Europe: Critical Thinking in Critical Times
Edited by Miriam Sette
This volume collects various contributions by specialists from different disciplines on fundamental aspects of the complex reality of Europe. The topics range from the influence towards integration exerted by Europe on the Balkan countries to the splits in European identity between nationalism and cosmopolitanism; from legal and institutional problems within Europe to the great heritage of its cultural traditions; from the weight of both positive and negative consequences of the colonial past to the current problems of environmental sustainability, as well as to the reforms necessary to update the educational systems. It is difficult to merge all these issues into a single amalgam, but collectively they comprise a cultural universe without which Europe would be intolerably impoverished, and lacking any vision of itself. This collection of articles testifies to a coherent cultural orientation. Modern Europe is a complex reality, because it is the imaginary space in which no one can claim to own the truth, and where everyone has the right to be heard and understood. The challenge that Europe must face for the future is to unite its communities in a solidarity and participation that goes far beyond the restrictions of separate local environments.
London: Myths, Tales and Urban Legends
Edited by Elena Nistor
London exerts an endless fascination. From ancient Londinium to the 21st-century global metropolis, the city with an exceptional destiny has been assigned various layers of significance formed by its ever-expanding geographic dimensions, exceptional historical transformations and eclectic cultural perceptions. This book aims to uncover only few of the innumerable layers of the continuously metamorphic conurbation in individual discourses that put uncommon models, original characters and distinctive characteristics under close scrutiny to articulate a sense of culture unparalleled by any other place in the world. These diverse stories of urban identity capture the present, remember the past and anticipate the future of London. The prerogative of immortality belongs to its spirit.
“I Have a Dream”: From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Nonviolence
Edited by Anna Hamling
This collection is an innovative selection of eight interdisciplinary chapters that recognize the possibility, in the context of the contemporary world, of a successful slow transition from a culture of violence to one of nonviolence. International scholars draw on intersectionality as an important methodological tool in the analyses of the literary, artistic, and geopolitical influences in diverse countries. The focus of this volume is the successful movement from war to building peace though nonviolent means. It also provides a study of how and why contemporary tactics of a nonviolent approach have proved effective. It will serve the needs of students and scholars of international development, political science, history, sociology, and peace and conflict resolution studies.
Building Secondary Worlds in Portal-Quest Fantasy Fiction
Fantasy enjoys great success both in literature and cinema, but also in media arts and computer games. Middle Earth, Narnia, Neverland, Wonderland, Fantasia are all miraculous worlds, parallel universes to our own. Marius Conkan’s endeavour tackles an essential topic for this genre: the dynamics of the portal. The latter is seen as a threshold or transit space between our world and the alternative one, or as a link between the different layers of the world beyond. This book brilliantly and conclusively covers the topic, being itself a portal through which we can enter, led by a preserved or rediscovered sense of wonder, the magical realm of a mature childhood or the universe of a maturity longing to reconnect to magic.
Comparative Literature Across Cultures:
Bridging Boundaries Between Verbal and Visual Arts
Edited by Konrad Gunesch
Comparative literature, by designation and vocation, crosses cultural, literary and artistic forms. This book is then a compact microcosm of the field’s international and interdisciplinary outlook. Its contributions address topics from literary expressions on war and peace, over theatrical engagements with social conventions, to relationships between novels, paintings and even music. Culturally, the chapters investigate and compare examples of North American, Middle Eastern and Cross-Continental European writing, while stylistically, they focus on historical and contemporary, fictional and journalistic, epic as well as pictorial contexts. The many languages used by the authors and quoted on behalf of their analyzed sources allow the reader to delve deep into the original works and to enjoy the convenience of fully interpreted key passages and their meanings. However, the contributors’ chapter presentations and their conclusions encourage the reader’s individual involvement and, if wished, independent investigation. Stimulating further reading, facilitating lasting artistic enjoyment, and inspiring personal creative processes are thus just three of the ambitions, attractions and accomplishments of this volume and its authors.
- eBook: 192 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (30 March 2020)
- ISBN: 978-1-9164586-4-2
- Price: £12.99
From Religious Pilgrimages to Secular Tourism:
an Interdisciplinary Approach
Edited by Anna Hamling
This volume examines intersecting journeys of pilgrimages with secular and religious spaces in a global context. It consists of nine chapters that discuss theoretical and practical issues related to the study of pilgrimages and tourism activities in the contemporary world. International scholars explore the ways in which tourism and religious expressions have evolved with the growing technological and social changes of the twenty-first century. This book will provide a valuable resource for those researching and practising tourism management, pilgrimage, and religious tourism, amongst other subjects.
- Paperback: 239 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (16 March 2020)
- ISBN: 978-1-9164586-2-8
- Price: £41.99
Critical Dialogues in the Medical Humanities
Edited by Emma Domìnguez-Ruè
This volume illustrates ongoing discussions in and about the medical humanities with studies on different approaches to the relationship between medical science and practice and the humanities, including reflections based on fiction, art, history, socio-economic and political concerns, architecture and natural landscapes. The book explores the ways in which healthcare and medical practice can be positively influenced by removing the focus from the technical knowledge of the medical practitioner. It offers innovative perspectives on spaces for healing, traces attitudes and beliefs in relation to illnesses and their treatment throughout history (including intimations of the future), and interrogates cultural attitudes to illness, doctoring and patients through the lens of fiction. Based on the premise that more interdisciplinary work between medical and non-medical professionals is needed, the chapters contained in this volume contribute to an ongoing dialogue between medicine and the humanities that continues to enrich both disciplines.
- Hardcover: 241 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 August 2019)
- ISBN-10: 1527534634
- ISBN-13: 978-1527534636
Places of (Non-)Belonging: Post-colonialism, Nomadism, and Alterity
Edited by Alberto Centeno-Pulido
The book provides a breadth of points of view with which to examine the concepts of Belonging, Nomadism, and Alterity. The first part offers varied analyses of literary and audiovisual texts and deals with topics as varied as cultural assimilation, the traumatic experience of exile, the longing for the homeland, and violence, as well as genres such as travel literature, science fiction, poetry or romantic comedy. The second part of the volume deals with a wide range of socio-cultural phenomena, from borders as spaces of suppression of individuality to ancient native American social institutions put in practice in a European urban context or a philosophical reflection of the feelings of displacement experienced by victims/survivors of a natural disaster, among others.
- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (15 October 2018)
- ISBN: 978-1-9164586-0-4
- Price: £41.99
Crossing Borders in Gender and Culture
Edited by Konrad Gunesch, Olena Lytovka and Aleksandra Tryniecka
- Hardback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 October 2018)
- ISBN: 978-1-5275-1355-6
Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice
Edited by Andrzej Kapusta, Michal Lytovka
- Hardback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 June 2017)
- ISBN: 978-1-4438-8618-5