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Featured New Book

Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling:
An Interdisciplinary Approach to
Narration as Therapy


In this cross-disciplinary study, a group of researchers critically examine the ways in which narrative--that is, written and told stories and legends--might aid in coping with traumatic or stressful life situations and with the emotions that these situations engender. Starting with an introduction of basic narrative theories and the therapeutic effects of storytelling, the book moves on to a series of lucid case studies. The contributors present a diversity of material, such as weblogs, poetry, magazines, memoirs, and oral accounts from antiquity to the present. With a diversity of perspectives-the contributors hail from a variety of fields, including folkloristics, psychology, writing studies, poetry therapies, and classical studies-this book benefits specialists in a number of different disciplines, as well as individuals interested in the possibility of inner exploration sparked by storytelling.


New Nonfiction Books:
   Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa
   Edited by Andrew Van Der Vlies

This book explores the power of print and the politics of the book in South Africa from a range of disciplinary perspectives-historical, bibliographic, literary-critical, sociological, and cultural studies. The essays collected here, by leading international scholars, address a range of topics as varied as: the role of print cultures in contests over the nature of the colonial public sphere in the nineteenth century; orthography; iimbongi, orature and the canon; book- collecting and libraries; print and transnationalism; Indian Ocean cosmopolitanisms; books in war; how the fates of South African texts, locally and globally, have been affected by their material instantiations; photocomics and other ephemera; censorship, during and after apartheid; books about art and books as art; local academic publishing; and the challenge of "book history" for literary and cultural criticism in contemporary South Africa.

  'Thinking Against the Current': Literature and Political Resistance

This collection of essays written between 1970 and 2010 covers political subjects as diverse as 17th-century Quaker persecution history, the social impact of Malthus, the self-emancipation of English women, Eleanor Rathbone on the human rights of girls, and German women's resistance to Hitler. The more literary subjects include the social thinking of the English Romantics, Dickens' Great Expectations, Simone Weil's essays attacking militarism, and Virginia Woolf's opposition to the State, as well as contemporary American women poets on the problem of war. But despite all its diversity, this compilation has one unifying theme: the necessity for "thinking against the current," as Virginia Woolf wrote in "Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid." The torch of resistance to oppression and militarism is shown to have been continuously handed on through the generations from the 17th century to today by men and women who had the courage, at whatever personal cost, to "fight with the mind." This book of passionate, lively essays is not merely a treasure trove for biographical researchers, it also introduces unfamiliar forebears who can help in the current struggle for a better world. 

   Women's Language: An Analysis of Style and
   Expression in Letters Before 1800

By linguistic close-reading of more than a thousand letters from the 12th through the 18th centuries--written in Latin, Swedish, French, German, and English--this compilation analyzes the differences in language and communication between women and men. Armed with an exhaustive stylistic analysis, this volume attempts to answer the question Is there a special niche reserved for women's language? As it pinpoints the variations in how women expressed themselves when addressing men or other women, this detailed investigation of style and expression comes to the conclusion that there is no evidence for a particular female language; however, this authoritative work is a joy to follow for anyone interested in language, linguistics, stylistic analysis, and gender.

   Reinventing the Sublime: Post-Romantic Literature and Theory
   Steven Vine 

This study looks at the return of the sublime in postmodernity literature as well as the intimations of a "post-Romantic" sublime in Romanticism itself. It examines 18th-century, Romantic, modernist, and postmodern "inventions" of the sublime alongside contemporary critical accounts of the relationship of sublimity to subjectivity, aesthetics, politics, and history. It reads Burke and Kant alongside postmodern discourses on the sublime; Wordsworth, De Quincey, and Mary Shelley in relation to temporality and materiality in Romanticism; and considers "modernist" inflections of the sublime in T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Djuna Barnes in relation to the themes of disjunction and excess in modernity. The book focuses on the endurance of the sublime in contemporary thinking, and on the way that the sublime can be read as a figure of the relationship of representation to temporality itself.

   Best Canadian Essays 2013

Culled from leading magazines on topics as diverse as race, economy, literature, sports, bioethics, and family, Best Canadian Essays 2013 contains award-winning and nominated nonfiction articles that are topical, engaging, and have their finger on the pulse of our contemporary psyches. The collection showcases the best essays from journals across the country and features authors including Wayne Grady "On the Willing Suspension of Disbelief," Patricia Robertson "Against Domesticated Fiction," Chris Turner "On Tipping in Cuba," Mark Kingwell "Building Cities, Making Friends," and many more.

   GiftED: The Tale of 10 Mysterious Book Sculptures
   Gifted to the City of Words and Ideas

Telling the story of the work of one highly talented and generous artist, this book details the paper sculptures left on a table in the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. One day in March 2011, staff noticed a wonderful sculpture, carved from paper and mounted on a book. It bore a tag expressing support for the library's work. From then until November 2011, nine more mysterious paper sculptures appeared in arts venues throughout Edinburgh, including the National Library of Scotland, the Filmhouse cinema, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Left anonymously, new sculptures appeared unexpectedly. This book is updated to include the latest paper sculptures that were revealed during Book Week in November 2012.


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