Cambria Press Book Series Highlight for MLA 2012: Cambria Australian Literature Series

The Cambria Australian Literature Series  focuses on critical studies of writing by Australians, with a particular emphasis on contemporary Australian fiction. In recent decades Australian fiction publishing has outstripped critical study, with the work of many important writers receiving little more critical attention than newspaper and journal reviews, with occasional articles in scholarly journals or collections by diverse critics. This series gives an opportunity for sustained consideration of a writer’s full career. In each book, an individual critic engages with the work of a writer, assisting other scholars, students and general readers in understanding its complexities. Each book seeks to find an appropriate, original and lively approach to the writer in question. In particular, the series places the writing not only within Australian culture but also in the context of international developments in the novel.

Cambria Press’s first critical monograph on Australian writing was Jean-Franḉois Vernay’s Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian novelist Christopher Koch. In 2008 it moved to establish the series under the general editorship of Dr Susan Lever. So far the series has published critical books on the Australian novelists, David Foster and Brian Castro—Susan Lever’s David Foster: the Satirist of Australia (which was shortlisted for the prestigious Walter McRae Russell Award) and Bernadette Brennan’s Brian Castro’s Fiction: the Seductive Play of Language. In 2012 the books that will be published in this series include Professor Michael Ackland’s study of Murray Bail’s fiction and Dr Brigitta Olubas’s work on the novels of Shirley Hazzard. New studies of David Malouf, Helen Garner, Roger McDonald, Frank Moorhouse, Michael Wilding and Alex Miller are in preparation.

We are interested in proposals for book-length considerations of individual Australian writers with established reputations. In particular, we would welcome proposals on the fiction of Carmel Bird, Robert Drewe, Kate Grenville, Eva Hornung, David Ireland, Elizabeth Jolley, Andrew McGahan, Gerald Murnane, Kim Scott, Christos Tsiolkas and Tim Winton. We will also consider proposals with wider and more general scope, ones that provide an interesting and accessible reading of aspects of Australian writing.

The general editor of the series is Professor Susan Lever, who has been awarded with life membership of ASAL (Association for the Study of Australian Literature) for her “outstanding contribution to ASAL and to the scholarship of Australian literature more broadly.”

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Cambria Press’s Countdown to the 2012 MLA annual convention!

ImageHappy New Year to one and all! Cambria Press is pleased to kick off 2012 with the countdown to the 127th MLA annual convention in Seattle!

Cambria Press will be at booth 601 in the book exhibit hall, so please be sure to drop by.

Over the next few days leading up to the annual convention,  Cambria Press will be posting updates on the Cambria website, facebook, blog, twitter, and google+ pages. Please be sure to check these out for exciting book series highlights as well as important information for your libraries and students.

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Happy holidays from Cambria Press!

Happy holidays to one and all from Cambria Press!

Cambria Press wishes to thank the Cambria Press authors for their excellent work.

A special note of gratitude goes to the series editors of Cambria Press and all who have worked so hard to make this year such a good one.

Happy holidays and here’s to an even better year for everyone in 2012!

New Cambria Press Book! Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation (editors Abigail Bloom and Mary Sanders Pollock )

Cambria Press Publication: Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation

New Book from Cambria Press! Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation

 “Not your grandmother’s Victorians”!

So says Professor Thomas Leitch (University of Delaware) in his brilliant introduction of the latest publication by Cambria Press, Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation, an insightful volume of edited essays that not only builds on major film theory and also on critical and theoretical work specifically about Victorian film and television adaptations, such as The English Novel and the Movies (1981), edited by Michael Klein and Gillian Parker, and Victorian Afterlife (2000), edited by John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff, but the book also expands the field to include source texts from the long nineteenth century, beginning with Jane Austen and ending with Joseph Conrad.

Editors Abigail Bloom and Mary Sanders Pollock also extend the boundaries set by other collections by including responses to movies based not just on novels, but also on drama (Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde), short stories (“The Return” by Joseph Conrad), and poetry (“The Pied Piper” by Robert Browning)—and not just on literary and popular culture canons, but on lesser known works.

Learn more about this fascinating work, which is essential for library collections in Victorian literature and film studies, at the Cambria Press website,

Cambria Press will be providing a generous 30% discount to all MLA attendees and their libraries, so stop by the Cambria Press booth to pick up your coupon. This is valid only for direct orders to Cambria Press.

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Book Launch for Historical Portraits of Women Home Scientists at the Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society international conference coming up!

Cambria Press Tanya Fitzgerald Jenny Collins Women Home Scientists New Zealand

Historical Portraits of Women Home Scientists: The University Of New Zealand, 1911–1947

Cambria Press authors Professor Tanya Fitzgerald (La Trobe University) and Professor Jenny Collins (Unitec Institute of Technology) will have their book launch for Historical Portraits of Women Home Scientists: The University Of New Zealand, 1911–1947 at the Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society international conference at the University of Auckland on December 6, 2011.

There will be a public lecture and this will be hosted by the president of Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society, Dr. Josephine May. The event will be launched by Professor Elizabeth Smyth of the University of Toronto.

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Cambria Press’s proactive, innovative ways helps it ride the wave of industry e-book Kindle sales surpassing those of hardcover and paperback combined!

Cambria Press‘s new e-book program effectively rides this growing trend (that is clearly here to stay) with the innovative distribution of two electronic versions of select Cambria Press titles on Both versions are currently being deployed by Cambria Press––the first version is the full, complete e-book, and the second is the special abridged version, which is called the student edition and is priced in the incredibly affordable price range of $15 to $30. Learn more about these Cambria Press e-books at the Cambria Press website at

Cambria Press remains that only academic publisher in the world that offers e-books in all popular formats.

Cambria Press is proud to announce that John Durang: Man of the American Stage has been published. Watch Cambria Press author Professor Lynn Matluck Brooks discuss the research behind this seminal book which illuminates how dance and theatre shaped the history of the United States.

Lynn Matluck Brooks is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor who founded the Dance Program at Franklin & Marshall College in 1984. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Temple University. She has held grants from the Fulbright/Hayes Commission, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Brooks has been a performance reviewer for Dance Magazine, editor of Dance Research Journal, and coeditor of Dance Chronicle. She is author of four books and many articles. In 2007, Brooks was awarded the Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship at Franklin & Marshall.

Ask your library to order a copy of this one-of-a-kind essential reference from Cambria Press, which includes several rare images.

Watch this excellent interview with Cambria Press author Lynn Matluck Brooks on her book, John Durang: Man of the American Stage