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Ancient Rome in the Era of Trajan - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 July 2017

This August, Cambridge Scholars is marking the 1900th anniversary of the death of the Roman emperor Trajan. Trajan was the first of Rome’s emperors to have been born outside Italy (in Spain) and under whom the empire reached its greatest extent before his death in August 117 CE. In his biography of the Spanish-born emperor, Dr Julian Bennett writes that “to Trajan … belongs the praise for bringing the developing principate to its zenith, and the embryonic imperium to its nascence.”

Academic scholarship on the ancient world is continually evolving, and to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of the death of Trajan, we are pleased to offer our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our newest studies on the Roman empire. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code TRAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2017.

The “spatial turn” of the 1990s has inspired many academics to re-evaluate the importance of space and time within their own disciplines and to engage in productive dialogue with other disciplines whose spatial focus intersects with their own. Close Relations: Spaces of Greek and Roman Theatre applies insights and approaches generated by the “spatial turn” to Greek and Roman theatre. The title evokes the “close relations” that exist between the many aspects and notions of space-time and their complex interweaving, between the disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that are needed to understand complex spatial phenomena, between notions of space in general and those of theatrical space, and between Greek and Roman theatre as it existed in antiquity and as it has been “received,” interpreted, and transformed throughout history ever since.

Insularity, Identity and Epigraphy in the Roman World explores the subject of islands, their essence and identity, their isolation and their relationships in the Ancient world. It investigates Greek and Roman concepts of insularity, and their practical consequences for the political, economic and social life of the Empire. The contributions examine whether being related to an island was an externally or internally distinctive feature, and whether a tension between insularity and globalisation can be detected in this period. The book also looks at whether there is an insular material culture, an island-based approach to sacredness, or an island-based category of epigraphy.

Questions on identity have been often the main focus of Classical Studies. The starting point of Self-Presentation and Identity in the Roman World is that identity is not a monolithic idea. Instead of exploring what exactly ‘identity’ is, the contributors here examine how the concept of ‘self-presentation’ can facilitate our understanding of how individuals present their identities. Moreover, the interpretation of the means and character of this self-presentation itself enables more general conclusions to be drawn. Topics covered in this volume include identities shaped through the self-presentation of authors in Latin literature, and explorations on epigraphy and historical analyses. Overall, using the theme of self-presentation, the contributors offer a glimpse into various subjects and suggest new ways for students and scholars to approach the different forms of individual and communal identities.

Varius is the nomen of the Roman emperor misnamed Elagabalus or Heliogabalus. These are names of the Syrian sun god Elagabal, whose high priest Varius was while emperor. There is no evidence that he was ever so called when alive. Thus named, his posthumous legendary or mythical avatar thrives, in academic prose and popular imagination, as a Semitic monster of cruelty, depravity, fanaticism, mockery and extravagance. Recently, this monster has metamorphosed into an anarchist saint and martyr of gay liberation. Varian Studies Volume One: Varius explores the historical individual behind Elagabalus and Heliogabalus and serves to rescue Varius for history from eighteen centuries spent in fantasy and fiction.

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Book of the Month - August 2017 31 July 2017

Our August Book of the Month is Art in the Age of Emergence by Michael J. Pearce.

This book delivers sensible emergent aesthetics, explaining the processes that happen in human minds when we share ideas as works of art, skewering the orthodoxies of contemporary art with pragmatic wisdom about why representational art thrives in the new millennium.

Art in the Age of Emergence has captured the imaginations of thinkers and artists alike. This is an indispensable read for those who want to understand representational art in the 21st Century.

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 both the hardback and paperback editions of this title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2017.

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

“[A] hugely enjoyable, intelligent and well-written book. Pearce has that rare ability of writing with both erudition and wit. He uses the science and literature of emergence and complexity to reinvigorate the discussion of what art is, but he manages to take us with him, captivating the reader with his encyclopedic knowledge of art, his poetic reflections on nature and life, and on what it is to be human. Pearce does more than talk about emergence; he gently enchants us with his wisdom and kindness, which ultimately offers something of an emergent experience in itself. This is a text that every artist ought to read.”

—Alan J. Lawson, American Arts Quarterly

“Michael Pearce's book is the first major effort to use emergence as a model for aesthetic theory. Partly a personal meditation, but also an exploration of scientific and philosophical ideas, Art in the Age of Emergence is intended to challenge the current orthodoxies of contemporary aesthetics. […] Art in the Age of Emergence is a dense book that is ultimately quite optimistic, and a genuine conversation-starter.”

—John Seed, Huffington Post

“Michael Pearce is that rare phenomenon – a practicing artist who knows art from the inside and an intellectual versed in what the cognitive sciences teach us about why we make art. This book – part personal meditation, part philosophical exploration, and part scientific survey – is rewarding reading.”

—Stephen R. C. Hicks, Author of Explaining Postmodernism

“The slow but steady return of representational art to the mainstream cannot – and should not – be complete until it is examined, like all worthy artistic phenomena, by learned and incisive commentators who can place it in its proper philosophical contexts. With Art in the Age of Emergence, Michael Pearce has provided just such an analysis, one that is both welcome and accessible to anyone who wants to understand how and why this important development is underway.”

—Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

“An author’s greatest joy is to see his life’s work brilliantly applied to new fields. The new paradigm of emergent complexity that is revolutionizing the sciences has indeed launched us into a new “age of emergence.” With penetrating insight and provocative examples, Michael Pearce builds a new theory of art upon “emergent experiences” and the artworks that inspire them. This is aesthetics in the grand tradition – after reading it you won’t see mind, matter, or art in the same way again.”

—Philip Clayton, Author of Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness

“Michael Pearce’s Art in the Age of Emergence is one of those rare things – a genuinely constructive work. Drawing on resources from philosophy, spirituality and neuroscience, as well as his own engagement with the world of representational art, Pearce both acutely diagnoses the aesthetic bottle-neck of our times and points a way forward to a more aspirational and authentic form of art creation. Though some hackles will be raised by his deft puncturing of postmodern shibboleths, more will cheer. This is a book that is likely to influence and inspire artists for some time to come.”

—Nathan Tierney, PhD, author of Imagination and Ethical Ideals

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Byron's Temperament Awarded Elma Dangerfield Book Prize - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 July 2017

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind, edited by Bernard Beatty and Jonathon Shears, has been awarded the prestigious Elma Dangerfield Book Prize by the International Association of Byron Societies (IABS).

The Elma Dangerfield Book Prize identifies and rewards new and original work related to the life and works of the poet Lord Byron, and is awarded to the best book on Byron or a Byron-related topic published in any given year. The prize was awarded by Naji Oueijan, the residing Joint President of the IABS.

The book prize’s Evaluation Committee said of Byron’s Temperament:

“This volume of essays is both original and significant in its search for new ways of engaging with central questions interlinking Byron’s psychology, body, writing and contextual cultural and historical environments. It acknowledges the historicity of the scientific modes of thought being applied and its interdisciplinary nature may be seen as a timely pushback against the many recent approaches to literature and neuroscience. The different styles of the essays, their diverse theoretical approaches and objects of examination make them all stimulating and rewarding to read. The volume is carefully edited and the best essays range from the nimbly quick-witted (Bernard Beatty), theoretically savvy (Gavin Hopps), engagingly well-researched (Christine Kenyon Jones and Jonathon Shears), to careful textual analyses based on reliable knowledge of the period’s understanding of mental problems (Shona M. Allan) and valuable attempts to read Byron’s late works in the light of his knowledge of the pre-Darwinian scientific approaches to evolution (Hermione de Almeida). The last mentioned essay is a most fitting conclusion to this remarkable anthology tracing important links between biography, history of science, text analysis and changing views of historicism.”

Byron’s Temperament is the first book to be published within the Psycho-Literary Perspectives in Multimodal Contexts series, and series co-editor Maryam Farahani commented:

“I am thrilled that Byron's Temperament, the first edited volume in our book series, has been the recipient of the 2017 Elma Dangerfield Prize. Taken by art critics, this book may come across as a scholarly biographical abstraction, but for adventurous readers of philosophy of mind and poetic manner, it addresses medico-historical areas, bringing together distance from versified emotion and behavioural expression. This is a fine collection on Byron; practically cross-disciplinary and artistically engaging to make you keen not just to read more of Byron’s, but to explore the whole delicate theme of Romantic manners again and again...”

To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind. To redeem your discount, simply enter the promotional code AWARD17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2017.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - August 2017 31 July 2017

This August, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jon Nixon has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Jon has authored more than a hundred chapters and peer-reviewed articles over the last thirty years, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jon’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2017.

Professor Jon Nixon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Learning Across Borders: Perspectives on International and Transnational Higher Education

Editors: Leslie Seawright and Amy Hodges.

This edited collection contributes to a growing body of research in international and transnational education by looking back and looking forward at globalisation’s impact on higher education.

All institutions of higher education are faced with the challenge of thinking through the implication of increasing global interconnectivity. Leslie Seawright and Amy Hodges have provided a much needed resource to help them set about this task. Learning Across Borders brings together scholars from across continents with expertise in a wide range of subject areas and a shared interest in international and transnational higher education. The opening chapters provide some much needed theoretical insights that identify key issues while grounding them in particular curriculum, institutional and regional contexts. The four central chapters of the book focus specifically on pedagogic practice in what Seawright and Hodges term ‘transnational and international spaces’: spaces of transdisciplinary learning in which cultural differences are seen as an invaluable pedagogic resource. In the final chapters the contributors discuss ‘voice’, identity and learning as vital elements within the student experience. Together the chapters add up to a comprehensive and highly informative survey of the field that will be of interest to all those involved in higher education regardless of subject specialism or institutional role.” 

For further information on Professor Nixon, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Carol L. Shansky – July 2017 14 July 2017

Dr Carol L. Shansky is Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, USA, where she teaches a broad range of courses in music and is the Director of the Iona College Instrumental Ensemble and the music program. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, USA.

Carol is a contributor to the Journal of Research in Musicology, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and Research Issues in Music Education, and has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Performance, and is Board Member for Musicology and Music in General Studies of the College Music Society Northeast Chapter.

In addition, Carol is an active performer in the New York City area, performing in several orchestras and as chamber musician and solo recitalist. Her music appreciation textbook Musical Tapestries: A Thematic Approach to Music Appreciation is currently in its 2nd edition.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Carol has authored The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City, 1874-1941: Community, Culture and Opportunity, which is at the same time the story of a boys’ band and a story of New York City.

Carol describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

When I was investigating possible publishers for my book proposal, it was especially important that the publisher I worked with could demonstrate, publicly, that they were of a high standard and would be well-regarded by my peers, especially at my academic institution. Cambridge Scholars’ website was very clear about their founding, their mission, production staff and the types of books they were interested in pursuing. Upon receiving confirmation of their interest in working with me on my book, I felt confident that the outcome would be one I could be proud of. The process of publishing with Cambridge Scholars is clear and reasonable. Their staff were very professional and knowledgeable, and were very quick to answer questions and address concerns. I feel very good about the book as a product and am proud to have received positive reviews about it. It is important, at this stage in my academic career, to have a scholarly work published as broadly as this one and it will be the centrepiece of the scholarship component of my tenure application. I have another book topic in mind and would very much consider proposing the idea to Cambridge Scholars.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City, 1874-1941: Community, Culture and Opportunity. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th August 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Nicholas Gayle – July 2017 14 July 2017

Nicholas Gayle is a writer and independent research scholar specialising in poetry, first and foremost in Byron’s, but his deep interests also include Latin and Greek verse, classical Chinese Shi and Ci poetry, Shakespeare, Pope, W B Yeats and Hart Crane. Although originally trained as a pianist and teacher, he crossed over academically and professionally to become the Head of Classics at Exmouth Community College, UK, before becoming seduced by Byron’s poetry. This resulted in a further change, a determination to become an independent scholar devoted to writing about the poet’s work.

Nicholas is the author of four essays published over the last few years in The Byron Journal, and is currently working upon a book-length study of Byron’s last completed long poem, The Island, which will contain a transcription of the holograph, never before published. Following this, a work on the resonance of Shakespeare in Byron’s poetry is planned.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nicholas has authored Byron and the Best of Poets, which is “a must-read for all Byronists and Popeians” according to Professor Bernard Beatty, Senior Fellow at the University of Liverpool, who adds that “this will and should also be read by scholars and anyone interested in literature”.

Nicholas explains why he chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars, citing the influence of the late Peter Cochran, who was a prolific writer on Byron studies:

I am something of an accidental Byronist, being a scholar who wandered in from another field, discovering the extraordinary range, power and beauty of Byron’s poetry rather later in life than earlier; indeed, were it not for an inordinately large pile of ironing one afternoon—and searching around for something on YouTube to listen to as I dealt with it—I would not be writing this. While dashing away with a smoothing iron I was captivated listening to the exploits of one “Don Juan” and this led to some years of immersive study, followed by the rapid publication of four papers in The Byron Journal. From this emerged my first full-length book, a study of the influence of Alexander Pope upon Byron’s poetry, which pointed me in the direction of the excellent offices of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, well established as the publishers of the late lamented Peter Cochran, an editor par excellence of Byron.

From the first I was struck by the speed and smoothness of the publication process. Acceptance of the book was rapid; courteous and efficient responses greeted any of the inevitable niggles that arose; and the combined support structure supplied by Victoria Carruthers, my Author Liaison at the beginning stages, the kind forbearance of the helpful Amanda Millar over the typesetting of what must have been a tricky book to produce, the friendly, accommodating responses of Sophie Edminson at Design, combined with the watchful and caring post-publication support supplied by the assistant publisher Anthony Wright made the whole experience stress-free and positive. I heartily commend Cambridge Scholars Publishing on their dedication and service and am happy to recommend them to scholars at whatever stage in their careers.

So far, there have been two immensely positive results directly stemming from the book’s publication: a flattering review of it by Pat Rogers—perhaps the most highly regarded and eminent scholar of eighteenth century literary studies today—and an invitation to be one of the 50 contributing authors to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Lord Byron in the prestigious series of that name. I thus have much to thank Cambridge Scholars Publishing for.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Byron and the Best of Poets. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th August 2017.

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