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Author blog: Sex, Sects and Society

Russell Davies introduces his new book, Sex, Sects and Society: ‘Pain and Pleasure’: A Social History of Wales and the Welsh, 1870-1945 Despite the hardship and hardscrabble existences endured by many, over the period 1870–1945 the  life expectancy of the Welsh people doubled. The fact that death had lost the frightening immanency, which it had in

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Author blog: The Mentor’s Companion

Rhianon Washington introduces The Mentor’s Companion: A Guide to Good Mentoring Practice. ‘I am here for you, I believe in you, I will not let you fail. You have the power.’ [1] Pascarelli’s powerful tenet was one of the earliest influences that inspired me to practise, study and research mentoring.  I came to mentoring late, having

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Editor blog: Celtic Myth in the 21st Century

Emily Lyle introduces her new collection, Celtic Myth in the 21st Century: The Gods and their Stories in a Global Perspective. Antlered humans, dragons, princesses, one-eyed giants, enchanted islands, transformations, transcendent states: this is part of the stuff of Celtic myth explored in this book by experts in the field. The story-making is evident and, in

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Editor blog: The Welsh and the Medieval World

Patricia Skinner introduces her new collection, The Welsh and the Medieval World: Travel, Migration and Exile. The modern era has seen extensive studies of Welsh migration to all parts of the globe as well as immigration to Wales from Europe and beyond,[1] but these migrant histories have a long prehistory that is rather less well-known. Wales

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Editor blog: Kant’s Doctrine of Right in the 21st Century

The editors of Kant’s Doctrine of Right in the 21st Century introduce their new collection. For a long time, Kant’s Doctrine of Right languished in relative neglect, even among Kantians. The work was best known for its uncompromising views on punishment and revolution, and for a seemingly limited and not particularly original emphasis on private property. Kant’s more

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Manon James on Women, Identity and Religion in Wales

For Women’s History Month, Manon Ceridwen James introduces her new book Women, Identity and Religion in Wales: Theology, Poetry, Story. Why did the women I worked with lack confidence? Why did I lack confidence? These were questions that intrigued me as I went about my work as a parish priest and diocesan officer within the Church

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Author blog: Robert Epstein on Chaucer’s Gifts

An advantage of working at a relatively small university is that most of one’s daily interactions are interdisciplinary. Some years ago, I was having lunch at the campus cafeteria with David Crawford, an economic anthropologist. Taking a break from the usual faculty pastime of griping about the administration, David asked me what I was working

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Upcoming releases in January and February

We’re hitting the ground running in 2018 with several exciting releases over the next few weeks, including an important collection of essays on Gerald of Wales, a fresh examination of Mary Shelley’s work within the Gothic tradition, and a major study on gift theory in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. If you would like to pre-order any

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What is the Posthuman Gothic?

by Anya Heise-von der Lippe, editor of Posthuman Gothic The Posthuman Gothic is concerned with humanity’s widespread sense of unease concerning our biomedical and technological involvements and their capacity to change our perceptions of what it means to be human. It revolves around our fear of becoming ‘other’,[1] of losing ourselves in a multitude of corporeal

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British Spanish Society Prize now open

It’s that time of the year again! Not just Halloween, but arguably even more exciting: we are calling out for proposals for the British Spanish Society Prize, sponsored by the University of Wales Press and our Iberian and Latin American Studies Series. The prize will be £250, offered by the British Spanish Society, and books

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The rise and demise of Egypt’s largest pyramid

For International Archaeology Day, Peter James introduces his upcoming book Saving the Pyramids: Modern Engineering and Egypt’s Ancient Monuments, to be published in 2018 by University of Wales Press.  As MD of Cintec International, Peter James has worked on projects around the globe, strengthening and restoring historically significant structures from Windsor Castle to the parliament buildings

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The Gentry of North Wales in the Later Middle Ages

by A.D. Carr, author of The Gentry of North Wales in the Later Middle Ages In the later Middle Ages, landownership in Wales was transformed from a pattern based on the rights and interests of the kindred to one of individual proprietorship. This was the background to the emergence of the landed gentry. The present study

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