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Book of the Month - August 2018 31 July 2018

Our August Book of the Month is Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World by Mohammed Hashas.

Geopoetics is a movement and creative project concerned with reconnecting human beings to the natural world and reinvigorating our understanding of the spaces and places in which we dwell. Largely associated with the Scottish poet Kenneth White and his Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, this project has spawned a vast, interdisciplinary body of scholarship that draws upon science, philosophy, and literary theory to push the latent possibilities of our relationship with the earth, and with each other. 

Amongst this scholarship, Hashas’ book stands out as a landmark contribution. Hashas not only provides a critical overview and analysis of geopoetics, but also shows how White’s writing points us towards a more harmonious, fulfilling future. In the words of Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of White’s Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, it is no less than “the book we have been waiting for; a template for taking geopoetics further.”

This work introduces Kenneth White’s geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project that reclaims the return to communication with the earth, nature, wo-man, and the self as part of a cosmic unity approach. It traces geopoetics’ beginnings, key concepts, territories and trajectories, aims, and perspectives. Geopoetics is shown here to be a cosmopolitan project for a more open and harmonious world, which buries narrow-mindedness and offers new horizons.

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 book throughout August. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:

“Hashas’ reading of Kenneth White’s project is a worthwhile contribution to laying the foundation for a better understanding between cultures, namely the Arab-Islamic culture and Western culture.”

--Khalid Hajji, President of the Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World Peace

“White’s geopoetics deserves our attention in this hasty world that is losing values, connectedness, and humanness, and Hashas renders us this service intelligently in this work.”

--Francesca M. Corrao, Professor of Arabic Language and Culture, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome

“Kenneth White’s exploration of Arabic culture has been less developed than that of Asia and of the Inuit in the West. Hashas, who has been initiated to geopoetics by a former student of Kenneth White, seems naturally destined to pursue the path of the Poet and Thinker as developed also by the International Institute of Geopoetics.”

--Michèle Duclos, Retired Senior Lecturer, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France; author of Kenneth White, nomade intellectual, poète du monde (2006).

“Enthusiasts of White’s ground-breaking synthesis of science, philosophy and poetry have long felt the need of a thorough academic structural outline of his thinking that would not only serve as a commentary on White’s oeuvre, but also provide a template for taking geopoetics further. In Intercultural Geopoetics, Mohammed Hashas has written the book we have been waiting for; it is a considerable achievement.”

--Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

“Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World represents a valuable contribution to the study of space, intersecting in a homogeneous and harmonious way the different literary, philosophical and geocultural perspectives that a meticulous study of geopoetics requires.”

--Simone Sibilio, Reset, 30/01/2018

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - August 2018 31 July 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December of last year by Soňa Šnircová. 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 the author or editor of six books with Cambridge Scholars, including Popular and Visual Culture: Design, Circulation and Consumption (2014) and The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books (2018).

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Professor Clara Sarmento’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Girlhood in British Coming-of-Age Novels: The Bildungsroman Heroine Revisited

Author: Soňa Šnircová

The book discusses a selection of coming-of-age narratives that offer a revisiting of the classic Bildungsroman heroine – the young white middle-class woman – and present her developments in postwar and postmillennial British literature. It will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of literary and girls’ studies, particularly those who want to see new trends and issues in young adult fiction in the context of a literary tradition.

Soňa Šnircová develops a remarkable, much needed and exciting overview of the literary representations of growth, under the perspective of gender, class, ethnicity, race and sexuality, as opposed to – and criticizing – the once exclusively masculine, white and middle-class idiosyncrasies that sustained trivial definitions of the Bildungsroman. The book discusses a selection of eight novels by female authors, published between 1949 and 2014, that shed light over three different periods of postwar British literature: the pre-second wave feminism, the decades dominated by feminist debate and the postfeminist turn-of-the-millennium ‘chick-lit’ period. Snircova employs close reading techniques to examine the heroines’ development in the framework of their individual coming-of-age stories, while paying attention to the influence of cultural and historical impulses. Admirably, Snircova sees the contemporary female coming of age novel as another genre that too often reflects the media-induced constructions of the female identity, echoing the same signs of utopian liberation and antifeminist backlash that have been identified in popular chick-lit, because the process of emancipation invariably depends on the girl’s ability to participate in masculine forms of power.

For further information on Profesor Sarmento, please click here.

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Featured Review - Byron and the Best of Poets 31 July 2018

Whether poetry or prose, at Cambridge Scholars we are proud to publish texts that are critically reviewed in the best scholarly journals focusing on language and literature. This month, we are delighted to share an especially noteworthy review published in the latest issue of The Byron Journal.

Cambridge Scholars has published numerous texts on Byron to great acclaim, many of them authored by the late Peter Cochran. In 2016 we welcomed a new author on Byron to the fold, Nicholas Gayle, and his Byron and the Best of Poets has now joined the long list of our titles to break new ground in the study of the great romantic poet. In his review, David Woodhouse of the Byron Society comments:

“One of the charming features of this charming book is the way in which Nicholas Gayle takes ‘the passionate sincerity of Byron’s defence of Pope’ at face value […] Although Gayle provides a good flavour of the Pope/Bowles Controversy in his opening chapter, he finds it by turns ‘curious’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘sterile’. Instead, his equally ambitious project—the first full-length study of Byron’s ‘lifelong interaction with Pope’—focuses almost exclusively on ‘verse intertexts’ while draws upon ‘elements of biography and psychology’. […] Gayle’s finest comparison of Pope and Byron concentrates on ‘a particular quality of conversational tone’ in the portrayals of Pitholeon and Raucocanti. He demonstrates how the caricature of Pope as a poet of uniform pace and pause was such a wilful (if in many ways understandable) Romantic misreading. He also helps us begin to see how keeping ‘tune and time’, the anxious burden of the post-Augustan heroic couplet, becomes a relished part of the performance in anglicised ottava rima. Applause, in spite of faults, is due this book for the passionate sincerity with which Nicholas Gayle champions Byron and Pope and for his insistence that ‘the poetry is the thing’.”   

–David Woodhouse, The Byron Journal 46/1 (2018)

Woodhouse concludes that “Gayle has his own distinctive voice and his own original insights”, and that the book is a significant contribution to Byron studies. The full review is available here (requires subscription).

Gayle’s second book with Cambridge Scholars, Byron and the Sea-Green Isle, is available until the end of August for a cut-price £29.99. Please click here to purchase it.

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: Roberto Cantú - July 2018 13 July 2018

Roberto Cantú is Professor Emeritus of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CLS), and jointly Professor Emeritus of English, at California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, and teaches CLS courses in Mexican, Chicana/o, and Mesoamerican literatures. In the English Department he teaches courses in world literature, with an emphasis on the European novel from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries and literary theory. In 1990 Roberto received the Outstanding Professor Award at California State University, and in 2010 he was honoured with the President’s Distinguished Professor Award.

Roberto is the editor of five books with Cambridge Scholars, An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism (2013), The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination (2014), The Reptant Eagle: Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel (2015), Equestrian Rebels: Critical Perspectives on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution (2016), and most recently Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes (2018).

Roberto is currently working on his next book, A Scholiast’s Quill: New Critical Essays on Alfonso Reyes. You can read more about this forthcoming work here

Roberto explains his reasons for continuing to publish with Cambridge Scholars:

“In 2007 and 2010, I published articles on Mexican poet and essayist Octavio Paz in books released by Cambridge Scholars. Pleased with the CSP's international distribution and quality of its book production, I made contact in 2012, received a prompt response, and thus began my long-term partnership with a remarkably efficient and editor-friendly staff. Unlike U.S. publishing houses that do most of the work for editors--and thus have a long editorial process (12-18 months)--what I value and appreciate in CSP is the hands-on experience during the editorial process, and the confidence that the manuscript I submit will be under the careful scrutiny of CSP’s extraordinary staff with their different but convergent duties, from proofreading and typesetting to the design and art work on the book’s cover. Working with CSP staff on several book projects has been motivating and enormously gratifying."

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Roberto’s latest book, Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes. The book contains a full-length introduction and eleven essays written exclusively for this volume by scholars in the field of literary criticism, folklore, and critical race theory, and who are renowned authorities on the work of Américo Paredes. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 12th August 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Ferne Louanne Regis - July 2018 13 July 2018

Ferne Louanne Regis is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Open and St Augustine Campuses and at the UWI School of Business and Applied Studies (ROYTEC). She holds a PhD in linguistics from UWI, St Augustine. Her work focuses on the biracial minority group of Douglas in Trinidad and their expressions of ethnic identity via language, but her interests extend to other Caribbean areas and groups where language and ethnicity are at play. She has published a number of articles and book chapters on Trinidad’s Douglas.

In 2016 Ferne published her first monograph with Cambridge Scholars, The Trinidad Dougla: Identity, Ethnicity and Lexical Choice. The book is an exploration of the connections between language and identity amongst Trinidad’s minority group, and has been described as “a pioneering study on a social group that has been neglected by linguistic scholarship” by Dr Winford James of the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine. 

Two years on, Ferne reflects on her experiences of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

“In 2012, I contributed a chapter to a book published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. As part of my due diligence, I researched the press and found that it was producing solid and reputable work. In 2014, as a birthday challenge to myself, I forwarded a proposal for a manuscript. Within weeks I received an affirmative response. The journey from acceptance to completion was smooth, the publishing team kept me to time and even when I had to defer because of competing interests they were patient and accommodating. I was relieved and comforted. My book was the first major publication on the Trinidad Dougla. CSP’s decision to publish therefore not only provided a platform for my contribution to Caribbean sociolinguistics but also an opportunity for the plight of this minority biracial group to surface. Their decision to publish is indicative of the foresight and vision of CSP’s management team.

And there is still more: CSP's support and engagement did not end with the posting of my published manuscript. The team embraced the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the launch and sales initiative. Marketing materials were shipped to the Caribbean at no cost to me and requested launch photos, reviews and testimonials were posted on the company's webpage.  The service was par excellence.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Trinidad Dougla: Identity, Ethnicity and Lexical Choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 12th August 2018.

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