Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Amanda Leigh Cox, doctoral candidate in translation studies, peace and conflict at Concordia University, Canada, is reading Jeremy Munday's Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications (Routledge, 2012). "This third edition of an easy-to-follow classic is certainly worth a look, and the added online content will be especially useful for students and instructors. There are new articles, multiple-choice/essay-style questions and updated research along with the previous edition's accurate and accessible overview of the development of the field. Check out the interactive timeline of theorists!"

Steve Fuller, professor of sociology, University of Warwick, is reading Alistair Duff's A Normative Theory of the Information Society (Routledge, 2012). "Although we have long known that ours is an 'information society', few have said much of interest about its implications for ordinary human relations. Duff fills this gap in an interesting and sophisticated way with a new theory of justice that draws equally on journalistic values and the social democratic philosophies of John Rawls and that forgotten Fabian, R. H. Tawney."

Peter J. Smith, reader in Renaissance literature, Nottingham Trent University, is reading Richard Russo's Straight Man (Chatto & Windus, 1997). " 'Lucky Hank' is the reluctant chair of an internecine English department in a backwater US university. Russo is an incisive satirist, mocking academics' self-importance and ineptitude: one of Hank's more dour colleagues is called Orshee on account of his correcting anyone using an exclusively masculine pronoun. …

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