Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia – March 2017 09 March 2017

Santiago Sia has recently retired as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute (National University of Ireland). Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA.

His specialised fields are philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. He has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago has authored (or co-authored, together with Marian F. Sia) six titles with Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking (2010), From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life (2010), Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: A Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge (2015), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and Those Distant Shores: A Narrative of Human Restlessness (2015). All six titles are available as both hardback and paperback editions.

Santiago explains why he has returned to publish on a number of occasions with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing have published my last six books, and my experience of working closely with them has been most positive as was indeed my experience with my other publishers. I found the staff here very attentive to my concerns and queries, and most helpful and prompt throughout the process of publishing. They have been truly professional. Given their own academic backgrounds and interests—unique in the publishing world—I chose them for my trilogy of scholarly books which represent the culmination of my research work and philosophical thinking carried out throughout my academic career. These are: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking; (with Marian F. Sia) From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life; and finally, Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society.

Moreover, their policy of respecting the experience and expertise of their established authors while insisting on strict academic standards resonated well with me. Also of particular interest to me was their openness to review and accept novel approaches to academic publishing. Their strong support encouraged my wife and me to venture into a more narrative way of communicating philosophical ideas. It resulted in the publication of our trilogy of philosophical novels: Those Distant Shores: a Narrative of Human Restlessness; That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: a Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge; and This Deep Pierian Spring: an Account of the Human Quest for Meaning.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the paperback and hardback editions of This Deep Pierian Spring. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Franka Kermer – March 2017 09 March 2017

Franka Kermer is a post-doctoral researcher (Kone Foundation, 2017–2021) in English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland. She is particularly interested in the study of cognitive approaches to language structure, second language acquisition and corpus linguistics. Her current research focuses on cross-linguistic influence from the perspective of cognitive grammar and cognitive sociolinguistics. Franka has spent the last six months as a University teacher of English at Beijing Normal University, China. Prior to that, she taught English at the University of Eastern Finland, where she also completed her PhD.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Franka has authored A Cognitive Grammar Approach to Teaching Tense and Aspect in the L2 Context, which links cognitive grammar explanations to the area of second-language learning and instructed grammar teaching. This is her first book.

Franka describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Before I completed my PhD in English Language and Culture, I received advice from a fellow researcher to consider sending my manuscript to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in supporting researchers at the early stages of their career. As this was my very first book publication, I was grateful for the professional and very supportive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, especially with Amanda Millar, who was always readily available when required and included me in each and every step or decision of the publishing process. I was also grateful for the editorial expertise, advice and, most of all, patience. I would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to any scholar, whether they are early career researchers or more experienced academics.

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International Women’s Day 2017 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 February 2017

This March, Cambridge Scholars are proud to support International Women’s Day, which this year has #BeBoldForChange as its campaign theme. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won’t close until 2186 at its current rate, but International Women’s Day can be an important catalyst for driving greater change towards gender parity around the world.

This year the campaign theme of International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. You can submit your #BeBoldForChange action via the IWD website.

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

To mark International Women’s Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles in the field of Women’s Studies. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code IWD17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

Questions that concern gender and violence against women have been placed firmly on the agenda of interdisciplinary research within the humanities in recent years. Gender-based violence against women has increased exponentially in South Africa and in other countries on the African continent, particularly those with a history of political conflict. A Reflexive Inquiry into Gender Research brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to explore new terrains of knowledge production, interrogating the connection between the intellectual project of this kind of research and the process of its production. Overall, this book represents an important combination of scholarly insights, and provides multiple reflections about practical aspects of conducting gender research in the African context. The work of the contributors to the volume is situated within a post-structural feminist agenda, and, collectively, the chapters link scholarship and activism in a way that pursues a social change agenda in research on gender and gender-based violence.

During China’s “socio-economic transition period”, stretching from 1978 to the present day, the nation’s social structure underwent enormous changes, including the situation of Chinese women. Over recent decades, more equalitarian policies have made a great deal of difference, not only to women’s self-identification, but also to their social milieu. However, the female employment rate has gradually declined since the economic reforms began, meaning this period has had a major impact on the social status and conditions of Chinese women. These social transformations and differences between the genders have provided an unusual opportunity for scholars and researchers who are interested in social change. As such, Class and Gender examines the social structure of contemporary China, exploring how resources are distributed among the different social strata, and how these strata have transformed with the economic reforms and development. This title also allows readers to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the current Chinese social structure, and how it has transformed, as well as its influence on gender differentiation.

Daughters of the Nile seeks to highlight Egyptian women that the media have overlooked and ignored. It focuses on a sample of 38 pioneers, ground-breakers, and achievers in nearly all professions. Their successes in Egypt and elsewhere have been recognized and honoured by some of the highest national and international institutions and governments. Forgotten or unknown habits, practices, and historical events occurring in the twentieth century, both in Egypt and other parts of the globe, are also discussed in these stories. The objective of the book is three-pronged. It breaks the monolithic and unflattering stereotype of contemporary Egyptian women as victims, uneducated and uncivilized, dominated by men. The second is to make the world aware of modern Egyptian champions who are improving the quality of life in the societies and broader environments in which they live and work. The third purpose is to provide positive role models for new generations of women in Egypt and beyond, to inspire them to set their goals very high despite the obstacles they may encounter, and show them that the sky is not the limit.

Recent years have witnessed growing scholarly interest in efforts to advance women’s work and in exploring the implicit obstacles to gender equity – such as the “glass floor,” “glass ceiling,” and “glass walls” – that have persisted in most career fields. This interdisciplinary collection contributes to this new field of knowledge by curating scholarly essays and current research on gendered work environments and all the nuanced meanings of “work” in the context of feminism and gender equality. The chapters in Gender and Work represent some of the most outstanding papers presented at the Women and Gender Conference held at the University of South Dakota on April 9–10, 2015. The unifying focus of this collection is on the work-related intersections of gender, race, and class, which are investigated through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Some of the essays provide historical and literary contexts for contemporary issues. Others use social-scientific approaches to identify strategies for making the contemporary Western workplace more humane and inclusive to women and other disadvantaged members of society.

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Book of the Month - March 2017 28 February 2017

Our March Book of the Month is Peter Pan and the Mind of J. M. Barrie: An Exploration of Cognition and Consciousness by Rosalind Ridley.

What is Peter Pan all about? Many of us realise that there is a bit more to the stories than a simple fantasy about flying away to a wonderful place in which to play, and that there is something psychologically rather dark about the events in the stories. But J. M. Barrie’s work has not previously been considered from the perspective of either the science of his time, or the insights of modern cognitive psychology.

This book explores the texts of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) and Peter and Wendy (1911), and argues that Barrie describes the limited mental abilities of infants and animals in order to illuminate the structure of human adult cognition. Barrie’s work contains many insights into what is now referred to as mental representation and theory of mind, areas of cognitive psychology that have been examined scientifically only in the last few decades. Barrie also reflects on the nature of consciousness in a way that parallels modern interests.

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 best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

“Neuroscientist Rosalind Ridley, of Newnham College in Cambridge, claims in the just-published Peter Pan and the Mind of JM Barrie that the author’s work identifies key stages of child development. [...] In her book, she shows how the narrative of Peter Pan works on different levels. It is a coming-of-age story, a fantasy for children and adults, and the myth of a golden age, but was also invented by the author “essentially for himself in order to explore and perhaps make some sense of his own emotional difficulties, to investigate the interplay of the world of facts and the world of the imagination and to rediscover the heightened experiences of infancy”.”

—Alison Flood, The Guardian (2nd August 2016)

“In recent years, all the ‘Peter Pan’ texts have been subjected to biographical and psychoanalytical interpretations, but in this book Rosalind Ridley’s original contribution is to analyse the texts to demonstrate Barrie’s knowledge and use of scientific ideas. Barrie was acquainted with men of science and the ideas current at the beginning of the twentieth century. His stories of ‘Peter Pan’ are fictive investigations of the nature of consciousness and of the imagination, sometimes anticipating what scientists have later come to realise. Ridley’s book is a delight to read; the examples she gives are compelling and entirely clear to a reader who has not themselves a scientific background. I recommend it whole-heartedly both to lovers of literature and science.”

—Dr Pam Hirsch, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

“Until recently, my knowledge of J. M. Barrie was limited to vague memories of seeing the pantomime of Peter Pan as a child. In this wonderful book, Rosalind Ridley reveals how much more there is to Barrie and his creation. Her analysis of the various versions of the story that preceded the play reveals that Barrie was extremely knowledgeable about the scientific developments of his time. Furthermore, many of his ideas can be found in scientific accounts of the brain and the mind that did not appear until several decades later. This accessible book not only provides a fresh insight into the mind of Barrie and a novel introduction to current neuropsychology, but also reminds us of the close ties between creativity in science and in literature.”

—Professor Chris Frith FRS FBA, Institute of Philosophy, University of London

“In Peter Pan and the Mind of J M Barrie: An Exploration of Cognition and Consciousness, neuroscientist Dr Rosalind Ridley unpacks the magic and oddity of the tales that have captivated audiences for generations. In doing so through the lens of her own expertise, she reveals that Barrie had an almost uncanny grasp of human cognitive development four to eight decades before psychologists began to work on similar questions about the way we develop thinking and reasoning skills.”

—University of Cambridge website (3rd August 2016)

“Throughout her sensitive and original readings of these two books, Ridley offers asides that go to the heart of current debates about “the hard problem” of consciousness, Turing’s test for whether a computer has intelligence, and whether some avian behavior demonstrates theory of mind.”

—Dr Terri Apter, Newnham College, Cambridge

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British Society of Criminology - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 February 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars are delighted to be partnering with the British Society of Criminology (BSC) as we both mark International Women’s Day on 8th March.

The British Society of Criminology aims to further the interests and knowledge of both academic and professional people who are engaged in any aspect of work or teaching, research or public education about crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom. The Society has been in existence for over 50 years and has a wide-ranging membership based both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Their annual conference will take place this year at Sheffield Hallam University from 4-7 July.

Cambridge Scholars have donated copies of two of our titles for the BSC Members March prize draw this month:

All BSC members are eligible to enter the draw, which closes on 31st March 2017. To enter the draw, please email with ‘Prize Draw – March – Human Trafficking’ or ‘Prize Draw – March – A Zoo of Lusts’ in the subject line.

If you are not yet a BSC member but are interested in becoming one, you can apply by clicking here. Membership includes a personal subscription to the Society’s official journal Criminology & Criminal Justice and, for most categories of membership, subscription to The British Journal of Criminology.

BSC members are also able to purchase copies of Human Trafficking and A Zoo of Lusts… A Harem of Fondled Hatreds through our website with a 20% discount by using the promotional code available on the Members page.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - March 2017 28 February 2017

This March, our Editorial Advisory Board chair Professor David Weir has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. David, who is currently Visiting Professor at York St John University, has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading four university Business Schools and initiating the very first part-time executive MBA in a University business school at Glasgow in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on David’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Managing Globalization: New Business Models, Strategies and Innovation

Editors: Demestris Vrontis, Stefano Bresciani, Matteo Rossi.

This book presents research and paradigms that transcend classical theory in order to examine how business practice is positively affected by these conditions. Across a multitude of sectors and organisational types, scholars of different business specialisations set the theoretical foundations of contemporary thinking and present their practical implementations.

Arguably ‘globalization’ is a term more often cited or mentioned than it is seriously understood. This collection goes some way towards describing the operational realities of globalization in diverse and complex markets. The book contains evidence-based analyses of the significance of cultural factors and illustrates the tactics used by international organisations to enhance cross-cultural capabilities. Another fascinating chapter applies strategy/structure frameworks to explain performance improvement in the luxury yacht market and concludes with wise advice for both scholars and senior managers. Among several chapters based on Italian experience, one on the innovation capacity of family businesses reflects that “the local network of shared norms and values has become a barrier to local knowledge creation because it constrains interaction rather than leveraging it across geographical boundaries”. This might be an important insight into the possible outcome of Brexit! 

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Meet our Authors: Frederic Will – February 2017 14 February 2017

Frederic Will is a retired Professor of Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, United States, and is currently Director of Research at the online Humanities University. He has published fifty-six books in subjects as diverse as cultural history, philosophy, poetry, translation, fiction, and travel narrative, and is currently completing a new sequence of six interrelated volumes for Cambridge Scholars on the character of everyday existence.

Frederic has received a half dozen Fulbright Grants from the United States Government and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bollingen Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has also received multi-year support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his journal of world poetry in translation, Micromegas. He was a founding editor, with William Arrowsmith, Donald Carne-Ross, and John Sullivan, of the ground-breaking Journal of Classical Culture, Arion.

His poetry has received praise in the United Kingdom, where the Times Literary Supplement has written of his poetic work as “accomplished and insightful” and of his criticism as “brilliant”.  His lifetime literary papers are collected in the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, United States.

As a returning author with Cambridge Scholars, Frederic explains his reasons for publishing a number of titles with us:

Upon retirement, I had written over fifty books, of criticism, fiction, labour, sociology, poetry and cultural history, but after a friend drew my attention to Cambridge Scholars I have discovered in them a publishing pathway uniquely congenial to – as I feel I now have to class myself – a later-in-life professional writer. Since 2011, I have published six books with Cambridge Scholars, which feel to me like essential statements of what I think and understand. These are all books about feeling, self-identity, the relation of life to writing about life, the temporal elements of the everyday, and life’s endgames and how to formulate them. These are themes I have waited to know how to name, and in naming them I have been hugely boosted by the courtesy, responsiveness, and professionalism of Cambridge Scholars. As I survey Cambridge Scholars’ list of titles, I have to think that I am a lucky member of a far flung community of writer-thinkers, whose diversity is driving a new dimension right through the heart of what we tiresomely call scholarship. The world as consciousness is enlarged by publishing efforts of the calibre of Cambridge Scholars.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus: Replaced by Writing as well as a 20% discount on all other titles in Frederic’s series Inside Selfhood And History. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Dileep Edara – February 2017 14 February 2017

Dr Dileep Edara currently teaches at Dravidian University, Andhra Pradesh, India, as an Assistant Professor of English. The areas of his teaching and research interests include literary theory in general and Marxist literary theories in particular. After receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering with distinction, he began to feel that the subject was too mechanical for him, and switched over to the humanities. Later on, he received a BA in philosophy, economics, and politics, and then an MA in English literature from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India.

Having cleared the UGC NET in 2003, he obtained his PhD in 2012, from the Department of English, Hyderabad Central University, Andhra Pradesh, India, for his research on the concepts of base and superstructure in the Marxist theory. In the Department of English, his thesis was awarded the Meenkshi Mukherjee Prize, for the year 2012-13. So far, he has published two books, six articles, and presented more than thirty papers in various national and international seminars.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, he has authored Biography of a Blunder: Base and Superstructure in Marx and Later, which is based on his PhD thesis and proposes a radical departure from the predominant understanding of Marx’s base and superstructure thesis.

Dileep describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

From the initial submission of my proposal to the final publication of the book, I found the people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing supportive and consistently encouraging. It is a pleasure to work with them and I would love to submit my next publication proposal to them. They have given me the opportunity to edit my own text, and they have been flexible when giving me the time to do so. They took my concerns into account in each aspect of the publication process and brought out the book in an elegant manner. I thank all the people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing for this memorable experience.”

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LGBT History Month - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 January 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars are proud to celebrate LGBT History Month, which takes place throughout February in the UK. The theme for LGBT History Month this year is Citizenship, PSHE and Law, as the organisers mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

The overall aim of LGBT History Month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community; Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community; Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

The affiliated academic conference, Sexing the Past: ‘What is and how to do LGBT history’, takes place on Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th March at Liverpool John Moores University.

To mark LGBT History Month, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code LGBT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2017.

Queer Stories of Europe is the first volume on the studies of queer identities in Europe to adopt a strong focus on the history of the Baltic region among other countries in Central and East Europe. It unites work by researchers of different European countries that deals with various representations of the queer culture over a period of more than one hundred years. A significant part of the book is dedicated to belletristics, with the contributors offering readings of it with knowledge about ideas circulating in public discourse that have been influential for new discoveries in history, art history, culture studies, communication studies, theology, and narratology, among other fields.

Queering Women's and Gender Studies brings together approaches to, and perspectives on, English, Spanish, and Galician language, literature, and culture from the fields of women’s, gender, and queer studies. As its title reflects, the book adopts an inclusive attitude to the so-called “others” present in these fields. Since queer theory first appeared in academia, its influence has been notorious within both women’s and genders. As such, it is vital to “queer” academia so that it re-conceptualises its foundations; indeed, the contributions here serve to alter the reader’s consciousness of the terms “woman” and “gender”. The Epilogue draws on the book’s intersubjective spirit to propose a dialogue, among multiple disciplines and the people who practise them. As such, the volume reflects the eclectic nature of queer, women’s, and gender studies, and their world-wide acceptance by the scholarly community.

Revisiting Sexualities in the 21st Century examines a whole set of explanatory and definitional issues from the very outset, particularly regarding what may be rightly included and excluded from its provenance and coverage. Each author lays out the traditional parameters of the methodology used in their perspectives of social science research, and openly discusses how they have been applied to the study of hetero sexuality/non-heterosexuality and the ways in which their theory and methodology may be improved. Their contributions outline some of the major theoretical and methodological problems that still confront the study of modern sexualities, while also presenting a selection of theoretical and methodological issues of interest to both new and experienced researchers. Undoubtedly, with this collection, sexuality studies comes of age as an academic field.

The articles gathered in The Meaning of Sexual Identity in the Twenty-First Century address, from a wide variety of perspectives, the question of sexual identity for LGBT people in an era when sexual identity is seen by some as obsolescent. In the opening essay, Ritch Savin-Williams asks whether “young people with same-sex desires are basically content with modern culture and don’t desire a critical analysis.” This volume considers this question and others in relation to identity, fluidity, ambisexuality, a reluctance to label sexuality, and the possible irrelevance of sexual orientation in the 21st century. Contributors explore contexts including same-sex topics in high school teaching; rural queers; the nature of art installations and same-sex desires; post-AIDS literature; contemporary Russian film and online chat rooms; and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Book of the Month - February 2017 31 January 2017

Our February Book of the Month is Oscar Wilde's Elegant Republic: Transformation, Dislocation and Fantasy in fin-de-siècle Paris by David Charles Rose.

Why was Paris so popular as a place of both innovation and exile in the late nineteenth century? Using French, English and American sources, this first volume of a trilogy provides a possible answer with a detailed exploration of both the city and its communities, who, forming a varied cast of colourful characters from duchesses to telephonists, artists to beggars, and dancers to diplomats, crowd the stage. Through the throng moves Oscar Wilde as the connecting thread: Wilde exploratory, Wilde triumphant, Wilde ruined. This use of Wilde as a central figure provides both a cultural history of Paris and a view of how he assimilated himself there.

By interweaving fictional representations of Paris and Parisians with historical narrative, Paris of the imagination is blended with the topography of the city described by Victor Hugo as ‘this great phantom composed of darkness and light’. This original treatment of the belle époque is couched in language accessible to all who wish to explore Paris on foot or from an armchair.

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We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2017.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

“This is a book research libraries should keep on the open stacks and readers of ELT may wish to add to their personal reference collections. [...] Rose is led by a desire not only to add detail to the record, but to clean up mistakes in past scholarship. He succeeds in doing this by being careful about chronology and corroboration. [...] Ellmann’s biography of Wilde is a great work of literary scholarship, but its concept of homosexuality is dated and it is wrong or incomplete in many details. Someday it will be superseded by another study of the life. The author of that work will want to have Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic close to hand, and will often feel grateful to David Rose.”

—Adrian Frazier; English Language in Transition, 60:2 (2017)

“Oscar Wilde's multiple visits to Paris are well known ... but for many readers, what is less clear is what Paris was all about - reality and cliches or literary fantasies don't always go well together. In Oscar Wilde's Elegant Republic, David Charles Rose looks to remedy this by proposing a socio-cultural cartography drawn from three main areas: transformation, dislocation and fantasy. His stated purpose is to 'influence our understanding of both Wilde’s creativity and his social position' (175), and this book makes it possible to better grasp the many facets of his environment and to better understand the relevance of the famous contrast between the work and the life of a genius.”

—Peter Dunwoodie, Emeritus Professor of French Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London; Rue des Beaux Arts 56 (2016)

“[T]his book stands as a rare and complex gift that Rose has given his readers. It is a sprawling study about a sprawling city at a sprawling time in its existence, yet nonetheless we come from it exhilarated and gratified. [...] Oscar Wilde's Elegant Republic gave me a much clearer sense than I previously had of the creative, emotional and imaginative atmosphere of fin de siècle Paris. It has enhanced my understanding not just of Wilde's writing but of the work of his contemporaries, French, American, and English with far greater effectiveness than any recent criticism I have encountered. Perhaps it is because Rose, unlike so many contemporary literary critics, actually enjoys his topic and writes out of that pleasure.”

—Michael Patrick Gillespie, Florida International University; Irish Literary Supplement, Autumn 2016

“The work examines the relationships and interrelationships which were developed in Paris and Parisian society at this time. It was a large and diverse community, comprised of writers, artists, composers and singers, amongst others, from many different nations. We discover how many non-Parisians came to be residing or sojourning in Paris, what brought them there and their experiences of this great city; oftentimes the narrative is interspersed with a blending of both factual and fictional accounts, which works very well. Through a close reading of Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic, we are better able to understand the psyche of Wilde within this cosmospolitan metropolis. [...] Interestingly, it does form the first instalment of a trilogy ... No doubt [the other two volumes] will continue to add to Wilde scholarship in an original, innovative and detailed way, as the first volume has done.”

—Jennifer Martin; Books Ireland (November/December 2016)

“[This] is essentially an encyclopedic survey of Paris in all its facets. Rose, it seems, has digested everything, at least as related to the period. He ranges from the morgue to Montparnasse, caviar to caves, fairies to ferries, cynosure to cyanide. His erudition is vast. [...] It is a book in many ways similar to the city it describes: stitching together threads, wandering off in various directions, floating on the surface, digging for dirt, rambling, reflecting, resting. A labor of love to the city of love.”

—Nikolai Endres, Western Kentucky University; Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature, 130 (2016)

“In Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic, Wilde becomes a prism for reconstructing nineteenth-century Paris as a social and intellectual network – a cosmopolitan and at the same time distinctly French metropolis. In so doing, the book also opens up original perspectives on other bridge figures between British and French cultures, such as John Gray, George Moore, John Singer Sargent and Arthur Symons. Rose makes a compelling case to rethink that often-invoked but rarely properly-explored topic that is Wilde’s involvement with French culture – we just need to remember that even Ellmann, the most authoritative among Wilde’s biographers to date, rattles rather quickly through Wilde’s Parisian associations. It is to be hoped that his book will inspire further research into Wilde’s French connections and, more broadly, into the literary connections between the British and French fin de siècle.”

—Professor Stefano Evangelista, Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford; Editor, The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe

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