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St Patrick’s Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 February 2016

St Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast day, celebrating the life of the saint who is said to have brought Christianity to Ireland, but has now become a festival celebrated around the world for Irish and non-Irish alike to celebrate the culture of the Emerald Isle. It is a truly global event, and St Patrick’s Day parades will take place on 17th March in countries from Ireland and the USA (where more than 100 are planned) to Japan and Australia.

To mark St Patrick’s Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles that critique multiple aspects of Irish Studies, including culture, history and literature. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

There is probably no national day that has such global popularity as St. Patrick’s Day. On St. Patrick’s Day, it is reputed that ‘Everyone is Irish’. What are the factors and factions that give the day such popular appeal? Is St. Patrick’s Day the same around the world—in Japan, Northern Ireland and Montserrat—as it is in the Republic of Ireland and the United States? Just how does ‘Irishness’ figure in the celebration and commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day, and how has this day been commoditized, consumed and contested? Does St. Patrick’s Day ‘belong’ to the people, the nation or the brewery? Consuming St. Patrick’s Day thematically explores how St. Patrick’s Day has been consumed from the symbolic to the literal, the religious to the political. By doing so, it offers a fresh examination of its importance in contemporary society.

Engendering Ireland is a collection of ten essays that showcases the importance of gender and interrogates it as a concept which encompasses both masculinity and femininity, and which permeates history and literature, culture and society in the modern period. The collection includes historical research which situates Irish women workers within an international economic context; textual analysis which sheds light on the effects of modernity on the home and rising female expectations in the post-war era; the rediscovery of significant Irish women modernists such as Mary Devenport O’Neill; and changing representations of masculinity, race, ethnicity and interculturalism in modern Irish theatre. While each of these chapters offers a fresh perspective on familiar themes in Irish gender studies, they also illustrate the importance and relevance of gender studies to contemporary debates in Irish society.

The Irish short story tradition occupies a unique space in world literature. Rooted in an ancient oral storytelling culture, the Irish short story has undergone numerous transitions, from 19th century Anglo-Irish writers through to the 20th century’s ground-breaking impact of George Moore’s The Untilled Field, but there is a dimension to the short story tradition in Ireland that has always been overlooked. Samuel Beckett, Aidan Higgins and Tom Mac Intyre mark an alternative avant-garde movement in the culture of the modern Irish short story as their works share an aesthetics of disruption which is marked in different ways by the subversion of form and through narrative, linguistic and thematic deconstructive devices. There is currently a resurgent research interest in the Irish short story, and Writing from the Margins is the first to highlight an area of Irish short story writing which has been woefully neglected.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code STPATRICKS16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st March 2016.

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Book of the Month - March 2016 29 February 2016

Our March Book of the Month is Agency and Patronage in Eastern Translatology, edited by Ahmed Ankit and Said Faiq.

It is axiomatic that translation studies has been largely dominated by Western discourses on language, cultural and communication studies. Non-Western traditions and discourses of translation have generally not influenced debate beyond their geopolitical confines. However, as André Lefevere repeatedly argued, the phenomenon of translation would be more fruitfully examined and interrogated when different traditions are brought to bear on each other. This is precisely the focus of this volume, calling for new turns in translation studies. With a focus on the two culturally vital and sensitive themes of patronage and agency, it provides insights into how and why translation is viewed and practised within Eastern intellectual traditions, and the ways in which cross-cultural exchange is executed and/or constrained by the two themes that concern, after all, a shared human endeavour, communication through translation. The volume will be of great interest to students and researchers in all areas of translation and allied disciplines, particularly history, sociology, geopolitics, intercultural studies, communication, and globalization studies.

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 BOMMAR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st March 2016.

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

“Covering the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of cross-cultural exchanges in the Eastern traditions, the book offers explorations of the shifting paradigms of translation praxis and reflexion, engaging with contexts as varied as those of the Arab World, China, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey, through the prisms of translator agency and forms of patronage. The issues raised in the book bring to the fore the importance of ‘other’ discourses in the construction of a narrative of translation which both challenge and enrich the existing discourse of translation studies. This collection of essays is a timely contribution to a more global and inclusive history of translation.”

—Professor Myriam Salama-Carr, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester, UK

“This is a necessary book. It focuses on the subtle moves that originate translations and interpretations, by means of patronage, commissioning, support, selection, and also suppression, described through Asian standpoints. With a focus on translations and interpretations as cultural goods that are produced, represented, regulated and consumed, and drawing from a range of different Eastern cultural traditions, the editors have strived to bring together a fascinating collection of cultural frames confirming the need to integrate what are now perhaps the most vibrant and engaging contexts of translation into mainstream Translation Studies. With contributions from leading scholars exploring agency and patronage in contexts ranging from Japan to Korea, China, Malaysia, India, Iran, Turkey, and finally the Arab World, there is no doubt that this volume presents a necessary challenge to standard Translation Studies.”

—Ovidi Carbonell, Professor of Translation Studies, University of Salamanca, Spain

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Featured Review: Art in the Age of Emergence 29 February 2016

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed in reviews and endorsements by eminent scholars in their respective fields, and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight one such review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Professor John Seed’s review of Michael Pearce’s title Art in the Age of Emergence. John is a painter, writer and curator, and is currently Professor of Art and Art History at Mt. San Jacinto College in southern California. In an article for the Huffington Post, John praises Michael’s book for breaking new ground and believes it is a “genuine conversation-starter”.

“Serious discussions about emergence have been appearing in other fields since the postwar era, especially in physics, chemistry and biology. Michael Pearce's book is the first major effort to use emergence as a model for aesthetic theory. Pearce takes an interdisciplinary approach, weaving together quotes and observations by archaeologists, art historians, evolutionary biologists, philosophers, physicists, semioticians, and theologians. 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. [It] is a dense book that is ultimately quite optimistic, and a genuine conversation-starter.”

—Professor John Seed, Huffington Post

To find out more about Art in the Age of Emergence, click here. To read Professor Seed’s review in full, click here.

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 we 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

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – March 2016 29 February 2016

This March, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Tim Connell has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City University, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Tim’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st March 2016.

Professor Tim Connell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Papers in Translation Studies

Editor: Sattar Izwaini.

This book presents cutting-edge research in translation studies, offering stimulating discussions and fresh perspectives on translation theory and practice, and suggests ways of dealing with translation problems.

“Papers in Translation Studies is a good example of the range of titles on offer from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. It is up-to-date in the field, covers a wide range of topics and offers some detailed analysis of key issues but in such a way that they will still be of interest to people interested in translation. There is certainly something there for everyone as it covers topics such as the role of ideology in translation (one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter); in this Shakespeare year there is an analysis of Hamlet in Turkish; translation policies (a key issue in a number of European countries, let alone worldwide) are considered in the light of the experience of Wales; the section on translator training will be of value to lecturers; and the subject of new technologies as applied to translation is a topic of endless variety, though culinary terms in Brazil is probably a first for subject matter!” 

For further information on Professor Connell, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Michael Walsh – February 2016 12 February 2016

Michael J. K. Walsh is Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Chair (Research) of the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He conducted his graduate studies at the Universities of Cambridge, St. Andrews and York, before taking up employment at the Department of Archaeology and Art History, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, where he stayed for nine years.

During this time, he successfully nominated the historic city of Famagusta twice for inclusion in the World Monuments Fund Watch List. He has co-edited several other books on Famagusta, including Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta (Ashgate, 2012), Crusader to Venetian Famagusta (Central European University Press, 2014), and Famagusta: Contemporary Images from an Historic City (Datz Press, 2015).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Michael has authored City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta, which has been released in both paperback and hardback.

Michael describes the experience of publishing a title as part of one of Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s series:

I was delighted to learn that Cambridge Scholars Publishing had a series within it called 'Cyprus: Historical and Contemporary Studies', under the overall editorship of historian Dr Andrekos Varnava. He warmly embraced the topic I proposed and before long the book ‘City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta’ was underway. Working with Cambridge Scholars was a pleasure too: both time efficient and editorially rigorous. Cambridge Scholars also understood the need to have the book published in two different formats - A5 for those interested in the details of the art and diagrams reproduced, and A4 for the more general reader. As my research on the historic city of Famagusta continues, I shall have no hesitation in returning to both Andrekos Varnava and his series at Cambridge Scholars for future publication.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2016.

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Meet our Authors: Rashi Rohatgi – February 2016 12 February 2016

Dr Rashi Rohatgi teaches Cultural Studies at Skidmore College’s London program. With a research focus on world literature, diaspora culture, and international pedagogy, she has organised several international conferences on comparative studies and co-edited an issue of Comparative Critical Studies on the topic of ‘Comparing Centres, Comparing Peripheries’. She has published extensively on Indian Ocean literature, and is translating Mauritian writer Abhimanyu Unnuth’s Lal Pasina. She currently serves as Reviews Editor for Africa in Words.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Rashi has authored Fighting Cane and Canon: Abhimanyu Unnuth and the Case of World Literature in Mauritius. The book “makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of Indian Ocean Studies” according to Dr Helen Cousins of Newman University, and “enlarges our sense of what world literature should be” in the view of Professor Isabel Hofmeyr of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Rashi explains her reasons for publishing her first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

I have thus far published one monograph with Cambridge Scholars. Home to the Dimensions of the Indian Ocean World series and several related titles, they seemed to me a natural fit when they reached out. As it was my first monograph, when I found that the people I would be working with at the publishing house were always happy to answer any questions I had about the process, I was sold. The quality of the book is solid and the visual and marketing departments also very happy to offer hands-on guidance. All in all, I was very pleased with the editorial process, with the team always accessible, knowledgeable, and dynamic; I hope to continue working with them for further publications.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Fighting Cane and Canon: Abhimanyu Unnuth and the Case of World Literature in Mauritius. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2016.

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