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Stefano Agnoletto interviewed about The Italians Who Built Toronto

Stefano Agnoletto is interviewed about his new book The Italians Who Built Toronto in the Canadian publication Daily Commercial News. Dr Agnoletto, who teaches Business History at Bocconi University in Milan, talks about his research into the role of Italian immigrants in Toronto’s construction industry from the 1950s to the 1980s, describing how “a mass … Continue reading

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Author Alexandra Harris on ‘The Secret Life of Books’, BBC 4

  Co-editor of Modernism on Sea, Alexandra Harris speaks on ‘The Secret Life of Books’, BBC 4, available on the BBC iPlayer (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04hkcjh/the-secret-life-of-books-3-mrs-dalloway). Award-winning writer Alexandra Harris shows how Virginia Woolf’s classic work Mrs Dalloway completely re-imagined what a novel might be. Woolf came of age as an author after Europe had been shattered by … Continue reading

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New publication: Embracing Democracy

Hermann Broch wrote two of the most significant novels of German modernism, The Sleepwalkers and The Death of Virgil, which established his importance to German literature. His writings on democracy, mass delusion and internationalism are more obscure. Embracing Democracy examines the central political, social and psychological tenets of Broch’s concept of «total democracy» as an … Continue reading

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New publication: Ethnicity and Tribal Theology

The Church and wider society in Northeast India have witnessed a number of shifts in ethnic identity and the resultant inter-ethnic conflicts since the 1980s are threatening the peaceful co-existence of various ethnic groups. Caught up in the throes of such ethnic turmoil, people of the region are confronted with two options. On the one … Continue reading

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Writing the Prizefight by David Snowdon wins the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History

We are delighted to announce that David Snowdon’s book Writing the Prizefight: Pierce Egan’s Boxiana World has been chosen as the winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History (2013), awarded annually by the British Society of Sports History. Congratulations to Dr Snowdon, who  has been invited to deliver the prestigious Aberdare Lecture … Continue reading

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New publication: The American President in Film and Television

Why are fictional US presidents everywhere on screen? How do these constructs relate to our understanding of the presidency as an institution and the United States as a nation? This book sheds new light on fictional representations of the leader of the United States by analysing key films and television series from the early 1990s … Continue reading

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New publication: Care and Conflict

Norwood, an Anglo-Jewish childcare institution founded in the late nineteenth century, was one of several hundred such institutions in the UK, but the only Jewish one. Throughout its history, Norwood had the unusual task of adapting its childcare approach to both British and Jewish concerns. This book offers a unique study of one residential child … Continue reading

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New publication: Carrying a Torch

The Olympic torch relay held before the 2008 Games was the moment when East met West on the media stage. This book analyses the torch relay and its representation, offering a discursive construction of Olympic ideology by and through the media in both East and West. The author argues that the discourse used by the … Continue reading

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New publication: The Good Place

Utopian literature provides a compelling vision of epistemological and moral clarity: a dream of harmony and justice. But in an age of surveillance, utopia is also the nightmare of a perfectly controlled, sealed and monitored world that leaves no room for ambivalence or discretion. In The Good Place, leading scholars of comparative literature explore this … Continue reading

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New publication: «Truthe is the beste»

The thirteen essays in this book, presented in honour of Dr A. V. C. (Carl) Schmidt, are designed to reflect the range of his interests. Dr Schmidt, who was a Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford from 1972 until his retirement in 2011, is best known for his comprehensive four-text edition of Piers Plowman, the fruit … Continue reading

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