Books to look out for in March 2024

We are excited to welcome in March with wide range of new books! Take a look at the following releases for this busy month and don’t forget to claim your 35% off discount at the end of this post…happy reading!

The Gothic Imagination in the Music of Franz Schubert

By Joe Davies

This book illuminates Franz Schubert’s engagement with gothic discourse at the intersection of music, literature and the visual arts. Ideas of the gothic provide a framework for contextualizing the myriad ways in which Schubert’s music evokes the blurring of past and present, life and death, and for situating strangeness in relation to a cross-disciplinary phenomenon that captivated the imagination of the time. The study traces the gothic from Schubert’s early songs, where its presence is well established, to the instrumental music of his final years. These dialogues speak to shifting associations across chronological boundaries; their traces undergo change, returning in altered contexts – from fleeting disturbances, a rhythmic shudder or a tremolo figuration, to prolonged outbursts and disjuncture.

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

Pierre Boulez: Organised Delirium

By Caroline Potter

Pierre Boulez’s (1925-2016) creative output has mostly been studied from an analytical perspective in the context of serialism. While Boulez tends to be pigeonholed as a cerebral composer, his interest in structure coexisted with extreme visceral energy. This book redresses the balance and stresses the febrile cultural environment of Paris in the 1940s and the emotional side of his early works. Surrealism, in particular, had an impact on Boulez’s formative years that has until now been underexplored.

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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

By David M. Livingstone

The 2020 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers shows that police violence is still a problem in Western democracies. Floyd’s murder prompted some critics to hail the German police as a model of democratic policing that should be emulated. After 1945, Germany’s police forces had supposedly shed the militarization and authoritarian impulses still prevalent in other nations’ forces. These uncritical appraisals, however, deserve closer analysis. This book is a social history of West Germany’s Bundesgrenzschutz (BGS), a federal border guard established in 1951 that became re-unified Germany’s first national police force. It argues that the BGS revived authoritarian traditions of militarized policing and kept them alive long into the postwar era even though the country was supposedly consigning these problematic legacies to its past. 

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

Ideas of Authorship in the English and Scottish Dream Vision

Skelton, Dunbar, Hawes, Douglas
By Laurie Atkinson

In England and Scotland, changing approaches to Chaucer have rightly been considered as a catalyst for the elevation of English as a literary language and the birth of an English literary history. There is a tendency, however, when moving from Chaucer’s self-professed poetic followers of this time to the philological approach associated with William Caxton and the 1532 Works, to pass over the literary careers of the English and Scots poets belonging to the intervening half-century: John Skelton, William Dunbar, Stephen Hawes, and Gavin Douglas. This volume redresses that neglect.

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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

Anglophone African Detective Fiction 1940-2020

The State, the Citizen, and the Sovereign Ideal
By Matthew J. Christensen

Since the late 1940s, African writers including Cyprian Ekwensi, Arthur Maimane, Adaora Lily Ulasi, Hilary Ng’weno, Unity Dow, Parker Bilal, and Angela Makholwa have published over 200 murder mysteries, police procedurals, spy thrillers, and other fictional narratives of investigation and discovery in English-language newspapers, magazines, and novels. Distributed widely across the continent’s diverse cultural and political geographies, these texts share aesthetic characteristics and thematic preoccupations that reflect transnational networks of production, circulation, and influence. Anglophone African Detective Fiction, 1940-2020 surveys this literary history and examines how African writers have repeatedly harnessed the detective story to interrogate postcolonial realities of selfhood and the state.

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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

César Vallejo. Correspondencia 1910-1938 [2-volume set]

Edited by Carlos Fernández and Valentino Gianuzzi

César Vallejo’s correspondence offers a unique insight into his life story. These volumes collect the letters written between 1910 and the death of the poet. They include previously unpublished letters addressed to Tristan Tzara, Xavier Abril, José Eulogio Garrido and Juan Larrea, requests Vallejo sent during his stay in the Trujillo prison, requesting his freedom, and fragments of the letters that he addressed to his wife Georgette Philippart. The text is enriched with explanatory notes that allow us to delve into his universe.

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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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