#BookReview of CONTEMPORARY #CHICANA LITERATURE by journal Contemporary Women’s Writing

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“The strengths of Herrera’s work are undeniable.” – Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford)

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script has been reviewed in the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing (published by Oxford University Press), and we congratulate Dr. Cristina Herrera on the outstanding book review.

The review states that “The strengths of Herrera’s work are undeniable. She offers insightful and nuanced interpretations of selected canonical Chicana writers […] focused on the interlocking structure of discriminatory discourses of classism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Indeed, her discussion of queer Chicana motherhood and patriarchal heterosexism […] offers a very productive model for critically embedding queer representations of sexual and gender formation in the context of allied ‘straight’ texts. […] Herrera questions in important ways the matrix of discursive oppression that has historically shaped Chicana identities, while illuminating the potential for empowerment in creative rewritings of this script.”

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The works which Dr. Herrera discusses are (along with brief descriptions) include:

  • Denise Chavez’s Face of Angel (1994): Described by Publishers Weekly as “an updated Pilgrim’s Progress with a Chicana feminist twist” where “there is never a dull moment in this rich polyphonic novel.”
  • Ana Castillo’s The Guardians (2007): the book section of Boston.com praises this “fifth novel [by] the award-winning poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist, [which] continues to mine history and make metaphors, fixing her critical eye on the treacherous divide between Mexico and the United States and the psychological and physical fallout of the illegal movement of humans, drugs, and money between Mexico and the so-called Land of Gold just beyond its northern border.
  • Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo (2002): The Guardian describes this book as “a densely worked generational saga structured as a triptych linked by the voice of Celaya” that portrays “traditional Mexican femininity, in which girls are invisible until they become women, marry and procreate, whereupon they return to invisibility. In addition to the showing difficulties for Mexican women in contemporary America, it also “finds an echo in the simultaneous frustrations of being immigrants, working class, the wrong color and poor.”
  • Carla Trujillo’s What Night Brings (2003): The description from Amazon.com states that this is about a Chicano working-class family living in California during the 1960s in which the protagonist her family and God in order to find her identity, sexuality and freedom.
  • Melinda Palacio’s Ocotillo Dreams (2011): From Amazon.com’ s description : “Set in Chandler, Arizona, during the city’s infamous 1997 migrant sweeps, this riveting tale brings to life the social issues that arise from border policy and economic inequity.” Publishers Weekly states that this book “reveals a vibrantly painted desert culture of fragile beauty and uncompromising harshness.”

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About Coupon Code MEDIEVAL2015 from Cambria Press – International Congress on #Medieval Studies

Yesterday, Cambria Press tweeted about the trailers for Fantasy and Science-Fiction Medievalisms: From Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones and The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre, two new books from Cambria Press.

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Coupon Code MEDIEVAL 2015 from Cambria Press for 35% off ends July 31, 2015

There have been questions about the  35% coupon code MEDIEVAL2015 from Cambria Press, which was promoted during the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

We are posting the questions and answers here for everyone, but if anyone has any other questions, please feel free to contact Cambria Press. at sales<AT>cambriapress.com.

Q: Can I still use the coupon code Medieval2015?
A: Yes, you can; the promotion ends on July 31.

Q: Can I use it on more than one book?
A: Yes, you can apply the discount to as many books as you like.

Q: Can I also use it on a Cambria book that is not on the flyer?
A: Yes, you can use it on any hardcover title.

Q: Can I order online or do I need to send in the flyer?
A: You can do it either way, but if you use the flyer it needs to be faxed or e-mailed to sales<AT>cambriapress.com no later than July 31. Mailed orders need to be postmarked July 31, 2015.

Q: I would like to have my library order it. Can they get the discount?
A: Yes, anyone can enjoy the 35% discount if they use the coupon code by July 31.

Q: I picked the flyer at the conference and want to pass it  on to my library, but I lost it. Where can I get a copy?
A: You can get a copy of the flier here or at this link http://www.cambriapress.com/medieval2015/

Q: Will you ship outside the United States?
A: Yes, we ship Cambria books worldwide.

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Press Release & Promo Trailer for Transatlantic Memories of Slavery: Reimagining the Past, Changing the Future

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Both books are in the Cambria Studies in Slavery: Past and Present Series headed by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).


Ida B. Wells Birthday Tribute: Black Women as Custodians of History

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Black Women as Custodians of History: Birthday Tribute to Ida B. Wells

Cambria Press Book Highlight in honor of Ida B. Wells’s Birthday

“Like W. E. B. Du Bois, black activist and journalist Ida B. Wells also chose to become an interpreter of facts in her writings about lynching at the turn of the twentieth century [… and] called African Americans to write and distribute accurate histories that would counteract the false depictions created by white-owned presses, dispersing this message through her work in the antilynching movement.”   – Paula Sanmartín, Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

*This book is part of the Cambria Studies in Slavery Series headed by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).

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“United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific is an important book about an important subject.” – Tommy Koh

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Cambria Press forthcoming book: United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives from Asia edited by Yoichiro Sato and Tan See Seng

Cambria Press forthcoming book: United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific

United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific is an important book about an important subject.  Will the U.S. continue to maintain its engagement with the Asia Pacific?  Is Obama’s Asia policy intended to contain the rise of China?  What role will Japan, India, and the middle powers play in the emerging regional order?”

– Professor Tommy Koh,
Ambassador-at-Large at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Rector of Tembusu College,
National University of Singapore

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PBS Documentary Reveals IS’s systematic rapes, sexual slavery

Originally posted on Slavery: Past and Present:

John Doyle: Harrowing PBS doc reveals IS’s systematic rapes, sexual slavery – The Globe and Mail

The Yazidi people, long persecuted by other religions and sects in the region, are particularly despised by the IS. They are seen as seen as heretics and the caliphate must be cleansed of their presence to assure the purity of the state. What this means in practice is that men are killed and the women are prized as sex slaves.

A mother, aged 21 with two infant children, tells of what she witnessed while being held. Nine-year-old girls being raped. A woman, Nadia, says, “They raped me through the night and into the morning. Then a driver took me and delivered me to a group of 12 men. All 12 of them, they did everything to me again.” The woman, clearly physically and mentally fragile, kneads her hands and shakes recounting her story. She…

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