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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.
Acceptance is typically conditional on authors addressing reviewers’ comments and recommendations to the Editorial Board’s satisfaction.

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All our titles are published using one of the Creative Commons Licences. To date most titles have been published using the CC-BY-ND-NC licence, but some are published using CC-BY or CC-BY-ShareAlike licences.


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The Altering Eye: Contemporary International Cinema

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ISBN: 9781906924041 Year: Pages: 344 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

The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts

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ISBN: 9781783740284 Year: Pages: 227 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0041 Language: English
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Subject: Anthropology --- Languages and Literatures
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This is the first book to combine contemporary debates in ballad studies with the insights of modern textual scholarship. Just like canonical literature and music, the ballad should not be seen as a uniquely authentic item inextricably tied to a documented source, but rather as an unstable structure subject to the vagaries of production, reception, and editing. Among the matters addressed are topics central to the subject, including ballad origins, oral and printed transmission, sound and writing, agency and editing, and textual and melodic indeterminacy and instability. While drawing on the time-honoured materials of ballad studies, the book offers a theoretical framework for the discipline to complement the largely ethnographic approach that has dominated in recent decades. Primarily directed at the community of ballad and folk song scholars, the book will be of interest to researchers in several adjacent fields, including folklore, oral literature, ethnomusicology, and textual scholarship.

Beyond Holy Russia: The Life and Times of Stephen Graham

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ISBN: 9781783740130 Year: Pages: 369 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0040 Language: English
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This biography examines the long life of the traveller and author Stephen Graham. Graham walked across large parts of the Tsarist Empire in the years before 1917, describing his adventures in a series of books and articles that helped to shape attitudes towards Russia in Britain and the United States. In later years he travelled widely across Europe and North America, meeting some of the best known writers of the twentieth century, including H.G.Wells and Ernest Hemingway. Graham also wrote numerous novels and biographies that won him a wide readership on both sides of the Atlantic. This book traces Graham

Les Bienveillantes de Jonathan Littell:

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ISBN: 9781906924218 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 Littell

Bourdieu and Literature

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ISBN: 9781906924430 Year: Pages: 203 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0027 Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Philosophy
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Bourdieu and Literature 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. One of the foremost French intellectuals of the post-war era, Bourdieu has become a standard point of reference in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, art history, cultural studies, politics, and sociology, but his longstanding interest in literature has often been overlooked. This study explores the impact of literature on Bourdieu's intellectual itinerary, and how his literary understanding intersected with his sociological theory and thinking about cultural policy. This is the first full-length study of Bourdieu's work on literature in English, and it provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars of literary studies, cultural theory and sociology.

Brownshirt Princess: A Study of the 'Nazi Conscience'

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ISBN: 9781906924072 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

Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53

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Book Series: Classics Textbooks ISSN: 20542437/20542445 ISBN: 9781906924546 Year: Pages: 205 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0016 Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures --- History
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Looting, despoiling temples, attempted rape and judicial murder: these are just some of the themes of this classic piece of writing by one of the world

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

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ISBN: 9781909254763 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 219 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

Coleridge's Laws: A Study of Coleridge in Malta

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ISBN: 9781906924133 Year: Pages: 403 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 one, quite short, period of his life he held real political power

Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics

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Book Series: Digital Humanities Series ISSN: 20542410/20542429 ISBN: 9781909254268 Year: Pages: 447 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0024 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

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