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Perspective: Selected Essays on Space in Art and Design

Edited by Sarina Miller, Temple University

ISBN: 978-1-64889-621-7
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$85 £70 €80

'Perspective: Selected Essays on Space in Art and Design' explores the ways in which visual and physical space have been designed and experienced in different cultures. This book seeks to amplify the significance of space as a design element by examining its implications in various contexts through a global perspective of art and design. Art history is considered in its broadest sense through the chronological and geographical diversity of selected topics, which include paintings, interior and garden design, art installations, and architecture. Each essay focuses on a specific time and place and provides historical and cultural context, critical insight, and visual analyses of selected examples. The common thread of “space” unifies the essays, and their inherent variety allows them to be read in any order, individually or in some combination, making this book equally useful as a primary or supplemental course textbook or as a reference book for the art and design scholar or enthusiast.

Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia: A Prolegomena

M. Andrew Holowchak

ISBN: 978-1-64889-620-0
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$75 £59 €69

'Thomas Jefferson’s' Notes on Virginia: 'A Prolegomena' is an attempt to provide an alternative reading to current interpretations of the book. The book is neither a simple omnium gatherum nor its message accessible only through deconstruction. There is, Holowchak asserts, a fairly obvious movement from nature ('phusis') in the first seven queries to culture ('nomos') in the remaining 17 queries. Jefferson’s aim is the appropriation of what nature had given for humans’ use—to perfect the social state by taming nature and putting it to use for human betterment. The book was meant to be read at first precisely in the manner in which he had lain out his queries. Once read thus, the discerning reader would see the dialectical relationship between the natural and cultural queries. There are today two common theses advanced by scholars who have tackled the issue of Jefferson’s motives in crafting his 'Notes on Virginia'. The first thesis, the Alphabet-Soup Thesis, maintains that the book is more or less a loose collection of notes in answer to the queries given by French diplomat François Barbé-Marbois. Jefferson’s altering the arrangement of his answers to the questions is a matter of allowing for a smoother “narrative” for his answers, but other than that, one ought to be cautious not to read too much into his restructuring. The second thesis, the Deconstructionist Thesis, is that meticulous deconstruction of the text reveals a latent thesis, which Jefferson, consciously or subconsciously, kept insidiously from his readers. Both views are problematic. The former cannot explain why Jefferson fell so deeply into the project, rearranged Marbois’ questions so that the book would flow smoothly from nature to culture, and continually revise his often-lengthy answers, even after the Stockdale edition in 1787. The latter suffers from the fact that Jefferson tended never to write elliptically.

Language, Land and Belonging: Poetic Inquiries

Edited by Natalie Honein, American University of Sharjah, UAE and Margaret McKeon, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

January 2023 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-607-1
Availability: In stock
224pp. ¦ $87 £72 €82

This volume takes up themes emergent from the 7th International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry (ISPI) which invited participants to reflect on the United Nations Declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In this refereed collection, Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors use poetic inquiry to explore the importance of their ancestral languages and lands, and consider the Indigenous languages and peoples of the lands where they live. Situated in diverse global contexts, poet-researchers examine the intersectionality of their languages, their lands, and their sense of belonging. They offer relational understandings of, and articulate obligations for, their environment and communities. Through stories of shared generational pain and renewal, each author brings the reader into their world of learning and growth. They do this through discourses of belonging and relational responsibilities that tie them to a place, a genealogy. As a method of study that incorporates poetry into academic research, poetic inquiry is concerned with particularity, complexity, and transformations. Making research more visceral and evocative, it invites researchers to examine and engage with the knowledge they seek through a continual process of questioning, welcoming, and awareness. In this volume, poetic inquiry helps to honor languages and histories taken for granted; it allows looking back in order to reexamine, redefine, and make sense of the present and its shortcomings while reimagining a different future. This work seeks to reclaim, through poetic inquiry, wisdom of language, land, and belonging.

Miracles and the Concept of Impossibility: The Resurrection and the Shroud of Turin

Anthony Walsh, Boise State University

January 2023 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-598-2
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122pp. ¦ $50 £39 €46

'Miracles and the Concept of Impossibility' takes a fresh look at the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus. A miracle is inexplicable by the methods of science and thus deemed impossible. I examine the concept of impossibility with primary reference to David Hume’s notion that there is a boundary of probability beyond which the improbable becomes the impossible, calculated at 10150. Physicists have declared that the universe is inevitable and, at the same time, impossible. Its inevitability is obvious, but the mind-boggling improbability that a biocentric universe exists vastly exceeds the probability boundary. If a miracle is defined as an impossibility, the universe is a miracle. The origin of life is just as miraculously impossible because the probability of dead organic molecules evolving into the organic molecules of life is even less than it is for the existence of the universe. This book also looks at what the Resurrection means in terms of the atonement and the concepts of hell and universal salvation. This is followed by an examination of the evidence for the Resurrection and historical and archaeological reasons for trusting the New Testament. Secular explanations of the Resurrection are examined and pitted against the Christian account in terms of their explanatory scope and power. The last two chapters look at the “silent witness” to the resurrection, the Shroud of Turin bearing the image of a terribly tortured and crucified man. For 125 years, scientists have been unable to discover how the image was imprinted on the cloth; thus, I conclude that it is the “silent witness” to the Resurrection—the authentic Shroud of Jesus Christ.

Voices From the Wreckage: Young Adult Voices in the #MeToo Movement

Edited by Kimberly Karshner, Lorain County Community College

ISBN: 978-1-64889-605-7
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262pp. ¦ $90 £74 €84

'Voices From the Wreckage: Young Adult Voices in the #MeToo Movement' is an edited collection by Kimberly Greenfield Karshner (Lorain County Community College). This collection focuses on situating young adult voices in the #MeToo movement, and into American culture and identity. Children’s and young adult literature is an area of study that has rapidly evolved in the past ten years, bringing previously silenced voices to light. This is especially true for YA LGBTQ+ voices, and also for young narrators who are not only discovering, celebrating, and coming to terms with their identities, but also dealing with assaults on their identities. This collection will build on what writers like Laurie Halse Anderson have begun, first with her groundbreaking book on sexual assault, 'Speak', published in 1999, and more currently, her follow-up book, 'Shout' (2019). These authors continue what Anderson started, exploring texts from the perspectives of YA male and female voices, Native American and international perspectives, and LGBTQ+ character representation. Chapters investigate various literary forms such as graphic novels, memoirs, and novels, and cover topics such as sexual desire, consent, trauma, and survivorship. The literature featured in this volume will assure young people that they can tell their stories and that they will be heard. 'Voices From the Wreckage' will be a valuable tool for anyone who teaches Young Adult Literature, or for those who are avid readers and fans of the genre. The authors in this collection are starting and continuing very important conversations on the topic of sexual abuse and trauma, a conversation necessary for the intended audiences of these books, and for adult readers and teachers who are facilitating the emotions connected to these topics.

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