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July 1, 2010

  • ARTS AND DESIGN

Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City
By Richard Elliott, teacher, International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667957

Elliot explores the genre of fado music, looking at its emergence from the streets of Lisbon and how it went on to become the national music of Portugal during the 20th century.

Nouveau Réalisme, 1960s France, and the Neo-avant-garde: Topographies of Chance and Return
By Jill Carrick, teacher in art history and cultural theory, Carleton University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754661412

Carrick provides the first in-depth historical analysis of the New Realism movement, looking at the critical and theoretical debates surrounding it. The text also contains photographic documentation of artists and works from one of the most significant French art movements of the post-Second World War period.

  • CHEMISTRY

Fire Toxicity
Edited by Anna Stec, lecturer, chemistry and fire science, University of Central Lancashire; and Richard Hull, professor, chemistry and fire science, Uclan. Woodhead, £170.00. ISBN 9781845695026

This text examines the increasingly widespread use of synthetic polymers and their accountability for the majority of fire deaths and injuries. It also raises issues including the types of toxic effluent that different fires produce, their physiological effects and methods for the assessment of fire toxicity.

  • GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Of Seas and Ships and Scientists: The Remarkable History of the UK's National Institute of Oceanography
Edited by Anthony Laughton, former director, Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (successor of NIO); John Gould, part-time researcher, National Oceanography Centre; M.J. "Tom" Tucker, retired NIO scientist; and Howard Roe, ex-director, Southampton Oceanography Centre .Lutterworth Press, £25.00. ISBN 9780718892302

This book covers the personal tales of selected former members of the NIO. Focusing on the period from 1945 to 1973, it shows how the institute's science changed our understanding of the world's oceans.

  • HISTORY

Sustaining Belief: The Church of Worcester from c.870 to c.1100
By Francesca Tinti, Ikerbasque research professor, Universidad del Pais Vasco. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754609025

Tinti focuses on ecclesiastical organisation and pastoral care in the Diocese of Worcester in the 10th and 11th centuries - an era that has been acknowledged as the formative period for the parochial geography of late medieval and early modern England.

Letters from the East: Crusaders, Pilgrims and Settlers in the 12th-13th Centuries
Translated by Malcolm Barber, emeritus professor of medieval history, University of Reading; and Keith Bate, former senior lecturer, Classics, University of Reading. Ashgate, £45.00. ISBN 9780754663560

This selection of translated letters by Crusaders and pilgrims from Asia Minor, Syria and Palestine provide accounts of major events such as the capture of Jerusalem in 1099, the disaster of Hattin in 1187 and the loss of Acre in 1291.

Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1919-1939
Edited by Michael Simpson, former reader in history, Swansea University. Ashgate, £70.00. ISBN 9781409400936

Drawing on a wide range of documents from British and American archives, this volume provides a fascinating overview and insight into relations between the two navies during the interwar period, an era that was dominated by a series of naval-arms limitation and disarmament conferences.

The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa: The History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick and Related Texts
Translated by Graham A. Loud, professor of medieval Italian history, University of Leeds. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754665755

Loud presents the first English translation of the main accounts of the Crusade and death of the German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. Demonstrating the preparations and recruitment for the Crusade, as well as the campaign itself, he provides an account into the sufferings of the German army as it traversed Asia Minor.

  • LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

Researching Vocabulary: A Vocabulary Research Manual
By Norbert Schmitt, professor of applied linguistics, University of Nottingham. Palgrave, £60.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9781403985354 and 5361

Schmitt offers an overview of a wide range of vocabulary research methodologies, and offers practical advice on how to carry out valid and reliable research on first- and second-language vocabulary.

  • LITERARY STUDIES

Money, Morality, and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Edited by Juliann Vitullo, associate professor of Italian, Arizona State University; and Diane Wolfthal, professor of art history, Rice University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754664970

Featuring contributions from scholars in history, literature, art history and musicology, this volume explores the intersection of economics, morality and culture in its analysis of the role of the developing monetary economy in Western Europe.

From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation
By Lisa K. Perdigao, associate professor of English, Florida Institute of Technology. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667179

Considering work by writers such as William Faulkner, Toni Morrison and Richard Wright, this text looks at how fictional representations of dead bodies developed over the 20th century and examines the tension between the desire to bury the dead and the need to remember them.

  • MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Prime Suspect
By Deborah Jermyn, reader in film and television, Roehampton University. Palgrave, £12.00. ISBN 9781844573059

Jermyn's study of the popular television crime drama places it in the context of female detectives on screen and the institutional sexism that confronted DCI Jane Tennison and her real-life counterparts.

Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema
By Deborah Cartmell, reader in English, De Montfort University; and Imelda Whelehan, professor of English and women's studies, De Montfort University. Palgrave, £49.50 and £16.99. ISBN 9781403985491 and 5507

This text celebrates the emergence of adaptation studies in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, exploring varying approaches and debates within a field that historically has been neglected by both English and film-studies curricula.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

Forrester on Christian Ethics and Practical Theology: Collected Writings on Christianity, India, and the Social Order
By Duncan B. Forrester, honorary fellow, University of Edinburgh. Ashgate, £75.00. ISBN 9780754664383

Forrester collates articles and chapters from his work on theological ethics, India and the social order. He pays particular attention to the caste system within Indian Christianity and Christian theological ethics.

Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity
By Luke Bretherton, senior lecturer in theology and politics, King's College London. Ashgate, £16.99. ISBN 9781409403494

Bretherton seeks to address issues facing the Church in contemporary society, examining how Christians should relate to their neighbours when ethical disputes arise. He establishes a model for how Christians and non-Christians can relate to each other amid moral diversity.

  • POLITICS

Human Trafficking in Europe: Character, Causes and Consequences
Edited by Gillian Wylie, lecturer, international peace studies, Trinity College Dublin; and Penelope McRedmond, solicitor and legal research and training consultant. Palgrave, £57.50. ISBN 9780230229099

Focusing on human trafficking in Europe for labour and sexual exploitation, this text features empirical work in the field and questions whether the responses, both from policymakers and civil society, are adequate.

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