copy. Instantly I was pleased with the book’s format and hardcover design. Critical research of that kind is not usually taken up by independent publishers, so it was a pleasant discovery, too, to learn that CSP published the academic work of (independent) unaffiliated scholars. For that reason, upon finishing the reconstruction of a few of my Housman essays, I submitted a proposal, one which CSP found suitable to their publishing aims.   

In the earliest stages the editorial team put me on the right track, and provided assistance that was valuable. Questions were answered promptly and special concerns of mine were adequately handled. CSP provides its readership with professional volumes of a varied nature. Irenic and polemic scholarship is not shunned, but several of their academic publications offer perspectives that may not often be available from other academic presses. On account of that procedure particularly, CSP sets notable benchmarks that are not duplicated by other publishers. I am pleased and would recommend them to other scholars without hesitation!”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Antoine’s book, Introducing A.E. Housman (1859-1936): Preliminary Studies. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Konrad Żyśko – May 2018

Konrad Żyśko, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Institute of English at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (MCSU) in Lublin, Poland, where he completed his MA thesis on the translation of wordplay in 2009 and his doctoral thesis devoted to the cognitive linguistics account of wordplay mechanisms in 2014. He has published internationally in linguistics journals and post-conference volumes, and his research interests are focused on cognitive studies of wordplay, as well as the pragmatic aspects of communication. He is currently teaching at the Department of Cultural Linguistics at MCSU. He is also a member of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association (PTJK) and the Polish Association for the Study of English (PASE).

In 2016 Konrad published his first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Wordplay, which explicates an array of intricate mechanisms that govern the creation and comprehension of wordplay, such as thinking in terms of image schemas, conceptual metaphor and metonymy, or blending theory, to mention just a few.


Konrad presents his rationale for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

Żyśko-cropped“I started my cooperation with Cambridge Scholars after hearing favourable reviews from my colleagues who already had some experience in publishing with the company. Indeed, the process of publication proved to be smooth and well-taken care of. The guidelines for text preparation were really clear and the support I received throughout the editing process was highly commendable. I especially appreciated the prompt replies whenever I had any queries concerning the manuscript, e.g. its layout, scope, or any other particular section like the photo cover. I must admit texts are checked very thoroughly, and often sent back to authors with explicit comments to make sure they meet the highest standards of publication. I am really glad I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars and I plan to continue this fruitful collaboration.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Wordplay. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2018.

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

Meet our Authors: Harry Eiss – April 2018

Harry Edwin Eiss is a Full Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches world mythology, literature and creative writing. He has spent his life in a search for meaning and value, resulting in an interdisciplinary exploration of neurology, psychology, theology, philosophy and all of the arts and humanities. This resulted in his own theory of metaesthetics, which involves an application of the cutting edges of these disciplines to how humans think and comprehend existence. Continue reading

Jim Combs: For scholars, there are no final answers, but we can use our curiosity to look wide and deep in the world

James Combs is Professor Emeritus at Valparaiso University in Indiana, USA. He is author and editor of a wide variety of books and articles, primarily on subjects related to social and political communication and popular culture. He is currently participating in the ‘Meet our Authors‘ campaign: his full testimonial follows below.

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Meet our Authors: James Combs – March 2018

James Combs is Professor Emeritus at Valparaiso University in Indiana, USA. He has been active in such academic associations as the Popular Culture Association and the International Communication Association. He is author and editor of a wide variety of books and articles, primarily on subjects related to social and political communication and popular culture, exploring such concepts as political drama, phony culture, the comedy of democracy, and the expansion of social play. His current research focus is in the broad field of popular experience, particularly the importance and variety of moving pictures.

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Meet our Authors: Penelope McElwee – March 2018

After a number of years working in the fashion industry as a designer and pattern cutter, including management of both retail and wholesale elements of the trade, Penelope McElwee decided to follow her passion for art and architecture. She embarked on a BA degree around these subjects with the Open University, UK, and followed this with two Master’s degrees from Birkbeck College, UCL, and the Open University. In both instances her theses revolved around the white modern architecture of 1920s and 1930s France. The final culmination of her studies was the challenge of a PhD through Warnborough College, for whom she has additionally written several articles for their journal.

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