Subscribe to our newsletter

Blog posts of '2017' 'December'

Celebrating the 230th birthday of Lord Byron - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 21 December 2017

This January witnesses the 230th anniversary of the birthday of Lord Byron, one of the most notable Romantic poets. Born on 22nd January 1788, Byron was a contemporary of Percy Shelley and John Keats, and after leaving England in 1816 he spent a number of years in Italy, where he composed some of his most famous works including Don Juan and Manfred, before joining Greek insurgents who were fighting for independence against the Ottoman Empire.

To mark the 230th anniversary of Lord Byron’s birthday, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling related titles, including one by renowned Byron scholar Dr Peter Cochran.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BYRON18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2018.

Byron was a man of many passions, always fiercely held and defended, but his intense devotion to the poetry of Alexander Pope seemed to characterise a man standing a little to the left of the Romantic universe. While Pope largely left a taste of dust in the mouths of the Romantics, Byron continued to defend the “little Queen Anne’s man” in letters and in print as if he were arguing for the reputation of a lover; so much so that we are left to wonder, what kind of impression did the greatest poet of the eighteenth century leave upon the work of the seminal poet of the nineteenth? How far and in what way did Byron’s adoration of Pope imprint itself upon his own poetry in conscious and unconscious echoes, in parallels of thought and expression, in the unexpected, unlooked-for congruence? This book identifies and lays out the most significant strands of that influence, following them wherever they lead. Byron and the Best of Poets is the first major study of its kind to explore these multiple aspects and to unpack them in the work of both poets.

The works of Lord Byron and his friend Sir Walter Scott had an influence on European literature which was immediate and profound. Peter Cochran’s book Byron's European Impact charts that influence on France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Russia, with individual chapters on Goethe, Pushkin, and Baudelaire – and one special chapter on Ibsen, who called Peer Gynt his Manfred. Cochran shows that, although Byron’s best work is his satirical writing, which is aimed in part at his earlier “romantic” material and its readership, his self-correction was not taken on board by many European writers (Pushkin being the exception), and it was the gloomy Byronic Heroes who held sway. These were often read as revolutionaries, but were in fact dead-end. It was a mythical, not a literary Byron whom people thought they had read. The book ends with chapters on three British writers who seem at last to have read Byron, in their different ways, accurately – Eliot, Joyce, and Yeats.

Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind is the first volume to draw together, in eight original essays by international scholars, some of the dominant strains in critical thinking about Byron’s temperament and behaviour. Using discourses and paradigms drawn from a variety of disciplines, including literary studies, history of medicine, behaviourism and cultural studies, its contributors explore and synthesise the development of “behavioural strategies” and their impact on his poetic manner. The topic of ‘temperament’ uniquely allows concurrent discussion of body and mind within the context of Byron’s writing, as well as his life. In this sense, the book is primarily literary. Recent scientific or quasi-scientific theory is utilised and not discounted, but the book insists upon the relevance of literary procedures and evidence, broadly understood, which are not dependent upon it and can contribute to, enlarge, or cast doubts upon some of its claims.

Tags :  article
Comments (0)
Book of the Month - January 2018 21 December 2017

Our January Book of the Month is American Self-Radicalizing Terrorists and the Allure of "Jihadi Cool/Chic" by Caroline Joan "Kay" S. Picart.

This book provides a critical legal analysis of how American self-radicalizing terrorists become what they are by analyzing, in detail, the stories of Colleen LaRose, America’s first Most Wanted Female Terrorist, and the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Jahar (Dzhokhar), the Boston Marathon Bombers. Drawing from the analytic tools of cutting-edge studies on terrorism by global experts, as well as the latest news reports, policy papers, Congressional Hearings, and legal documents, the book illustrates how the internet provides the means through which a self-activating terrorist may first self-radicalize through some imaginary or sympathetic connection with an organized terrorist network. It includes an analysis of “America’s Most Watched Trial,” United States v. Tsarnaev, as it moved through its “guilt” and “penalty” phases, and its culmination in Jahar’s being sentenced to death by lethal injection as America’s youngest self-radicalizing terrorist.

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 BOMJAN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2018.

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

“Caroline Picart's book offers both illumination and analytic clarity. Setting riveting narratives into powerfully explanatory theoretical contexts, she provides case studies of three notorious terrorists, in each case detailing the role of the Internet in creating an alluring rhetoric of 'jihadi cool' that induced these troubled individuals to commit monstrous acts on behalf of violent movements with which they had little organizational contact.”

—Harry Keyishian, Professor Emeritus of English, Fairleigh Dickinson University

“Picart's timely book sets out the problems of any blanket preventative strategy by outlining the different factors at play through detailed and thorough case studies. The work provides not only a theoretical overview but also demonstrates the importance of individual circumstances and the role of high quality audio visual production values to create 'jihadi cool', both of which problematize a blanket policy approach. A valuable contribution to the field.”

—Steve Greenfield, Deputy Head, School of Law, University of Westminster

“This excellent book provides readers with key insights into the radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers and Colleen LaRose (a.k.a. Jihad Jane). Using a wealth of diverse artefactual materials from legal, cultural, media, and other sources, the author does a masterful job of explaining the evolutionary nature of some jihadist movements. This is essential reading for anyone interested in self-radicalized terrorists and the mediated coverage of global jihadism.”

—Marouf A. Hasian, Jr., Professor of Rhetoric and Communication, University of Utah

“Picart masterfully explores the enigma of self-radicalization by employing cutting-edge theories and methods. By lucidly exposing the roots of home-grown terrorism, this book reveals the challenges ahead for our society and legal system to address the origins of this violence. Picart's disturbing narratives lead us to an unsettling conclusion. Right now, we are indeed our own worst enemy.”

—M.C. Mirow, Professor of Law, F.I.U. College of Law, Miami

“This impressive and thought-provoking book explores a topic that so far has been largely neglected and overlooked - namely, how and why terrorists become terrorists. Through a detailed study and multi-layered analysis of the causes and processes of so-called 'self-radicalized terrorism', Picart's book provides a critical eye-opener not only to the disciplines of criminology and law studies but also to American society as such. Quite simply, a must-read, must-understand and must-use book for anyone trying to come to terms with our contemporary age of terrorism.”

—Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Professor of Sociology, Aalborg University

“How and why do some of us become 'monsters'? Devoid of sentimentalism, rage, judgment or moralizing, this captivating, thought-provoking book offers a richly detailed account of renowned cases of American self-radicalization that culminated in murderous acts of terror. As in a truly gripping thriller, even as all is systematically revealed, the horror remains.”

—Orit Kamir, Professor of Law and Culture, The Israeli Center for Human Dignity

“Caroline Picart's American Self-Radicalizing Terrorists and the Allure of Jihadi Cool/Chic is a fascinating look into the world of lone wolf terrorism. Through meticulous research and an engaging writing style, Picart unravels the dynamics of this growing threat. The case studies included in the book are compelling and provides new and important insights into how and why certain individuals become lone wolf terrorists. Definitely a book everyone should read.”

—Jeffrey D. Simon, Author of Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat

Tags :  articlebook of the month
Comments (0)
Featured Review – Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice 21 December 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 Joshua Collins’ review of Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice, edited by Jamie L. Callahan, Jim Stewart, Clare Rigg, Sally Sambrook and Kiran Trehan. Dr Collins is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, specialising in Critical HRD, and highlighted how this edited collection “provides a truly impressive depth of insight”.

"As a collection of chapters penned by an international group of well-respected scholars and practitioners, the book’s principal success is in its prioritization of highly experienced critical voice. A thorough and thoughtful reading of this text would be helpful to any scholar or practitioner of HRD, as it provides a truly impressive depth of insight into how to move beyond merely identifying problems of injustice and inequity in organizations and in the field of HRD. [...] It is with great delight that I recommend this book to others. I believe that this book has the potential for wide appeal – practitioners, scholars, and students of HRD and/or organizational behavior and management. I believe this book could be used in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in other similar cultural contexts to further the already well-developed dialogue about critical HRD practices. However, I also believe it could be helpful on a more global scale and useful even to those who are situated in countries and cultures that are in the earlier stages of their critical awareness and action. This book gives scholars and practitioners the language they need to have difficult conversations, regardless of whether they already consider themselves to be critical or not."

–Dr Joshua C. Collins, Human Resource Development International, 19:4 (2016)

To find out more about Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice, click here. To read the review in full, click here (requires subscription).

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

Tags :  articlefeatured review
Comments (0)
Meet our Authors: Katia Savrami – December 2017 14 December 2017

Dr Katia Savrami is Assistant Professor of Dance Studies and Choreology in the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Patras, Greece. She received her MA and PhD degrees from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance at City, University of London.

Her research interests focus on the theory of performance and practice of dance, specifically on dance analysis, choreography, dance neuroscience and education. Her research papers cover a variety of topics, and include “The Human Body in Contemporary Dance: from Costumes to Nakedness”, “Capturing the Moment: Creating Hybrid Performances through Collaborative Polarity”, “Martha Graham’s Lamentation: A Contemporary Revival”, “Does Dance Matter? The Relevance of Dance Technique in Professional Actor Training”, “A Duet between Science and Art: Neural Correlates of Dance Improvisation”, and “Aging Bodies in Contemporary Dance Performances”.

She is the editor of both the series of books in Greek entitled Technes (Arts), published by DIAN Editions, and of Choros International Dance Journal, and is also a member of the International Editorial Board of the journal Research in Dance Education.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Katia has authored Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi, which elucidates both the work of a distinguished twentieth-century Greek choreographer and our understanding of classical Greek aesthetic theories.

Katia explains her reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

When I wrote my book on Greek dramatic odes, specifically on the work of an established Greek contemporary choreographer with the title ‘Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi’, I contacted Cambridge Scholars Publishing because they publish high quality books and embrace a vast variety of disciplines in their publications. My experience from the publication of my book has been very positive, and I considered the speed and professionalism during the whole process to be particularly important. This includes the clarity of the contract and the instructions concerning the book format, as well as the availability, support and immediate response of the editorial team on these matters. I am thankful also to the suggestions of Anthony Wright (Assistant Publisher) as to where to send my book for book review: one is currently being prepared by an Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature and will appear in the Classical Journal. I am grateful for this excellent publishing process and I look forward to future collaboration.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th January 2018.

Tags :  articlemeet our authors
Comments (0)
Meet our Authors: Arundhati Bhattacharyya – December 2017 14 December 2017

Dr Arundhati Bhattacharyya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Diamond Harbour Women’s University in West Bengal, India. She is an alumna of Presidency College, Kolkata (now Presidency University) and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and she obtained her PhD from the University of Calcutta.

She has the distinction of having been invited to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Geneva, to present a paper on Indian rural women as a sole oral speaker. In total, she has authored three books and 32 papers.

Her areas of specialization and interest are political science, international relations and gender studies. She is a consultant for the Government of India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, and is an active researcher, and has completed projects funded by the University Grants Commission and the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Arundhati has authored Sexual Harassment in the Indian Bureaucracy: Violation of Human Rights, a revealing and illuminating analysis of the hitherto unexplored area of the dynamics of one facet of gender relationships in the Indian bureaucracy.

Arundhati describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Cambridge Scholars has been very systematic in providing guidance with regard to the process of publishing within a specified period. Whenever there were any issues, the staff were available to clarify and support. They are very professional in their approach. I am very happy I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars, after one of my colleagues advised me to publish with them and provided me with information about them. It was a very good journey and as time wore on, I was convinced that Cambridge Scholars are a world class publishers. Their approach to the manuscript, the speed with which they took their decisions, the clarity in their thought process and their overall transparency impressed me greatly. All my esteemed faculty colleagues and peers spoke highly of Cambridge Scholars and that also encouraged them to record their impressions of my attempted work. All in all, it was a happy process and the published book has already had a favourable impact.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Sexual Harassment in the Indian Bureaucracy: Violation of Human Rights. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th January 2018.

Tags :  articlemeet our authors
Comments (0)