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As well as accepting publishing proposals in Health, Physical and Life Sciences, we are continuing to publish in our core field of Social Sciences. To submit a proposal, please click here. To apply to join an Advisory Board, please click here.

Newly released and forthcoming titles:

Picture of Bridging Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom

Bridging Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom

Tijen Aksit, Hande Isil Mengu, Robin Turner

This book encapsulates the unbreakable relationship between teaching, learning and assessment through a range of articles which scrutinize assessment from a wide spectrum, ranging from the role of assessment in language learning to ELT teacher assessment literacy, from the use of technology in classroom-based assessment to practicing teachers’ reflections on their teacher classroom action research, and from the role of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to empirical data analysis.

Picture of Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks

Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks: One Painter, Two Virgins, Twenty-Five Years

Katy Blatt

This is the first book dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s commission for The Virgin of the Rocks. Leonardo completed fewer than twenty paintings in his lifetime, yet he returned twice to this same mysterious subject over the course of a twenty-five year period. When, in 1508, he finished the second painting, he was nearing the end of his artistic career and had become an international celebrity. Why did he revisit The Virgin of the Rocks? What was the meaning behind the cavernous subterranean landscape? What lies behind the colder monumentality of the second version?

Ambiguous Selves: Contesting Gender Binaries in Literature, Film and the Media

Barbara Braid, Malwina Siemiątkowska and Ewa Glapka

Disrespected Neighbo(u)rs – Cultural Stereotypes in Literature and Film

Caroline Rosenthal, Laurenz Volkmann and Uwe Zagratzki

Neighbourly relations frequently position a “self” against an “Other”. This is the case for both individuals and nations, and, indeed, within the various cultural groups of a nation. Our racial, ethnic, social, or gender identities are often created in demarcating ourselves by stereotyping the Other. Disrespect of the immediate neighbour based on stereotypical pre-conceptions and cultural biases may lie dormant for a long time and then, as shown in recent conflicts around the globe, suddenly surface due to changed economic and political conditions.

Human Resource Management And Organizational Innovation

Carolina Machado and J. Paulo Davim

Painful Moods (Psycho-literary perspectives in multimodal contexts series)

Nick Davis, Maryam Farahani, Ian Schermbrucker and Andrej Stancak

Teaching Languages and Cultures: Developing Competencies, Re-thinking Practices

Nina Lazarević, Tatjana Paunović, Milica Savić and Ljiljana Marković

This volume offers diverse perspectives on language and culture teaching explored against the background of a fast-paced globalized world of increased mobility and opportunity. While teachers are pressed to reinvent and adapt the existing teaching practices, researchers are invited to conduct studies with a view of implementing the findings in the classroom practice. This collection presents discussions of different aspects of foreign language instruction, language skills and learning strategies, and foreign languages in professional contexts, as well as the role of intercultural competence in language teaching and teacher education.

The Language of Literature and Its Meaning

Ashima Shrawan

This book explores how the language of literature and its meaning have been dealt with in both Indian and Western aesthetic thinking. In doing so, the study concentrates on Kuntaka’s theory of vakrokti and Ānandavardhana’s theory of dhvani in Indian aesthetic thinking and Russian formalism and deconstruction. The book categorically focuses on the intersection between the theory of vakrokti and Russian formalism and the meeting-point between the theory of dhvani and deconstruction.

William Orpen, an Outsider in France: Painting and Writing World War One

Caroline Gallois

William Orpen (1878-1931) was in 1917 appointed as an official war artist in France. This art-historical study examines, within the context of the global crisis that WWI was, and from various theoretical, philosophical and literary angles, his singular and at times provocative work. Orpen set out to provide a textual and visual record of life on the Western Front, as well as behind the lines—of what was supposed to be the “War to End all Wars”.