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Rituals of Death and Dying in Modern and Ancient Greece Awarded Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 October 2017

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that Rituals of Death and Dying in Modern and Ancient Greece: Writing History from a Female Perspective, by Evy Johanne Håland, has been awarded the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize by the American Folklore Society (AFS).


Each year, the Women’s Section of the AFS awards two prizes in honour of pioneering scholar Elli Köngäs-Maranda. The prizes recognize superior work on women’s traditional, vernacular, or local culture and/or feminist theory and folklore.

The Women’s Section of the AFS was convened more than 25 years ago, as folklorists (primarily women) felt the need to meet other feminists, and to address the lack of serious study of women's issues in the field of folklore.

Thanks to the work of these first section members, and those that have followed, feminist contributions to the study of folklore are no longer rare or overlooked. With more than 200 section members, the Women's Section is a substantial force in the American Folklore Society.

The prizes awarded annually by the Women’s Section of the AFS are in honour of the internationally renowned feminist folklorist Elli-Kaija Köngäs-Maranda, who was born in Finland in 1932. She held various research positions, and taught at the University of British Columbia (1970-1976) and at Laval University from 1976 until her premature death in 1982. She was elected a Fellow of the American Folklore Society in 1978. Academically, she was known for her structural analysis of traditional culture, demonstrating precision and mathematical intellect, but also for her eloquent writing. To her friends, colleagues, students, and acquaintances she was known for her personal warmth, lack of snobbery, and love of Finnish poetry.


To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Rituals of Death and Dying in Modern and Ancient Greece: Writing History from a Female Perspective. 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 30th November 2017.


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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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Never Mind About the Bourgeoisie: Australian Book Review Book of the Year 2015 30 March 2016

Cambridge Scholars are delighted to announce that Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995 has been named as one of the Australian Book Review’s Books of the Year for 2015.


The Australian Book Review (ABR) is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines, which publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. It aims to foster high critical standards, to provide an outlet for fine new writing and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia’s literary heritage.

42 major authors and critics nominated their favourite titles for the ABR’s Books of the Year for 2015, and Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie was selected by Brian Matthews, who said of the book:

“Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 5/14) is a fascinating, endearing meeting of two brilliant, maverick minds. Medlin's wit and Furphy-like evocations of the Australian bush and Murdoch's loving encounter with Australian vernacular ('Dearest Brian, dear mate') mixed with her philosophical digressions are a sublime, offbeat treat.”


The book was originally reviewed in the ABR by Jane Sullivan, who said of the volume:

I began reading these letters without any strong interest in Medlin; I wanted to rediscover my delight in Murdoch’s writing, and was confident I would find much to illuminate my memories. [...] I finished the book feeling sad but privileged, and grateful that the editors had done such a diligent job (there is a helpful introduction, and for the first time the full text of a review that Murdoch wrote of Medlin’s monograph Human Nature, Human Survival [1992] published in a shorter form in The Age in 1993.) ‘Australia needs you to tell about her,’ Murdoch wrote to her friend; and she was right. We do."

To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995. To redeem your discount, simply enter the promotional code AWARD16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st May 2016.


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East Central Europe in Exile Awarded PAHA Prize - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 25 March 2015

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that East Central Europe in Exile, edited by Dr Anna Mazurkiewicz, has received the Oskar Halecki Prize from the Polish American Historical Association.

The Polish American Historical Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt, interdisciplinary organisation devoted to the study of Polish American history and culture. Founded in 1942 as part of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, PAHA became an autonomous scholarly society in 1948. As an affiliate of the American Historical Association, PAHA promotes research and publication of scholarly materials focused on Polish American history and culture and their European origins.


The Oskar Halecki Prize is an annual award presented by the Polish American Historical Association in recognition of an important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United States.

The PAHA said of Dr Mazurkiewicz’s books:

"This outstanding two-volume work takes up an extremely significant area of research in the broad field of Polish American studies, namely the experience of emigration and resettlement in a new homeland. The books include contributions by thirty-eight scholars from North America and Europe that examine aspects of both the Polish emigration and settlement experiences, along with those of other peoples from East Central Europe. Dr Mazurkiewicz’s effort makes an inestimable contribution to scholarly research and knowledge in the important field of emigration studiesand with special attention to the experiences of peoples who are all too often overlooked in discussions of this subject."

The author, Dr Anna Mazurkiewicz, said:

"I welcomed the decision of the Polish American Historical Association to bestow the 2015 Oskar Halecki Prize to the “East Central Europe in Exile” volumes with a great deal of satisfaction and joy. I am honoured by the fact that the Board of this prestigious scholarly association took into consideration edited volumes devoted to the study of transatlantic migration and resettlement which presented the Polish experience in a larger, regional context. The efficient cooperation with Cambridge Scholars Publishing allowed for these volumes’ prompt publication in an attractive form. I am sure that, together with the books’ wide distribution, Cambridge Scholars’ work contributed to the volumes’ success."


To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on East Central Europe in Exile: Transatlantic Migrations (vol. 1) and East Central Europe in Exile: Transatlantic Identities (vol. 2). To redeem your discount, simply enter the promotional code AWARD15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April, 2015.


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ARSC Award of Excellence for Cambridge Scholars Publishing 03 December 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955 has received an Award for Excellence 2014 from The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC).

The ARSC presents awards to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognise outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognises outstanding contributions, encourages high standards, and promotes awareness of superior works.The award of Best Historical Research in Classical Music (Certificate of Merit) was given to Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955, for the ‘exceptionally high quality’ of this work. This book presents a discography of recordings made from the works of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864) – from the inception of recording techniques in 1889 until the dominance of the long-playing record in 1955. It is a testimony to the once-universal fame of the composer and the esteem in which in his works were held. Covering more than 150 different pieces, the whole of this recorded legacy makes Meyerbeer one of the most popular classical composers of any age. This discography is integral to the history of opera, the nature of lyric recording, and the story of song and vocal technique.

The co-author, Robert Ignatius Letellier, said:

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), one of the most significant figures in operatic history, who used to be as famous as Verdi and Puccini until the First World War. Since then his reputation has been overshadowed by ideological and sociological factors, as well as changes in musical attitudes. In recent years, however, there has been resurgence in interest in Meyerbeer's life and work, and critical engagement in research has dramatically increased. The work of Cambridge Scholars Publishing has played a key role in this process.

The year of Meyerbeer's anniversary has seen the appearance of several new recordings of his works and some new books about him too. Not least among these is the Discography of Vintage Recordings (made between 1889 and 1955), a golden age of song that featured so many legendary artists. This book presents a painstaking catalogue of all known recording made during that period, the process facilitated by critical introductions and addenda, making this a research tool for the history of opera, music-making, performance and acoustic recording. It is tribute to the late Richard Arsenty who died in 2013, and to the fruitful collaboration he shared with me in so many aspects of Meyerbeer research.

It is therefore gratifying on so many levels to have this detailed work of discography acknowledged internationally by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections who awarded their 2014 Certificate of Merit in Classical Music to the joint authors Richard Arsenty and Robert Letellier, and also to Cambridge Scholars Publishing whose dedication to research in Romantic music made this possible. The book is beautifully produced, with its complex sequences of chronological and matrix tables, cross-referencing, and iconographic gallery of singers. It is a worthy tribute to authors, to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and to the great composer to whom it is devoted.”


To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code AWARDDEC14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2015.


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