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March 18, 2010

ARTS AND DESIGN

- The New York School Poets and the Neo-Avant-Garde between Radical Art and Radical Chic

By Mark Silverberg, associate professor of American literature, Cape Breton University, Canada. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754662983

Silverberg's analysis of all five New York School poets investigates the aesthetic concerns and ideological assumptions these poets shared with one another and with artists from the visual and performing arts.

- Masculinities in British Adventure Fiction, 1880-1915

By Joseph A. Kestner, professor of English, University of Tulsa. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754669012

By drawing on recent masculinity theories, Kestner aims to shed new light on Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction to provide an expansive picture of the crisis of masculinity that pervades adventure texts during the period.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

- Goddesses, Elixirs, and Witches

By John M. Riddle, alumni distinguished professor emeritus of history, North Carolina State University. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.50. ISBN 9780230610644

Riddle's study into the history of plant life and reproductive medicine examines how herbs in the past were linked to deities while also investigating how certain herbs came to be associated with nefarious forces.

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES

- Innovation Management

By Keith Goffin, professor of innovation and new product development, and Rick Mitchell, visiting professor, both at Cranfield University. Palgrave Macmillan, £31.99. ISBN 9780230205826

Designed primarily for MBA and executive education students, Goffin and Mitchell seek to provide tools for the effective management of innovation, offering strategies for improving performance in both the service and manufacturing industries.

ECONOMICS

- Economic Methodology: Understanding Economics as a Science

By Marcel Boumans, associate professor, and John Davis, professor of history and philosophy of economics, both at the University of Amsterdam. Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00 and £24.99. ISBN 9780230218123 and 8130

This introductory text sees Boumans and Davis consider the scientific nature of the methods, logic and forms of explanation that underlie economics as a discipline.

EDUCATION

- Curriculum Studies in South Africa

Edited by William F. Pinar, director, Centre for the Study of the Internationalization of Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230615083

This study into education in South Africa seeks to recognise the national distinctiveness of curriculum studies. Containing six distinct points of view, it includes areas such as the "micro-moment" of internationalisation, where South African scholars reply to questions raised by scholars around the world.

ENGINEERING

- Surveying for Engineers

By J. Uren, senior lecturer in surveying, University of Leeds, and W.F. Price, principal lecturer in surveying, University of Brighton. Palgrave Macmillan, £40.99. ISBN 9780230221574

The fifth edition of this text aims to provide a comprehensive overview for students of surveying, presenting information on traditional methods through to the latest technological developments.

ENGLISH

- Renaissance Food from Rabelais to Shakespeare

Edited by Joan Fitzpatrick, lecturer in English, Loughborough University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 97807546647

This volume focuses on the role of food and diet in the works of a range of European authors from the late medieval period to the mid-17th century. It incorporates the perspectives of historians, cultural commentators and literary critics.

- Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth-Century British and American Novels

By Jennifer Camden, assistant professor of English, University of Indianapolis. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754666790

Camden examines the role of "secondary heroines" in early British and American novels to offer an intervention into the ways in which the books use character to further ideologies of race, class, sex and gender.

- The Last Poems of D.H. Lawrence

By Bethan Jones, lecturer in English, University of Hull. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667001

Jones places Lawrence's writing in the context of his prose works and his readings in mythology, cosmology, primitivism, mysticism and astronomy in this intertextual approach to his poetry.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia

Edited by Diana Dimitrova, assistant professor of Hinduism and South Asian religions, Michigan State University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230622258

This collection of essays from US and European scholars examines the influence of religion on the arts in present-day South Asia.

- Ricoeur across the Disciplines

By Scott Davidson, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department, Oklahoma City University. Continuum, £65.00. ISBN 9780826438461

Davidson provides a multidisciplinary investigation into the French philosopher's work as he aims to draw out the nuances of his thought and facilitate novel debates between Ricoeur scholars and those working in varying domains.

- The Dimensions of Hegel's Dialectic

Edited by Nectarios G. Limnatis, adjunct professor of philosophy, Hofstra University. Continuum, £65.00. ISBN 9781441109552

Featuring international contributors, this text seeks to make sense and use of Hegel's dialectic in the context of German idealism and explains the problems that Hegel's dialectic is called upon to solve.

- Merleau-Ponty at the Limits of Art, Religion and Perception

Edited by Kascha Semonovitch, lecturer in philosophy, Seattle University, and Neal DeRoo, teacher in philosophy, Brock University. Continuum, £65.00. ISBN 9781441119766

This study of Merleau-Ponty's life and work seeks to investigate what lies at the limits of philosophy, featuring essays from phenomenologists, art theorists, theologians, historians of philosophy and philosophers of mind.

POLITICS

- Building Constitutionalism in China

Edited by Stephanie Balme, research fellow, Centre for International Research and Studies, Sciences Po, France, and Michael W. Dowdle, visiting professor of law, National University of Singapore. Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50. ISBN 9780230600324

This exploration into the relationship between constitutionalism and judicial power in China looks at how court behaviour intersects with and is influenced by its evolving notions of constitutionalism.

- Europeanization and National Politics

By Robert Ladrech, senior lecturer in politics, Keele University. Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00 and £24.99. ISBN 9781403918741 and 8758

Ladrech focuses on the impact of the European Union on its member states, looking at the way in which EU nations "up-load" their policy priorities to the European level.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- Contemporary Russia

By Edwin Bacon, reader in comparative politics, Birkbeck, University of London. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9780230223707 and 3714

Bacon seeks to provide an introduction to Russia's politics, economics and society, with a particular emphasis on Putin and Medvedev's presidencies in this second edition. Placing present developments in their historical context, he looks at the events and trends of the country's first post-Soviet decade, examining its changing place in the world.

- Dead White Men and Other Important People

By Ralph Fevre, professor of social research, Cardiff University, and Angus Bancroft, senior lecturer in sociology, University of Edinburgh. Palgrave Macmillan, £14.99. ISBN 9780230232464

Fevre and Bancroft present sociological thinking in the form of a narrative as they seek to offer an introduction to classic and contemporary debates in the field.

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