Featured Review - Frontiers in American Children’s Literature 30 November 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 Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar’s review of Frontiers in American Children’s Literature, edited by Dorothy Clark and Linda Salem, which was published in International Research in Children's Literature earlier in 2017. Taraneh is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, USA, and praised this title as a “masterful collection of critical essays”.

"Frontiers in American Children’s Literature is a remarkable collection of essays culminating in a dialogue on various scholarly strands in children’s literature, highlighting ‘triumph over trauma, transformational borders, and moral vision’ (x). The lucid analysis of different frontiers in children’s literature, as presented by the authors, offers an excellent scaffold for reading about traumatic struggles, violence, brutality and oppression. Each of the chapters propagates tolerance, equality and freedom and suggests a scholarly focus on the sensitive position of the voiceless in children’s literature. A careful and different visioning of what it means to be voiceless seems very appropriate and important for the current cultural and historical moment. [...] This masterful collection of critical essays creates a thorough scholarly landscape and marks a significant contribution to the field of frontiers in American children’s literature, in particular ‘the frontier of race and language’ (1). Frontiers in American Children’s Literature is engaging and enticing not only for children’s literature scholars, but also for anyone who cares for children’s books, multicultural education and issues of diversity."

–Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, International Research in Children's Literature

To find out more about Frontiers in American Children’s Literature, click here.

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Meet our Authors: Erwin J. Warkentin - November 2017 14 November 2017

Erwin J. Warkentin received his PhD from the University of Alberta in German Language and Literature in 1995, having written his dissertation on the author of Draußen vor der Tür (The Man Outside), Wolfgang Borchert.

It was while conducting research in the Borchert Archives at the University of Hamburg in 1992 that he came across some books in Borchert’s personal library that indicated they were published under license of the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS) and the Information Control Division (ICD). This in turn, gave rise to his interest in information control in post-war Germany.

Erwin has since published extensively on post-war German literature and culture, and his book Unpublishable Works: Wolfgang Borchert's Literary Production in Nazi Germany was the first English language biography of Borchert, which has helped to spark a renewal of interest in this important author and playwright.

Since arriving at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he is currently an Associate Professor of German and an Associate Professor of Communications, he has broadened his scholarly interests to include propaganda and persuasion

Under Cambridge Scholars, Erwin has authored The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect, which is not only the first historical overview of the activities of the ICD and the methods they employed, but also offers a unique perspective on how the US occupation utilised academics to vet potential candidates for media licenses in Germany. Here he describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing because I had heard from colleagues that the process was thoroughly professional and that the people I would work with would take care to provide the best end product possible. I was not disappointed with their efficiency and everyone I dealt with made the experience as pleasant as possible. The results of the publication of my book, The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect, have surprised me to some extent. While I expected others to comment on my work, I did not expect the volume of responses and opportunities that I now have to work collaboratively with others from many different disciplines as varied as music, journalism and psychology (to mention just a few), and from a number of different countries. To me, it demonstrated the breadth of reach that Cambridge Scholars Publishing has in academia around the world.

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Meet our Authors: Ali Shehata Abdou Selim - November 2017 14 November 2017

Dr Ali Shehata Abdou Selim is a senior member of staff at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. He is currently a guest lecturer at Smurfit College, University College Dublin, and Chairperson of the Irish Muslim Board.  Ali also lectures in Arabic at Trinity College, Dublin, having taught Arabic to a number of Irish politicians and members of the business community. He has an extensive background in Islamic and Faith Studies, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, and an MA and a PhD in Ecumenics from Trinity College Dublin.

As a Muslim spokesperson in Ireland, he has written articles for The Irish Times and Spectrum, and is also the editor of Ar-Resalah magazine. Ali is the official translator for the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and translates their annual final statements. He also recently translated the book The Muslim as a European Citizen in to English.

Ali previously served as the secretary to the Imam at the Islamic Cultural Centre, Dublin, and as the Secretary General of the Irish Council of Imams. This led to his academic career as a Lecturer on Islam and Multiculturalism at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin.

His publications include The Muslim as a European Citizen (2012) and Muslims and Educational Challenges in Ireland (2014). Ali published The Concept of Coexistence in Islamic Primary Sources: An Analytical Examination with Cambridge Scholars in 2015, and here he explains why he chose to publish with us:

When I received my PhD degree, I thought of turning my thesis “The Concept of Coexistence in Islamic Primary Sources, An Analytical Examination” into a book, as advised by my external examiner. Realising the limited number of publications in my area, I looked into the matter seriously. I contacted a number of academic colleagues and one of them shared with me her wonderful experience with Cambridge Scholars. I took the initiative and made the first contact, and got a prompt but professional response. It was my first and most memorable experience of publication. The communication with everyone at Cambridge Scholars was friendly and efficient. This experience encouraged me to proceed with further publications, the most recent of which are Educational Exclusion: A Fundamental Layer of Social Exclusion and The Islamic Law of Worship.”

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World Philosophy Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 October 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars are pleased to support World Philosophy Day, which this year takes place on 16th November. By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. The goal of World Philosophy Day is to “win recognition for and give strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world”.

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World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002, and later institutionalised in 2005, by UNESCO in order to achieve a number of objectives: the renewal of the international community’s commitment to philosophy, the fostering of philosophical analysis, research and studies on major contemporary issues, to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy and the myriad ways it is used today, to appraise the state of philosophy teaching throughout the world, and to underline the importance of the universalization of philosophy teaching for future generations.

To mark World Philosophy Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling philosophy titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code PHILOSOPHY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2017.

Collected Essays on Philosophers brings together, for the first time, Colin Wilson’s essays on seventeen philosophers, including some of those he met personally to discuss their ideas. In his essay on Spinoza he wrote: “Philosophers are never so entertaining – or so instructive – as when they are beating one another over the head.” It is that statement, applied to this particular volume, that makes these essays, from England’s only home-grown existential philosopher, so eminently readable, entertaining, instructive and, sometimes, controversial.

Lines of Thought: Rethinking Philosophical Assumptions is a highly innovative and powerfully argued book. According to the author, many philosophical ideas that today are widely seen as old-fashioned and outdated should not be dismissed, but instead should be extensively reworked and reformulated. This also means that contemporary analytical philosophy should begin to question many of its most cherished views and reconsider some of the current ways of looking at philosophy. The papers in this collection aim to restore something of a broader perspective, salvaging isolated insights by integrating them into more comprehensive views.

The essays and interviews collected in The Philosophy Clinic: Practical Wisdom at Work highlights the modern movement of ‘philosophical practice’. Taking their cue and call from Socrates’ summons to ‘know thyself’, contemporary philosophical counsellors and practitioners have returned to the ancient understanding of philosophy as consolation and contemplation, as  a life directed to the loving search for wisdom and clarity. As such, this book will prove of inestimable value to philosophers, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, clients, and students of these disciplines.

Why Philosophy Matters: 20 Lessons on Living Large demonstrates that philosophy matters to everyday living and that people who ignore the enduring, fundamental questions of life thereby unwittingly relinquish part of their humanity. The question – “How should I live my life?” – along with cosmological inquiries about the nature of the world, animated Western philosophy during its earliest recorded years. Throughout history, philosophers have provided vastly different answers to the question of what constitutes life. By analyzing carefully their disparate definitions, recipes, and accounts of the good human life we can understand better who we are and who we might be.

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Book of the Month - November 2017 31 October 2017

Our November Book of the Month is Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge by Antony Lentin.

According to the Law Journal in 1932, ‘No present-day figure on the Bench is of greater interest than Mr Justice McCardie’. A High Court Judge from 1916 to 1933, no twentieth-century judge was more conspicuous or controversial.

To his critics, he was a ‘rogue judge’ whose headline-hitting pronouncements often angered his fellow judges, called down the ire of the Churches, provoked calls in Parliament for his removal and earned a public rebuke from the Prime Minister.

To his admirers, he was ‘a Crusader on the Bench’, a pioneer who denounced outdated laws, strove to make the law meet the needs of modern society and boldly championed women’s causes, birth control and abortion.

The Law Quarterly Review described him as ‘one of the most interesting men in the history of the English Bench.’

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 BOMNOV17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2017.

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

“[F]rom the pen of Antony Lentin comes this definitive and scholarly but most entertainingly readable biography of McCardie. There are surprisingly few really good, scholarly, biographies of English judges and this is one of the very best. He makes extensive and fascinating use not merely of the law reports but of a wide range of public and private papers, including McCardie's surviving papers. [T]his is a book to be savoured by anyone with an interest in either the history of the English judiciary or the history of family law in the twentieth century. I cannot recommend it too highly.”

—Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court; Family Law Journal

“This is a gem of a book. Under 200 pages in length it is very fully and carefully researched and for the student, however amateur, of the development of English Jurisprudence during an era of massive social change following the close of the Victorian era, a cameo performance of profound insight and quality. For someone who has experienced the unique cloistered and sometimes claustrophobic ambience of the Law courts, Barristers chambers and the Temple it plunges you straight into the early twentieth century world of Bar and Bench with all its professional tittle-tattle and with which we are all still familiar!”

—Sir Paul Coleridge, Chairman of the Marriage Foundation, retired judge of the High Court of England and Wales

“In these post-Brexit vote days when the independence of the judiciary is a hot topic, Antony Lentin’s biography of one of the most controversial judges this country has ever seen is timely. Few have ever publicly expressed themselves with such personal conviction as did Mr Justice McCardie and few have engendered such divided emotions, veering from contempt to something approaching veneration. Lentin leans towards the latter, though like all good lawyers he is scrupulous in recognising the strengths of the other side’s argument and ultimately leaves it to the reader to decide which of the two camps to join.”

—Sally Smith, QC, The Times

“Perhaps the most surprising feature of this lucid and suspenseful biography is that its author – an authority on the lives of eminent British lawyers – comes down heavily in favour of this apparent monster. Yet one comes to the end of this remarkable book with a feeling of gratitude that “Mac” never remotely achieved the kind of power to which he so evidently aspired.”

—W. Sydney Robinson, Wolfson College, Cambridge; Times Literary Supplement

“Lawyers, academics and general readers interested in all things judicial – and their effects on social change – will be especially fascinated. For details read this book, which the author has copiously researched using many original sources.  The result is an absorbing narrative which fills in any number of blanks in the story of Mr Justice McCardie and which therefore makes an important contribution to English legal history.”

—Phillip Taylor, MBE, Barrister-at-Law

“Antony Lentin’s life of Henry Alfred McCardie, published in the centenary year of his appointment to the High Court Bench, offers a fascinating portrait of a judicial figure whose reforming judgments have stood the test of time rather better than some of the public pronouncements that brought him fame and notoriety in his own day.”

—Paul Magrath, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales

“This well-researched study of an interesting character (and the not-too-distant legal past) ... offers fascinating insights.”

—David Pickup, The Law Society Gazette

“The eccentric judge – reformer, feminist and gambler – gets a sensitive hearing in Anthony Lentin’s biography.”

—Michael Beloff QC, The Spectator

“This excellent biography by Antony Lentin takes a detached and fascinating look at a very controversial figure. Lentin has combined deep scholarship with vivid imagery, creating a fitting tribute to an extraordinary and populist figure, whose personality and achievements deserve to be remembered. I strongly recommended this striking portrait.”

—Nigel Pascoe QC, Counsel Magazine

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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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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - November 2017 31 October 2017

This November, our Editorial Advisory Board chair Professor David Weir has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. David, who is currently Visiting Professor at York St John University, has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading four university Business Schools and initiating the very first part-time executive MBA in a University business school at Glasgow University in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on David’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2017.

Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Organisational Anatomy: A Manager’s Guide to a Healthy Organisation

Author: Oleg Konovalov.

This book offers a discussion of a new management concept, “Organisational Anatomy”, which views organisational processes and functions from a biological perspective. The Organisational Anatomy approach allows the development of a holistic picture, and will allow businesses to achieve higher performance and recognise problems and difficulties.

Many theories of organisation treat organisations as if they were machines, but Oleg Konovalov treats them as if they were organisms hence his focus on anatomy. Konovalov was an experienced manager in the harsh climate of Russia’s far north before he undertook a doctoral degree at Durham University and became a business consultant as well as a scholar, and he introduces ideas from biology like the ageing process, organisational stiffness, organisational disease and the reproductive capacity of complex organisations into his framework. He is himself alert and alive to the life of organisations and his seasoned experience illuminates his analysis: at one point he comments that “organisations are sensitive to weather”. This insight is typical of the fresh eye with which Konovalov regards the living, breathing organisations in which people also live and work. One of the most interesting chapters is the last, in which Konovalov introduces the concepts of disease, dystrophy and epidemics into his framework. Hopefully these insights will be more fully developed in his next book.” 

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Meet our Authors: Bob East – October 2017 13 October 2017

Dr Bob East is an independent Australian author and researcher. He gained his Doctorate of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, in 2010. He currently lives on a rural property in south-east Queensland.

Bob’s main focus of research is the Abu Sayyaf—the terrorist organisation in the southern Philippines. He travels to the Philippines every year for varying periods of time for research purposes and to catch up with colleagues. He is married to a Filipina, Maria, who speaks five of their languages, which helps with his research.

He has published three books with Cambridge Scholars, the first of which was Terror Truncated: The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002 (2013). This was followed up in 2015 by 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell, a story of modern day survival which is “a true inspiration” according to senior journalist David Richardson of Australia’s Seven News.

In 2016 he published The Neo Abu Sayyaf: Criminality in the Sulu Archipelago of the Republic of the Philippines, in which Dr Peter Sales of the University of Wollongong says Bob “manages to cast light on a truly frightening situation”.

Bob now has another book under contract with Cambridge Scholars, tentatively titled Piracy in the Philippines: The Abu Sayyaf Adds a New Dimension to Terror, and as a returning author he explains why he has chosen to publish with us on a number of occasions:

When I wrote my first book, The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002, I approached Cambridge Scholars Publishing and was pleasantly surprised to find they were interested in my topic of research. The Abu Sayyaf is not all that well known in the academic world. I was asked to submit certain data with my proposal and after a very short period of time I was offered a contract. The same happened with my two later books. I find the editing and publishing people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing to be very helpful. What did surprise me—and still does—is the quick turnaround from proposal to publishing. Inter alia, my three books are now included in the libraries of eight out of the top ten universities in the world. Of course, they are also available in other venues: a testament to the excellent marketing by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. I salute Cambridge Scholars’ professionalism.

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Meet our Authors: Bootheina Majoul – October 2017 13 October 2017

Bootheina Majoul is currently an Assistant Professor of English Studies at the Higher Institute of Applied Languages of Béja at the University of Jandouba, Tunisia. She holds an MA in Cross Cultural Poetics from the University of Carthage. and received her PhD in English Literature from Manouba University, Tunisia.

Bootheina has 17 years of teaching experience at six Tunisian institutions, and has taught EFL to young learners, general English, English for sciences, English for engineering, business English, English for maths, communication and presentation skills, British civilisation, translation, the history of British literature, British and American novels, literary theories and criticisms, film studies, and drama workshops.

She is the author of Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time (2016), The Genetic and Generic Affiliations of Rushdie’s Satire in Midnight’s Children (2017), and On Trauma and Traumatic Memory (2017), as well as several academic articles and five collections of poems.

Bootheina serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies, and is a member of various bodies including the Doris Lessing Society (Ontario, Canada), the Tunisian Association of E-Learning (Tunisian Virtual University), and the research unit “Language and Cultural Forms” (University of Carthage).

Bootheina describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

When I wrote my first book, Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time, I only considered submitting it to Cambridge Scholars, because they are a prestigious and quite selective publishing house. The staff are amazing; they accompanied me at every step, and their patience, collaboration and guidance were assets throughout the publishing process. I have since also published an edited volume, On Trauma and Traumatic Memory, with them, and I intend to continue publishing with Cambridge Scholars in the future (I have recently submitted a new proposal). I highly recommend Cambridge Scholars to every scholar who is looking for international recognition. I was so proud when friends from the USA, UK, Canada and elsewhere across the world sent me messages to say that they had come across my book at their respective universities. I congratulate Cambridge Scholars’ professional staff and thank them for all their attentiveness and patience with me all along the publishing process.

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500th Anniversary of the Reformation - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 September 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars is marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a major event in the 16th century that left an indelible mark on not only the landscape in Europe but also further afield. The Reformation is considered to have begun with the publication of Martin Luther’s ‘Ninety-five Theses’ in Wittenberg, Germany, which most believe to have been on 31st October, 1517.

In the words of Tom Rassieur, curator of last year’s exhibition ‘Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation’ at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, USA, “one man, Martin Luther, took a stand that literally shredded the fabric of Europe. It changed theology, it changed politics, it changed society and it changed political boundaries. It gave us a revolution in education, in literacy. There are many, many manifestations of the Reformation.”

To mark this anniversary, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on Christianity since the Reformation.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code REFORMATION17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2017.

A Short History of the Church of England: From the Reformation to the Present Day retraces the history of the Church of England from the Henrician schism (1533–34) to the present day, and focuses on the complex relations between the Church and the State which, in the case of an established Church, are of paramount importance. Theological questions, and in particular the conflicting influences of Catholicism and Protestantism, in its various forms, are also examined. The religious settlement engineered by Elizabeth I and her advisers in the 16th century saved England from the atrocities of religious war. However, the countless theological battles and party feuds which have punctuated the history of the Church suggest that the Elizabethan settlement was not entirely successful. The Church of England today is a “broad Church”, hosting within its fold a wide range of traditions and beliefs. The coexistence between liberals and conservatives and, to a lesser extent, between Anglo-Catholics and Evangelicals, remains uneasy and the unity of the Church is fragile.

The English Reformation was no bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. Nor was it an event that was inevitable, smooth, or predictable. Rather, it was a process that had its turbulent beginnings in the late medieval period and extended through until the Restoration. Renovating the Sacred: Faith Communities and the Re-formation of the English Parish Church places the emphasis not just on law makers or the major players, but also, and more importantly, on those individuals and parish communities that lived through the twists and turns of reform. It explores the unpredictable process of the English Reformation through the fabric, rituals and spaces of the parish church in the Diocese of Norwich c. 1450–1662, as recorded, through the churchwardens’ accounts and the material remains of the late medieval and early modern periods. It is through the uses and abuses of the objects, rituals, spaces of the parish church that the English Reformation became a reality in the lives of these faith communities that experienced it.

The Alchemical Virgin Mary in the Religious and Political Context of the Renaissance explores the survival of Roman Catholic doctrine and visual imagery in the alchemical treatises composed by members of the Lutheran and Anglican confessions during the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. It discusses the reasons for such unexpected confessional survivals in a time of extreme Protestant iconoclasm and religious reform. The book presents an analysis of the manner in which Catholic doctrines concerning the Virgin Mary, the Holy Trinity and the Eucharist were an essential factor in the development of alchemical theory and illustration from the medieval period to the seventeenth century. Additional issues explored here include the role played by alchemy in strengthening the leaders of the European defence against the invading Ottoman Turks. Special consideration is given to the role played by the apocalyptic Mary within alchemical texts and pictures as an emblem of the mercurial quintessence.

Themes of Polemical Theology Across Early Modern Literary Genres spans the early modern period and ranges across literary genres, confessional divides and European borders. It brings together scholars to explore the dynamic and profound ways in which polemical theology, its discourses and codes, interacted with non-theological literary genres in this era. Offering depth as well as breadth, the contributions chart a myriad of intersections between Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and Reformed polemics and a range of literary types composed in Latin and the vernacular across Europe. Individual essays discuss how genres such as history and poetry often represented a vehicle to promote and validate a particular confessional standpoint. Authors also address the complex relationship between humanism and polemical theology which tends to be radically oversimplified in early modern studies.

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