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LGBT History Month - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 January 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars are proud to celebrate LGBT History Month, which takes place throughout February in the UK. The theme for LGBT History Month this year is Citizenship, PSHE and Law, as the organisers mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

The overall aim of LGBT History Month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community; Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community; Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

The affiliated academic conference, Sexing the Past: ‘What is and how to do LGBT history’, takes place on Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th March at Liverpool John Moores University.

To mark LGBT History Month, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code LGBT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2017.

Queer Stories of Europe is the first volume on the studies of queer identities in Europe to adopt a strong focus on the history of the Baltic region among other countries in Central and East Europe. It unites work by researchers of different European countries that deals with various representations of the queer culture over a period of more than one hundred years. A significant part of the book is dedicated to belletristics, with the contributors offering readings of it with knowledge about ideas circulating in public discourse that have been influential for new discoveries in history, art history, culture studies, communication studies, theology, and narratology, among other fields.

Queering Women's and Gender Studies brings together approaches to, and perspectives on, English, Spanish, and Galician language, literature, and culture from the fields of women’s, gender, and queer studies. As its title reflects, the book adopts an inclusive attitude to the so-called “others” present in these fields. Since queer theory first appeared in academia, its influence has been notorious within both women’s and genders. As such, it is vital to “queer” academia so that it re-conceptualises its foundations; indeed, the contributions here serve to alter the reader’s consciousness of the terms “woman” and “gender”. The Epilogue draws on the book’s intersubjective spirit to propose a dialogue, among multiple disciplines and the people who practise them. As such, the volume reflects the eclectic nature of queer, women’s, and gender studies, and their world-wide acceptance by the scholarly community.

Revisiting Sexualities in the 21st Century examines a whole set of explanatory and definitional issues from the very outset, particularly regarding what may be rightly included and excluded from its provenance and coverage. Each author lays out the traditional parameters of the methodology used in their perspectives of social science research, and openly discusses how they have been applied to the study of hetero sexuality/non-heterosexuality and the ways in which their theory and methodology may be improved. Their contributions outline some of the major theoretical and methodological problems that still confront the study of modern sexualities, while also presenting a selection of theoretical and methodological issues of interest to both new and experienced researchers. Undoubtedly, with this collection, sexuality studies comes of age as an academic field.

The articles gathered in The Meaning of Sexual Identity in the Twenty-First Century address, from a wide variety of perspectives, the question of sexual identity for LGBT people in an era when sexual identity is seen by some as obsolescent. In the opening essay, Ritch Savin-Williams asks whether “young people with same-sex desires are basically content with modern culture and don’t desire a critical analysis.” This volume considers this question and others in relation to identity, fluidity, ambisexuality, a reluctance to label sexuality, and the possible irrelevance of sexual orientation in the 21st century. Contributors explore contexts including same-sex topics in high school teaching; rural queers; the nature of art installations and same-sex desires; post-AIDS literature; contemporary Russian film and online chat rooms; and the Boy Scouts of America.

To find out more about LGBT History Month, please click here, and to find out more about the academic conference and register your place, click here.

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Book of the Month - February 2017 31 January 2017

Our February Book of the Month is Oscar Wilde's Elegant Republic: Transformation, Dislocation and Fantasy in fin-de-siècle Paris by David Charles Rose.

Why was Paris so popular as a place of both innovation and exile in the late nineteenth century? Using French, English and American sources, this first volume of a trilogy provides a possible answer with a detailed exploration of both the city and its communities, who, forming a varied cast of colourful characters from duchesses to telephonists, artists to beggars, and dancers to diplomats, crowd the stage. Through the throng moves Oscar Wilde as the connecting thread: Wilde exploratory, Wilde triumphant, Wilde ruined. This use of Wilde as a central figure provides both a cultural history of Paris and a view of how he assimilated himself there.

By interweaving fictional representations of Paris and Parisians with historical narrative, Paris of the imagination is blended with the topography of the city described by Victor Hugo as ‘this great phantom composed of darkness and light’. This original treatment of the belle époque is couched in language accessible to all who wish to explore Paris on foot or from an armchair.

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 BOMFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2017.

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

“This is a book research libraries should keep on the open stacks and readers of ELT may wish to add to their personal reference collections. [...] Rose is led by a desire not only to add detail to the record, but to clean up mistakes in past scholarship. He succeeds in doing this by being careful about chronology and corroboration. [...] Ellmann’s biography of Wilde is a great work of literary scholarship, but its concept of homosexuality is dated and it is wrong or incomplete in many details. Someday it will be superseded by another study of the life. The author of that work will want to have Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic close to hand, and will often feel grateful to David Rose.”

—Adrian Frazier; English Language in Transition, 60:2 (2017)

“Oscar Wilde's multiple visits to Paris are well known ... but for many readers, what is less clear is what Paris was all about - reality and cliches or literary fantasies don't always go well together. In Oscar Wilde's Elegant Republic, David Charles Rose looks to remedy this by proposing a socio-cultural cartography drawn from three main areas: transformation, dislocation and fantasy. His stated purpose is to 'influence our understanding of both Wilde’s creativity and his social position' (175), and this book makes it possible to better grasp the many facets of his environment and to better understand the relevance of the famous contrast between the work and the life of a genius.”

—Peter Dunwoodie, Emeritus Professor of French Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London; Rue des Beaux Arts 56 (2016)

“[T]his book stands as a rare and complex gift that Rose has given his readers. It is a sprawling study about a sprawling city at a sprawling time in its existence, yet nonetheless we come from it exhilarated and gratified. [...] Oscar Wilde's Elegant Republic gave me a much clearer sense than I previously had of the creative, emotional and imaginative atmosphere of fin de siècle Paris. It has enhanced my understanding not just of Wilde's writing but of the work of his contemporaries, French, American, and English with far greater effectiveness than any recent criticism I have encountered. Perhaps it is because Rose, unlike so many contemporary literary critics, actually enjoys his topic and writes out of that pleasure.”

—Michael Patrick Gillespie, Florida International University; Irish Literary Supplement, Autumn 2016

“The work examines the relationships and interrelationships which were developed in Paris and Parisian society at this time. It was a large and diverse community, comprised of writers, artists, composers and singers, amongst others, from many different nations. We discover how many non-Parisians came to be residing or sojourning in Paris, what brought them there and their experiences of this great city; oftentimes the narrative is interspersed with a blending of both factual and fictional accounts, which works very well. Through a close reading of Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic, we are better able to understand the psyche of Wilde within this cosmospolitan metropolis. [...] Interestingly, it does form the first instalment of a trilogy ... No doubt [the other two volumes] will continue to add to Wilde scholarship in an original, innovative and detailed way, as the first volume has done.”

—Jennifer Martin; Books Ireland (November/December 2016)

“[This] is essentially an encyclopedic survey of Paris in all its facets. Rose, it seems, has digested everything, at least as related to the period. He ranges from the morgue to Montparnasse, caviar to caves, fairies to ferries, cynosure to cyanide. His erudition is vast. [...] It is a book in many ways similar to the city it describes: stitching together threads, wandering off in various directions, floating on the surface, digging for dirt, rambling, reflecting, resting. A labor of love to the city of love.”

—Nikolai Endres, Western Kentucky University; Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature, 130 (2016)

“In Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic, Wilde becomes a prism for reconstructing nineteenth-century Paris as a social and intellectual network – a cosmopolitan and at the same time distinctly French metropolis. In so doing, the book also opens up original perspectives on other bridge figures between British and French cultures, such as John Gray, George Moore, John Singer Sargent and Arthur Symons. Rose makes a compelling case to rethink that often-invoked but rarely properly-explored topic that is Wilde’s involvement with French culture – we just need to remember that even Ellmann, the most authoritative among Wilde’s biographers to date, rattles rather quickly through Wilde’s Parisian associations. It is to be hoped that his book will inspire further research into Wilde’s French connections and, more broadly, into the literary connections between the British and French fin de siècle.”

—Professor Stefano Evangelista, Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford; Editor, The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - February 2017 31 January 2017

This February, 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 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 EABFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2017.

Professor Tim Connell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Where Theory and Practice Meet: Understanding Translation through Translation

Author: Laurence K. P. Wong

This title is a collection of nineteen papers in translation studies. Unlike many similar books published in recent decades, it focuses on the translation process, on theory formulation with reference to actual translation, on getting to grips with translation problems, and on explaining translation in language which can be understood by the general reader.

This solid volume represents twenty years of thought and hard work on the part of the author. It consists of nineteen papers, dealing to a large extent with Chinese (which presents particular challenges when translating poetry) but which also looks at a plethora of European languages. There is a constant theme running through the papers, that translation is best approached through the study of translation, using such diverse authors as Dante and Shakespeare, and even looking at the martial arts novel and wondering whether this particular world can be fully conveyed in a language other than Chinese. The articles do not require a specific or advanced knowledge of any of the languages used, but they do allow the reader to have a look inside them in order to understand better the question of how they might inter-connect through the vehicle of translation.” 

For further information on Professor Connell, please click here.

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Featured Review: De-constructing Dahl 31 January 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 Carousel’s review of Laura Viñas Valle’s title De-constructing Dahl. Carousel: The Guide to Children’s Books is published three times a year and featured a review of De-constructing Dahl in its regular feature Roundabout, in which Laura’s book was praised as being of “immense interest” to Dahl scholars and enthusiasts.

"Over the years, there has been very little academic literature published on Roald Dahl. The 100th anniversary since his birth is a fitting time for a new work to appear. De-constructing Dahl by Laura Viñas Valle provides a thorough overview of the criticism used to discuss Dahl and addresses his ability to write successfully for both children and adults. The author focuses on matters that surround the texts including the packaging of Dahl as a children's writer. She delves into the relationship between Dahl's children's and adult fiction and explores common traits that bring his work together. This title will be of immense interest to those who are keen to delve deeper into the phenomenon that is Roald Dahl."

–Carousel: The Guide to Children's Books, 63 (2016)

To find out more about De-constructing Dahl, 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 our dedicated Reviews Editor 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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Meet our Authors: Zekeh Gbotokuma – January 2017 13 January 2017

Dr Zekeh Gbotokuma is a polyglot and a US citizen of Congolese descent who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University.

His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008.

His publications include Global Safari (2015), OBAMÆNON (2011), A Pan-African Encyclopedia (2003), and Dizionario Italiano-Lingala/Lingala-Italiano (1990).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Zekeh has authored Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship and A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

Zekeh describes the publishing experience and why he chose to publish both a memoir-travelogue and a multilingual reference work with Cambridge Scholars:

In 2009, I travelled back to my native land, the Democratic Republic of Congo, after 31 years in Europe and the USA. Upon my return to the United States, I decided to write a memoir-travelogue. I had a positive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, and the main reasons for my satisfaction with the publishing process are the following. Firstly, Cambridge Scholars allowed me to find a proofreader, whose professionalism allowed him to deal with a manuscript that contains so many words and phrases in French, Italian, and German. Secondly, their punctuality in correspondence. Thirdly, I appreciated how flexible they were in allowing submission deadlines to be extended. Finally, I noted a serious commitment to quality control, not only in the publication of the memoir, but also in the most challenging publication of the multilingual reference work, A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

I am definitely grateful to Cambridge Scholars for publishing a memoir by an author who is not (yet) famous. This fact suggests, I suspect, that the long-term academic worth of the work is more important than financial considerations. For this reason, I commend Cambridge Scholars for their attention to the importance of multilingualism in the process of acquiring international competence in a spider’s web-like world. The recent publication of A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian constitutes an important postscript to Global Safari. To some extent, the multilingual glossary is the best possible way of telling stories about my life experiences, to which I also refer as a series of transits, transitions, and translations.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Zekeh’s memoir-travelogue Global Safari. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Miriam Doran – January 2017 13 January 2017

Miriam Doran is a Lecturer in Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests include student educational experience, pedagogy and science education at primary, secondary and third level. Miriam previously worked in two national teacher support services in Ireland with responsibility for continuous professional development of primary and post-primary science teachers. Prior to that, she taught at post-primary level for over twenty years.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Miriam has authored An Ethnography in an Irish Girls Secondary School: Exploring how Hegemony and Power Mediate Agency and Structure, which explores the cultural experiences of a group of Irish 6th year girls and is based on an ethnographic study. This book is adapted from a PhD thesis and is Miriam’s inaugural academic book publication.

Miriam describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Following completion of my PhD in education, I received advice from an experienced academic to consider Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in helping early career researchers revise their doctoral thesis and bring it through to publication. As this was an inaugural book publication, I was grateful for the prompt and professional support and advice that was readily available when required. Cambridge Scholars were more than happy to facilitate my partial personalised design of the jacket and collaborated effectively on visual adjustments of the front cover during this process. I was involved throughout all aspects of the publishing process and have learned a considerable amount for future projects. I believe a reliable testimony to any company is the quality of the product. I am regularly complemented on the quality and finish of the book, and would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to other prospective authors.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on An Ethnography in an Irish Girls Secondary School. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2017.

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