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Books from 2016

Cover of Disciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to MiltonDisciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton, Kenneth Graham. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.

This text studies the relationship between English poetry and church discipline in four carefully chosen bodies of poetry written between the Reformation and the death of John Milton. Its primary goal is to fill a gap in the field of Protestant poetics, which has never produced a study focused on the way in which poetry participates in and reflects on the post-Reformation English Church's attempts to govern conduct. Its secondary goal is to revise the understandings of discipline which social theorists and historians have offered, and which literary critics have largely accepted. It argues that knowledge of the early modern culture of discipline illuminates some important poetic traditions and some major English poets, and it shows that this poetry in turn throws light on verbal and affective aspects of the disciplinary process that prove difficult to access through other sources, challenging assumptions about the means of social control, the structures of authority, and the practical implications of doctrinal change.

Cover of Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III Comparative ReligionSelected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III Comparative Religion, Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Edited by: Richard M. Jaffe, Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya. University of California Press, 2016.

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki was a key figure in the introduction of Buddhism to the non-Asian world. This third volume of Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki brings together a diverse collection of Suzuki’s letters, essays, and lectures about non-Buddhist religions and his thoughts on their relation to Buddhism, as well as his reflections on the nature of religion itself. Some of these writings have been translated into English for the first time in this volume. As a long-term resident of the United States, a world traveler, and a voracious consumer of information about all forms of religion, Suzuki was one of the foremost Japanese mediators of Eastern and Western religious cultures for nearly seven decades. An introduction analyzes Suzuki’s frequent encounters with texts and practitioners of many religions, considers how events in Suzuki’s lifetime affected his interpretations of Christianity, Shinto, and other traditions, and demonstrates that his legacy as a scholar extends well beyond Buddhism.

 Public-Private PartnershipsAbout Canada: Public-Private Partnerships, Heather Whiteside. Fernwood Publishing, 2016.

In a public-private partnership, or P3, a private, for-profit corporation assumes control over the design, construction, financing and operation of public infrastructure and services. P3s have been used in Canada since the early 1990s, but they are now so common that they have become the standard way in which multimillion-dollar projects and services are delivered across the country. The problem? P3s fundamentally transform public infrastructure, public services, labour relations, public sectors and the everyday lives of Canadians. While contracting out services is supposed to save money, P3s often cost more in the long run and are host to poor working conditions and confidentiality and accountability issues. And in the end, it is us, the public, who foots the bill for these increasing costs, essentially subsidizing corporate investments for services that our governments used to provide

 A Very Short IntroductionBRICS: A Very Short Introduction, Andrew Cooper. Oxford University Press, 2016.

This text provides an informative, analytical and comprehensive overview of the BRICS. It addresses a wide range of issues concerning the BRICS in our contemporary political landscape and offers an explanation of what the BRICS have been able to accomplish as a hybrid club, forum, and lobby group in global politics, and their potential trajectory going forwards.

Cover for Constitutional Amendment in CanadaConstitutional Amendment in Canada, Edited by: Emmett Macfarlane. University of Toronto Press, 2016.

In Canada, the 1982 Constitution Act contains the amending formula, which outlines a set of procedures required to make changes to the constitution. Recent debates over Senate reform, the status of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the rules governing royal succession have highlighted how important the amending formula is in maintaining the vitality and relevance of the governing system.

Cover of Textes missionnaires dans l’espace francophone. Tome 1. Rencontre, réécriture, mémoireTextes missionnaires dans l’espace francophone. Tome 1. Rencontre, réécriture, mémoire, Guy Poirier. Presses de l'Université Laval, 2016.

Dans ce premier recueil d’articles issus des travaux de l’équipe de partenariat " Textes missionnaires dans l’espace francophone ", les auteurs scrutent cet univers bien particulier de la rencontre, sous l’Ancien Régime, selon les modalités de l’écriture et de sa transmission. De l’analyse de modèles de représentation et de dialogue aux prémices de l’acculturation, de la réception et de la réécriture des textes missionnaires à l’élaboration de stratégies de conversion, de l’édification à la satire, de la mise en mémoire à l’oubli, nos démarches visent à comprendre, grâce au texte, les éléments et la dynamique de ce qui a constitué, pour le meilleur ou pour le pire, cet univers religieux de la mission qui se développa parallèlement à ce que nous appelons aujourd’hui la francophonie.

Cover of PrintopolisPrintopolis, Edited by Tara Cooper and Jenn Law. Open Studio, 2016.

Printopolis celebrates the history of print culture in Canada, expanding the discourse on contemporary print theory. This volume considers print from a range of perspectives: collecting, material artifacts and the archive, social activism, intervention, pedagogy, technology, and public space. It combines critical theory and rich illustrations, including artist pages commissioned for the publication, with essays reflecting on Open Studio’s 45-year legacy. Ultimately, it presents print as a culture of evolving processes and technologies; a set of methodological, pedagogical, and conceptual strategies for ‘thinking’ about making.

Cover of Egypt beyond Tahrir SquareEgypt beyond Tahrir Square, Edited by Bessma Momani and Eid Mohamed, Indiana University Press, 2016.

On January 25, 2011, the world's eyes were on Egypt's Tahrir Square as millions of people poured into the city center to call for the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak. Since then, few scholars or journalists have been given the opportunity to reflect on the nationwide moment of transformation and the hope that was embodied by the Egyptian Revolution. In this important and necessary volume, leading Egyptian academics and writers share their eyewitness experiences. They examine how events unfolded in relation to key social groups and institutions such as the military, police, labor, intellectuals, Coptic Christians, and the media; share the mood of the nation; assess what happened when three recent regimes of Egyptian rule came to an end; and account for the dramatic rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Cover of The Anthem Companion to Everett HughesThe Anthem Companion to Everett Hughes, Edited by: Rick Helmes-Hayes and Marco Santoro. Anthem Press, 2016.

The Anthem Companion to Everett Hughes is a comprehensive and updated critical discussion of Hughes’s contribution to sociology and his current legacy in the social sciences. A global team of scholars discusses issues such as the international circulation of Hughes’s work, his intellectual biography, his impact on current ethnographic research practices and the use in current research of such Hughesian concepts as master status, dirty work and bastard institutions. This companion is a useful reference for students of classical sociology, practitioners of ethnographic research and scholars of sociology in the Chicagoan tradition.

book cover imageTwo Travelers. Sarah Tolmie. Aqueduct Press, 2016.

In "Dancer on the Stairs," a woman wakes up on a stone staircase in a baroque palace, not speaking the language of the place and lacking the chemical signature that allows people to identify each other within a complex social hierarchy. Unable to communicate in words, she resorts to dance. In "The Burning Furrow," a man who runs a diner in present-day America is also a freedom-fighter in the northern, courtly realm of Dinesen. His people are abused foreigners at home, the servants of strangers, bound not by their overlords, but by their world itself, through a ritual known as the burning of the furrows. Only he and his family are free—for a time. Now that time is ending.

book cover imageNo Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career. Larry Smith. HarperCollins, 2016.

Each year, millions of talented college and university students graduate with little or no real sense of what their next step will be, yet they are determined not to settle for so-so careers; they are looking for great careers. Smith points out that only a few fortunate souls are born knowing exactly what they want to pursue in life. The rest of us have to stop making excuses and start asking ourselves tough questions about achieving our goals. In his straightforward, no-nonsense approach, Smith itemizes and dismisses all the usual excuses, fears and worries that people hide behind when trying to find their true direction.

book cover imageAdapting War Horse: Cognition, the Spectator, and a Sense of Play. Toby Malone and Chris Jackman. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

This book analyses the success and adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse to stage, radio, live events, and feature film, in different cultures, on tours, and in translation. In under a decade, War Horse has gone from obscure children’s novel to arguably one of the world’s most recognisable theatrical brands, thanks to innovative puppet designs from South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company in an acclaimed stage production from the National Theatre of Great Britain. With emphasis on embodied spectatorship, collaborative meaning-making, and imaginative ‘play,’ this book generates fresh insights into the enduring popularity of the franchise’s eponymous protagonist, Joey, offering the most in-depth study of War Horse to date. 

book cover imageKnowledge and the Norm of Assertion: An Essay in Philosophical Science. John Turri. Open Book Publishers, 2016.

Language is a human universal reflecting our deeply social nature. Among its essential functions, language enables us to quickly and efficiently share information. We tell each other that many things are true—that is, we routinely make assertions. Information shared this way plays a critical role in the decisions and plans we make.  Knowledge and the Norm of Assertion investigates the rules or norms that structure our social practice of assertion. Combining evidence from philosophy, psychology, and biology, John Turri shows that knowledge is the central norm of assertion and explains why knowledge plays this role.

book cover imageSeleukid Royal Women: Creation, Representation and Distortion of Hellenistic Queenship in the Seleukid Empire. Altay Coskun and Alex McAuley. Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016.

The study of royal women has been one of the most dynamic fields of inquiry into the Hellenistic world (ca. 336–30 BC) and has dramatically shifted our perceptions of gender, status, and influence in the ancient world. Amid numerous works on the Ptolemies, Antigonids, and Argeads, this volume is the first to examine the roles and representations of the women of the Seleukid dynasty and its clients. These royal women were born or married into a dynasty that ruled an empire spanning dozens of cultures and languages, encompassing territory from western Asia Minor to modern-day Afghanistan. As representatives of their family's prestige, they were highly influential in shaping the culture and legacy of this Empire that spanned East and West.

book cover imageDisciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton. Kenneth J.E. Graham. Routledge, 2016.

Disciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton studies the relationship between English poetry and church discipline in four carefully chosen bodies of poetry written between the Reformation and the death of John Milton. Its primary goal is to fill a gap in the field of Protestant poetics, which has never produced a study focused on the way in which poetry participates in and reflects on the post-Reformation English Church's attempts to govern conduct. Its secondary goal is to revise the understandings of discipline which social theorists and historians have offered, and which literary critics have largely accepted.

book cover imageHolocene Prehistory in the Télidjène Basin, Eastern Algeria. Assembled and edited by David Lubell. Archaeopress, 2016.

Kef Zoura D and Aïn Misteheyia are stratified Capsian escargotières (one openair, the other a rockshelter) in the Télidjène Basin, Eastern Algeria. They were excavated in the 1970s but have remained incompletely published. The sites are the only modern excavations of a Capsien Typique/Capsien Supérieur sequence, demonstrating that this is indeed a chronological progression related to the 8200 cal BP climate event. The technological (introduction of pressure flaking), palaeoeconomic and palaeoecological changes related to this event are examined in these contributions.

book cover imageEnvironmental Ethics from the Roots Up: An Introductory Anthology (1st edition). Edited by Heather E. Douglas. Cognella, 2016.

As environmental issues become ever more central in democratic societies, understanding the ethical basis on which our relationship with the environment is structured has never been more important. The centrality of environmental issues in policy disputes, business decisions, political conflicts, and consumer choices requires us to have a clear sense of our ethical obligations with respect to the environment. Environmental Ethics from the Roots Up: An Introductory Anthology enables students from the humanities, science, and social sciences to consider the normative issues that arise across many environmental debates, uncovering the underlying conceptual tensions and philosophical viewpoints.

book cover imageGéographie des confins : Espace et écriture chez Pierre Morency, Pierre Nepveu et Louis Hamelin. Élise Lepage. Les Éditions David, 2016.

Comment écrire les lieux de confins que sont tout à la fois la campagne, la forêt, la petite ville et le Nord ? Cette question se pose avec d’autant plus d’acuité que l’entrée de la littérature québécoise dans la modernité a été fortement associée à la ville, alors que les régions étaient identifiées à un héritage littéraire et idéologique passéiste. À travers l’étude des oeuvres de Pierre Morency, de Pierre Nepveu et de Louis Hamelin, cet ouvrage montre comment la subjectivité élabore une attitude réflexive propice à l’écriture et qui permet de reconsidérer la place qu’occupent les espaces marginaux dans l’imaginaire contemporain.

book cover imageBeyond the Binary: Thinking about Sex and Gender. Shannon Dea. Broadview Press,  2016.

How many sexes are there? What is the relationship between sex and gender? Is gender a product of nature, or nurture, or both? In Beyond the Binary, Shannon Dea addresses these questions and others while introducing readers to evidence and theoretical perspectives from a range of cultures and disciplines, and from sources spanning three millennia. Dea’s pluralistic and historically informed approach offers readers a timely background to current debates about sex and gender in the media, health sciences, and public policy.

book cover imageCanadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives. Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley, editors. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.  Winner of the 2016 Gabrielle Roy Prize (ACQL)

Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to show how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays explore the visual styles and storytelling techniques of Canadian cartoonists, as well as their shared concern with the spectacular vulnerability of the self. Canadian Graphic also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, including Indigenous–settler relations, both world wars, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.

Note: Books are listed in no particular order, and book descriptions have been adapted from those appearing on publisher websites.

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