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Picasso & Apollinaire
The Persistence of Memory
(University of California Press)
Professor Peter Read, SECL

This book explores the close and fraught relationship between the poet and the Spanish artist from 1905 to 1918, and the works of art and literature that resulted from their contacts and exchanges. The book also assesses Apollinaire’s posthumous presence in Picasso’s subsequent life and work, discussing a series of works that include: Picasso’s self-portrait, drawn on the night the poet died; his semi-abstract painting ‘La Cuisine’ (1948); and his projects for sculptures to commemorate Apollinaire, in welded iron, steel rods and bronze. According to the review in The Burlington Magazine (November 2008): ‘Read is the only person who could have written this book. On the one hand it is a comprehensive study, the result of years of research and conversation, both in England and France; on the other hand, it demonstrates a continued engagement with current thinking.

See Professor Peter Read's profile on the SECL website.

Les Dessins de Guillaume Apollinaire (Paris, Buchet-Chastel, 2008)
Professor Peter Read, SECL

This large-format volume presents colour reproductions of hundreds of previously unpublished drawings and paintings by Guillaume Apollinaire, located by Peter Read and Claude Debon in French archives and private collections. The earliest surviving works show the poet as a young teenager already seeking to combine words and images in complex compositions that prefigure his later 'calligrammes'. Scores of such illustrated pages from the poet’s files and notebooks are here reproduced for the first time. Here also are Apollinaire’s carefully constructed proofs and maquettes for ‘Le Bestiaire ou cortège d’Orphée’ (1911) and ‘Calligrammes’ (1918): the interplay of printed and manuscript poems, drawings and layered collages, makes these precious documents into unique, autonomous, hybrid works of art. Other drawings in letters and manuscripts provide a graphic, first-hand record of front-line existence during the Great War, while the watercolour and gouache paintings Apollinaire made after being wounded in the trenches set out to counter the reign of Thanatos with brightly coloured, uninhibited, life-affirming and proto-surrealist energy. The illustrations are accompanied by extensive introductory essays, notes, and annotations in which Claude Debon and Peter Read relate Apollinaire’s drawings and paintings to his poetry and prose and set them in the context of his voracious visual appetite and his passion for medieval manuscripts and woodcuts, tribal art, children’s art, posters, book and newspaper illustrations, Russian neo-primitivism, cubism, and abstract painting.

See Professor Peter Read's profile on the SECL website.

The Culture War in the Civil Rights Movement (University Press of Florida)
Dr Joe Street, Centre for American Studies

From Aretha Franklin and James Baldwin to Dick Gregory and Martin Luther King, the civil rights movement deliberately used music, art, theatre and literature as political weapons to broaden the struggle and legitimise its appeal.

Joe Street places these cultural forms at the centre of the civil rights struggle, and argues that the time has come to recognise the extent to which African American history and culture were vital elements of the movement, calculated to broaden the movement’s appeal within the larger black community. He places considerable emphasis on Amiri Baraka’s interpretation of the importance of music and art to the development of black nationalist thought in the 1960s, especially as expressed in his jazz criticism and plays.

See Dr Joe Street's profile on the History website.

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty (WileyBlackwell)
Ed. Dr Jens O Zinn, SSPSSR

Written by leading experts in the field, Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty is an introduction to mainstream theorising on risk and uncertainty in sociology. It provides an overview of the historical developments and conceptual aspects of risk. It identifies why theorising on risk is necessary, highlights specific sociological contributions to this field of research, and explores key topics including: risk society and reflexive modernisation; culture and risk; governmentality and risk; systems theory and risk; and edgework and voluntary risk taking. Finally, it offers a comprehensive look at the promises, pitfalls, and perspectives of risk theorising.

See Dr Jens O Zinn's profile on the SSPSSR website.

Uncanny Modernity: Cultural Theories, Modern Anxieties (Palgrave Macmillan)
Ed. Jo Collins and John Jervis, SSPSSR

The uncanny is an experience of disorientation, of something disturbing, so that our ordinary world seems suddenly strange, eerie. Where does the uncanny come from? Why has it become a favourite figure for our simultaneous experience of the present as homeless and the past as haunting? And could it be that the uncanny is a peculiarly modern experience?

Challenging conventional disciplinary boundaries, this wide-ranging and illuminating collection of essays by scholars in literary and cultural studies pursues these issues through the modern city, the night, gender, trauma, modernism, early cinema, the ghost film, contemporary fiction, and terrorism. Opening up the debate beyond Freud, the essays suggest that the uncanny both testifies to a distinctive sensibility, calling for a cultural aesthetics of the modern experience, while inevitably subverting the serene confidence of any explanatory framework that seeks to capture it.

See John Jervis' profile on the SSPSSR website.

Karl Brandt – The Nazi Doctor: Medicine and Power in the Third Reich (Hambledon Continuum)
Professor Ulf Schmidt, School of History

The Nazi Doctor: Medicine and Power in the Third Reich is the first full-scale biography of Karl Brandt, Hitler’s doctor and one of the most powerful figures of the Third Reich. Brandt was the highest medical authority in the Nazi regime; he initiated experiments on concentration camp inmates and was eventually put in charge of biological and chemical warfare. This riveting biography explores how a rational, highly cultured young professional came to be responsible for mass murder and criminal human experiments. Schmidt examines the young ‘expert élite’, which Brandt was a part of, who supported an oppressive, militarist and racist government, and ultimately turned its exterminatory potential into reality.

See Professor Ulf Schmidt's profile on the History website.

Reframing Social Citizenship (Oxford University Press)
Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby, SSPSSR

Throughout the world, governments are restructuring social and welfare provision to give a stronger role to opportunity, aspiration and individual responsibility, and to competition, markets and consumer choice. This approach centres on a logic of individual rational action: people are the best judges of what serves their own interests and government should give them as much freedom of choice as possible.

This book analyses the pressures on social citizenship, from changes in work and the family, political actors, population ageing, and the processes within government, in the relentless international process of globalisation that have shaped the response.

See Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby's profile on the SSPSSR website.

Feminism and Criminal Justice – A Historical Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan)
Dr Anne Logan, SSPSSR

Dr Logan’s book is a wide-ranging study of the impact of the women’s movement in England and Wales on criminal justice policy, tracing the 50 years or so from the end of the First World War through to 1970. The author examines the role of women in bringing about major changes to the justice system that are taken for granted today – such as the introduction of women jurors and barristers. The book also unearths plenty of surprising truths along the way, such as the fact that as late as the 1960s, very few women actually sat on juries, and in many cases were deliberately excluded.

See Dr Anne Logan's profile on the SSPSSR website.

Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring the Experts May be Best for Your Child (Continuum)
Professor Frank Furedi, SSPSSR

This new edition of Paranoid Parenting calls for parents to ignore the policymakers and 'parenting experts', and to regain a viewpoint that advances children's well-being. First published by Continuum Books in 2001, Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring the Experts May be Best for Your Child turned the spotlight on a society where children are deemed at risk from an ever expanding range of dangers such as cots, babysitters, school, the supermarket and the park. With this new edition, Professor Furedi is motivated by the conviction that, in an era when parenting has become more paranoid than ever, if parents can grasp why their role has been turned into such a troublesome enterprise, then they can do something about regaining their self-confidence.

See Professor Frank Furedi's profile on the SSPSSR website.

Cultural Criminology: An Invitation (Sage)
Professor Jeff Ferrell, Dr Keith Hayward, Professor Jock Young, SSPSSR

Described as the definitive book on cultural criminology, Cultural Criminology draws together the work of three of the leading international figures in the field today. The book traces the history, current configuration, methodological innovations and future trajectories of cultural criminology, mapping its terrain for students and academics interested in this exciting field.

The book highlights and analyses issues of representation, meaning and politics in relation to crime and criminal justice, covering areas such as crime and the media, everyday life and transgression, popular culture and social control.

See Dr Keith Hayward's profile on the SSPSSR website.

See Professor Jock Young's profile on the SSPSSR website.


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