Book Announcement: Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters

Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp231, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters, edited by Edyta Just and Wera Grahn.

During the last few years, the concept of generic skills and competences has become widespread across universities. An introduction to generic competences is, as such, important because it enables redefinition of educational goals and may positively rearrange forms of interaction in classes. It also indicates that education should inspire students to develop and use critical and creative forms of thinking, feeling and doing. On the one hand, the need to promote generic skills can be seen as driven by neoliberal desire. On the other, however, generic competences can enable students to think, feel and act differently, but also respect and welcome various forms of life and ways of living. Responding to the growing need to reflect upon generic competences, this book contributes to the various ways of conceptualising generic skills and the methods in which they might be acquired. The volume engenders adventurous encounters between different theories, which predominantly come from the feminist conceptual framework, that result in appealing meanings of affect and concepts. It also experimentally explores and discusses ways in which theories of affect and concepts may complicate understanding of generic competences and inspire generic skills-oriented education. Consequently, this collection revitalizes the concept of generic skills, but also advocates daring pedagogical practices that invigorate the meaning of and approach to teaching and learning in present landscapes of higher education. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer

Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp325, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer by Robert Marshall and Alan Bleakley.

Returning to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey for inspiration, this book uses these epics as a medium through which we might think imaginatively about key issues in contemporary medicine and medical education. These issues include doctors as heroes, and the legacy of heroic medicine in an age of clinical teamwork, collaboration and a more feminine medicine. The authors challenge ingrained habits in medical education, such as the way we characteristically “train” medical students to communicate with patients and colleagues; the reduction of compassion to the “skill” of empathy; the rote recital of the medical history as a “song”; and the new vogue for “resilience” as response to increasing levels of stress and burnout in the profession. Continue reading

Book Announcement: On Shakespeare in Sonnets: A Study in the Theory and Practice of Reader Response Criticism

On Shakespeare in Sonnets: A Study in the Theory and Practice of Reader Response Criticism now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp130, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of On Shakespeare in Sonnets: A Study in the Theory and Practice of Reader Response Criticism by E. L. Risden.

Reader Response Theory began to take hold in the 1960s. Much like the phenomenological approach to criticism that preceded it, it allows both reader and author intentionality and conscious presence, and it gives the reader particular presence in the fulfillment or completion of the text. The work of art mediates between author and reader, and the reader participates in an interpretive community that gives the work life and liveliness. This book is divided into three sections: Part I discusses the history and practice of Reader Response criticism; Part II comprises a collection of thirty-eight sonnets responding both critically and creatively to Shakespeare’s works; and Part III discusses the poems of Part II as both creative and critical acts, elaborating on what they aim to show about the plays and how Shakespeare’s plays continue to encourage varied analytical and personal response. As shown here, the creative and the critical need not be separate, exclusive acts; each invades the other. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Thought Experiments between Nature and Society: A Festschrift for Nenad Miščević

Thought Experiments between Nature and Society: A Festschrift for Nenad Miščević now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp490, £67.99 / $114.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Thought Experiments between Nature and Society: A Festschrift for Nenad Miščević, edited by Bojan Borstner and Smiljana Gartner.

As a prominent figure in analytic philosophy of the 20th and 21st centuries, Nenad Miščević has enriched, enhanced, and expanded many areas of the field. This volume, dedicated to him for his 65th birthday, follows the virtues he so much respects – conceptual analysis, rigorous use of logics, and clear definitions – and applies them to a very hot topic in philosophy, thought experiments. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research (paperback)

Paperback edition of Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp366, £49.99 / $84.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research by Annekatrin Puhle and Adrian Parker-Reed.

Shakespeare has been one of the most-cited authors since his plays were performed, and yet little attention has been paid to his views on psychic phenomena. It took another 300 years of paranormal experiences before scholars at Cambridge University helped to found the Society for Psychical Research, which brought scientific scrutiny to the area, and the UK is now a world leader in university research on this topic. This book throws new light on many historical case reports from Shakespeare’s time onwards. It identifies the core experiences that transcend time and give clues to an understanding of psychic phenomena. The book highlights Shakespeare’s insights, showing how these relate to, and even amplify, the conclusions of later and on-going research. In our time of disconnectedness from nature, the book discusses neglected human experiences which represent an important part of life and which do, in fact, occur to most of us. In doing so, the book raises awareness against the emptiness of a zombie-like existence in today’s society and offers a new approach to life and death, and their deeper meaning.
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Book Announcement: Design Ethics beyond Duty and Virtue

Design Ethics beyond Duty and Virtue now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891233
Hardback, pp155, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Design Ethics beyond Duty and Virtue, by Philippe d’Anjou.

Freedom is compelling in design; it has to be acknowledged, accepted, and comprehended in all its existential complexity to better understand and engage the intricate ethical domain of design practice. The book addresses that issue by thoroughly examining design ethics, and design in general, within an existentialist philosophical framework. Its inquiry reveals a puzzling and unsettling reality of design ethics, and hence what constitutes an ethical design practice where there is no exit for designers but complete acceptance of their freedom and responsibility. This book makes a unique, original, and invaluable contribution to the design literature and design ethics scholarship. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Remembering Home in a Time of Mobility: Memory, Nostalgia and Melancholy

Remembering Home in a Time of Mobility: Memory, Nostalgia and Melancholy now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443886444
Hardback, pp260, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Remembering Home in a Time of Mobility: Memory, Nostalgia and Melancholy, edited by Maja Mikula.

Memory, nostalgia and melancholy have attracted considerable scholarly attention in recent decades. Numerous critics of globalisation, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism have posited an overwhelming feeling of homelessness not only among people who have been displaced from their original home/lands, but also among those who feel estranged from their places of origin due to rapid social change or environmental decline. Arguably, homesickness is prevalent in today’s developed world, and can be – and sometimes indeed is – felt even for times and places unrelated to someone’s personal roots. Continue reading