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Book of the Month

Darwinian Feminism and Early Science Fiction

Patrick B Sharp

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Darwinian Feminism and Early Science Fiction has been awarded Choice’s annual Outstanding Academic titles for 2019.

Use the discount code NDSF19 and get 20% off. Offer ends 31/12/19

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Remembering the Crusades in Medieval Texts and Songs

Edited by Thomas W. Smith and Andrew D. Buck

‘This engrossing volume highlights the exciting work of a new generation of historians of the crusades. Focusing on the way the crusades were reflected in a variety of writing genres, the chapters show how crusading was embedded in broader networks and modes of composition, in continuous dialogue with larger cultural discourses of gender, status, emotion, and trauma.’
- Professor Nicholas Paul, Fordham University

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Masks in Horror Cinema

Eyes Without Faces

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Masks in Horror Cinema explores the endurance of the mask in this genre. As a transformative device, masks are approached historically and cross-culturally to examine how masked rituals intersect with power, ideology and identity. The power of the mask evolves in horror movies, reflecting new contexts and rendering them a persistent and dynamic aspect of horror’s iconography.

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John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic

Poetry, Documentary, Nation

Kieron Smith

‘Kieron Smith has written a truly pioneering book: a deeply researched analytical study of the work for television made by John Ormond, Wales’s greatest twentieth-century documentary filmmaker. Smith’s key argument is that Ormond’s sensibilities as a poet of considerable prowess informed the shape and the content of his disparate films through a creative duality rooted in the social and cultural context of post-1945 Wales. Nuanced, insightful, formidably scholarly and elegantly composed, John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic is an outstanding triumph.’
Professor Dai Smith

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Charms, Charmers and Charming in Ireland

From the Medieval to the Modern

Edited by Ilona Tuomi, John Carey, Barbara Hillers and Ciarán Ó Gealbháin

‘Connecting ancient and modern, textual and oral traditions, this collection of essays is a landmark publication in the field of Irish charm scholarship. For the first time, readers can access the richness of Irish charm materials insightfully interpreted and theorised by the very best scholars in the field
- Dr James Kapaló, University College Cork

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Middle English Devotional Compilations

Composing Imaginative Variations in Late Medieval England

Diana Denissen

‘A promising scholar’s brilliant study of three texts in their various shapes of transmission. Rich in detail and in fruitful conversation with earlier work on The Pore Caitif, The Tretyse of Love and A Talkyng of the Love of God, this book will revive interest in these fascinating devotional texts.’
- Marleen Cré, University of Saint Louis

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Cardiganshire County History

Volume 2 Medieval and Early Modern Cardiganshire

Edited by Geraint H. Jenkins, Richard Suggett and Eryn Mant White

Cardiganshire County History Volume 2 provides a comprehensive and authoritative account, written by distinguished authors in fifteen chapters, of the wide range of social, economic, political, religious and cultural forces that shaped the ethos and character of the county of Cardiganshire over a period of 600 years.

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The Economy of Medieval Wales, 1067-1536

Matthew Frank Stevens

‘Students and scholars alike will learn much from this valuable study of Welsh medieval social and economic history. In particular, the author emphasises the multiplicity of causes that brought about economic change in medieval Wales, and shows how such change was affected by factors including conquest, ethnicity and geography, which do not fit easily into the over-arching models by which historians have often made sense of medieval economic development.’
- Emeritus Professor Stephen H. Rigby, University of Manchester

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A Little Gay History of Wales

Daryl Leeworthy

‘Despite its title, this is a big book – big on ideas, analysis, and empathy, and big on tracing the lived experience of gay people in Wales. An excellent read, it is a major achievement that deserves to be widely circulated and absorbed.’
- Emeritus Professor Jeffrey Weeks, London South Bank University, author of What is Sexual History?

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Energy, the Great Driver

Seven Revolutions and the Challenges of Climate Change

Gareth Wyn Jones

‘R. Gareth Wyn Jones takes us on a voyage of discovery that starts before the origins of life and moves through six major energy steps. Along this journey, his beautifully researched and fascinating text knits together a vast array of topics ranging from cell biology to human psychology. Following the unifying themes of energy and homeostasis, his journey leads us headlong to the very brink of the current climate crisis. Let us hope that this long-and-unifying view might help us all understand both the naturalness and the utter urgency of our current moment.’
- James Intriligator, Professor of the Practice (Human Factors, Engineering and Design), Tufts University, Boston

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Gothic Remains

Corpses, Terror and Anatomical Culture, 1764–1897

Laurence Talairach

'Gothic Remains offers a well-written, balanced and informative overview of the rise of the medical gothic; its penetrative, interdisciplinary readings explore the long nineteenth century’s reassessment of medical knowledge and its impact on questions of truth, materiality and humanity. This work will be of value to a wide range of scholars interested in literature, gothic and the medical humanities.’

Professor Andrew Mangham, University of Reading

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The Nature of the Beast

Transformations of the Werewolf from the 1970s to the Twenty-First Century

Carys Crossen

‘Crossen’s book is a welcome addition to the growing body of criticism on werewolves, that fruitfully explores the multiple facets of the contemporary werewolf-as-subject, drawing attention to a wide range of popular fiction hitherto neglected by academic criticism.’
Professor Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University

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Videogames and Horror

From Amnesia to Zombies, Run!

Dawn Stobbart

‘An insightful exploration of horrific content in videogames throughout the medium’s history, illustrating the significance of horror adaptation, intertextuality and remediation across a broad range of titles. From Haunted House to Amnesia, Stobbart presents an informed and necessarily interdisciplinary account of the transmedia interactions between horror games, literature and cinema. An engaging and accessible contribution to videogame genre scholarship.’
Dr Ewan Kirkland, University of Brighton

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Fantastic Short Stories by Women Authors from Spain and Latin America

A Critical Anthology

Edited by Patricia García and Teresa López-Pellisa

‘At long last, there is an anthology that makes great works in the fantastic by Hispanic women writers accessible to an anglophone public. Women authors in Spanish-speaking countries have a long tradition of crafting powerful and original works in the fantastic genre – and an equally lengthy history of being unknown outside their borders. This judicious selection of short stories by five major figures offers excellent critical introductions and sensitive translations, and no doubt will be of use to scholars, students at all levels, and fans of fantastic fiction for years to come. Professors García and López-Pellisa are to be commended for this important volume.’
- Professor Dale Knickerbocker, East Carolina University

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Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law

A Critical Legal Argument

Matthew McManus

‘In this challenging and original work, Matthew McManus explores the unrealized potential of dignity. In pushing back on critical legal traditions where law serves as a tool of the oppressor, McManus endeavours to reimagine law as emancipatory and transformative. He reorients the international human rights project and demonstrates “how it could be used to establish a world in which human dignity was more broadly respected”. At a time of social anxiety and global uncertainty, Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law is a welcome contribution to the field.’
- Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh, ICHR, National University of Ireland (Galway)

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Blog

12th November 2019

Introducing Medieval Animals

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Featured Titles

Introducing the Medieval Dragon

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Entrancement

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Paul Murphy

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Kant’s Political Legacy

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Speeches and Articles 2013 – 2017

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Horror and Religion

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Women and the City in French Literature and Culture

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Body Matters

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Pacifism, Peace and Modern Welsh Writing

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Freedom Music

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How Water Makes Us Human

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Dissonant Neighbours

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Locating Lynette Roberts

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Medieval Wales c.1050-1332

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Colonial and Post-Colonial Goan Literature in Portuguese

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Minerva’s Gothics

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Revisiting the Medieval North of England

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Children and Young People ‘Looked After’?

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Wales and the Bomb

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Arthur in the Celtic Languages

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Red Hearts and Roses?

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Carmen Martín Gaite

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Servants and the Gothic, 1764-1831

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Religion, Evolution and Heredity

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Shards of Light

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Soul-Health

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Re-envisaging the First Age of Cinematic Horror, 1896-1934

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Having a Go at the Kaiser

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Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes

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The Spanish Anarchists of Northern Australia

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Monastic Life in the Medieval British Isles

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The Opposition to the Great War in Wales 1914-1918

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The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing

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Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Political Power

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Legislating for Wales

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Emyr Humphreys

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Daemons and Spirits in Ancient Egypt

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Pacifism, Peace and Modern Welsh Writing

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The Architecture of Wales

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The Postsecular Political Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas

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Literary Illumination

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Featured Journals

The Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture

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Journal of Celtic Linguistics

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The Welsh History Review

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Featured Author

David Stephenson

David Stephenson is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University. His many contributions to Welsh history include Political Power in Medieval Gwynedd, and Medieval Powys 1132–1293....

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