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2006-07

Freud’s Art – Psychoanalysis Retold
Janet Sayers

Janet Sayers provides a refreshing new introduction to psychoanalysis by retelling its story through art. She does this by bringing together experts from psychoanalysis, art history, and art education to show how art and psychoanalysis illuminate each other.

Freud’s Art begins with major founders of psychoanalysis – Freud, Jung, Spielrein and Klein. It then details art-minded developments of their ideas by Adrian Stokes, Jacques Lacan, Marion Milner, Anton Ehrenzweig, Donald Winnicott, and Wilfred Bion before concluding with the recent theories of Jean Laplanche and Julia Kristeva. The result is a book which highlights the importance of psychoanalysis, together with painting and the visual arts, to understanding the centrality of visual imagery, fantasy, nightmares and dreams to all of us, artists and non-artists alike.

Illustrated throughout with fascinating case histories, examples of well known and amateur art, doodles, drawings, and paintings by both analysts and their patients, Freud’s Art provides a compelling account of psychoanalysis for all those studying, working in, or simply intrigued by psychology, mental health and creativity today.

Food in Early Modern England
Joan Thirsk

Joan Thirsk’s book looks at what ordinary people ate and drank 500 years ago. She asks how much they talked about food and if their eating habits changed very much. Such commonplace routines are not often written about, but this book digs deep and finds surprising answers to these questions. Food fads and fashions resembled those of our own day. Commercial, scientific and intellectual movements were closely entwined with changing attitudes and dealings about food. In short, food holds a mirror to a lively world of cultural change stretching from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution. This book also strongly challenges the notion that ordinary folk ate dull and monotonous meals.

Hadlow Life, Land and People in a Wealden Parish 1460 – 1600
Joan Thirsk (Editor), Bridgett Jones, Alison Williams, Anne Hughes, Caroline Wetton

In 2002 a hitherto unknown survey of Hadlow Manor in 1460 turned up out of the blue. This book describes what the survey tells us about farms, getting a living, lords and their management of the manor, and contains the Latin text and an English translation. The book also contains many maps, plans, and illustrations.

The Language of Science: From the Vernacular to the Technical
Maurice Crosland

Where do scientific terms come from? Why are they so similar in so many languages? How was the new nomenclature spread across the world? Maurice Crosland’s book The Language of Science analyses the development of scientific vocabulary from its basic origins in everyday agricultural work, through to the need for a measurement system when it came to trading, to the scientific innovations of the 17th century and a subsequent period of consolidation in the 18th century. This is a period of great relevance in the history of science and a strong focus of Crosland’s work. The period between 1750 and 1800 saw many movements trying to organise and revolutionise scientific names and units – the significance of which is often overlooked. Crosland talks here about the development of language in botany, chemistry and the metric system, drawing a connection between the three fields and the development of the sciences in general; and finally looks at how international conferences helped in the adoption and standardisation of the new language.

The Language of Science will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the history of language, social history and of course science. Crosland’s approach to the subject matter is very clear and concise and he manages to popularise an often intimidating and complex segment of the English language. This book is both stimulating and thought-provoking for scientists and nonscientists alike.

Charles Dickens and his Performing Selves: Dickens and the Public Readings
Malcolm Andrews, School of English

Malcolm Andrew’s book was voted Book of the Week in the Guardian, where Simon Callow described it as a ‘subtle and probing study’ and found the last pages describing Dickens’s final reading ‘inexpressibly moving’.

Charles Dickens had three professional careers: novelist, journalist and public reader and in this book Andrews explores this third career. For the last 12 years of his life Dickens toured Britain and America giving two-hour readings from his work to audiences of over 2,000. These readings were highly dramatic performances in which Dickens’s great gift for mimicry enabled him to represent the looks and voices of his characters and establish an extraordinary rapport with his audience. This book looks at how those readings were performed and how they were received.

Drawing on the views of contemporary witnesses to the readings Andrews assesses the significance of what Dickens called ‘this new expression of the meaning of my books’.

Leprosy and Empire: A Medical and Cultural History
Rod Edmond, School of English

This book is an innovative, interdisciplinary study of why leprosy, a disease with a very low level of infection, has repeatedly provoked revulsion and fear. Edmond explores how these reactions were refashioned in the modern colonial period. The book looks at how Britain and its colonies isolated victims of the disease in ‘colonies’, often on offshore islands. Discussion of the segregation of lepers is then extended to analogous examples of this practice, which, it is argued, has been an essential part of the repertoire of colonialism in the modern period. The book also examines literary representations of leprosy in Romantic, Victorian and 20th century writing, and discusses traveller-writers such as R L Stevenson and Graham Greene who described and fictionalised their experience of staying in a leper colony.

The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story
Martin Scofield, School of English

This wide-ranging introduction to the short story tradition in the United States of America traces the genre from its beginnings in the early 19th century with Irving, Hawthorne and Poe via Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Faulkner to O’Connor and Carver. The major writers in the genre are covered in depth with a general view of their work and detailed discussion of a number of examples of individual stories. The book offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to this rich literary tradition and is an invaluable overview for all students and readers of American fiction.

Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland
Kaori Nagai, honorary research associate, School of English

Starting from the analysis of the Irish characters in Kipling’s Indian stories, this book shows that the representation of the British Empire was greatly indebted to analogies and comparisons made between colonies. It contrasts two different ways of making colonial analogies: ‘imperialist’ and ‘nationalist’. Kipling, as a young journalist, was keenly aware of the fact that Indian and Irish nationalists drew analogies between each other’s colonial situation to make the case for self-government and British misrule, and his repeated emphasis on Irish participation in the Raj can be seen as a powerful ‘imperialist’ counter-representation to these subversive analogies. In his book Kaori Nagai traces how Kipling’s representation of Empire changed over time and also how the hegemony of British imperialism faltered toward the end of the 19th century.

Palliative Care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – From Diagnosis to Bereavement
Editors: David Oliver, Gian Domenico Borasio and Declan Walsh

This is the second edition of this book and it aims to encourage the palliative care approach to be provided for people with ALS (motor neurone disease) from the time of diagnosis as at present there is no cure for the progressive, disabling neurological disease. All chapters have been updated and rewritten and there are new chapters on different aspects of care, including spiritual care, cognitive changes and ethical issues. The authors are from many different disciplines and from all over the world.

David Oliver said: ‘I am very pleased that the new edition is now available. As it is now also in paperback I hope that it will be read more widely. As we were able to launch this edition at the 17th Symposium on ALS/MND in Yokohama, Japan (see p10) I hope that there will be a wide international readership, and in this way the care of people with MND can continue to develop throughout the World.’

 

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