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November 13, 2008

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- Aesthetics and the Work of Art: Adorno, Kafka, Richter

Edited by Peter de Bolla, lecturer in history of art, and Stefan H. Uhlig, lecturer in English literature, both at University of Cambridge. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230549197

Do we need aesthetics to appreciate a work of art? This volume explores the question through dialogue with philosophical, literary and visual works that are reproduced alongside the collection's essays.

- Northern Renaissance Art

By Susie Nash, senior lecturer in the history of art, Courtauld Institute of Art. Oxford University Press, £14.99. ISBN 9780192842695

Offering a wide-ranging introduction to the way art was made, valued and viewed in northern Europe in the Renaissance, Nash challenges the perception that Italy was the European leader in artistic innovation at this time.


- Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption: The Rebound Effect

Edited by Horace Herring, visiting research fellow at the Sustainable Technologies Group, The Open University, and Steve Sorrell, senior fellow in the Sussex Energy Group, University of Sussex. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230525344

To help researchers, policymakers and environmentalists, this book summarises the current state of knowledge, presents new research and explores the conditions under which energy efficiency can contribute to sustainability.

- Geochemical Kinetics

By Youxue Zhang, professor of geology, University of Michigan. Princeton University Press, £40.95. ISBN 9780691124322

This book offers a comprehensive exploration of geochemical kinetics - the application of chemical kinetics to geological problems. It balances basic theories of chemical kinetics with a study of advanced theories developed by geochemists.

- The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate

By David Archer, professor of geophysical sciences, University of Chicago. Princeton University Press, £13.50. ISBN 9780691136547

By comparing the global-warming projection for the next century with natural climate changes of the distant past, and then looking far into the future, Archer reveals the hard truths of the long-term climate forecast.

- The Oxford Companion to Global Change

By Andrew Goudie, Master of St Cross College, Oxford. Oxford University Press, £60.00. ISBN 9780195324884

This volume examines the environmental events of recent times and investigates long-term trends as well as broader issues of global change.


- Guantanamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution

By Jana K. Lipman, assistant professor in history, Tulane University. University of California Press, £14.95. ISBN 9780520255401

Drawing on rich oral histories and little-explored Cuban archives, Lipman analyses how the Cold War and the Cuban Revolution made Guantanamo Bay Naval Base a place devoid of law and accountability.

- Power, Piety, and Patronage in Late Medieval Queenship: Maria de Luna

By Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, lecturer in history and Spanish literature, University of California, Santa Cruz. Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50. ISBN 9781403977595

Using predominantly unpublished archival material as well as a variety of literary and non-literary sources, this book investigates the relation between patronage, piety and politics in the life and career of one of late medieval Spain's most intriguing women, Maria de Luna.


- Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth: Tales of Pullman, Lewis, Tolkien, MacDonald and Hoffmann

By William Gray, reader in literary history and hermeneutics, University of Chichester. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230005051

Gray offers a detailed study and discussion of the contested tradition of epic or high fantasy. He is critical of myths that are merely escapist fantasies and suspicious of totalising "grand narratives" that stifle dissenting voices.

- Globalization and Literature

By Suman Gupta, chair in literature and cultural history, The Open University. Polity, £55.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9780745640235 and 0242

This book presents an overview of the relationship between globalisation studies and literature and literary studies, and the bearing that they have on each other. It engages with the relationship between globalisation theory and literary theory and the impact of globalisation on the production and reception of literary texts.

- A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government

By Sean McCann, professor of English, Wesleyan University. Princeton University Press, £19.95. ISBN 9780691136950

This is the first book to examine 20th-century literature's deep fascination with the modern US presidency and with the ideas about the relationship between state power and democracy that underwrote the rise of presidential authority.


- The Causes of War

By David Sobek, assistant professor in the department of political science, Louisiana State University. Polity, £50.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745641980 and 1997

Sobek argues that there is no single explanation for war: factors leading to war in one case may well lead to peace in another. Understanding the onset of war, he contends, requires a movement away from single theories towards one that embraces the multi-faceted origins of conflict.

- Sovereignty: Interpretations

By Jo-Anne Pemberton, lecturer in international and political theory, University of New South Wales. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9781403935823

Through close engagement with important theoretical and legal sources, this work attempts to bring to light the concept of sovereignty's normative force. It argues that sovereignty's essential logic is both popular and pacific and that the task ahead lies with entrenching and extending what should be its democratic roots as well as the external obligations it necessarily involves.


(J) Against and for CBT: Towards a Constructive Dialogue?

Edited by Richard House, senior lecturer in psychotherapy and counselling research, and Del Loewenthal, professor in psychotherapy and counselling, both at Roehampton University. PCCS Books, £20.00. ISBN 9781906254100

Offering a wide range of critical perspectives from around the world and substantial responses to them, this book attempts to engage with the controversies and complexities that have exercised the therapy and counselling world, as cognitive behavioural therapy has risen to cultural prominence.


- Exploring Data

By Catherine Marsh, chair in quantitative methods, University of Manchester until her death in 1993, and Jane Elliott, research director at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, University of London. Polity, £60.00 and £17.99. ISBN 9780745622828 and 2835

This updated edition introduces a range of techniques for exploring quantitative data, including the SPSS package, and aims to be suitable for those with no previous experience of quantitative data analysis.

- Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile

By Macarena Gomez-Barris, assistant professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, University of Southern California. University of California Press, £35.00. ISBN 9780520255838

In this ethnography, Gomez-Barris examines cultural sites and representations in post-dictatorship Chile to uncover the impact of state-sponsored violence. She argues that two contradictory forces are at work: a desire to forget the experiences and the victims, and a powerful need to remember and memorialise them.

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