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We’ll launch nine new books by seven author/editors that were published in 2012. The event begins at 4:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge of UPEI’s Main Building..
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Contact Person: Dave Atkinson
Department: Integrated Communications
Phone: (902) 620-5117
Email: datkinson@upei.ca

Join us Wednesday, January 16 for a celebration of the culture of writing and publishing from UPEI’s Faculty of Arts. We’ll launch nine new books by seven author/editors that were published in 2012. The event begins at 4:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge of UPEI’s Main Building. Books will be available for sale and for signing.

This year’s titles include:

Godfrey Baldacchino and Anna Baldacchino, A Taste of Islands: 60 Recipes and Stories from Our World of Islands (Charlottetown: Island Studies Press, 2012)

Godfrey Baldacchino, ed, Island Songs: A Global Repertoire (launched at a separate event earlier this year). This book is the first to emerge from the UPEI-led AIRS Project (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing).

Ann Braithwaite, Catherine M. Orr, and Diane Lichtenstein, eds, Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies (New York: Routledge: 2012)

Sarah Glassford & Amy J. Shaw, eds, A Sisterhood of Suffering & Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012)

John McIntyre, and Miranda Hickman, eds, Rereading the New Criticism (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2012)

Richard Raiswell, ed, with Peter Dendle, The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, 2012)

Raiswell is also an editor of a new academic journal: Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural (published bi-annually by Penn State University Press)

Richard Lemm, ed. Riptides: New Island Fiction. Introduction by Richard Lemm. (Charlottetown: Acorn Press, 2012)

Laurie Brinklow, author, Here for the Music (Charlottetown: Acorn Press, 2012)

More on each of the titles:

A Taste of Islands
Anna and Godfrey Baldacchino (Editors)
(Island Studies Press)

60 Recipes and Stories from Our World of Islands
“This book is a journey to some of the world's many and diverse islands, captured in signature dishes and between pages."
-Grant McCall, President, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA)
Food is the quintessential social jelly of our lives. We make new friends and consolidate existing ones around meals; we use food to mark events in our lives; we share in our joys and sorrows by breaking bread together.

There is a connection between certain food and where it comes from. Can there be a North American thanksgiving without turkey and pumpkin pie? Or a Dragon Boat Festival in China without zhong-zi? Mexico without tapas? India without curry?

Besides the standard information necessary to these 60 delicious recipes from islands all over the world -- their ingredients and method of preparation -- editors Anna and Godfrey Baldacchino elaborate on what each signature dish tells us about its island: its historical-anthropological story.

A Taste of Islands is full colour throughout, with beautiful photos of each island's signature dish.

Anna Baldacchino loves to cook. In accompanying her husband Godfrey on various overseas travels, she has tried her hand at preparing island foods in places such as Barbados, Fiji, Iceland, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, Canada, Taiwan and Australia.

Godfrey Baldacchino loves to eat. He is Canada Research Chair (Island Studies) at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; and Vice-President of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA).

Island Songs: A Global Repertoire
Godfrey Baldacchino (Editor)
(Scarecrow Press)

Island Songs is a work of sonic anthropology that does more than probe song as a part of the sociocultural life on islands. It illuminates how song performs island life. Gathered here are 15 case study chapters on islands in the Caribbean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Baltic, and the South Pacific, all framed by four eclectic, conceptual essay contributions. In Island Songs, islands are presented as distinct vantage points for observing the merger of the local and the global, as poignantly expressed through song. This book brings together the perspectives and experiences of sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, cultural studies specialists, folklorists, ethnomusicologists, singers, and musicians. Island Songs will interest not only ethnomusicologists but any and all scholars interested in the effects of globalization on traditional cultures.

Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies
Catherine M. Orr, Ann Braithwaite, Diane Lichtenstein (Editors)
Routledge, December 2011
#162 in Social & Cultural Studies

Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies re-examines the field’s foundational assumptions by identifying and critically analyzing eighteen of its key terms. Each essay investigates a single term (e.g., feminism, interdisciplinarity, intersectionality) by asking how it has come to be understood and mobilized in Women’s and Gender Studies and then explicates the roles it plays in both producing and shutting down possible versions of the field. The goal of the book is to trace and expose critical paradoxes, ironies, and contradictions embedded in the language of Women’s and Gender Studies—from its high theory to its casual conversations—that relies on these key terms. Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies offers a fresh approach to structuring Feminist Theory, Senior Capstone, and introductory graduate-level courses in Women’s and Gender Studies.

A Sisterhood of Suffering & Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War
Sarah Glassford & Amy J. Shaw (Editors)
(UBC Press)

The First World War demanded sacrifice from all levels of society, and the degree to which citizens at home were expected to "do their bit" was made explicit in national propaganda. Women and girls in Canada and Newfoundland were indelibly affected by, and were integral parts of, their countries’ war efforts. Yet their varied responses and myriad activities are not recognized in our memory of the war.

A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service actively engages in redressing that absence and in exploring why the retelling of women’s stories meets such resistance. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary spectrum of recent work -- studies on mobilizing women, paid and volunteer employment at home and overseas, grief, childhood, family life, and literary representations -- this collection brings Canadian and Newfoundland women and girls into the history of the First World War and marks their place in the narrative of national transformation.

Recognizing women’s active and emotional responses to the First World War is a crucial step towards understanding how that war shaped Newfoundland and Canada both during and after the conflict. This volume is therefore essential reading for anyone interested in the history of women, the First World War, Newfoundland, or Canada.

Rereading the New Criticism
Miranda B. Hickman and John D. McIntyre (Editors)
(Ohio State University Press)

Committed to rigorous “close reading” and engagement with the “text itself” rather than information “extrinsic” to the text, John Crowe Ransom and a group of colleagues in the American South of the 1930s established a vanguard approach to literary criticism they called the “New Criticism.” By the 1940s, New Critical methods had become the dominant pedagogy in departments of English at colleges and universities across America, enjoying disciplinary hegemony until the late 1960s, when an influx of new theoretical work in literary studies left the New Criticism in shadow. Inspired by a range of new commentary reconsidering the New Criticism (from critics including Jane Gallop, Terry Eagleton, Charles Altieri, and Camille Paglia), the essays in Rereading the New Criticism reevaluate the New Critical corpus, trace its legacy, and explore resources it might offer for the future of theory, criticism, and pedagogy. Addressing the work of New Critics such as Ransom, Cleanth Brooks, and Robert Penn Warren, as well as important forerunners of the New Critics such as I. A. Richards and William Empson, these ten essays shed new light on the genesis of the New Criticism and its significant contributions to the development of academic literary studies in North America; revisit its chief arguments and methods; interrogate received ideas about the movement; and consider how its theories and techniques might inform new methodologies for literary and cultural studies in the twenty-first century.

The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe
Richard Raiswell with Peter Dendle (Editors)
(Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies)

While theologians from Augustine and Gregory to Aquinas, Luther, and De Lancre struggled to determine the nature of the devil and the extent of his powers, the men and women of premodern Europe felt – and saw – the presence of the devil all around them. Theirs were societies and cultures in which the devil and his assorted crew of minions were ascribed real potency in the natural world. Treating the devil not as a reified theological entity but as a dynamic concept that was made and remade over the centuries according to cultural priorities and the exigencies of circumstance, the articles in this collection probe how the devil and demonism operated as explanatory categories that helped create and rationalise experience, thereby shaping the way people lived their lives and understood their place and role in the world.

Richard Raiswell was the founding creator and continues to be the Books Reviews Editor of a new journal:
Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural
Preternature is a rigorously peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for original research that touches on the appearance of magic, prophecy, demonology, monstrophy, the occult, and related topics that stand in the liminal space between the natural world and the preternatural.

Preternature publishes scholarly articles, notes, and reviews covering all time periods and geographies, from a variety of academic approaches. As an English language publication, the Western tradition is inevitably an important focus, but the journal strongly encourages submissions covering cultural traditions worldwide.

The third volume of Preternature is currently in the works.

Riptides: New Island Fiction
Richard Lemm (Editor)
(Acorn Press)

A call was sent out asking writers to submit unpublished short stories for a fiction anthology featuring newer writers with a significant P.E.I. connection. There were no boundaries for setting or genre, only a limit of 5,000 words. PEI is strong on tradition, which includes out-migration and immigration. Thus, its culture and demographics are changing, and these PEI writers both are Island-born and hail from away - Australia and Calgary, Newfoundland and Ukraine. The result is twenty-three stories, which take the reader from a ritual gathering of PEI widows to Chernobyl in the nuclear disaster?s aftermath, from a menacing marital game of hide-and-seek through the Maritime landscape to gender clashes on an outback sheep ranch, from a religious commune in Alberta to the Enlightenment Tour bus into Quebec. Whether the characters are struggling for dear life in breaking surf, gasping for emotional air at a ladies’ candle party or fearing the Tall Tailor?s scissors, the authors demonstrate a rich variety of fictional talent and imagination emerging from what Island poet Milton Acorn called the “red tongue...In the ranged jaws of the Gulf,” and revising our perception of “the land of Anne.”

Here for the Music
Laurie Brinklow (Author)
(Acorn Press)

Laurie Brinklow’s long-awaited first collection of poems beaches the reader on the shores of contemporary womanhood. Strewn with memories of the tumultuous journey through childhood to adulthood and the detritus of relationships chanced and abandoned, finally being “here” brings to devotion to daughters and friends and an Island place. Brinklow’s book contains the tidal pull of loss and renewal, departure and arrival that keeps a lover of islands so close to the edges of life and death. That’s the here. But what she is “here” for is both more magical and more pragmatic: the music. It’s the music of language and the dance of human relationships, the sex and love melodies that bewilder and beguile. Brinklow brings this music down to us where we live, with the earthy touch of the “angel-in-charge-of-things-as-they-really-are.”