Paperback titles released this January to March

It’s easy to keep track of the many paperbacks we now publish across our imprints and subjects: we’ll collect them all here and update the list quarterly. Full descriptions, contents and details of eBook editions are just a click away. If you think a particular title might be suitable for adoption on a course you teach please don’t hesitate to contact us – see full details here. Any queries? Just mail marketing@boydell.co.uk or boydell@boydellusa.net.

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Magnetic North: Conversations with Tomas Venclova

by Ellen Hinsey
Published by University of Rochester Press
Price: £19.99 / $24.95

(Also available in eBook)


Interweaves Eastern European postwar history, dissidence, and literature to expand our understanding of the significance of this important Lithuanian writer.

The Philosopher's English King

by Leon Harold Craig
Published by University of Rochester Press
Price: £25.00 / $34.95

The Philosopher's English King offers a close reading of the Henriad, presenting Shakespeare's teaching on political authority and contributing to the burgeoning scholarship on Shakespeare as a political thinker.

The Age of Machinery

by Gillian Cookson
Published by Boydell Press
Price: £19.99 / $25.95

An engagingly written account of textile engineering in its key northern centres, rich with historical narrative and analysis.

The Myth of the Press Gang

by J. Ross Dancy
Published by Boydell Press
Price: £19.99 / $25.95

Overturns the generally held view that the press gang was the main means of recruiting seamen by the British navy in the late eighteenth century.

German Women's Writing in the Twenty First Century

Edited by Hester Baer and Alexandra Merley Hill
Published by Camden House
Price: £19.99 / $24.95

Essays in this volume rethink conventional ways of conceptualizing female authorship and re-examine the formal, aesthetic, and thematic terms in which German women's literature has been conceived.

Tatort Germany: The Curious Case of German-Language Crime Fiction

Edited by Lynn M. Kutch, Todd Herzog
Published by Camden House
Price: £19.99 / $24.95

(Also available in eBook)


New essays by leading scholars examining today's vibrant and innovative German crime fiction, along with its historical background.

The Musical Novel

by Emily Petermann
Published by Camden House
Price: £19.99 / $24.95

(Also available in eBook)


Analyzes two groups of "musical novels" -- novels that take music as a model for their construction -- including jazz novels by Toni Morrison and Michael Ondaatje, and novels based on Bach's Goldberg Variations.

The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 42

Edited by Tom Kuhn, David Barnett and Theodore F. Rippey
Published by Camden House
Price: £40.00 / $49.95

The leading publication on Brecht, his work, and topics of interest to him; this annual volume documents the International Brecht Society's 2016 symposium, "Recycling Brecht."

What Opera Means

Edited by Kate Hopkins
Published by Plumbago Books
Price: £15.99 / $19.99

A fresh, elegant and vital enquiry into the elusive character of opera, unfolded through categories and case-studies, with an emphasis on historical background, psychology and performance.

Stratton Churchwarden's Accounts, 1512 - 1578

Edited by Joanna Mattingly
Published by Boydell Press
Price: £30.00 / $50.00

Spanning the period 1512-78, the High Cross churchwardens' accounts of Stratton, in Cornwall, are unusually complete and informative. Written mostly in English, they are among only eighteen surviving sets of Pre-Reformation churchwardens' accounts which cover the whole period 1535-70, when most Reformation change took place.

The Art of Swordsmanship by Hans Lecküchner

Translated by Jeffrey L. Forgeng
Published by Boydell Press
Price: £19.99 / $25.95

English translation of one of the most significant medieval texts on fighting with swords.

Vernacular Literary Theory from the French of Medieval England

Edited by Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Thelma Fenster and Delbert W. Russell
Published by D.S. Brewer
Price: £25.00 / $34.95

(Also available in eBook)


Excerpts from texts (with translation) from the French of medieval England offer a guide to medieval literary theory.

Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance

Edited by Neil Cartlidge
Published by D.S. Brewer
Price: £25.00 / $34.95

Investigations into the heroic - or not - behaviour of the protagonists of medieval romance.

A Companion to Lope de Vega

Edited by Alexander Samson and Jonathan Thacker
Published by Tamesis
Price: £19.99 / $25.95

An assessment of the life, work and reputation of Spain's leading Golden Age dramatist

Beauty and Innovation in la machine chinoise

by Richard E. Muller
Published by Pendragon Press
Price: £35.00 / $34.95

An innovative look at musical exoticism in works by Falla, Debussy, Ravel, and Roussel, a type of piece that Debussy termed la machine chinoise.

The Comic Scares Return

by Terrence R. Wandtke
Published by RIT Press
Price: £25.00
No North American Rights

An examination of the popular horror comics of the 1950s and their re-emergence thirty years later.

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