Have the urge to find your next book? Browse our November releases for inspiration! First, we introduce Modeling Motherhood in Weimar Germany which delves into how women writers in Weimar Germany sought to refine motherhood in the modern era; Resistance to Love in Medieval English explores resistance as a widespread motif in medieval romance; Music and Religion in the Writings of Ian McEwan examines how McEwan’s novels resonate with musicians; Music, Morality and Social Reform in Nineteenth-Century Britain reveals the links between music, moral instruction and social reform; People’s Parks looks at the development of parks in the nineteenth century till present, including their historical and cultural significance.
Political and Psychological Discourses in Women’s Writing
by Katherine E Calvert
Women’s experiences and opportunities in the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) were shaped by tensions between advances in women’s rights and widespread adherence to conservative notions of gender roles and women’s maternal duty. This book explores these tensions, which were particularly pronounced on the political left, by analyzing socialist and socially critical women writers’ interventions in contemporary debates on gender and women’s role in society. For women in Weimar Germany, writing represented a subversive medium through which they could individualize reproductive politics and imagine modern models of mothering.
Negotiating Consent, Gender, and Desire by Hannah Piercy
Medieval romance is usually considered a genre that celebrates love, desire, and sexuality within marriage. However, moments of resistance within it offer a point of tension, where normative scripts and expectations are exposed and opened up to challenge. This book explores such resistance as a widespread motif in the genre, tracing the subversive possibilities it presents, and through them uncovering how romance constitutes particular kinds of love as desirable, shaped by intersecting factors, including gender, status, race, religion, and morality.
by Iain Quinn
McEwan’s ability to discern sentiments that easily resonate with musicians place his contribution to the field of music and literature studies in a singular position among living writers discussing classical music in Britain. This book provokes questions for those who encounter these areas for the first time in McEwan’s writings, and it offers a place of sustained enquiry for those who have experienced these fields first-hand, whether as listeners, performers, congregants, audience members or scholars across literary, musical or ecclesiastical fields. Iain Quinn’s book will be of interest to scholars and students of contemporary British literature, as well as those interested in words and music studies more generally.
by Paul Watt
This book discusses the role of music in programmes of personal improvement and social reform in nineteenth-century Britain. The pursuit of morality through music was designed not just to improve personal and communal character but to affect social change and transformation. The book examines the musical education of children, women and men through a variety of literature published for various educational settings including mechanics’ institutes. It also considers the role of music in narratives of social programs and community-building projects that sought to promote utility, well-being and freedom from the strictures of Christianity as the dominant moral and cultural force.
by Hazel Conway and Paul Rabbitts
This book is a thorough update and re-evaluation on Hazel Conway’s influential book, published in 1991, adding and evaluating an extra 100 years of history, through the Victorian era, to the war years, the impact of the Garden Cities movement, and the great decline of parks from the 1970s onwards. The impact of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s urban parks programme from the 1990s is covered, along with that of austerity and the Covid pandemic. The book concludes by evaluating the role of parks today and potential for the future.