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Book Announcement: Empires and Revolutions

Empires and Revolutions: Cunninghame Graham and his Contemporaries, edited by Carla Sassi and Silke Stroh

Glasgow: Scottish Literature International, August 2017

ISBN 978-1-908980-25-0

192 pages
Paperback
£ 12.95  /  € 17.95  /  $ 19.95

The European age of empires launched a process of capitalist globalisation that continues to the present day. It is also inextricably linked with the spread of revolutionary discourses, in terms of race, nation, or social class: the quest for emancipation, political independence, and economic equality. Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852–1936), in both his life and his oeuvre, most effectively represents the complex interaction between imperial and revolutionary discourses in this dramatic period. Throughout his life he was an outspoken critic of injustice and inequality, and his appreciation of the demands and customs of diverse territories and contrasting cultures were hallmarks of his life, his political ideas, and his writing. These essays explore the expression of these ideas in the works of Cunninghame Graham and of other Scottish writers of the period.

Contents

  • Introduction (by Carla Sassi & Silke Stroh)
  • Chapter 1: R. B. Cunninghame Graham: Janiform Genius (by Cedric Watts)
  • Chapter 2: The Local and the Global: The Multiple Contexts of Cunninghame Graham
    (by John M. MacKenzie)
  • Chapter 3: Anti-Slavery Discourse in Three Adventure Stories by R. M. Ballantyne
    (by Jochen Petzold)
  • Chapter 4: Don Roberto on Doughty Deeds; or, Slavery and Family History in the Scottish Renaissance
    (by Michael Morris)
  • Chapter 5: Empire and Globalisation in John Francis Campbell’s My Circular Notes
    (by Jessica Homberg-Schramm)
  • Chapter 6: Nineteenth-Century Argentine Literature and the Writings of R. B. Cunninghame Graham
    (by Richard Niland)
  • Chapter 7: R. B. Cunninghame Graham and the Argentinean Angelito (by Jennifer Hayward)
  • Chapter 8: Opposing Racism and Imperialism: Isabella Fyvie Mayo’s search for literary space(s), 1880–1914 (by Lindy Moore)
  • Chapter 9: The Empire in Cunninghame Graham’s Parliamentary Speeches and Early Writings, 1885–1900 (by Lachlan Munro)
  • Chapter 10: White-Skinned Barbarians in Selected Tales by R. B. Cunninghame Graham
    (by John C. McIntyre)
  • Chapter 11: Violet Jacob on Capital Relation: Local and Global Flows of Privilege and (Im)mobility
    (by Arianna Introna)

Editors

  • Carla Sassi is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Verona
  • Silke Stroh is a lecturer in anglophone literature and cultural studies at Muenster University, Germany

Online information

http://asls.arts.gla.ac.uk/Empires_and_Revolutions.html

Book Announcement: Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology

Hubert Zapf (ed.), Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology

HEAS Volume 2

2016, 725 pages
Special Offer of €49,95 (regular price € 199,95)

Ecocriticism has emerged as one of the most fascinating and rapidly growing fields of recent literary and cultural studies. From its regional origins in late-twentieth-century Anglo-American academia, it has become a worldwide phenomenon, which involves a decidedly transdisciplinary and transnational paradigm that promises to return a new sense of relevance to research and teaching in the humanities. A distinctive feature of the present handbook in comparison with other survey volumes is the combination of ecocriticism with cultural ecology, reflecting an emphasis on the cultural transformation of ecological processes and on the crucial role of literature, art, and other forms of cultural creativity for the evolution of societies towards sustainable futures. In state-of-the-art contributions by leading international scholars in the field, this handbook maps some of the most important developments in contemporary ecocritical thought. It introduces key theoretical concepts, issues, and directions of ecocriticism and cultural ecology and demonstrates their relevance for the analysis of texts and other cultural phenomena.

This is a special paperback offer for individual members of the ESSE, only. Valid until 15.10.2017.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r8lz1ynkm7plg5z/HEAS%20PB%20FLYER_ESSE.pdf?dl=0

Book Announcement: Handbook of Intermediality

Gabriele Rippl (ed.), Handbook of Intermediality: Literature – Image – Sound – Music

HEAS Volume 1

2015, 701 pages
Special Offer €49,95 (regular price €199,95)

This handbook offers students and researchers compact orientation in their study of intermedial phenomena in Anglophone literary texts and cultures by introducing them to current academic debates, theoretical concepts and methodologies. By combining theory with text analysis and contextual anchoring, it introduces students and scholars alike to a vast field of research which encompasses concepts such as intermediality, multi- and plurimediality, intermedial reference, transmediality, ekphrasis, as well as related concepts such as visual culture, remediation, adaptation, and multimodality, which are all discussed in connection with literary examples. Hence each of the 30 contributions spans both a theoretical approach and concrete analysis of literary texts from different centuries and different Anglophone cultures.

This is a special paperback offer for individual members of the ESSE, only. Valid until 15.10.2017.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r8lz1ynkm7plg5z/HEAS%20PB%20FLYER_ESSE.pdf?dl=0

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

Jane Austen Ours
The Winter 2017 issue of The ESSE Messenger
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2017-10-12/#Austen

“A Sudden Swift Impression”: Re-Examining the Victorian Short Story
University of Brighton, UK, 27 January 2018
Deadline for proposals: 2 October 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1801/#short_story

Urban Walking – The Flâneur as an Icon of Metropolitan Culture in Literature and Other Media
Jena, Germany, 9-10 March 2018
Deadline for propsals: 15 October 2018
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1803/#flaneur

Beyond Books and Plays. Cultures and Practices of Writing in Early Modern Theatre
Journal of Early Modern Studies, Volume 8, 2019
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2017-10-12/#JEMS

Staging motherhood and mothers in British drama across centuries
A thematic volume
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2017-10-12/#motherhood

Dissonance, eclecticism and the blurring of genres in the modern and contemporary culture of the English-speaking world
University of Reims-Champagne Ardenne (URCA), France, 13 April 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1804/#dissonance

British Women and Parody
Amiens, France, 6 July 2018
Deadline for proposals: 17 December 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1807/

Book Announcement:

Laurent Curelly, An Anatomy of an English Radical Newspaper: The Moderate (1648-9)

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017

280 pages

This book explores the content of The Moderate, a radical newspaper of the British Civil Wars published in the pivotal years 1648-9. This newsbook, as newspapers were then known, is commonly associated with the Leveller movement, a radical political group that promoted a democratic form of government. While valuable studies have been published on the history of seventeenth-century English periodicals, as well as on the interaction between these newspapers and print culture at large, very little has been written on individual newspapers. This book fills a void: it provides an in-depth investigation of the news printed in The Moderate, with reference to other newspapers and to the larger historical context, and captures the essence of this periodical, seen both as a political publication and a commercial product. This book will be of interest to early-modern historians and literary scholars.

The Cambridge Scholars Publishing website makes it possible to view the first thirty pages of the book:
http://www.cambridgescholars.com/an-anatomy-of-an-english-radical-newspaper

Book Announcement: Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare

Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare, Sophie Chiari and Mickaël Popelard (eds.)

Edinburgh University Press, 2017

288 pages. ISBN (Hardback) : 9781474427814

Editors:

  • Sophie Chiari, Professor at Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
  • Mickaël Popelard, Associate Professor at Université de Basse-Normandie, Caen, France.

The volume explores the interaction between science, literature and spectacle in Shakespeare’s era.

To the readers who ask themselves: ‘What is science?’, this volume provides an answer from an early modern perspective, whereby science included such various intellectual pursuits as history, poetry, occultism and philosophy. By exploring particular aspects of Shakespearean drama, this collection illustrates how literature and science were inextricably linked in the early modern period. In order to bridge the gap between Renaissance literature and early modern science, the essays collected here focus on a complex intellectual territory situated at the point of juncture between humanism, natural magic and craftsmanship. It is argued that science and literature constantly interacted, thus revealing that what we now call ‘literature’ and what we choose to describe as ‘science’ were not clear-cut categories in Shakespeare’s days but rather a part of common intellectual territory.

Key Features

  • Analyses different aspects of Shakespeare’s plays through the prism of early modern science
  • Sheds fresh light on major works such as the Sonnets, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale
  • Combines theoretical views, historical approaches, and close readings
  • Offers an innovative dialectic vision of the Shakespeare/science nexus, taking up Mazzio’s seminal idea that it is now necessary to “move beyond forms of analysis focused largely on thematic traces of, or indeed linguistic reflections of, historically specific arenas of scientific practice”
  • Links science and spectacle and posits that early modern theatre fashioned the reception of early modern discoveries
  • Pays attention to systems of thought which bind together scientific and literary discourses, practices and mentalities within a single episteme (in Michel Foucault’s interpretation of the word)

ESSE Book Grants

Recognising that it is difficult in some situations to obtain access to books necessary for research without purchasing them, and recognising also that some ESSE members have financial difficulties, ESSE awards some small grants to its members for the purchase of books in connection with specific research projects.

Grants will be of a maximum of 300 euro per applicant. However, applications will be kept to the minimum necessary and restricted only to books that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Books that are not held by the applicant’s university libraries and cannot easily and quickly be obtained by interlibrary loan.
  • Books that need to be available to the applicants over an extended period, longer than would be possible through a library loan.
  • Books whose price would place a strain on the applicant’s available financial resources, for example, because of the high cost of the books concerned.

ESSE requests that successful applicants donate the books to their university libraries when their research projects have been completed, so that other scholars can benefit from the books.

Eligibility

  • Grants will be made only to members of ESSE, or to PhD students whose supervisors are members of ESSE.
  • Grants are available for any research project, whether it is formally registered and recognised or simply normal individual academic research. However, it is not the intention to provide books for general academic purposes, e.g. as reference works to have on one’s bookshelf.

Dates

The application deadline is 1 October 2017. Applications will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Books included in the application must be bought at the personal expense of the applicant between the application deadline and 30 November 2017.

After purchasing the books, the winners will send the itemised receipts to the Treasurer of ESSE, Alberto Lázaro (alberto.lazaro@uah.es). The receipt(s) will include the name of the purchaser, the titles and the cost of the books (even if the purchases are electronic).

Grant money will be transferred to recipients’ accounts before 15 December 2017.

Selection Committee

Applications

Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Bursaries Committee using the form available here.

CFP for the Winter 2017 issue of the ESSE Messenger

The ESSE Messenger invites submissions for its Winter 2017 section of professional articles on the topic: Jane Austen Ours

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. What she left as her bequest to the world was to become a prolific space where sense, persuasion, sensibility and pride remained pre-eminent and where the Elinors, Mariannes, Janes, Elizabeths, Emmas, Darcys, Brandons, Willoughbys and Dashwoods still congregated together or at least briefly crossed each other’s paths. More than 200 years after their first publication, her novels are still avidly read as books and even transformed into successful film adaptations. In the 21st century her creations still provide a source of fascination and continue both to captivate well-seasoned readers and to animate fresh audiences. The questions that naturally arise are, then: Why are people still so obsessed with Jane Austen? Why is her legacy still alive and spreading? Is it because she has a sincere, direct, natural and convincing way of depicting human nature? Is it because her works are easily translated or adapted across various mediums, cultures and time periods? What is it that constitutes Jane Austen’s face in the 21st century? Questions such as these may help to suggest some of the topics for the Winter 2017 issue of the ESSE Messenger. Proposals should be submitted to the Editor by 1 October 2017.