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Celebrating the Festive Season - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 November 2015

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys (Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’).

Christians across the globe come together in the celebration of Christmas this December, when messages of peace will be particularly pertinent after the recent tragic events in Paris, Beirut, and elsewhere.

In an increasingly materialistic world, the traditional values that mark the festive season can often be forgotten, and so, this month, Cambridge Scholars are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on Christianity and spirituality – click on the image to find out more about each title.

This volume is tightly packed with surprising insights one does not normally hear from the pulpit, but which are clearly implied in the biblical narratives of Christmas and Easter. Dr Ellens investigates familiar biblical sentences and stories, and reveals an entirely fresh cornucopia of life-changing insights about the radical nature of the good news about God’s grace. Preaching has seldom been this engaging, powerful, and spiritually empowering. This warm-hearted book is a clear clarion call for one central theme: God’s radical, uncalculating, unconditional, and universal forgiving grace. Claims for God’s redemptive presence and intent for our world that pulpiteers have often feared, avoided, or failed to see in the centre of the gospel are here set forth with unapologetic boldness. Dr Ellens has a passion for the spirit, a stimulating mind, and an informed pastoral appeal for life-changing encounters with the biblical story and the insinuation of God’s self into human and historical life at Christmas, Easter, and all other times.

True and undefiled religion includes taking care of those forgotten, marginalized, and made invisible by all-consuming (and all-mighty) capital. Has the Christian community gone far enough in meeting the needs of the poor, in seeking the end of poverty, or in curbing the rapacious appetites of the greedy few in order to preserve that which is good, true, and beautiful within God’s creation? Render Unto God calls Christians to reconsider their ideological commitment to unrestrained capitalism—to rethink not only the profit motive, an essential element of capitalism (if not its central telos), the meaning of private property, and the dominion of the global power elite, but also to understand how market fundamentalism fractures families, creates systems of inequality, and destroys the environment. Have we forgotten our commitment to God, our neighbor, and creation? Have we forgotten our primary purpose, the reason for our existence—namely, to glorify God and enjoy him forever?

This book analyses the conceptual mechanisms behind the notion of “The Christian Life” in the collection of sermons preached by John Henry Newman (1801–1890). The study utilises tools of cognitive semantics, and identifies a number of metaphorical models of “The Christian Life” in Newman’s sermons, based on structural metaphors, such as “A Journey”, “A Race”, “A Trial” and “Family Life”, as well as some models based on ontological metaphors, such as animalisations (“The Sheepfold” metaphor), vegetalisations (the “Christ is a Plant” metaphor) and reifications (“The Gift” metaphor). It is also shown that the conceptualisation of “The Christian Life” is based on conceptual blending between conventional metaphors functioning in everyday English and the transcendental conceptual domain of “Christianity”. The book will be of interest to linguists, particularly those interested in cognitive linguistics, as well as to theologians, especially those focused on the theory of preaching, and to everyone interested in the legacy of John Henry Newman.


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Book of the Month - December 2015 30 November 2015

Our December Book of the Month is Ain’thology: The History and Life of a Taboo Word by Patricia Donaher and Seth Katz.


The word “ain’t” is used by speakers of all dialects and sociolects of English. Nonetheless, language critics view ain’t as marking speakers as “lazy” or “stupid”, and the educated assume ain’t is on its deathbed. But why? Over the past 100 years, only a few articles and sections of books have reviewed the history of ain’t or discussed it in dialect contexts. This first book-length collection specifically dedicated to this shibboleth provides a multifaceted analysis of ain’t in the history and grammar of English; in English speech, writing, television, comics and other media; and in relation to the minds, attitudes, and usage of speakers and writers of English from a range of regions, ethnicities, social classes, and dialect communities. Most articles in the collection are accessible for the average educated speaker, while others are directed primarily at specialists in linguistic study—but with helpful explanations and footnotes to make these articles more approachable for the layperson. This collection of articles on ain’t thus provides a broad audience with a rich understanding and appreciation of the history and life of this taboo word.


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 BOMDEC15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2016.

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


“For students of the English language, this is the most enlightening and comprehensive set of essays ever compiled on the iconic word ain’t. It brings together the multifaceted ways in which a shibboleth of language functions socially and linguistically, from its social and stylized use in a full range of situations and genres to its intricate and complex linguistic composition and patterning. An extraordinary contribution to the field!”

—Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor, North Carolina State University


“This anthology is a boon to budding writers, their English teachers, or any linguist with an interest in the lexical morphology of English. If I had had access to this material when I was writing the section on contractions in my own grammar, it would have contributed to making it a much more comprehensive treatment. The reader will find here a great resource for the study of this much maligned shibboleth of English sociolects.”

—Bruce D. Despain, Linguist; Author of Analytical Grammar of English


“Asked what ain’t was by a foreigner, most English speakers would say it’s ‘just slang,’ a “mistake” permissible only amidst relaxation, used more widely only by the ignorant. Ain’thology sets us straight: ain’t’s history reaches back into the beginnings of English as we know it, it has often been used by thoroughly elegant persons, and it is subject to grammatical rules as complex as the ones that determine when a French person uses the subjunctive. Ain’t is so complicated that it takes legions of scholars to figure it all out, and in this book we hear from no fewer than seventeen of them.”

—John McWhorter, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; Author of The Power of Babel, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue and The Language Hoax


“You ain’t read nothin’ yet until you read Patricia Donaher and Seth Katz’s salmagundi on the English language’s most problematic word. The chapters in this engaging work not only detail origins and morphosyntax, but also provide a plethora of excursions into the sociolinguistics and pragmatics of ain’t, from its use in baseball, on the internet, in various regions to its appearance in other languages. Ain’t many single words deserve such extensive treatment; ain’t surely does, and here are many good ones.”

—Dennis Preston, Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University; Director of Research on the Dialects of English in Oklahoma (RODEO); Author of Folk Linguistics and Needed Research in American Dialects


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Featured Review: Facing the Crises: Anglophone Literature in the Postmodern World 30 November 2015

At Cambridge Scholars we take pride in seeing our authors’ work reviewed and endorsed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. Many of our publications have been well-reviewed, and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight another noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Moira Baker’s review of Facing the Crises: Anglophone Literature in the Postmodern World, edited by Ljubica Matek and Jasna Poljak Rehlicki. Moira is Professor of English at Radford University and has been Director of Radford’s Women’s Studies program since 2002, and praised the essays in Facing the Crises as affording “a remarkably rich and varied examination of the most current approaches to literary and cultural studies”.


“Timely, provocative, and theoretically sophisticated, the essays comprising Facing the Crises: Anglophone Literature in the Postmodern World situate their work amid several critical global concerns. As a collection, Facing the Crises demonstrates the powerful ways in which contemporary literary and cultural studies offer insight and understanding as we confront questions that the present moment urges upon us: whether the most sweeping questions about the global economy and the seeming state of perpetual war, or the most intimate questions about the body and desire. Each essay engages crucial questions, while positing some provocative answers. Together they afford a remarkably rich and varied examination not only of contemporary Anglophone literature, but also of the most current approaches to literary and cultural studies.”

—Professor Moira Baker, [sic], 5.1, 2014.


To find out more about Facing the Crises: Anglophone Literature in the Postmodern World, click here, and to read the review in full, 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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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - December 2015 30 November 2015

This December, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Bill Speck has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Bill Speck is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds, and has previously taught at the Universities of Exeter, Newcastle and Hull, as well as in the USA at the College of William and Mary and the Universities of Iowa and Portland State, Oregon.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Bill’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABDEC15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2016.


Professor Bill Speck’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Social Networks in the Long Eighteenth Century: Clubs, Literary Salons, Textual Coteries

Editor: Ileana Baird.

In order to better account for the impressive diversity of positions and relations that characterises the eighteenth-century world, this collection demonstrates the benefits of applying interdisciplinary approaches to sociability, and their role in shedding new light on the way public opinion was formed and ideas disseminated during pre-modern times.

The thirteen essays that appear in this volume bring together a group of scholars from Australia, England, Israel, Italy, and the USA. What they have in common is an interest in collective activities in the long eighteenth century and their susceptibility to analysis by applying to them social networking theories. The collection is divided into four parts: clubs and learned societies; theatrical and epistolary networks; pan-European and transatlantic networks; and textual coteries. The editor, Ileana Baird, provides a helpful overview of the essays in the introduction which pulls them together into a coherent context. Many readers not familiar with the conceptual framework in which the contributions are placed will find it useful to consult it not only before, but also after reading the book.” 


For further information on Professor Speck, please click here.


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Meet our Authors: Alejandro Coroleu – November 2015 13 November 2015

Alejandro Coroleu is ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has published extensively on Neo-Latin literature and humanism in Spain, and is also the author of a Catalan translation of Lorenzo Valla’s De falso credita et ementita Constantini donatione, published in 2012.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Alejandro has co-edited Humanism and Christian Letters in Early Modern Iberia (1480-1630) with Barry Taylor and authored Printing and Reading Italian Latin Humanism in Renaissance Europe (ca. 1470-ca. 1540).

His monograph, which combines an examination of book production and consumption with attention to the educational system of Renaissance Europe, has been praised as a “fascinating book [that] is a must for whoever is seriously interested in Italian humanism and Neo-Latin literature, and their European influence” by Professor Dirk Sacré of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Alejandro explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing and why he returned to work with us for a second time:


I have thus far published one co-edited volume and one monograph with Cambridge Scholars. I chose them because the list of titles in my field covered by Cambridge Scholars combined commitment to traditional scholarship with attention to more innovative research. In both cases, my experience was extremely fruitful and rewarding. At first, I was impressed by how swift the reviewing process was. Publishing both books proved straightforward and the whole team answered all my queries promptly and professionally. They were always accommodating and cooperative. I can only thank Cambridge Scholars for all the assistance they provided throughout, and recommend it as a reliable publishing house.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Printing and Reading Italian Latin Humanism in Renaissance Europe (ca. 1470-ca. 1540). To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2015.


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Meet our Authors: Tom Wilson – November 2015 13 November 2015

Revd Dr Tom Wilson is the vicar of two Anglican churches in urban Gloucester, where he also has the role of Inter-Faith Advisor, working especially with the local Muslim community. He previously worked in Liverpool, for a team of three Anglican churches, in a role that included frequent engagement with Muslims from a variety of backgrounds. He is married with two children.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Tom has authored Hospitality and Translation: An Exploration of How Muslim Pupils Translate their Faith in the Context of an Anglican Primary School. John Sullivan, Emeritus Professor at Liverpool Hope University, describes Tom’s title as an “accomplished and carefully argued book” that offers readers “an opportunity to benefit from several different gifts”.

Tom recounts his experience of the publishing process, and explains why he is proud to have published his first book with Cambridge Scholars:

I found the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars a very straightforward one. They responded quickly to my initial contact, and I received the offer of a publishing contract within a few weeks. The process was a smooth one from that first stage. My various queries were always responded to promptly and helpfully, which was very helpful since this is my first academic monograph. My book has been produced professionally and to a great standardsomething I am proud of. I would heartily recommend Cambridge Scholars to any academic looking to get published.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Hospitality and Translation: An Exploration of How Muslim Pupils Translate their Faith in the Context of an Anglican Primary School. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2015.


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