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May 13, 2010


- Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics

Edited by Michael Goddard, lecturer in media studies, and Benjamin Halligan, director of the Graduate School, both at the University of Salford. Ashgate, £55.00 and £12.99. ISBN 9780754668626 and 8671

Presenting a range of approaches into the work of Smith and his band, this edited volume examines The Fall's position in the history of British popular music, looking at the group's position during the post-punk era and Smith's current role as the ageing enfant terrible of rock.


- Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth

By Margaret P. Hannay, professor of English, Siena College. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754660538

This biography of Lady Mary Wroth features a chronology, family trees of the Sidneys and Wroths, a chart of family alliances and illustrations from her manuscripts as it seeks to enhance knowledge of the lives of the English poet and her children.


- Printed Images in Early Modern Britain

Edited by Michael Hunter, professor of history, Birkbeck, University of London. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754666547

This volume features a series of essays that aim to demonstrate the varying ways in which a consideration of imagery can be better integrated into approaches to the history of early modern Britain. It emphasises how each aspect of British culture of the period can be enhanced with an appreciation of its printed images.

- Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England

By Jonathan Willis, lecturer in history and theology, Durham University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9781409400714

Willis' study of the role of church music in the English Reformation provides details of the religious history of Elizabethan England. It seeks to offer an understanding of the formation of religious identity, and what it meant to be Protestant during the period.

- Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy

Edited by Sara F. Matthews-Grieco, professor of history, Syracuse University in Florence. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754662143

Drawing on previously neglected archival resources, amateur pornography and material artefacts, this volume sheds light on the pervasive erotic culture that existed in Italy during the Renaissance, where sexually explicit images, gestures and objects were considered essential to a variety of rituals and social occasions.


- Appraising Research: Evaluation in Academic Writing

By Susan Hood, senior lecturer, Language Studies Group, University of Technology, Sydney. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230553491

This introductory guide for new researchers draws on the appraisal theory in systemic functional linguistics. Analysing methods of how writers bring together varying resources, it also looks at how they develop their positions within the flow of discourse.


- A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture

Edited by Michael Hattaway, emeritus professor of English literature, University of Sheffield. Wiley, £195.00. ISBN 9781405187626

This second edition has been expanded to include 22 new essays and features contributions from scholars including Judith H. Anderson, Patrick Collinson and Germaine Greer. Offering new readings of both "literary" and "non-literary" texts, it deals with issues such as material culture, sectarian writing and ecology in early modern England.

- Kipling's Children's Literature: Language, Identity and Constructions of Childhood

By Sue Walsh, lecturer in the department of English and American literature, University of Reading. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754655961

Walsh questions the division between children's and adult literature to argue that criticism of children's novels has tended to supersede and obstruct other kinds of readings, suggesting that there are now new directions for both postcolonial and childhood studies.

- Gender, Sexuality, and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse

By Pamela S. Hammons, associate professor of English, University of Miami. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754668992

Hammons analyses female and male authored lyrics to demonstrate how gender and sexuality influenced 16th- and 17th-century poets' conceptualisations of relations between human and non-human subjects and objects.


- Global Children, Global Media: Migration, Media and Childhood

By Liesbeth de Block, lecturer in media, culture and communication and sociology of childhood, and David Buckingham, professor of education, both at the Institute of Education, London. Palgrave Macmillan, £19.99. ISBN 97802303443

Examining research and debate in the fields of media, globalisation, migration and childhood, this text presents the issues from a child's perspective to provide an insight into issues surrounding social cohesion, belonging and citizenship.


- The Anatomist Anatomis'd: An Experimental Discipline in Enlightenment Europe

By Andrew Cunningham, senior research fellow in the department of history and philosophy of science, University of Cambridge. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754663386

Cunningham investigates where and how anatomy was practised during the 18th century and the nature of arguments over anatomical facts and priority of discovery. He argues that the discipline changed irrevocably around the end of the 18th century and that its history is not as stable as what was previously believed.


- Body Language in Business

By Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology, University College London, and Evgeniya Petrova. Palgrave Macmillan, £25.00. ISBN 9780230241466

The authors seek to provide guidance on how to achieve success in a business environment non-verbally, dealing with what it entails to communicate positively via body language. It also examines how this can be used and abused in the workplace.


- After Number 10: Former Prime Ministers in British Politics

By Kevin Theakston, professor of British government, University of Leeds. Palgrave Macmillan, £57.50. ISBN 9780230202184

Theakston's study of former prime ministers seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of their lives, political roles and influence and examines what they have gone on to do after leaving office.


- A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing

By Jill Scott, associate professor in the department of German, Queen's University, Canada. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.00. ISBN 9780230615311

The author argues that forgiveness can assist in the mourning process, suggesting that creative communication can play a critical role in its negotiation.

- American Power after 9/11

By Marvin L. Astrada, research scientist, Applied Research Center, Florida International University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230100022

Examining the varying components and dynamics of America's absolutist security agenda, this text seeks to determine its consequences in the aftermath of 9/11. It employs a critical analysis of the measure with regard to security, terror, proliferation, law and rogue states.

- Bauman's Challenge: Sociological Issues for the 21st Century

Edited by Mark Davis, lecturer in sociology, University of Leeds, and Keith Tester, professor of sociology, University of Hull. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230221345

This collection of essays engages with the sociology of Zygmunt Bauman to understand the challenges facing global societies.

- Ethics and Value Perspectives in Social Work

Edited by Mel Gray, professor of social work, and Stephen A. Webb, professor of human sciences, both at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Palgrave Macmillan, £19.99. ISBN 9780230221451

Intended for social work students studying ethics and values, this text explores value perspectives and considers their contribution to the discipline's thinking on ethics.

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