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All our titles are available to read for free online, in their entirety. Presently the ‘free to read’ version is provided through Google Books, but this will change in coming months when they will be streamed from our own site. We also publish Open Access supplementary digital material, including extra chapters, image galleries and audio/visual material, and have also created an interactive Open Access edition of one title – allowing reader comment and discussion. We are active in collaborating with academic groups and institutions to help them produce Open Access series.

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All book proposals received are initially assessed by our Editorial Board. Authors of those proposal deemed academically credible by the Board are asked to submit full manuscripts for review by a minimum of two academic experts in the relevant field, selected by the Editorial Board. This is a blind (typically not a double-blind) review process. All reviewers are informed that our academic standards are very high and comparable to that of the very best University Presses, and asked to review the manuscripts accordingly. Publication decisions are made by the Editorial Board once the reviewers’ reports have been received.
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The Altering Eye: Contemporary International Cinema

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ISBN: 9781906924034 9781906924041 9781906924058 Year: Pages: 326 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0002 Language: English
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Subject: Performing Arts
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The Altering Eye covers a “golden age” of international cinema from the end of WWII through to the New German Cinema of the 1970s. Combining historical, political, and textual analysis, Kolker develops a pattern of cinematic invention and experimentation from neorealism through the modernist interventions of Jean-Luc Godard and Rainer Maria Fassbinder, focusing along the way on such major figures as Luis Buñuel, Joseph Losey, the Brazilian director Glauber Rocha, and the work of major Cuban filmmakers. First published in 1983, Kolker’s book has become a much quoted classic in the field of film studies, providing essential reading for anybody interested in the history of European and international cinema. This new and completely revised edition includes a substantive new preface by the author and an updated bibliography.

Les Bienveillantes de Jonathan Littel

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ISBN: 9781906924225 9781906924218 9781906924232 Year: Pages: 344 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0006 Language: French
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones), caused a literary sensation in 2006. Described as “deliberately repellent” by The New York Times, Jonathan Littel’s novel tells the story of World War II through the eyes of former SS officer Maximilien Aue. This is the first academic study of this controversial, best-selling work. Twenty-one leading scholars discuss the aesthetics, themes and characters of the novel, as well as formal aspects of Littel’s writing. They tackle ideas surrounding parricide, genocide, ant-Semitism and the Holocaust as well as Littel’s portrayal of both historical and fictional characters. The collection offers a deeply varied range of approaches to Littel’s work and is essential reading for anyone interested in representations of World War II, the Holocaust and contemporary French literature.

Bourdieu and Literature

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ISBN: 9781906924423 9781906924430 9781906924447 Year: Pages: 203 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0027 Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Philosophy
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This is a wide-ranging, rigorous and accessible introduction to the relationship between Pierre Bourdieu’s work and literary studies. It provides a comprehensive overview and critical assessment of his contributions to literary theory and his thinking about authors and literary works.

Brownshirt Princess: A Study of the “Nazi Conscience”

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ISBN: 9781906924065 9781906924072 9781906924089 Year: Pages: 202 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0003 Language: English
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Subject: History
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Princess Marie Adelheid of Lippe-Biesterfeld was a rebellious young writer who became a fervent Nazi. Heinrich Vogeler was a well-regarded artist who was to join the German Communist Party. Ludwig Roselius was a successful businessman who had made a fortune from his invention of decaffeinated coffee. What was it about the revolutionary climate following World War I that induced three such different personalities to collaborate in the production of a slim volume of poetry — entitled Gott in mir — about the indwelling of the divine within the human? Lionel Gossman’s study situates this poem in the ideological context that made the collaboration possible. The study also outlines the subsequent life of the Princess who, until her death in 1993, continued to support and celebrate the ideals and heroes of National Socialism.

Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation

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Book Series: Classics Textbooks ISSN: 2054-2437 (Print) 2054-2445 (Online) ISBN: 9781906924539 9781906924539 9781906924546 9781906924553 9781906924645 9781906924638 Year: Pages: 199 Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures --- History
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This volume provides a portion of the original text of Cicero’s speech in Latin, a detailed commentary, study aids and a translation. Ingo Gildenhard’s commentary will be of particular interest to students of Latin at both high school and undergraduate level. It will also be of help to Latin teachers and to anyone interested in Cicero, language and rhetoric, and the legal culture of Ancient Rome. A free online interactive edition is also available.

The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925: Theory of a Genre

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ISBN: 9781909254756 9781909254763 9781909254770 9781909254787 9781909254794 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 210 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0039 Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an author's creativity. Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular - the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - even the greatest writers followed strict generic conventions that were far from subtle. This expanded and updated translation of Florence Goyet's influential La Nouvelle, 1870-1925: Description d'un genre à son apogée (Paris, 1993) is the only study to focus exclusively on this classic period across different continents. Ranging through French, English, Italian, Russian and Japanese writing - particularly the stories of Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, Giovanni Verga, Anton Chekhov and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke - Goyet shows that these authors were able to create brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple 'tools of brevity' of that period. In this challenging and far-reaching study, Goyet looks at classic short stories in the context in which they were read at the time: cheap newspapers and higher-end periodicals. She demonstrates that, despite the apparent intention of these stories to question bourgeois ideals, they mostly affirmed the prejudices of their readers. In doing so, her book forces us to re-think our preconceptions about this 'forgotten' genre.

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Coleridge's Laws: A Study of Coleridge in Malta

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ISBN: 9781906924126 9781906924133 9781906924140 Year: Pages: 375 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0005 Language: English
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Subject: History --- Law --- Migration
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge is best known as a great poet and literary theorist, but for a period of his life he held real political power, acting as Public Secretary to the British Civil Commissioner in Malta in 1805. Barry Hough and Howard Davis show how Coleridge’s actions in this role differ markedly from the idealism he had advocated before taking office — shedding new light on Coleridge’s sense of political and legal morality. Meticulously researched and including newly discovered archival materials, Coleridge’s Laws provides detailed analysis of the laws and public notices drafted by Coleridge, together with the first published translations of them.

Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics

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Book Series: Digital humanities series ISSN: 2054-2410 (Print) 2054-2429 (Online) ISBN: 9781909254251 9781909254268 9781909254275 9781909254282 9781909254299 Year: Pages: 448 Language: English
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Subject: Education
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Academic institutions are starting to recognize the growing public interest in digital humanities research, and there is an increasing demand from students for formal training in its methods. Despite the pressure on practitioners to develop innovative courses, scholarship in this area has tended to focus on research methods, theories and results rather than critical pedagogy and the actual practice of teaching. The essays in this collection offer a timely intervention in digital humanities scholarship, bringing together established and emerging scholars from a variety of humanities disciplines across the world. The first section offers views on the practical realities of teaching digital humanities at undergraduate and graduate levels, presenting case studies and snapshots of the authors’ experiences alongside models for future courses and reflections on pedagogical successes and failures. The next section proposes strategies for teaching foundational digital humanities methods across a variety of scholarly disciplines, and the book concludes with wider debates about the place of digital humanities in the academy, from the field’s cultural assumptions and social obligations to its political visions. Digital Humanities Pedagogy broadens the ways in which both scholars and practitioners can think about this emerging discipline, ensuring its ongoing development, vitality and long-term sustainability.

The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture

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Book Series: Digital humanities series ISSN: 2054-2410 (Print) 2054-2429 (Online) ISBN: 9781906924454 9781906924454 9781906924461 9781906924478 9781906924768 9781906924751 Year: Pages: 245 Language: English
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Subject: Media and communication --- Law
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Digital technology has made culture more accessible than ever before. Texts, audio, pictures and video can easily be produced, disseminated, used and remixed using devices that are increasingly user-friendly and affordable. However, along with this technological democratization comes a paradoxical flipside: the norms regulating culture's use — copyright and related rights — have become increasingly restrictive. This book brings together essays by academics, librarians, entrepreneurs, activists and policy makers, who were all part of the EU-funded Communia project. Together the authors argue that the Public Domain — that is, the informational works owned by all of us, be that literature, music, the output of scientific research, educational material or public sector information — is fundamental to a healthy society. The essays range from more theoretical papers on the history of copyright and the Public Domain, to practical examples and case studies of recent projects that have engaged with the principles of Open Access and Creative Commons licensing. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current debate about copyright and the Internet. It opens up discussion and offers practical solutions to the difficult question of the regulation of culture at the digital age.

Economic Fables

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ISBN: 9781906924775 9781906924799 9781906924805 9781906924812 Year: Pages: 266 Language: English
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Subject: Economics
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I had the good fortune to grow up in a wonderful area of Jerusalem, surrounded by a diverse range of people: Rabbi Meizel, the communist Sala Marcel, my widowed Aunt Hannah, and the intellectual Yaacovson. As far as I'm concerned, the opinion of such people is just as authoritative for making social and economic decisions as the opinion of an expert using a model. Part memoir, part crash-course in economic theory, this deeply engaging book by one of the world's foremost economists looks at economic ideas through a personal lens. Together with an introduction to some of the central concepts in modern economic thought, Ariel Rubinstein offers some powerful and entertaining reflections on his childhood, family and career. In doing so, he challenges many of the central tenets of game theory, and sheds light on the role economics can play in society at large. The book is as thought-provoking for seasoned economists as it is enlightening for newcomers to the field.

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