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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.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Biography of a Blunder: Base and Superstructure in Marx and Later. 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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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.


To find out more about LGBT History Month, please click here, and to find out more about the academic conference and register your place, click here.


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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.


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 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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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - February 2017 31 January 2017

This February, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Tim Connell has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Tim is Professor Emeritus at City University, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Tim’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2017.


Professor Tim Connell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Where Theory and Practice Meet: Understanding Translation through Translation

Author: Laurence K. P. Wong

This title is a collection of nineteen papers in translation studies. Unlike many similar books published in recent decades, it focuses on the translation process, on theory formulation with reference to actual translation, on getting to grips with translation problems, and on explaining translation in language which can be understood by the general reader.

This solid volume represents twenty years of thought and hard work on the part of the author. It consists of nineteen papers, dealing to a large extent with Chinese (which presents particular challenges when translating poetry) but which also looks at a plethora of European languages. There is a constant theme running through the papers, that translation is best approached through the study of translation, using such diverse authors as Dante and Shakespeare, and even looking at the martial arts novel and wondering whether this particular world can be fully conveyed in a language other than Chinese. The articles do not require a specific or advanced knowledge of any of the languages used, but they do allow the reader to have a look inside them in order to understand better the question of how they might inter-connect through the vehicle of translation.” 


For further information on Professor Connell, please click here.


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Featured Review: De-constructing Dahl 31 January 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Carousel’s review of Laura Viñas Valle’s title De-constructing Dahl. Carousel: The Guide to Children’s Books is published three times a year and featured a review of De-constructing Dahl in its regular feature Roundabout, in which Laura’s book was praised as being of “immense interest” to Dahl scholars and enthusiasts.


"Over the years, there has been very little academic literature published on Roald Dahl. The 100th anniversary since his birth is a fitting time for a new work to appear. De-constructing Dahl by Laura Viñas Valle provides a thorough overview of the criticism used to discuss Dahl and addresses his ability to write successfully for both children and adults. The author focuses on matters that surround the texts including the packaging of Dahl as a children's writer. She delves into the relationship between Dahl's children's and adult fiction and explores common traits that bring his work together. This title will be of immense interest to those who are keen to delve deeper into the phenomenon that is Roald Dahl."

–Carousel: The Guide to Children's Books, 63 (2016)


To find out more about De-constructing Dahl, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email marketing@cambridgescholars.com.

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Meet our Authors: Zekeh Gbotokuma – January 2017 13 January 2017

Dr Zekeh Gbotokuma is a polyglot and a US citizen of Congolese descent who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University.

His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008.

His publications include Global Safari (2015), OBAMÆNON (2011), A Pan-African Encyclopedia (2003), and Dizionario Italiano-Lingala/Lingala-Italiano (1990).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Zekeh has authored Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship and A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

Zekeh describes the publishing experience and why he chose to publish both a memoir-travelogue and a multilingual reference work with Cambridge Scholars:


In 2009, I travelled back to my native land, the Democratic Republic of Congo, after 31 years in Europe and the USA. Upon my return to the United States, I decided to write a memoir-travelogue. I had a positive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, and the main reasons for my satisfaction with the publishing process are the following. Firstly, Cambridge Scholars allowed me to find a proofreader, whose professionalism allowed him to deal with a manuscript that contains so many words and phrases in French, Italian, and German. Secondly, their punctuality in correspondence. Thirdly, I appreciated how flexible they were in allowing submission deadlines to be extended. Finally, I noted a serious commitment to quality control, not only in the publication of the memoir, but also in the most challenging publication of the multilingual reference work, A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

I am definitely grateful to Cambridge Scholars for publishing a memoir by an author who is not (yet) famous. This fact suggests, I suspect, that the long-term academic worth of the work is more important than financial considerations. For this reason, I commend Cambridge Scholars for their attention to the importance of multilingualism in the process of acquiring international competence in a spider’s web-like world. The recent publication of A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian constitutes an important postscript to Global Safari. To some extent, the multilingual glossary is the best possible way of telling stories about my life experiences, to which I also refer as a series of transits, transitions, and translations.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Zekeh’s memoir-travelogue Global Safari. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Miriam Doran – January 2017 13 January 2017

Miriam Doran is a Lecturer in Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests include student educational experience, pedagogy and science education at primary, secondary and third level. Miriam previously worked in two national teacher support services in Ireland with responsibility for continuous professional development of primary and post-primary science teachers. Prior to that, she taught at post-primary level for over twenty years.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Miriam has authored An Ethnography in an Irish Girls Secondary School: Exploring how Hegemony and Power Mediate Agency and Structure, which explores the cultural experiences of a group of Irish 6th year girls and is based on an ethnographic study. This book is adapted from a PhD thesis and is Miriam’s inaugural academic book publication.

Miriam describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Following completion of my PhD in education, I received advice from an experienced academic to consider Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in helping early career researchers revise their doctoral thesis and bring it through to publication. As this was an inaugural book publication, I was grateful for the prompt and professional support and advice that was readily available when required. Cambridge Scholars were more than happy to facilitate my partial personalised design of the jacket and collaborated effectively on visual adjustments of the front cover during this process. I was involved throughout all aspects of the publishing process and have learned a considerable amount for future projects. I believe a reliable testimony to any company is the quality of the product. I am regularly complemented on the quality and finish of the book, and would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to other prospective authors.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on An Ethnography in an Irish Girls Secondary School. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2017.


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Celebrating the 125th Birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 23 December 2016

This January marks the 125th (or twelfthty-fifth) birthday of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University and one of the most famous authors of the 20th century. Tolkien’s influence on fantasy writing can still be seen in contemporary literature, particularly in works of high fantasy, and Peter Jackson’s successful film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have helped to bring his most famous works to a new generation.

To mark his 125th birthday, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on Tolkien and fantasy literature.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code TOLKIEN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

C. S. Lewis and the Inklings is a unique collection of two of the Inklings and their literary associates’ views on the negative impacts of technology in various areas of life and the resolution of these impacts through fellowship with others and faith in the Creator. Some of these essays offer suggestions on how ensnarement by social media and surrender to modern technology can be countered by surrender to God. Other essays also demonstrate how the significant literary craft of these authors can enchant readers and invite them into fairylands from which they return empowered and with a keener spiritual vision to tackle universal and present concerns.

One wonders whether there really is a need for another volume of essays on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Clearly there is. Middle-earth and Beyond: Essays on the World of J. R. R. Tolkien takes new directions, employs new approaches, focuses on different texts, or reviews and then challenges received wisdom. The entries on sources and analogues in The Lord of the Rings, a favorite topic, are still able to take new directions. The analyses of Tolkien’s literary art, less common in Tolkien criticism, focus on character—especially that of Tom Bombadil—in which two different conclusions are reached. But characterization is also seen in the light of different literary techniques, motifs, and symbols. A unique contribution examines the place of linguistics in Tolkien’s literary art, employing Gricean concepts in an analysis of The Lay of the Children of Húrin. And a quite timely essay presents a new interpretation of Tolkien’s attitude toward the environment.

Fear and horror are an inextricable part of Tolkien’s great mythology and his use of medieval sources for his evocations of fear and horror contribute to the distinctive tone of his work. The Mirror Crack'd: Fear and Horror in JRR Tolkien's Major Works shows how his masterly narrative techniques transform his sources, both familiar and unfamiliar, so that hitherto benign characters, objects and landscapes, as well as his famous monstrous creations, engage with deeply rooted human fears. While some of the essays presented here turn to modern science, psychology, and anthropology to deepen their analyses of fear and horror, they all add depth to our appreciation of Tolkien’s most famous and frightening creations by defining their relationships to ancient and culturally significant images of fear and horror.

What if there is much more to the Harry Potter saga than a simple tale of adventure and fantasy for kids? “Yes, there is much more,” is the guiding premise of the annual, academic gatherings at Edinboro University known as The Ravenclaw Conferences. Since 2011, faculty and students have met in Edinboro to deliver papers and discuss the many intellectual and ethical issues raised in this story of an orphan boy’s journey from being a nobody to becoming the Chosen One of prophecy. In The Ravenclaw Chronicles, the reader will find select articles developed from these conferences, most from professors, but a few from student presenters. There is even one original short story of Harry Potter fan fiction. These reflections come from diverse perspectives: namely, philosophy, history, English literature, media studies, and world languages.


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Book of the Month - January 2017 23 December 2016

Our January Book of the Month is Ancient Warfare: Introducing Current Research, Volume I, edited by Geoff Lee, Helene Whittaker and Graham Wrightson.

This volume provides chapters on current research into ancient warfare. It is a collection with a wide-range, covering a long chronological spread, with many historical themes, including some that have recently been rather neglected. It has wide academic relevance to a number of on-going debates on themes in ancient warfare. Each topic covered is coherently presented, and offers convincing coverage of the subject area. There is a high standard of scholarship and presentation; chapters are well documented with extensive bibliographies. It is readable and successful in engaging the reader’s attention, and presents subject matter in an accessible way. The book will particularly appeal to professional historians, students and a wider audience of those interested in ancient warfare.


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 BOMJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

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


Overall, this volume on ancient warfare contains a healthy mix, not only of different aspects of ancient warfare, but a mix of new research, different perspectives. Most importantly, it contains a blend of under-researched and obscure topics that, given their importance to ancient warfare research, should have been treated much earlier than 2015. Perhaps surprisingly, there has been a continuous rise in edited volumes on ancient warfare in the past few years, but one would be wrong in expecting that the present volume might get lost in this sea of ancient warfare volumes. Ancient Warfare: Introducing Current Research offers a refreshing and innovative perspective on an already very popular field of study, and perhaps it is fitting that the volume has appeared now when there are others contesting for the top spot in ancient warfare. Seeing that this is the first volume, we should look forward to future ones.”

—Carlos Villafane, University of Liverpool; Bryn Mawr Classical Review


“Due to the varied nature of the content presented in this volume, there is bound to be something for almost anyone interested in ancient warfare within its pages. This is a collection of quality works that will force many of us to see aspects of ancient conflict in new ways, introduce us to unfamiliar areas, and, in some places, challenge currently accepted ideas. This volume should find a place on the bookshelf of academics, students, and laypersons alike. I am very much looking forward to volume 2.”

Christopher Matthew, Australian Catholic University; American Journal of Archaeology


What this book succeeds in most is the presentation of innovative research within the field of ancient military history. With topics ranging from the 'killing' of iron age swords (M. Lloyd), to ancient military medicine (J. Laskaris), via modern attempts to reconstruct catapults (A. Schofield), it becomes clear how widespread the interests of the contributors are, and each paper deals in some way with ongoing controversies within the respective fields.”

—Owen Rees; Ancient Warfare, 10:3 


Combining archaeology, war studies, and social history, this volume would be a very useful addition to any library on warfare and provides an invaluable update on the latest research with coverage of oft-neglected topics which give a deeper insight into the full impact of warfare in the ancient world. […] Highly recommended and Volume II is eagerly awaited.”

—Mark Cartwright; Ancient History Encyclopedia 


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