Books to look out for in May 2024

Welcome May! Here are this month’s new releases: Music in Edwardian London illuminates the emergence of Edwardian London as a beacon of musical innovation; Emotional Practice in Old English Literature looks into how emotions were practised and performed through Old English texts; Max Stirner and Nihilism offers a reassessment of the controversial, yet still influential nineteenth-century German philosopher; Party Politics and Populism in Zambia provides an analysis of the political history of Zambia through a study of Michael Sata and lastly, Black Woman on Board uncovers the vital role Black women educational leaders.

Music in Edwardian London

by Simon McVeigh

The book envisions a burgeoning urban culture through a series of snapshots – daily musical life in all its messy diversity. While tackling themes of cosmopolitanism and nationalism, high and low brows, centres and peripheries, it evokes contemporary voices and characterful individuals to illuminate the period. Challenging issues include the barriers faced by women and people of colour, and attitudes inhibiting the new generation of British composers – not to mention embedded imperialist ideologies reflecting London’s precarious position at the centre of Empire.

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

Emotional Practice in Old English Literature

by Alice Jorgensen

Scholarship is increasingly interested in investigating concepts of emotion found in Old English literature. This study takes the next step, arguing that both heroic and religious texts were vehicles for emotional practice – that is, for doing things with emotion. Using case studies from heroic poetry (BeowulfThe Battle of Brunanburh and The Battle of Maldon), religious poetry (Christ I and Christ III) and homilies (selections from the Vercelli Book, Blickling Homilies and the works of Wulfstan), it shows via detailed close readings that texts could be used to act out emotional styles, manage the emotions arising from specific events, and negotiate relationships both within social groups and with God.

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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

Max Stirner and Nihilism

Between Two Nothings
by Tim Dowdall

Max Stirner (1806-1856) is often regarded as an enfant terrible of nineteenth-century German philosophy, but he has continued to exert an influence despite his marginalization as a nihilist. This study is the first to tackle head-on the question of whether Stirner can indeed reasonably be described as a nihilist. Although he is not known ever to have used the word “nihilism” or any of its derivatives, he was first accused of being a nihilist immediately after the publication of his magnum opus Der Einzige und sein Eigentum (translated in most English editions as The Ego and His Own) in 1844. Since then, the allegation has been repeated by well over a hundred writers and critics, with the result that it has become something of a truism

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

Party Politics and Populism in Zambia

Michael Sata and Political Change, 1955–2014
by Sishuwa Sishuwa

Javier Milei in Argentina, Donald Trump in the United States, Giorgia Meloni in Italy, Narendra Modi in India, Julius Malema in South Africa – populist leaders are thriving in party politics across the world. Structural changes like the globalisation of the economy, rising inequality, and increased voter detachment from traditional parties have given rise to distinct social grievances on which the populist leader feeds. But how does such a leader emerge? This book uses the study of Michael Sata, former president of Zambia and one of the most intriguing political figures of modern African history, to provide insight into the origins and personality of the populist. It argues that three factors – the structural, the economic and, importantly, the personal – are needed to understand when and how populism develops.

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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

Black Woman on Board

Claudia Hampton, the California State University, and the Fight to Save Affirmative Action
by Donna J. Nicol

Black Woman on Board: Claudia Hampton, the California State University, and the Fight to Save Affirmative Action examines the leadership strategies that Black women educators have employed as influential power brokers in predominantly white colleges and universities in the United States. Author Donna J. Nicol tells the extraordinary story of Dr. Claudia H. Hampton, the California State University (CSU) system’s first Black woman trustee, who later became the board’s first woman chair, and her twenty-year fight (1974–94) to increase access within the CSU for historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. Amid a growing white backlash against changes brought on by the 1960s Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, Nicol argues that Hampton enacted “sly civility” to persuade fellow trustees, CSU system officials, and state lawmakers to enforce federal and state affirmative action mandates.

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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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