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American Studies


New Fathers? Contemporary American Stories of Masculinity, Domesticity and Kinship

Helena Wahlström, 978-1-4438-2554-2


What do novels such as Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, Michael Cunningham’s A Home at the End of the World, and Jayne Anne Phillips’ MotherKind have in common with films such as Smoke and Mrs Doubtfire?


This study explores the intersection of masculinity and domesticity in contemporary film and literature. It argues that these texts, produced since the 1990s, address with some urgency the notion of “new fatherhood” in the United States. They offer explorations of the idea that American fatherhood around the turn of the twenty-first century is changing, and they problematize the legitimacy of “new fathers” and “alternative families” in a national culture where the “old” patriarch and the nuclear family still often loom large in the imagination of many Americans.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/New-Fathers--Contemporary-American-Stories-of-Masculinity--Domesticity-and-Kinship1-4438-2554-9.htm


Chinese Studies


Of the Students, By the Students, and For the Students: Time for Another Revolution

Martin Wolff, 978-1-4438-2565-8


Annually, China produces more than 5 million college graduates who have been compelled to study English as a foreign language for 10 to 17 years but graduate functionally illiterate, unable to produce comprehensible oral or written English.


English is taught as a subject required to pass tests and not as a communicative language.

The problems are identified, confirmed by post-graduate students and solutions are presented. The development and success of a remedial program designed for the collegiate level, Holistic English, is well documented by the students at top tier and second tier universities, as well as 3rd tier and vocational colleges in seven Provinces of China.

This is a compelling story of a 30 year old failed program that reminds us of Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Of-the-Students--By-the-Students--and-For-the-Students--Time-for-Another-Revolution1-4438-2565-4.htm


Education


Of the Students, By the Students, and For the Students: Time for Another Revolution

Martin Wolff, 978-1-4438-2565-8


Annually, China produces more than 5 million college graduates who have been compelled to study English as a foreign language for 10 to 17 years but graduate functionally illiterate, unable to produce comprehensible oral or written English.


English is taught as a subject required to pass tests and not as a communicative language.

The problems are identified, confirmed by post-graduate students and solutions are presented. The development and success of a remedial program designed for the collegiate level, Holistic English, is well documented by the students at top tier and second tier universities, as well as 3rd tier and vocational colleges in seven Provinces of China.

This is a compelling story of a 30 year old failed program that reminds us of Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Of-the-Students--By-the-Students--and-For-the-Students--Time-for-Another-Revolution1-4438-2565-4.htm


Training the Composer: A Comparative Study Between the Pedagogical Methodologies of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger

Barrett Ashley Johnson, 978-1-4438-2570-2


While many teachers of music composition have influenced both the aesthetic and eventual success of their students, few have equaled the contributions of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger in the twentieth-century. A larger volume of a more comprehensive collection including all music composition teachers of the era would serve a certain purpose. However, the unique aspect of the current text examines, in detail, and herein presented for the first time in print, many of the teaching materials and approaches of these two famed musicians.


Selection of these two teachers for comparison was made owing to the musical position so famously attributed to each: Schoenberg’s predilection to the German School; Boulanger’s favoritism to the French/Stravinsky aesthetic.


In making the case for both Schoenberg and Boulanger, the Author has chosen two differing philosophies of music education practice of the late twentieth-century and early twenty-first century: those of Bennett Reimer and David Elliott. The Author examines the materials and methods of each Schoenberg and Boulanger in light of each Reimer’s and Elliott’s case for music education philosophy. Among the subjects discussed: the nature of musical creativity, the process and methods of teaching creativity/music, and the teacher/student dynamic, to name a few.


In closing, the Author has presented his own suggestions for teachers, or would-be teachers, of music composition in a seven-step process leading to an effective pedagogy of the subject.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Training-the-Composer--A-Comparative-Study-Between-the-Pedagogical-Methodologies-of-Arnold-Schoenber1-4438-2570-0.htm


Film and Theatre Studies


Contemporary Southeast Asian Performance: Transnational Perspectives

Laura Noszlopy and Matthew Isaac Cohen, 978-1-4438-2575-7


Mutual borrowing, fluid transactions and transformations of performances and performers have a long and enduring history in Southeast Asia, but this trend has been heightened and made more vivid in the contemporary period. The omnipresence of global communications has provoked and inspired yet more novel experiments and collaborations between cosmopolitan artists and globally-oriented performers. This volume offers vital insights into recent developments in Southeast Asian performance. It demonstrates the ways in which contemporary artists and performers are increasingly working betwixt the traditional boundaries of the nation and discourses of identity. The essays collected here are testament to ongoing conversations and relations among scholars, practitioners and scholar-practitioners in Southeast Asia and around the world.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Contemporary-Southeast-Asian-Performance--Transnational-Perspectives1-4438-2575-1.htm


Fine Arts


The Mental Life of the Architectural Historian: Re-opening the Early Historiography of Modern Architecture

Gevork Hartoonian, 978-1-4438-2561-0


Starting with the question concerning the discursive formation of architectural history, the chapters compiled in this book attempt to re-read the historiography of early modern architecture from the point of view of the theoretical work produced since the post-war era. Central to the objectives of the argument are the ways in which, firstly, architectural history differs from the traditions of art history, and, secondly, that the historical narrative works its autonomy through theoretical representation, the discursive flow of which is interrupted by the historian’s urge to support arguments with references to buildings, texts, drawings, and historical events.

The historians discussed in this volume are those regularly addressed by most critics revisiting modern architectural history. Individual chapters are dedicated to N. Pevsner, H. R. Hitchcock, and S. Giedion, an economy of selection that is formative for a critical understanding of the canon established by these historians. Themes such as periodization, autonomy, and time are discussed, and the coda of the final chapter expands on the scope of “critical historiography” popularised by Kenneth Frampton and Manfredo Tafuri.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/The-Mental-Life-of-the-Architectural-Historian--Re-opening-the-Early-Historiography-of-Modern-Archit1-4438-2561-1.htm


Geography, Anthropology, Recreation


Animals and Science: From Colonial Encounters to the Biotech Industry

Maggie Bolton and Cathrine Degnen, 978-1-4438-2556-6


What exactly does a focus on animals bring to anthropological studies of science? This is a question that the various contributors to this edited collection set out to answer. This range of studies explores the intersections between animals and science across different ethnographic settings and in different historical periods. The contributions to this volume look at what it means to be human, the place of human beings vis à vis other species on this planet, our ideas of what nature and culture are, the limits to our ideas of kinship, the ethical debates that surround science, together with their interpretation by both scientific communities and the lay public, and the moral comportment of scientists. Through focusing on science, our contributors not only demonstrate that people elsewhere have different relationships with, and knowledge of, beasts (and that different possibilities of relating to animals exist within our own Western worldview), but further suggest that our Western knowledge about animals and their positions in society, arrived at through Western science and the social sciences, is itself in need of rethinking—to incorporate other ways of knowing. This volume contends that accounts in which animals meet science provide important theoretical insights for anthropologists and can set new agendas for theory in anthropology and science studies.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Animals-and-Science--From-Colonial-Encounters-to-the-Biotech-Industry1-4438-2556-5.htm


Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada

Charmaine A. Nelson, 978-1-4438-2564-1


Ebony Roots, Northern Soil is a powerful and timely collection of critical essays exploring the experiences, histories and cultural engagements of black Canadians. Drawing from postcolonial, critical race and black feminist theory, this innovative anthology brings together an extraordinary set of well-recognized and new scholars engaging in the critical debates about the cultural politics of identity and issues of cultural access, representation, production and reception. Emerging from a national conference in 2005, the book records, critiques and yet transcends this groundbreaking event. Drawn from a range of disciplines including Art History, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Education, English, History and Sociology, the chapters examine black contributions to and participation within the realms of popular music, television and film, the art world, museums, academia and social activism. In the process, the burning issues of access to cultural capital, the practice of multiculturalism, definitions of black Canadianness and the state of Black Canadian Studies are dissected. Attentive to issues of sexuality and gender as well as race, the book also explores and challenges the dominance of black Americanness in Canada, especially in its incarnation as hip hop. Acknowledging a differently constituted and heterogeneous black Canadianness, it contemplates the possibility of an identity in dialogue with, and yet distinct from, dominant ideals of African-Americanness.


Ebony Roots also explores the deficit in Black Canadian Studies across the nation’s universities, drawing a line between the neglect of black Canadian populations, histories and experiences in general and the resulting lack of an academic disciplinary infrastructure. Poignant blends of the personal and the political, the chapters are both scholarly in their critical insights and rigour and daring in their honesty. Ebony Roots defiantly foregrounds the often-disavowed issues of institutional racism against blacks in Canadian academia, education and cultural institutions as well as the injurious effects of everyday racism. In so doing, the book challenges the myth of Canada as a racially benevolent and tolerant state, the ‘great white north’ free from racism and the legacy of colonialism. Instead the very definitions of Canada and black Canadianness are unpacked and explored. Ebony Roots is a necessary history lesson, a contemporary cultural debate and a call to action. It is a momentous and overdue contribution to Black Canadian Studies and a must read for academics, students and the general public alike.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Ebony-Roots--Northern-Soil--Perspectives-on-Blackness-in-Canada1-4438-2564-6.htm


Mapping Africa in the English Speaking World: Issues in Language and Literature

Kemmonye Collete Monaka, Owen S Seda, Sibonile Edith Ellece and John McAllister, 978-1-4438-2566-5


Mapping Africa in the English Speaking World addresses issues of representations of Africa in the English speaking world. English has become a global language which has turned the world into a global village, and as Graddol (2008) states, it “is now redefining national and individual identities worldwide; shifting political fault lines; creating new global patterns of wealth and social exclusion; and suggesting new notions of human rights and responsibilities of citizenship.” This book grapples with the relationship between Africa and the rest of the English speaking world, and touches on issues of (Euro-American) misrepresentations of the continent in literary works and films, misrepresentations which are nevertheless passed as true and infallible knowledge of Africa, marginalization of Africans, African languages and culture, African scholarship, language policy, language diglossia, African theatre in post colonial Africa, identity negotiations in post colonial Africa, and relations between gender and language, among other issues. These issues are bound to stimulate debates on Africa and its representation(s) in the English speaking world.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Mapping-Africa-in-the-English-Speaking-World--Issues-in-Language-and-Literature1-4438-2566-2.htm


History


Canterbury: A Medieval City

Catherine Royer-Hemet, 978-1-4438-2552-8


Between the Celtic tribe of the Iron Age—the Cantiaci—and the twenty-first-century inhabitants of Canterbury, three millenia stand during which the city has enjoyed unparalleled fame, particularly since it became the religious heart of the country in AD 597. While ambling through the streets of modern Canterbury, one is able to—if careful enough to do so—get the feel of the medieval city. There must be reasons for that enduring impact of the past and it might be because of the overwhelming wealth of people who have left their mark as well as events of momentous importance that took place there.


Canterbury: A Medieval City will take the reader on a trip through time, space and history, as well as literature. It will enable him to apprehend the magnitude of the history of the place and the reasons why Canterbury has become the magnet it is nowadays for people from all over the world, the “mecca for tourists” as it is advertised on some websites.


While illustrious figures are dealt with in the articles contained in the book, such as Saint Augustine, Thomas Becket, and Geoffrey Chaucer—who account for the renown of the place and have indeed helped to shape national identity—it is also possible to catch a glimpse of the less notorious personalities and facts that have also worked to give Canterbury its deeply ingrained identity: people like priors, as well as the many different ways which the city functioned.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Canterbury--A-Medieval-City1-4438-2552-2.htm


Chymia: Science and Nature in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Miguel López-Pérez, Didier Kahn and Mar Rey-Bueno, 978-1-4438-2553-5


In September 2008, an international conference on the history of alchemy was held at El Escorial, close to the ancient location of the distilling houses operating under royal patronage during the second half of the 16th century. The present book consists of a selection of the papers presented then, shedding light on little-studied medieval and early modern texts, important alchemical doctrines such as medieval corpuscularianism, early modern spiritus mundi or the function of salt within chymical principles, and discussing such prominent figures as Paracelsus, Isaac Hollandus, Michael Sendivogius, Fontenelle or G. E. Stahl. Last but not least, the book offers new insights on the most recent history of Spanish alchemy.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Chymia--Science-and-Nature-in-Early-Modern-Science--1450-1750-1-4438-2553-0.htm

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