Cambria Press Publication Review: The Rimbaud of Leeds

Congratulations to Dr Christine Regan on the outstanding review of her book The Rimbaud of Leeds: The Political Character of Tony Harrison’s Poetry by the journal English – Journal of the English Association. The journal review commends the book for being:

Meticulously researched … an unusually astute and impressively well informed guide to the poetry. Even those well versed in Harrison’s work will, I suspect, depart this volume with new insights and new knowledge in hand … In the age of Trump and Brexit, there is a certain pathos to seeing this one time member of the ‘white working class’ prove so inclined to side with postcolonial peoples in their struggles with the architects of the post-war order. … Regan’s work offers many new and valuable insights.

Cambria Press publication review

Title: The Rimbaud of Leeds: The Political Character of Tony Harrison’s Poetry
Author: Christine Regan
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979275
290 pp.  |   2016   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979275.cfm

Cambria Press New Publication: The Fiction of Thea Astley

Cambria Press is pleased to announce a new publication The Fiction of Thea Astley by Susan Sheridan.

This book is in the Cambria Australian Literature Series, headed by Dr. Susan Lever.

This book will be launched at the upcoming 2016 Association for the Study of Australian Literature conference hosted by UNSW Canberra at ADFA.

The following are excerpts from the new book.

Thea Astley

From the introduction:
“This oppositional stance—in relation to the Church, and in relation to the nation and the colonialism on which it was founded—fed into Astley’s critique of other social institutions and practices. Her work is driven by a moral revulsion against greed and corruption, against class prejudice and the cruelties practiced on social outsiders, against the racism of colonial dispossession and exploitation of Indigenous people, and against the presumption of male superiority and the physical and psychic violence practiced against women.”

From Chapter 3:
“By the time she published Beachmasters, in 1986, Astley had developed a political perspective on colonialism that allowed her to move beyond disillusionment with human relationships structured by marriage, or human relationship to the divine as structured by the Church, to a critique of the structures themselves. This novel takes colonialism as its subject, rather than assuming its presence, and depicts expatriates and indigenous people inhabiting the same socio-political space, drawing out the complications of hapkas familial and cultural identity. Such a perspective on power structures, as we shall see in later chapters, comes to inform her representation of gender and sexual relations as well as colonial race relations, providing a strong intellectual foundation for her intensely imagined fictions.”

From Chapter 7:
“With Drylands, her final novel, Astley returns to the present day and a setting in a small north Queensland inland town of that name. […]The stories are framed by the narrative of Janet Deakin (a name suggesting she is a descendant of one of Australia’s founding fathers, Alfred Deakin) […] The stories, including Janet’s own, are all tales of violence, of behavior which ranges from the verbal sneers that Janet suffers, through to domestic violence and attempted rape. Another woman is victim not to violence but to domestic servitude to her husband and six sons. In this book, Astley’s feisty feminist barbs at marriage as an institution of male privilege and female slavery recur (‘Is it a boy or a drudge?’ asks Janet’s mother when she is born, 103) but the predominant theme is masculine violence.”

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Cambria Press Book Review: The Latin American Identity and the African Diaspora is “a necessary text for all institutional libraries” and “”a valuable addition to the personal library of any scholar”

Cambria Press Book Review: Latin American Identity and African Diaspora
Cambria Press Book Review: Latin American Identity and African Diaspora

Cambria Press congratulates Antonio Olliz Boyd on another great review of his book The Latin American Identity and the African Diaspora: Ethnogenesis in Context by the journal New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, which praises the book because the author “offers a new way to approach critical race theory.And he takes a great leap forward when he includes the results of his study, among the Gã in the village of Tabom, of the impact that the Afro Brazilian returnees  had on Africans after four centuries of slavery and colonialism.” By doing so,  the study “introduces a new type of aesthetic to the discourse on the Afro Hispanic experience.”

The journal review goes on to recommend the book because it also “affords readers a view of the diaspora that is broader and more inclusive than previous studies,” deeming the book “a necessary text for all institutional libraries” and “a valuable addition to the personal library of any scholar in History, Latin American or African Diaspora, or New World, Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Studies.” The review also adds that “it could appropriately be a required text for students in any of these fields.”

Not surprisingly, this book was very well received at the recent 2013 LASA conference in Washington DC.

Recommend this Cambria Press book today! There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title.

Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program that helps you get free versions for your students!

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Trauma Scholars: Cambria Press author Eugene Arva will be presenting at the Trauma: Theory and Practice Conference in Lisbon!

Cambria Press author Dr. Eugene Arva will be presenting at the Trauma: Theory and Practice Conference in Lisbon, which begins tomorrow!

Cambria Press Review Traumatic Imagination

Dr. Arva’s book The Traumatic Imagination:  Histories of Violence in Magical Realist Fiction, which was published in 2011, has been praised by Professor Wendy B. Faris  (University of Texas at Arlington) commending the work because “this book contributes to the growing body of critical thought on magical realism …  by integrating postcolonial and metropolitan texts, Eugene Arva’s study shows that magical realism  is not only a postcolonial phenomenon but also belongs in meaningful ways to world literature in all cultural contexts, especially those having experienced trauma of one kind or another … this approach to magical realism through ideas associated with trauma studies enlarges our understanding of the cultural work magical realism has been continuing to do in contemporary world literature.”

Transnational Literature also praised the book because it demonstrates that “Arva’s knowledge is extensive and comprehensive” and he “introduces innovative concepts of his own while remaining faithful to their original literary, cultural
and critical sources.”

Dr. Arva will also be giving a guest lecture at LITRA (Center for Literature and Trauma), Ghent University, Belgium, on May 8. This is an event trauma scholars do not want to miss!

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Excellent Journal Review for The Traumatic Imagination: Histories of Violence in Magical Realist Fiction

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Cambria Press congratulates Dr. Eugene Arva on the recent outstanding review by Transnational Literature of his book, The Traumatic Imagination: Histories of Violence in Magical Realist Fiction. The journal commends the work because it shows that “Arva’s knowledge is extensive and comprehensive” and he “introduces innovative concepts of his own while remaining faithful to their original literary, cultural and critical sources.”

The book has also been praised by literary scholar Professor Wendy B. Faris (University of Texas at Arlington) who states that “this book contributes to the growing body of critical thought on magical realism … by integrating postcolonial and metropolitan texts, Eugene Arva’s study shows that magical realism is not only a postcolonial phenomenon but also belongs in meaningful ways to world literature in all cultural contexts, especially those having experienced trauma of one kind or another … this approach to magical realism through ideas associated with trauma studies enlarges our understanding of the cultural work magical realism has been continuing to do in contemporary world literature.”

Recommend this book to your librarian 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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