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The women in these books show themselves to be individual, influential thinkers, whether their works and actions have local, national, or worldwide effects. Though the classical music canon may seem inevitable to us today, we might not have Bach, Debussy, and Ravel without the intervention of Winnaretta Singer and Sara Levy. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Alice Munro, and Flannery O’Connor show us through fiction how many different worlds of experience exist, and how important both big and small moments are in deciding which direction a life can take. The story of Melita Norwood, who spied for Russia during the Cold War and wasn’t caught until she was 87, might not be one to emulate, but shows a fascinating resistance to the idea of women as necessarily sweet. The award-winning Widows in European Economy and Society, 1600 – 1920 turns our idea of penniless, retiring widows on its head by demonstrating that many were able to thrive in spite of – or because of? – their circumstances. Taken together, these titles show how present and active women have been in influencing the course of human events, whether or not they were recognized in their own time.

A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

by Ernest N. Emenyonu
Published by James Currey
Hardback: £25.00 / $90.00
eBook for Handhelds: £25.00 / $24.99

From the Dior catwalks, protest signs and Beyoncé’s ***Flawless, We Should All Be Feminists, the essay penned by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has defined feminism for the 21st Century. Our Companion to the Nigerian author’s work, including the soon-to-be TV miniseries Americanah, is a celebration of her depictions of motherhood, the female body, gender roles and hair politics.
Women, Migration & the Cashew Economy in Southern Mozambique

Women, Migration & the Cashew Economy in Southern Mozambique 1945 - 1975

by Jeanne Marie Penvenne
Published by James Currey
Hardback: £45.00 / $80.00

In 1970s Mozambique the cashew economy counted for the largest share of the colony’s earnings. The majority of the industry’s labor force was women, and up until this book, their role has been largely underappreciated. Using oral history, song and comic book characters, Jeanne Marie Penvenne tells this neglected history.

Joanna, George and Henry

Joanna, George and Henry

by Sue Bradbury
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £25.00 / $45.00

This is the biography based on previously unpublished letters of three artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Joanna Boyce was one of the most distinguished women painters of the time, praised by Rossetti and Ruskin, who, like her husband, the portrait painter Henry Wells, studied in Paris in the 1850s. Her brother, George Price Boyce, was one of the best watercoloursists of the period and a close friend of Rossetti. The letters are remarkably frank, particularly during the protracted engagement of Joanna and Henry.
Jeannette Klute

Jeannette Klute: A Photographic Pioneer

by Therese Mulligan
Published by RIT Press
Paperback: £16.99
(No US rights)

The first monograph on the work of a photographic pioneer in the field of color nature photography, Jeannette Klute.
Cipe Pineles

Cipe Pineles

by Estelle Ellis and Carol Burton Fripp
Published by RIT Press
Paperback: £12.99
(No US rights)

Cipe Pineles (1908-91), strengthened the visual appeal of some of America's iconic fashion magazines with her award-winning design and art direction. Her groundbreaking work in the 1940s and 50s set the standard for the appearance of women's magazines in ensuing decades. This volume's vibrant reproductions of pen-and-ink sketches, fashion layouts, and gouache illustrations will orient readers to RIT's extensive Pineles Collection. The book also introduces Pineles's personal history through essays by Estelle Ellis and Carol Burtin Fripp.
Unfinished Stories

Unfinished Stories: The Narrative Photography of Hansel Mieth and Marion Palfi

by Janet Zandy
Published by RIT Press
Paperback: £30.00
(No US rights)

Unfinished Stories presents a parallel study of the lives and narrative photography of Hansel Mieth (1909-1998) and Marion Palfi (1907-1978). Mieth was the second woman staff photographer employed by Life magazine. Palfi's photo of Henry Street Settlement kids was the first cover of Ebony magazine. German born émigrés who never met, they constructed remarkably similar photo narratives of unseen America. They were visual storytellers, artists, and citizen-photographers who do not fit easily into contemporary categories of photojournalism or documentary photography. Great risk-takers, they grasped the complexities inherent in representing human beings as individuals, as part of an ethnic, racial or labor group, and as citizens colonized in their own land. They may have photographed the circumstances of alienation, but their themes involved connection, human relationships, solidarity, the history of American race and class struggle.
Elaine Lustig Cohen

Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modernism Reimagined

by Aaris Sherin
Published by RIT Press
Paperback: £14.99
(No US rights)

Elaine Lustig Cohen made her living as a freelance designer in the 1950s and 1960s - during a time when few women worked in the field. She is widely recognized for the client-based design work she produced during this period. Influenced at an early age in Modernism, she was later rewarded with accolades for her work as a fine artist in painting and collage.Aaris Sherin focuses on Cohen as a multi-faceted designer, paying particular attention to the book covers she designed for Meridian Books and New Directions. The author provides a critical overview of Cohen's career based on interview sessions with the artist along with full color examples of her work.

Violeta Parra

Violeta Parra: Life and Work

Edited by Lorna Dillon
Published by Tamesis
Hardback: £60.00 / $95.00

Parra is best known as the progenitor of the Latin American New Song but she also carried out cultural research, wrote poetry, created exhibition spaces and worked in the plastic arts. This book is the first in English to bring together the most up-to-date research on Parra's ouevre.
New Readings of Silvina Ocampo

New Readings of Silvina Ocampo: Beyond Fantasy

Edited by Patricia N. Klingenberg and Fernanda Zullo-Ruiz
Published by Tamesis
Hardback: £60.00 / $99.00
eBook: £60.00 / $99.00

The first book in English to provide a comprehensive examination of the literary works of Argentine writer Silvina Ocampo . The essays explore Ocampo from a comparative feminist perspective and consider autobiographical references, the influence of classical mythology, Ocampo's constant association of language with duplicity and death, her incorporation of classic fairy tales and folk motifs, and her place within her literary generation. Recommended. CHOICE
Aurora Bertrana

Aurora Bertrana: Innovación literaria y subversión de género

by Silvia Roig
Published by Tamesis
Hardback: £65.00 / $115.00

Silvia Roig explores the narrative of Aurora Bertrana (1892-1974), an unknown writer today, but a successful and recognized female author in Catalonia and Spain during the 20th century. Roig studies her work, including 24 of her novels, published and unpublished, from a feminist approach, taking into account the intellectual history of Spain and Catalonia. Bertana's strong commitment to social issues reveals her association with the Modernist and Noucentists trends of her time and her novels reveal a unique interest in non-Western cultures and lifestyles.
A Companion to Latin American Women Writers

A Companion to Latin American Women Writers

Edited by Brígida M. Pastor and Lloyd Hughes Davies
Published by Tamesis
Hardback: £60.00 / $99.00

This volume offers a critical study of a representative selection of Latin American women writers who have made major contributions to all literary genres and represent a wide range of literary perspectives and styles. Many of these women have attained the highest literary honours. The distinctiveness of the book lies in its attention to writers from widely differing historical and social contexts and to the diverse theoretical approaches adopted by the authors.

Space and Place in Alice Munro's Fiction

Space and Place in Alice Munro's Fiction

Edited by Christine Lorre-Johnston and Eleonora Rao
Published by Camden House
Hardback: £75.00 / $90.00

Alice Munro, the 2013 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature, has revolutionized the architecture of the short story. This collection of essays engages with literary geography to provide a much-needed study of the role of space and place in Munro's work. It devotes attention to the "regional" settings of her stories - most set in her native area of Eastern Ontario - and how they affect her characters' development or stasis.
The Critical Reception of Flannery O'Connor

The Critical Reception of Flannery O'Connor, 1952 - 2017

by Robert C. Evans
Published by Camden House
Hardback: £60.00 / $85.00

Flannery O'Connor is one of the most widely read, discussed, and taught of all American authors, immensely popular with students, general readers, and literary critics. Her work, often characterized as "Southern Gothic," betrays in its focus on morality her devout Roman Catholic faith even as it displays a wicked sense of humor. She has been the subject of numerous articles and books, and an entire journal devoted to her writings has existed for decades. Yet until now there has not been a chronological overview of O'Connor criticism, a conspicuous gap that is filled by the present volume.
Willful Girls

Willful Girls: Gender and Agency in Contemporary Anglo-American and German Fiction

by Emily Jeremiah
Published by Camden House
Hardback: £75.00 / $90.00

What does it mean to "become woman" in the context of neoliberalism and postfeminism? What is the role of will in this process? Willful Girls explores these questions through an analysis of the depiction of girls and young women in contemporary Anglo-American and German literary texts. It identifies four sets of concerns key for scholars interested in gendered subject formation: agency and volition; body and beauty; sisterhood and identification; and sex and desire. The book argues for the potential of willfulness (Ahmed) to assert and develop female agency.
Writing to Change the World

Writing to Change the World

by Marike Janzen
Published by Camden House
Hardback: £65.00 / $85.00

In the twentieth century, leftist authors around the world understood their writing as an act of solidarity, but their common project was obscured by the end of the Cold War. This book begins to recover the global history of solidarity as a principle of authorship, taking Anna Seghers (1900-1983) as an exemplar and reading her alongside prominent contemporaries. Writing to Change the World argues for the continued significance of solidarity both as a model of global authorship and as a framework for analysis of world literature. In doing so, it refocuses attention on global structures of inequality and collective imaginings of a better world.
German Women's Writing

German Women's Writing in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Hester Baer and Alexandra Merley Hill
Published by Camden House
Paperback: £19.99 / $24.95
Hardback: £75.00 / $90.00

What is the status of women's writing in German today, in an era when feminism has thoroughly problematized binary conceptions of sex and gender? Drawing on gender and queer theory, the essays in this volume rethink conventional ways of conceptualizing female authorship and reexamine the formal, aesthetic, and thematic terms in which "women's literature" has been conceived. With an eye to the literary and feminist legacy of authors such as Christa Wolf and Ingeborg Bachmann, contributors treat the works of many of contemporary Germany's most significant literary voices.
The Otherworlds of Liz Jensen

The Otherworlds of Liz Jensen

by Helen E. Mundler
Published by Camden House
Hardback: £75.00 / $90.00
eBook: £16.99 / $24.99

Liz Jensen, whose literary thrillers occupy the terrain between realism and science fiction, is among today's most innovative novelists. This first study of Jensen centers on the very diverse "otherworlds" created in each of Jensen's novels, including most prominently Egg Dancing (1995), The Paper Eater (2000), War Crimes for the Home (2002), and The Ninth Life of Louis Drax (2004). Jensen's work approaches contemporary social issues such as religious fundamentalism, ecological disaster, and assisted procreation while displaying a number of characteristics of erudite fiction, including self-reflexivity, inter- and intratextual reference, parody, pastiche, and burlesque.
Jane Austen

Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism

by Laurence W. Mazzeno
Published by Camden House
Paperback: £19.99 / $34.95
Hardback: £65.00 / $85.00
eBook: £19.99 / $24.99

Among the most important English novelists, Jane Austen is unusual because esteemed not only by academics but also by the reading public: her novels continue to sell well, and films adapted from her works enjoy box-office success. The trajectory of Austen criticism is intriguing: since she was not considered a major figure until well into the twentieth century, she did not suffer from the reaction against Victorianism. How she rose to and has retained prominence is a story worth telling, as it not only suggests something about Austen's artistry but also about how changes in critical perspective can radically alter a writer's reputation.
The Space of Words

"The Space of Words" Exile and Diaspora in the works of Nelly Sachs

by Jennifer M. Hoyer
Published by Camden House
Paperback: £16.99 / $24.95
Hardback: £65.00 / $85.00
eBook: £16.99 / $24.99

Nelly Sachs (1891-1970) has long been regarded as one of the most significant Holocaust poets, whose writings became a poignant voice for the Jewish community. Her conception of language and words as a landscape has been understood by scholars and critics as an exilic ersatz Heimat for the lost German homeland of a displaced poet. This reading, however, is based entirely on her postwar poems.
Reading Abolition

Reading Abolition: The Critical Reception of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass

by Brian Yothers
Published by Camden House
Hardback: £75.00 / $90.00
eBook: £35.00 / $55.00

Harriet Beecher Stowe achieved recognition for her incredible work as an abolitionist prior to the civil war, particularly with her ground-breaking anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. This title looks at both Stowe and her contemporary, Frederick Douglass, who together represent a crucial strand in nineteenth-century American literature: the struggle for the abolition of slavery. Reading Abolition narrates and explores the parallels between Stowe's critical reception and Douglass's.

Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent

Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent

by Anthony Goodman
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £25.00 / $34.95
eBook for Handhelds: £19.99 / $24.99

This medieval princess lived no fairy tale life, for hers was marked by scandal and trauma from an early age. Nevertheless, she overcame all to marry Edward the Black Prince; their surviving son was crowned Richard II in 1377. Joan is important for many reasons, mostly because she became a powerful force at the heart of the royal court but also because her marriage for love rather than duty marked a shift away from dynastic responsibility.
Margaret of Anjou

Margaret of Anjou: Queenship and Power in Late Medieval England

by Helen E. Maurer
Published by Boydell Press
Paperback: £19.99 / $25.95

How did Margaret of Anjou, wife of the ineffective Henry VI and later a queen without a throne, become the most notorious of English medieval queens and help to start the War of the Roses? How did she earn the evil reputation Shakespeare gives her? In her life she achieved and maintained power in the convoluted and male-dominated world of fifteenth-century politics, something so remarkable that she is forever remembered and described as fierce, harsh, and unforgiving. This book examines not just how she gained influence, but how she exercised it and how she had to overcome the restrictions that affected all women of her time.
Women, Crusading and the Holy Land

Women, Crusading and the Holy Land in Historical Narrative

by Natasha R. Hodgson
Published by Boydell Press
Paperback: £17.99 / $24.95
Hardback: £60.00 / $99.00

A thoroughly researched, scholarly survey of the role and depiction of royal and noble women in the crusades to the Middle East and the so-called "crusader states". Provides a good general introduction to medieval women's history and the modern historiography of medieval women, which will recommend it to students and their lecturers. This . . . valuable contribution to scholarship . . . will be useful not only to students but also to any scholar studying medieval women or the crusades and the crusader states. EHR
The World of Eleanor of Aquitaine

The World of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Edited by Marcus Bull and Catherine Léglu
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £50.00 / $90.00

A revisionist approach to Eleanor of Aquitaine and the political, social, cultural and religious world in which she lived.
Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc: The Early Debate

by Deborah A. Fraioli
Published by Boydell Press
Paperback: £19.99 / $25.95

With this dense and intricate book Fraioli has done an immense service to anyone interested in Joan of Arc. She skillfully disentangles countless textual threads, all centered around one problem: the nature of Joan's mission as it was examined in the early theological debates... A thorough and timely book. MYSTICS QUARTERLY

Women at Work

Women at Work, 1860 - 1939

by Valerie G. Hall
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £60.00 / $99.00

The book shows how the nature of work undertaken by different groups of working women was fundamental in shaping their experiences as women and shows that such experiences varied within class as well as between classes.
Widows in European Economy

Widows in European Economy and Society, 1600 - 1920

by Beatrice Moring and Richard Wall
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £75.00 / $120.00
eBook: £75.00 / $120.00

2017 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. The authors pose a serious challenge to economic history and women's and gender history, noting that Western history has focused on younger women as well as on poverty abatement programs, instead of the rich, nuanced history that emerges when focusing on widows as independent, thriving individuals. Their book provides a much-needed challenge to the often unwittingly accepted tomes on family and what women can do. Essential. CHOICE
The Spy Who Came In

The Spy Who Came in from the Co-Op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage

by David Burke
Published by Boydell Press
Paperback: £14.99 / $19.95
Hardback: £19.99 / $25.95
eBooks for Handhelds: £14.99 / $19.95

An absolutely riveting story of the boiling cauldron of angry conflicting beliefs in Europe and Britain between and during the World Wars. It is brilliantly and concisely told and is essential reading - some of it worryingly apposite today. BELSIZE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
The Word of a Prince

The Word of a Prince: A Life of Elizabeth I from Contemporary Documents

by Maria Perry
Published by Boydell Press
Paperback: £19.99 / $25.95

A compelling portrait...the Elizabeth whom Perry presents is not the enigma of myth, triumphant but unfathomable. Rather she is a clever but very human woman, who came to know the extent of her assets and liabilities. EHR
A Free-Spirited Woman

A Free-Spirited Woman: The London Diaries of Gladys Langford, 1936 - 1940

Edited by Patricia Malcolmson and Robert Malcolmson
Published by London Record Society
Hardback: £25.00 / $34.95

The diaries of London schoolteacher Gladys Langford (published as A Free-Spirited Woman) reveal a clever, independent woman trapped in a job she loathed and in a doomed relationship with a married man. Yearning for all forms of culture, she spent much of her free time in galleries, theatres and cinemas, recording them all with a sharp, sometimes acid, pen. The approach and start of the Second World War dominates much of her thinking and reveals a profound fear of what life would bring.
A Woman in Wartime London

A Woman in Wartime London; The Diary of Kathleen Tipper 1941 - 1945

by Patricia Malcolmson and Robert Malcolmson
Published by London Record Society
Hardback: £40.00 / $80.00

Kathleen Tipper's diary, kept for Mass-Observation from July 1941 till peace in 1945 and beyond, offers a unique personal insight into one young woman's war.
Christabel Pankhurst

Christabel Pankhurst: Fundamentalism and Feminism in Coalition

by Timothy Larsen
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £60.00 / $99.00

Few names are as synonymous with the fight for women’s suffrage as Pankhurst: both mother Emmeline and sister Sylvia were prominent in the struggle. Repeated arrests and jailings failed to deter Christabel from her cause, which she pursued with fierce energy. Her actions and those of her followers after the outbreak of the First World War – calling for the internment of foreigners and handing out white feathers – have tarnished her reputation but should not distract from the contribution she made towards political equality.
A History of the Mothers' Union

A History of the Mothers' Union: Women, Anglicanism, and Globalisation 1876 - 2008

by Cordelia Moyse
Published by Boydell Press
Paperback: £19.99 / $25.95
Hardback: £50.00 / $90.00

One of the most significant works on Anglican and Women's history to be published in recent years. Includes a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sleeping in Temples

Sleeping in Temples

by Susan Tomes
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £19.99 / $25.95
eBook: £19.99 / $29.99

Susan Tomes, a leading UK pianist, has enjoyed a long successful career playing in international chamber music ensembles. Later in 2018, Boydell Press will be publishing a collection of personal essays written by Tomes, reflecting on her experiences as a teacher and student, and offering advice to the next generation of young musicians.
Speaking the Piano

Speaking the Piano: Reflections on Learning and Teaching

by Susan Tomes
Published by Boydell Press
Hardback: £19.99 / $25.95

This is a lovely, wise, elegantly written book, filled with tips and anecdotes which could be helpful and encouraging for any pianist, whether a beginner or a professional. Above all it is a book in which one senses constantly the deep love the author has for music itself, for its ability to inspire, touch and, indeed, change lives. STEPHEN HOUGH
Nadia Boulanger and the Stravinskys

Nadia Boulanger and the Stravinskys

Edited by Kimberly A. Francis
Published by University of Rochester Press
Hardback: £75.00 / $90.00

In the twentieth-century male-dominated world of classical music Nadia Boulanger found her voice through music criticism and teaching, after giving up composing. Kimberly A. Francis’ English translation of the letters between Boulanger, the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and his family members demonstrate one woman’s power to shape the cultural canon. You can also read more about Boulanger work as a music critic in Kimberly Francis’ chapter for Music Criticism in France, 1918-1939.
Music's Modern Muse

Music's Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princess de Polignac

by Sylvia Kahan
Published by University of Rochester Press
Paperback: £19.99 / $25.95

Disliked by her mother and pressured into an unhappy first marriage, Winnaretta Singer, the music-loving heiress to the Sewing machine fortune, later paved a life on her own terms. She founded a Parisian salon in her mansion, supported unknown protégés Debussy and Ravel, and openly had relationships with women during her mariage blanc to second husband, Prince Edmond de Polignac. Her contributions to the arts is unmeasurable, her life story a dream for any filmmaker with a love for the avant-garde.
I Sang the Unsingable

I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth-Century Music

by Bethany Beardslee and Minna Zallman Proctor
Published by University of Rochester Press
Hardback: £25.00 / $29.95
eBook: £19.99 / $24.99

In 1950s-1960s New York, Bethany Beardslee made a successful career singing difficult modernist music, performing the music of Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern and Alban Berg. She sang on the first major composition ever written for machine and voice, Vision and Prayer (1961), written by electronic-music pioneer Milton Babbitt, opening up a new world of sound. Her lively memoir - which includes a very odd encounter with Frank Zappa - is available from the University of Rochester Press.
Sara Levy's World

Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin

Edited by Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Sinkoff
Published by University of Rochester Press
Hardback: £80.00 / $99.00

Would have the name ‘Bach’ lived on in classical music had it not been for this one woman? Sara Levy was one of the first people to take an interest in preserving the music of previous generations. While literary salons were all the rage in Enlightenment Berlin, this Jewish salonnière and skilled harpsichordist gathered people to discuss music, keeping Bach family tradition alive.