Books to look out for in April 2024

New month = new releases! This April, we are excited to share with you our latest books: Rewriting the First Crusade explores the letters from the First Crusade; The Medieval Pig looks into the significance of pigs during the Middle Ages; Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician sheds new light on the Anglo-Irish composer and last but not least, African Migration and the Novel examines current novels dealing with African migration.

Rewriting the First Crusade

Epistolary Culture in the Middle Ages by Thomas W. Smith

An exploration of the letters from the First Crusade, yielding evidence for a number of reinterpretations of the movement. The letters stemming from the First Crusade are premier sources for understanding the launch, campaign, and aftermath of the expedition. Between 1095 and 1100, epistles sustained social relationships across the Mediterranean and within Europe, as a mixture of historical writing, literary invention, news, and theological interpretation. They served ecclesiastical administration, projected authority, and formed focal points for spiritual commemoration and para-liturgical campaigns.

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Book jacket image: A Liturgical Play for the Medieval Feast of Fools
 by Robert C. Lagueux

The Medieval Pig

by Dolly Jørgensen

The pig was a common sight in the Middle Ages. They might be eating under an oak tree, or out in a field. They might be in the street, with the swineherd close behind at their heels. They might be dismembered, for sale by a butcher. They might be represented on misericords, in a church or cathedral, dancing, playing the bagpipes, or suckling people. Pigs were in all these places. But what was the pig’s place? This book considers pigs in medieval Europe from a number of angles: whether part of the countryside, the cityscape, on the plate or in the mind.

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Book jacket image: The Multimedia Works of Contemporary Latin American Women Writers and Artists Edited by Jane Elizabeth Lavery and Sarah Bowskill

Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician

Revised and Expanded Edition
by Jeremy Dibble

The Anglo-Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) is often remembered as the teacher of many of Britain’s first generation of twentieth-century composers. He was, however, a composer of great diversity. An enthusiastic composer for the theatre and opera house, he was a symphonist, songwriter, and composer of church music; his national, indeed, international reputation was also reflected in the many works he wrote for some of the most prominent virtuosi of the time. Driven by a strong sense of ambition, he sought to advance the cause of British music not only as a composer but as a university professor, practical musician and conductor. Pre-eminent in the 1880s and 90s, he was eclipsed by Elgar during the Edwardian years, but his creative powers continued unabated until the early 1920s.

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Book jacket image: National and Transnational Memories of the Kindertransport
by Amy Williams and William Niven

African Migration and the Novel

Exploring Race, Civil War, and Environmental Destruction
by Jack Taylor

African Migration and the Novel: Exploring Race, Civil War, and Environmental Destruction explores pressing social and political issues such as racial identity, environmental devastation, human trafficking, and political violence through the lens of novels of African migration. The book details how authors such as Chika Unigwe, Chris Abani, Dinaw Mengestu, In Koli Jean Bofane, Boubacar Boris Diop, and others develop “the migratory imagination”: the creative means mobilized within their novels to expose the reader to contemporary social issues. Drawing on and synthesizing a multitude of theoretical frameworks including ecocriticism, postcolonial theory, genre studies, Black studies, paratextual reading, and political economy, the book argues for the flexibility of the migration novel as a genre.

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Book jacket image: The Multimedia Works of Contemporary Latin American Women Writers and Artists Edited by Jane Elizabeth Lavery and Sarah Bowskill

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