Cambria Press author Lillian Craton’s Book Praised by Victorian Studies for being “useful and compelling”

Cambria Press Book Review Victorian Studies

The Victorian Freak Show by Lilian Craton

Cambria Press congratulates Lillian Craton on the outstanding review of her book The Victorian Freak Show: The Significance of Disability and Physical Differences in 19th-Century Fiction by renowned scholar Marlene Tromp in Victorian Studies, which states that Professor Craton’s book is “an important contribution” and that “the most significant innovation of the project is the way in which Craton uncovers the often positively valence of such differences as they are depicted in literary texts.”

It praises the book (published by Cambria Press in December 2009) because “scholars in disability studies and Victorian studies will find this book useful and compelling, particularly in its discussions of fat and body size, yet it is readable for undergraduates as well.”

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NEW PUBLICATION: Presidential Electors and the Electoral College is now available!

Cambria Press New Book

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that Presidential Electors and the Electoral College: An Examination of Lobbying, Wavering Electors, and Campaigns for Faithless Votes by Robert Alexander is now available!

In the face of the coming presidential election, this is the book that everyone studying American politics needs to have. Top political scientists have praised the book, and Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State, commends the book because “Dr. Robert Alexander has brought this very important history to life in a way that can help all of us look more carefully into the future. With lots of current public debate about the future of the Electoral College, this book provides a comprehensive and much-needed examination of one of the challenges that we have faced since the founding of our nation.”

Learn more on the book’s web page at the Cambria Press website. This book is part of the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series by Cambria Press (Series editors: Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly).

Cite this book: Alexander, Robert. Presidential Electors and the Electoral College: An Examination of Lobbying, Wavering Electors, and Campaigns for Faithless Votes. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2012.

Tell your librarian about this book today–they can order it directly from Cambria Press or they can order through their preferred academic book wholesaler (Cambria Press is on the approval list of premier wholesalers like YBP).

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NEW PUBLICATION: The Grotesque and The Unnatural is now available!

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that The Grotesque and the Unnatural edited by Markku Salmela and Jarkko Toikkanen is now available

The grotesque has provided both laymen and scholars with extreme delights for centuries: from the ornamental combining of rare motifs in antiquity to a hybridisation of structural genres in recent times; from fantastical fusions of humans and beasts to comic exaggerations of bodily aberrations and prosthetic postmodern visions. Eluding clear classification at all times, the notion has often been identified with ideas of contradiction and conflation and observed in relation to principles and categories such as estrangement (Wolfgang Kayser) and carnival (Mikhail Bakhtin), the sublime (Victor Hugo) and Victorian Gothic imagination (John Ruskin). In this context, the present volume appears as a synthesis and radical questioning of existing historical developments.

The book contributes to current discussions on the grotesque in contemporary literary and cultural theory from the perspective of one specific motif: the unnatural. Quite like the grotesque, observing the unnatural (and unnaturalness) reveals a resilient strain in critical thought, and the significance of this history gradually unfolds as the volume charts the progress of its main themes from the Renaissance to the present day. While in much current talk about theory and criticism certain related notions are still posited for and against each other––what is seen as normal or natural and what is not, and what should be seen as normal or natural and what should not––the discussions in The Grotesque and the Unnatural go a long way toward founding a new vista from which to observe this beguiling opposition.

The book presents a new perspective on the grotesque by considering it as a phenomenon which comes into being only through a negation of sorts, yet refusing to place it in a simple, normative pattern as nature’s antithesis or expressive gesture. As the articles demonstrate, the grotesque is always in the process of subverting or surpassing something, always not being ideal or sufficient to either nature or a social rule, and this very negation affects its status as a tool of transformation or emancipation from norm: the grotesque figure does not represent any particular stage of development or natural state of being. As such, the grotesque hints at and hinges on something that exceeds habitual spheres of culture and communication but, as the book aims to show, this elusiveness of meaning gives no cause for analytic despair. By tracing the involutions of the grotesque with the unnatural in specific literary cases, the book evokes centuries of Western cultural history and ultimately focuses on two questions: How and why does the grotesque tend to negate nature, and how does it affect our understanding of what we see?

The diverse materials and historical scope of The Grotesque and the Unnatural make the book, in its exceptional thematic unity, a valuable addition to the fields of literary and cultural studies.

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Cambria Press author Ana Lucia Araujo’s book highly praised by the Journal of African History

Outstanding Review Journal of African History

Cambria Press congratulates Ana Lucia Araujo on the outstanding review of her book Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic by renowned scholar James H. Sweet in The Journal of African History, which states that Professor Araujo’s book is “an important and provocative work.”

It praises the book (published by Cambria Press in 2010) because “no other study so thoroughly chronicles the fraught and ambiguous history of memorializing slavery in the South Atlantic.”

It further adds that Professor Araujo’s “ability to ‘read’ multiple sources – both discursive and non-discursive – makes the book truly interdisciplinary in scope. It will be a crucial starting point for all future studies of slavery and memory in Benin and Brazil.”

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Cambria Press author Pia Masiero’s book hailed by journal as “one of the finest books” on Philip Roth

Cambria Press Outstanding Journal Review

Cambria Press congratulates Pia Masiero on the glowing review of her book  Philip Roth and the Zuckerman Books: The Making of a Storyworld  by the European Journal of American Studies which states that “it is difficult to make an original scholarly contribution, but Masiero succeeds admirably, in two respects: firstly, hers is the first monograph to focus on what she calls ‘the Zuckerman books’; secondly, she is the first Roth critic to produce a book-length narratological analysis of his work.”

It hails the book (published by Cambria Press in 2011), as being “lucidly written and thoroughly researched” and that “this is one of the finest books to have been written on Roth and will be invaluable to scholars, students and general readers.”

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Year of the Dragon by Professor Victor Mair

Gong Xi Fa Cai Cambria Press

Cambria Press wishes one and all Gong Xi Fa Cai for the Chinese New Year.

2012 is the year of the dragon, and there is no better way to usher the new year in than with a brilliant essay on this from top sinologist Professor Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Professor Mair is the general editor for Cambria Sinophone World Series.

Outstanding Review for Saving American Elections by Anthony Gierzynski

Today’s Top Review at Choice magazine is Saving American Elections: A Diagnosis and Prescription for a Healthier Democracy  by Anthony Gierzynski.

This book is in the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series by Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly.

Watch Professor Gierzynki’s TV interview  as well another interview at the University of Vermont.