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European Day of Languages - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 August 2016

At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to publish the work of scholars speaking a variety of languages from all across the globe, and publications in our Language & Literature and Linguistics categories continue to thrive. With an ever-expanding number of language-related titles in our catalogue, we are pleased to support the European Day of Languages, which takes place annually on 26th September.

The European Day of Languages was created by the Council of Europe following the success of the European Year of Languages in 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. This brought together millions of people across 45 participating countries in celebrating linguistic diversity in Europe and promoting language learning.


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The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  • To alert the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • To promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered
  • To encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

To mark the European Day of Languages and encourage the promotion of language learning and preservation, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on languages. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Is language one of the main components of national identity? How does it define one’s national identity? Does its role change for each nation? These are the crucial questions that are explored in Language - Nation - Identity, which describes the Nation-Identity dyad through the prism of language. The centuries-old theory on the role language plays in shaping national identity is discussed here in a new perspective appropriate to the 21st century. The analysis is provided from various points of view, and details changes in the relationship between these three elements (language, nation, and identity) in different historical, social and linguistic contexts. The book looks at several different languages in its analysis, such as English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian. It brings together a wide variety of approaches to the linguistic educational system in a multilingual Africa and in countries with a rich migration history, like Australia and United States. It also discusses the role literature and textbooks play in shaping the sense of national belonging.

Research into lexical issues has been one of the most rapidly growing areas of second language acquisition studies in recent years, and understandably so: the importance of vocabulary can hardly be denied. Words are the key to every instance of communication, both spoken and written. Lexical Issues in L2 Writing concentrates on vocabulary in written language, mostly in academic settings. The writers of the chapters come from different countries and universities, and, naturally, represent their own academic backgrounds, though they all share a common interest in investigating the characteristics of L2 lexis as it manifests itself in the written production of students at various stages of their language learning careers. The target language (L2) in the studies reported in the volume is English, except in one study on the lexical competence of multilingual learners of French. The subjects’ native languages include Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, and Swedish, thus representing several different language families. The book will be of interest to researchers, educators and students of second language acquisition and applied linguistics.

Learning and Using Multiple Languages brings together the latest findings from research on multilingual language learning and use in multilingual communities. As such, the chapters adopt a multilingual approach that guides the analysis of grammatical, lexical and pragmatic development together with the role of affective and social factors in multilingual settings. Furthermore, this edited monograph is not restricted to an age group in the scope of its studies, as it contains research on children, teenagers, young adults and adults. In addition, it covers a wide range of sociolinguistic settings, including English-speaking countries, like the United Kingdom and Canada, and Northern and Central European contexts such as Sweden and Germany, as well as Southern settings like Spain and Tunisia. This book will be relevant to both researchers and teachers due to its educational and sociolinguistic orientation, dealing as it does with language learners from various multilingual communities and describing the social representation of languages and the measures for their promotion.


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Book of the Month - September 2016 31 August 2016

Our September Book of the Month is Divine Rite of Kings: Land, Race, Same Sex, and Empire in Mormonism and the Esoteric Tradition by Clyde R. Forsberg Jr.


Divine Rite of Kings: Land, Race, Same Sex, and Empire in Mormonism and the Esoteric Tradition is a social-historical-political analysis of the religion of the Latter-day Saints as deeply indebted to a variety of esoteric systems of belief. It argues that the present campaign against gay marriage and other homophobic policies of the “American religion,” targeting the LGBTQ community, and, indeed, children of same-sex parents, are connected to erstwhile racial doctrines and practices, which excluded persons from full fellowship on the basis of race alone, Africans the supposed offspring of Cain and Canaan and thus cursed. Narrow heterosexist notions of “sexual purity” merely replaced Anglo-Saxon supremacist notions of “racial purity” in the imperial and the millennial understanding of Mormonism. The new heterosexism, this book suggests, can be viewed as a form of boundary maintenance better suited to an emergent international church and world religion, ironically, which continues to make inroads in parts of Asia, where its social conservatism and, indeed, virulent attacks against the “gay and lesbian lifestyle,” continue to attract followers.


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 BOMSEP16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd October 2016.

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


“This is a fascinating book that includes the journey of Clyde Forsberg Jr into the esoteric world that includes Mormonism. He brings a wide range of perspectives to the topics discussed. Forsberg examines current issues that will have an impact upon the growing development of this movement. This book contains a unique exploration of the Mormon faith.”

—H. Michael Marquardt; Independent historian; author of The Rise of Mormonism: 1816-1844 (2013)


“Building upon the work he did in a previous volume, Forsberg extends his observations on significant sociological aspects of Mormonism. In a unique and sometimes idiosyncratic writing style, he concocts a challenging exposition on key societal and ritual aspects of his native faith tradition. In this work, the author frolics about where others fear to tread—exploring Masonic and esoteric aspects of temple architecture, or Joseph Smith’s designs for a universal Priesthood, for example. Drawing upon widely scattered ingredients from a complicated and uniquely American religion, the author brews a biting analysis of gender, racial, political, and social issues. This book raises significant questions for discourse among both sociologists and devotees.”

—Cheryl Bruno; LDS feminist, author, and authority on Mormonism and Freemasonry


“In 1844, a secret, Masonic aide-de-camp, known as the Council of Fifty, was organized to lead an assault on the White House, where a new political and religious order would be established with Mormon founder and prophet Joseph Smith Jr. as “King of the Kingdom of God.” Considered a prophet and seer, Smith used his own form of Freemasonry to challenge a variety of religious, social, and political norms of the nineteenth century. The sacred book of scripture, the Book of Mormon, was used in conjunction to create an invisible and unimpeachable kingdom of priests and priestesses, gods and goddesses—made behind closed doors, in secret ceremonies, and the bedchamber. Smith’s subsequent translation of Egyptian papyri called the Book of Abraham became the textual basis for Anglo-Saxon notions of racial purity and African inferiority. In recent years, these practices have been replaced by equally narrow heterosexual notions of sexual superiority (purity) and LGBTQ inferiority (impurity). Extensively researched and brilliantly written, Divine Rite of Kings skillfully demonstrates the degree to which Mormonism can, and ought to be seen, as a charter member of world Masonry.”

—Vickie Cleverley Speek; Author, editor, John Whitmer Books and John Whitmer Historical Association


“Distinguished scholar Clyde Forsberg has written a brave, truth-telling account of Mormonism. Superbly researched, the book intervenes in important debates of our time about the Church's position on same sex relationships and social justice. Forsberg's book is an important and necessary contribution to scholarship.”

—Bill V. Mullen; Professor of American Studies, Purdue University


“Divine Rite of Kings is a prodigious achievement of eclectic scholarship demonstrating the diverse origins of the Mormon tradition from the worlds of magic, Judaism, and the mystical. Focusing principally on Joseph Smith’s obsession with Masonic constructions and rites, Forsberg draws from hundreds of sources in compiling the definitive work in the area. Key parallels to genres of freemasonry are drawn concerning Smith’s dogma on gender, race, architecture, ritual, and government. To read this superb gift to Mormon studies is to discover many missing pieces of the “prophet puzzle.””

—William D. Morain; MD, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School


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Featured Review: Sun & Sea Tourism: Fantasy and Finance of the All-Inclusive Industry 31 August 2016

This month, we are delighted to showcase Dr Mark Hampton’s review of Linda Ambrosie’s title Sun & Sea Tourism: Fantasy and Finance of the All-Inclusive Industry. Mark is Reader in Tourism Management at the University of Kent and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and praises Linda’s title as making “a real contribution to our understanding of modern tourism multinationals.”


"Ambrosie's work significantly adds to our understanding of how the offshore world further reduces the benefits of this all-inclusive tourism to the host countries. [...] The book ... makes a real contribution to our understanding of modern tourism multinationals and how tax and tourism are, in fact, increasingly intertwined in the global economy with growing negative impacts for host destinations and local communities."

–Dr Mark Hampton, Tax Justice Focus, 11:1 (2016)


To find out more about Sun & Sea Tourism: Fantasy and Finance of the All-Inclusive Industry, click here. To read Mark’s review in full, click here (PDF).

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: Rodrigo Tadeu Gonçalves – August 2016 12 August 2016

Rodrigo Tadeu Gonçalves is Professor of Classics at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in Brazil, having received his PhD from the same institution and completed his postdoctoral research at the Centre Léon Robin, Paris (ENS-Sorbonne-CNRS).

His recent work deals with poetic and rhythmic translations of the classics, the reception of Roman comedy (especially in Brazil), and the philosophy of language and translation. He is currently working on a full hexametric translation of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Rodrigo has authored Performative Plautus: Sophistics, Metatheater and Translation, which provides a theoretical and philosophical framework for the analysis of Plautus within a performative and philosophical perspective on language and theatrical performance.


Rodrigo explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“I decided to submit a proposal for publishing my book Performative Plautus: Sophistics, Metatheater and Translation with Cambridge Scholars Publishing for several reasons: their very interesting range of important titles in classical studies, the wide distribution and availability of these titles, the quality of the books produced, and, as I soon found out, their care of and attention to their authors. My first proposal was carefully read and the editor sent me a response very quickly, encouraging me to prepare the final version of the manuscript. All stages of the book’s production were very stimulating; from the first steps with the editor to the design of the dust jacket cover (they accepted my request to use a picture of Brazilian artist André Mendes, who kindly granted permission). Their staff guided me through every little detail and I was very impressed by their professionalism. I am very glad I chose Cambridge Scholars and I hope to work with them on many future occasions. I strongly recommend them whenever I can.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Performative Plautus: Sophistics, Metatheater and Translation. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAUG16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2016.


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Meet our Authors: Nizar Zouidi – August 2016 12 August 2016

Nizar Zouidi is a Tunisian researcher in the field of English Renaissance drama. He is a lecturer and a professeur agrégé at the Higher Institute of Applied Studies in Humanities of Gafsa, Tunisia. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Manouba in Tunisia. His previous publications include articles on Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists in journals such as Problems of Literary Genres, East-West Cultural Passages and the International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies. He has also participated in a number of conferences worldwide, including BritGrad 2013 and this year’s IASEMS conference.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nizar has authored Questions of Authority: A Reading of Hamlet, which studies the questions of authority and authorship in William Shakespeare’s problematic masterpiece Hamlet.

Nizar describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“My experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was quite unique. I was fascinated by the quality of the product which was beyond anything I initially imagined. The entire experience was fantastic. Publishing a book is a journey. You delve into the magical world of the press where the mess of ideas that haunt you shape up into a beautiful book that pleases the eye and works its magic on the mind. With Cambridge Scholars, the magic is about mastery rather than about mystery. You always know you are working with a team.You feel close to every member of it even as you constantly change your position within the group. Sometimes you are the leader. You have to make the crucial decisions. You are made to feel the heavy burden of responsibility only to find it eased by the dedication of the other members of the team.

They offer you advice whenever you feel lost. They try their utmost to meet your expectations. Sometimes you are a member of the group. You work closely with them and make sure you meet their expectations. They take your hand and carefully lead your efforts. For them, your work should reflect you while respecting the norms of academic excellence. Every page of your work is you in the most professional sense possible. There are times when you are not needed. But even then, you are never absent. You know what is going on. This is probably what I find most fascinating about my experience with this press. As your work makes the transformative journey from a manuscript to a book, you accompany it. You know where it is and what is being done to it. They consult you whenever it is necessary but even when they do not need your opinion, they inform you about the process and how it works. I will surely take this trip with them again.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Questions of Authority: A Reading of Hamlet. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAUG16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2016.


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