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National Maritime Day 2018 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 27 April 2018

This month we are happy to be marking National Maritime Day, which takes place in the United States on the 22nd of May each year. This commemorative day was created by Congress in 1933 to mark the American steamship Savannah’s crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to England in 1819, the first time a ship had ever done so powered by steam propulsion. Today, National Maritime Day marks not only this historic event, but also the continuing role played by the maritime and shipping industries in America’s security and prosperity.

At Cambridge Scholars Publishing we are proud to publish texts that explore and analyse all aspects of the maritime world, as well as texts that delve into the history of maritime commerce, exchange, and exploration. To celebrate National Maritime Day we are therefore offering readers a 50% discount on four of our best received titles in this area. To find out more about each title, click on the image. 

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MARITIME18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2018.

The process of modernization, especially during the twentieth century, has brought about dramatic changes in most cities situated on a body of water. Against this background, Venice and Tokyo represent paradigmatic cases of the many challenges which confront urban governance in cities on water. The urban history of these cities is intimately linked to their relationship with water, which has changed over the centuries, creating complex structures that have characterized their physical aspect. From this perspective, Fragile and Resilient Cities on Water: Perspectives from Venice and Tokyo highlights the most important socio-economic, historical, identitarian, environmental, and cultural dimensions of the process of the “rediscovery of water” in Venice and Tokyo. It pays particular attention to the various implications of living in such a fragile and liminal space between land and water, where natural risks and social and economic vulnerability are particularly high.

Poised between the land and the sea, enabling the dynamic flow of people and goods, while also figuratively representing a safe place of rest and refuge, the harbor constitutes a liminal, ambivalent space par excellence that has been central to the American imagination and history since the early colonial days. In Harbors, Flows, and Migrations: The USA in/and the World, thirty-two American Studies scholars from around the world interrogate the manifold significance of ports and of the exchanges they enable or restrain, casting a decentered look onto the complex positioning of the United States in its political, ideological, and cultural relationships with the rest of the world.  thus offers a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary investigation of the U.S.A., engaging the most recent trends in American Studies and actively participating in the international reconfiguration of the field.

There has been tremendous growth in the development of advanced marine vehicles over the last few decades and many of these developments have been presented at the International High Performance Marine Vehicles Conference held annually since 1997 in Shanghai, China. This comprehensive first volume of Performance, Technology and Application of High Performance Marine Vessels covers high speed monohulls, multihulls, hydrofoil craft, air cavity craft and wing-in-ground effect craft. The papers cover a wide variety of hullforms, including deep-V hulls, stepped hulls, axe-bow hullforms, trimarans and pentamarans, foil assisted catamarans and air-lubrication craft. All aspects of design, including resistance, powering, seakeeping and maneuvering performance of these vessels, are covered through theoretical, experimental and numerical investigations.

The growth in England and Britain’s merchant marine from the medieval period onwards meant that an increasing number of criminal offences were committed on or against the country’s vessels while they were at sea. Between 1536 and 1834, such crimes were determined at the Admiralty Sessions if brought to trial. The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar documents the origins, development and abolition of the Admiralty Sessions. It discusses all of the major crimes that were determined by the forum, and examines some of the more arcane and unusual offences that ended up there. Some of the unusual challenges presented by the maritime environment, whether the impossibility of preserving dead bodies at sea, the extensive power given to captains to physically punish sailors, the difficulty of securing suspects in small vessels, or the often gruesome problems occasioned by the marginal legal status of slaves, are also considered in detail.

To find out more about National Maritime Day, please click here.

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British Society of Criminology - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 27 April 2018

This month, Cambridge Scholars are delighted to be partnering with the British Society of Criminology (BSC).

The British Society of Criminology aims to further the interests and knowledge of both academic and professional people who are engaged in any aspect of work or teaching, research or public education about crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom.  The Society has been in existence for over 50 years and has a wide-ranging membership based both in the UK and overseas. Their annual conference will take place this year at Birmingham City University from 3-6 July.

Cambridge Scholars have donated copies of two of our titles for the BSC Members May prize draw this month:

All BSC members are eligible to enter the draw, which closes on 31st May 2018. To enter the draw, please email with ‘Prize Draw – May – Corpus Juris’ or ‘Prize Draw – May – Invisible Children’ in the subject line.

If you are not yet a BSC member but are interested in becoming one, you can apply by clicking here. Membership includes a personal subscription to the Society’s official journal Criminology & Criminal Justice and, for most categories of membership, subscription to The British Journal of Criminology.

BSC members are also able to purchase copies of Corpus Juris of Islamic International Criminal Justice and Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners: Invisible Children through our website with a 20% discount by using the promotional code available on the Members page. This discount will expire on 30th June 2018.

To find out more about the British Society of Criminology and the forthcoming Annual Conference at Birmingham City University, please click here.

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Book of the Month - May 2018 27 April 2018

Our May Book of the Month is The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive by Gillian M. E. Alban.

The Greek monster Medusa is arguably the original stuff of nightmares – countless venomous snakes for hair and a gaze that turned all who looked at her to pure stone. Her legend lives on in fiction, poetry, film, and art. Yet as this book by Gillian M.E. Alban suggests, the figure of Medusa is one that helps reveal much about the contemporary desires and frustrations of women.

This book offers striking insights into the desires and frustrations of women through the narratives of impressive contemporary novelists. Crafting its analysis on the gaze as presented by Lacan and Sartre, the book demonstrates how the subject creates her own ego against her alter egos or hostile others in the mirrors facing her, offering insight into women’s powers and weaknesses. The first two chapters trace the women stalking its pages under a panoptic gaze, as they learn how to revert their look defiantly back onto others. Some win assurance through their own assertive gaze; others are stared down, reduced to psychic trauma, madness and even suicide. The book then goes on to show how androcentric views such as Freud’s perceive Medusa mothers as monstrous, splintering them from their daughters in the Electra syndrome. The efforts of mothers to nurture their children may be slighted as inadequate, with the mother’s nurture condemned as devouring. The following pair of chapters present Medusa and inspiring goddesses motivating and reverting evil through the ‘evil eye’ of their powerful gaze or inspirational force. These literary discussions illuminate women’s force in the writings of Angela Carter, Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood, and others.

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 in both its hardback and paperback versions. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2018.

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

"This book offers many insights as the reader is taken through multiple literary works. It could be a journey through hellish places you have been, or quandaries you have known, and how your spirit intuitively coped, put strategies in place to ensure your survival. [...] The Medusa Gaze is an empowering reflection on the complexities of woman’s situation, across diverse cultural experiences and personal particularities, gazing as it is from within female eyes, thus speaking a truth – which could change the world, as small particles may."

—Glenys Livingstone, PhD, co-editor of Re-visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom

"This book demonstrates how a focus on the various interpretations of what one is tempted to call, in formalist terms, the Medusa function, can be applied to enrich our readings of literary works. In such discussions one may find a woman character who is presented as, for example, a producer of the Medusa gaze, as a ‘monstrous and terrifying Medusa’ or as an ‘icon of worship’. This book introduces, explores and persuasively argues about the significance of the conflicting, troubling, powerful and fascinating Medusa roles of women in modern and contemporary fiction."

—Margaret J-M Sönmez, Middle East Technical University

"[O]ver time, there have been many interpretations of Medusa that have emerged and invite further examination. Enter Gillian Alban whose research and writing are creating a dialogue that extends beyond [the] narrow viewpoint of the Medusa woman as monstrous and petrifying, to include a spectrum of attributes from maternal to redemptive. [...] For such a multi-layered subject, the book is a very accessible and portable read."

—Monisha Kar, Lale: Magazine of the International Women of Istanbul

"Filled with beautiful original artwork, The Medusa Gaze threads together several marvelous and diverse women authors, providing a sustained and attentive close reading of the female characters’ lives and psyches as girls, friends, lovers, and mothers. In so doing, the book invites a wholesale re-evaluation of the power and beauty of the ancient Medusa myth. If some of the works examined seem to beg for further analysis or investigation into the function or purpose of this mythical figure in contemporary literature, this leaves the door open to future scholars to take up the lens Alban has offered and see what insights about the feminine it may reveal."

—Misty Urban, femmeliterate

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - May 2018 27 April 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most exciting publications from 2017. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with Tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is a world renowned expert in the fields of Anglo-American and Portuguese literature and culture, anthropology, cultural and intercultural studies, and gender studies.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2018.

Professor Clara Sarmento’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Space, Gender, and the Gaze in Literature and Art

Editors: Ágnes Zsófia Kovács and László B. Sári

This volume probes how space and gaze are tied in with social constructions of gender relations. It considers the gendered body, the queer gaze, the relationship between body and memory, the memory of war, monstrosity, and also domestic and hybrid spaces as key concepts.

This book compiles 14 thought-provoking essays on concepts tightly related to particular social constructions of gender and gender relations, in line with de Certeau’s groundbreaking ‘Walking in the City’ and Anzaldúa’s borderlands/fronteras. It opens up new pathways for research and analysis of the diverse intersections between female and masculine territories (both canonical and alternative), and respective hybrid spaces, which have been created by cultural, geographical and racial boundaries (among others) ranging from 18th century fiction to 21st century art. Throughout the book, space and gender are conceptualized in literature and art, and related in terms of the theories they employ or criticize. Overall, the book displays an embodied cognitive approach to multimodal narrative spatiality and temporality, offering a new conceptualization of embodiment and narrative representation. Employing a systematic queering process, fixed meanings are challenged as illusory outcomes of Foucault’s ideological mechanisms of production of truth, while readers are reminded that there are actually a multitude of alternative perspectives to be explored.” 

For further information on Professor Sarmento, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Giada Goracci - April 2018 13 April 2018

Giada Goracci received a PhD in English Studies from the University of Verona in 2015. Her areas of research include gender studies, literature and film, literature and fashion studies, ethics, power, and the body. She is currently teaching Scientific English at the University of Verona. Giada serves on the Editorial Board for Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, published by the University of Nis, Serbia, and the SDU Journal of English Studies, published by Suleyman Demirel University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She is also a member of the Italian Association of English Studies (AIA) and the Italian Association of Law and Literature (AIDEL). 

In 2016 Giada published her first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Male Perspectives in Atwood's "Bluebeard's Egg" and Hazzard's The Transit of VenusThe book investigates two re-writings of the fairy tale of Bluebeard, Margaret Atwood’s Bluebeard’s Egg and Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus, from the perspectives of male and queer studies, revealing how both illuminate contemporary concerns with gender and sexuality. 

Giada explains her reasons for, and experience of, publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

“I decided to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing because, as a researcher and a scholar, I strive to write up high-quality papers and monographs with the aim of providing theoretical insights and sharing my findings worldwide. My monograph represented the start of my academic career. Cambridge Scholars collaborated with me at every stage of the process, and I was glad to see that they truly value their relationships with their authors.

The monograph was the means through which my academic research promoted reflections on gender and diversity-related courses and projects, as well as fostering material for publication in the fields of male studies and gender studies at large. I am very proud of it, and the help of Cambridge Scholars was absolutely precious.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Male Perspectives in Atwood's "Bluebeard's Egg" and Hazzard's The Transit of Venus. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Harry Eiss - April 2018 13 April 2018

Harry Edwin Eiss is a Full Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches world mythology, literature and creative writing. He has spent his life in a search for meaning and value, resulting in an interdisciplinary exploration of neurology, psychology, theology, philosophy and all of the arts and humanities. This resulted in his own theory of metaesthetics, which involves an application of the cutting edges of these disciplines to how humans think and comprehend existence.

Harry is a returning author with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, having authored or edited nine books with us to date. These include Christ of the Coal Yards: A Critical Biography of Vincent van Gogh (2010), Divine Madness (2011), The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke (2012), The Mythology of Dance (2013), a second edition of Insanity and Genius: Masks of Madness and the Mapping of Meaning and Value (2014), and The Joker (2016). 

His most recent book with Cambridge Scholars is Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo (2017), which explores how Eliot and Michelangelo struggled with the meaning of life and tried, in their work, to express the experience of God. 

Harry explains his reasons for continuing to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“Originally, Cambridge Scholars Publishing contacted me to put together a collection of essays because of my involvement with the Popular Culture Association. As a result of that positive experience, I decided to propose my own book to them. The results of the publication of this initial book with Cambridge Scholars – Insanity and Genius – began a string of publications, both my own work and my editing of collections, that continues to the present.

My publications with Cambridge Scholars have resulted in numerous dialogues with other scholars throughout the world, and offers from other publishers. However, because of my positive experiences, I continue to be loyal to Cambridge Scholars.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Harry’s latest book, Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2018.

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