Great reads for the holidays

By Greg Duck Posted: December 24, 2018 5:00 a.m.

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Check out these new books from 2018 just in time for the holidays.

So light a fire, pour a steaming cup o’ joe, and curl up with one of these fascinating reads by University of Regina faculty members. Enjoy!

Raymond Blake book cover The longstanding debate about whether there is a Canadian identity has been fuelled by imperialism, cultural and racial division, and stereotypes. History professor Raymond Blake co-edits Celebrating Canada: Commemorations, Anniversaries, and National Symbols (University of Toronto Press, 2018), in which he examines government-sponsored celebrations that have attempted to shape a Canadian identity, and the individuals and groups that have resisted them.


Jerome Melancon book cover Twentieth-century French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty believed that adversity, ambiguity, and changing relationships shape the political landscape and how people act. La politique dans l'adversité: Merleau-Ponty aux marges de la philosophie (MétisPresses, 2018), by La Cité assistant professor Jérôme Melançon, is the first book to take into account how the political and historical context of the time shaped Merleau-Ponty’s work and views.


Chris Bundock book cover Emerging in the 18th century, the Gothic movement disrupted politically and socially acceptable boundaries, bringing the dark side of human desires to light. William Blake, a writer of this movement, is concerned with taboos and the consequences of their violation. Chris Bundock, assistant professor of English, co-edits William Blake’s Gothic Imagination: Bodies of Horror (Manchester University Press, 2018), a volume that combines critiques of Blake’s work with Gothic studies in an effort to advance thinking in both fields.