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Celebrating Chinese New Year - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 January 2016

At Cambridge Scholars we are very proud of the international spectrum of our authors, editors and contributors, and in order to promote our publications on an ever more global scale we work with a range of specialists in key geographic regions.

One of the regions we have had a great deal of success in is China, where we have been working with Inspirees since 2009. This month, our authors and readers in China will be among the many people around the world celebrating the Chinese New Year on 8th February. This traditional festival is celebrated by one in every six people around the world, and we would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

To bring in the Chinese New Year, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our titles on China and Chinese Studies. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

The Reception of Chinese Art Across Cultures is a collection of essays examining the ways in which Chinese art has been circulated, collected, exhibited and perceived in Japan, Europe and America from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first. Scholars and curators from East Asia, Europe and North America jointly present cutting-edge research on cultural integration and aesthetic hybridisation in relation to the collecting, display, making and interpretation of Chinese art and material culture. Stimulating examples within this volume emphasise the Western understanding of Chinese pictorial art, while addressing issues concerning the consumption of Chinese art and Chinese-inspired artistic productions from early times to the contemporary period; the roles of collector, curator, museum and auction house in shaping the taste, meaning and conception of art; and the art and cultural identity of the Chinese diaspora in a global context.

China and the United States, two massive economic and military powers, cannot avoid engaging with each other. Both countries are separated not just by the Pacific Ocean, but also by their very different histories, experiences, societies, customs, and outlooks. Non-governmental, unofficial relationships and exchanges are often as important as formal dealings in determining the climate of Sino-American relations. This assortment of essays, most by mainland Chinese academics and students, focuses upon the role of culture – very broadly defined – in Sino-American affairs. Taking a holistic approach, in this collection over thirty authors focus on such topics as the influence of ideology, the impact of geopolitics, the use of rhetoric, soft power, educational encounters and exchanges, immigration, gender, race, identity, literature, television, movies, music, and the press. Cultural factors are, as the authors demonstrate, enormously significant in affecting how Chinese and Americans think about and approach each other, both as individuals and at the state level.

Migration has played a significant role throughout Chinese history. Over the past few decades, the movements of the Chinese people, representing as they do a huge proportion of the world population, have attracted increasing attention both domestically and globally. Chinese Migration and Families-At-Risk contributes to a better understanding of the various facets of Chinese migration. Its chapters address different concerns related to Chinese migration in the modern world, including the patterns and influences of internal migration within China; the issues related to migration from mainland China to Hong Kong, a special administrative region in China; and the history, features, and impact of Chinese migration to Western countries. Grounded in recent and contemporary research and scholarly inquiry, Chinese Migration and Families-At-Risk provides a comprehensive and critical review of the essential issues related to Chinese migrant families, and is undoubtedly a vital book for all who want to have a deeper understanding of the trends and current situation of Chinese migration.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code CHINA16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 29th February, 2016.

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New Titles Catalogues - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 January 2016

At Cambridge Scholars, we always put our authors at the centre of everything we do and provide their work with maximum possible exposure.

Our New Titles catalogues are a vital tool for our marketing and sales teams in promoting our titles and in keeping our distributors and sales representatives informed of our most recent and forthcoming publications as, due to the number of titles we publish, not all our new books are able to be featured in our online Forthcoming Titles and New Releases marketing campaigns.

Instead, our catalogues are printed four times a year to provide the reader with the very latest information in a format that is easy to digest. The New Titles catalogues feature all titles with a publication date in each quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September and October-December), providing sales agents and purchasers with all necessary bibliographic information to place an order for new titles in their subject area.

To ensure that your title is included in our catalogues and thereby given maximum visibility, please ensure that your editor or author’s biography and the book’s description have been submitted to our Marketing team at

Copies of our catalogues have been distributed at major book fairs including the Frankfurt Book Fair, and will continue to be disseminated at key conferences and events throughout 2016 and beyond.

If you would like to learn more about our New Titles catalogues or would like to request a copy, please contact a member of our Marketing team at

To download a PDF version of the January-March 2016 catalogue, simply click here.

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Book of the Month - February 2016 29 January 2016

Our February Book of the Month is Back and Forth: The Grotesque in the Play of Romantic Irony by Siddhartha Bose.

This seminal book examines the dramatic implications of the grotesque in Romantic aesthetics. Poetry and philosophy were merged in Friedrich Schlegel’s attempt to create Romantic modernity out of a self-conscious blurring of inherited perspectives and genres – a mixing and transgressing of past demarcations that simultaneously create the condition of the Romantic grotesque. But how is the grotesque used to re-evaluate notions of aesthetic beauty, or rewrite ideas of poetic subjectivity and expression? Back and Forth foregrounds the enormous importance of Shakespeare as the literary example supporting the new theories. Shakespearean drama, which crosses aesthetic borders, legitimises the grotesque while reflecting the blood and gore of a post-Revolutionary Europe. Consequently, in reviewing hybrid texts, this book uses theories of continental Romanticism to reposition the significance of a vitally radical English aesthetic. Through this, Back and Forth claims that the Romantic revisioning of the Shakespearean grotesque helps create the ideas of post-Revolutionary modernity that are crucial to the larger projects of European Romanticism, and the ideas of modernity emerging from them.

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 BOMFEB16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 29th February, 2016.

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

“This adventurous and persuasive book takes new routes through the vertiginous landscape of European Romantic theory. Bose finds a future for the speculative energies of the Jena Frühromantiker in the grotesque practice of Hugo and Baudelaire, and in the persuasive 19th-century use of Shakespeare to justify a world-view radically inclusive of difference, conflict and variety. Ambitiously, Back and Forth proposes that the Romantic undercutting of old certainties can be usefully seen as anticipating the ironies of modernity and its playful postmodern aftermath.”

—Paul Hamilton, Professor and Head of Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London

“In his erudite and closely argued Back and Forth: The Grotesque in the Play of Romantic Irony, Siddhartha Bose develops a deep and richly illuminating genealogy of the modern grotesque seen as essentially dramatic, transgressive, and rich in Romantic irony. […] Bose’s genealogy brilliantly illuminates the particular elaborations of the grotesque in the Schlegels and diverse French Romantics, and it also offers fresh and valuable perspectives on English aestheticism and the emergence of the modern. In particular, superb readings of scenes from Shakespeare and of Baudelaire’s “De L’Essence du Rire” highlight the neglected performative and dramatic elements in the grotesque, and his readings of the Schlegels similarly highlight the neglected Romantic irony inherent in the modern grotesque.”

—David Riede, Professor of English, The Ohio State University, USA

“This impressively ambitious study charts with energy and imagination the emergence of the idea of the grotesque out of Romantic irony. It adds substantially to our understanding of the connections between Romantic theory and its aftermath in the literature of the Modern period.”

—John Whale, Head of School and Professor of Romantic Literature, University of Leeds

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Meet our Authors: A.V.C. Schmidt – January 2016 14 January 2016

A. V. C. Schmidt, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, is a leading international authority on William Langland. His Piers Plowman: A Parallel-Text Edition has been called ‘a monumental achievement,’ written with ‘controlled passion’ (Speculum), and a work of ‘grand majesty’, expressed ‘with grace and confident clarity’ (Journal of English and Germanic Philology).

His most recent title, Passion and Precision: Collected Essays on English Poetry from Geoffrey Chaucer to Geoffrey Hill, illustrates the wide range of his interests and expertise outside the field of the Langland studies collected in Earthly Honest Things: Collected Essays on Piers Plowman, to which Passion and Precision now forms an indispensable companion.

Carl describes the experience of publishing both volumes with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

When I retired as Tutorial Fellow in English at Balliol College in 2011, I decided to collect my shorter studies of Piers Plowman as a supplement to my major publications, editions and translations of the poem. Many of the essays were not readily accessible and I also had two new unpublished pieces for inclusion. When I approached Cambridge Scholars Publishing, I received a prompt acceptance of my proposal to revise the essays and include the new ones in a substantial book Earthly Honest Things: Collected Essays on Piers Plowman, which appeared in 2012. The editorial process was efficient and the final product a handsome hardback book with cover and frontispiece just as I had requested. The book makes available a number of studies, many of them pioneering, complete with index and bibliography, in a form that libraries and individual scholars will find useful and highly convenient.

In 2014, I proposed a second collection of my non-Langlandian essays on a range of English poets from the medieval to the modern period. This volume of twenty chapters, Passion and Precision: Collected Essays on English Poetry from Geoffrey Chaucer to Geoffrey Hill (2015), again allowed me to collect and revise a number of previously published pieces and to add four new studies. These included a substantial 50-page essay on Troilus and Criseyde based on lectures I had given at Oxford in my last years in the English Faculty, too long for a periodical but too short for a book. This second volume underwent a number of changes after CSP accepted my initial proposal, among them extension of the book's length by nearly 100 pages. I particularly appreciated the flexibility of the publishers and their generous allowance of all the space I needed. These changes were made with a minimum of fuss, and since I was assigned the same editor as for the previous volume, the preparation of the book for publication went ahead smoothly and accommodated my most minute demands for particular fonts (Middle English and Greek), as well as relieving me of the burden of adapting my electronic text to the particular requirements of a rigid house style.

My experience of working with Cambridge Scholars was a happy one, and I would recommend other literary scholars who have a coherent and attractive proposal of the kind I produced to consider submitting it for evaluation. The response-time from the Editorial Board was exactly as promised, something that scholars do not always find with larger academic firms. Both my publishing and production editors were prompt and helpful in answer to my queries and requests. Finally, the published price for a well-produced hardback of 460pp was very competitive, at a time when academic books of half the length may cost as much.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Passion and Precision: Collected Essays on English Poetry from Geoffrey Chaucer to Geoffrey Hill. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2016.

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Meet our Authors: Iside Carbone – January 2016 14 January 2016

With a solid background in Chinese language and culture, Iside Carbone graduated from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, and further specialised in Chinese Art and Archaeology at Nankai University, Tianjin, and SOAS, University of London. She received a PhD in Anthropology from University College London (UCL) in 2010. Her research interests and publications focus on museum ethnography, art and anthropology in general, and Chinese art in particular.

For some years, she has been part of the teaching team for the World Art and Artefacts Programme at Birkbeck, University of London. She is Assistant Editor for the Anthropological Index Online, published by the Royal Anthropological Institute in cooperation with the Anthropology Library and Research Centre at the British Museum, and Asian Art Specialist for a regional auction house. She is also a member of the Anthropology of Art Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute, an Associate at the Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies, UCL, and a member of the Museum Ethnographers Group.

Iside is the author of China in the Frame: Materialising Ideas of China in Italian Museums with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This is her first book.

China in the Frame has been described as “a timely and comprehensive study” by Dr Stacey Pierson of SOAS, University of London and “unique” by Professor Emeritus Michael Rowlands of UCL.

Iside describes her experience of publishing her title with Cambridge Scholars, and expresses her satisfaction with both the pre- and post-publication phases:

China in the Frame is my first book and I could not have hoped for a smoother and more satisfying publication process. When I approached Cambridge Scholars with my proposal, they were very welcoming and reassuring, making me feel more confident about the successful outcome of this project. Throughout, I have been supported by professional and efficient assistance. I also found their graphics experts particularly helpful when it came to designing the dust jacket. Thanks to the committed and concerted effort of all parties, the deadlines were met with no major impediments, and the book was published exactly as scheduled. A remarkable result, indeed.

The pre-publication phase is undoubtedly very important, but what happens after publication is no less crucial in determining whether or not the project has been worthwhile. Once again, Cambridge Scholars have provided essential support. Through their effective marketing campaigns and dissemination strategies, I have seen my book reach unexpected audiences worldwide. What is most important, the circulation of the book has made it possible for scholars with similar interests to come across my research and to contact me for a stimulating and constructive exchange of information and ideas. This is ultimately the core purpose of academic publishing. It is thanks to a dedicated editorial team, such as that at Cambridge Scholars, that the publication of a book does not mark the end of the story, but paves the way to the possibility of new scholarly enterprises.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on China in the Frame: Materialising Ideas of China in Italian Museums. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2016.

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