Mona Arshi wins 2015 Forward Prize for Best New Collection!

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Janet McDermott

We are thrilled to congratulate LUP author Mona Arshi on winning the Forward Prize for best new collection for Small Hands, awarded in a ceremony on Monday 28th September 2015. The jury praised her work for its “imagination, sensuality and beguiling playfulness”, also commenting on her “beautiful precision and her willingness to experiment with form, including couplets, ghazals, sonnets and prose poetry.”

Mona Arshi was born to Punjabi Sikh parents in West London where she still lives. She initially trained as a lawyer and worked for Liberty, the UK human rights organisation, for several years. She began writing poetry in 2008 and received a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Mona’s collection was published in 2015 as part of Pavilion Poetry, a new contemporary poetry series from Liverpool University Press. More information on Small Hands, as well as the other titles in the series, can be found here: Pavilion Poetry.

You can also read more about Mona’s win and watch an interview with her here: Forward Prize 2015.

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Modern Church pleased to announce appointment of Revd. Dr Steven Shakespeare as new editor of Modern Believing

Posted on September 16, 2015 by Clare Hooper
Dr. Steven Shakespeare is a philosopher with a strong interest in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of animal ethics. He is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool Hope University.

He takes over the role from The Revd. Jonathan Clatworthy and will commence editorship with the January 2016 edition of Modern Believing

About Dr. Steven Shakespeare
Dr Shakespeare gained his PhD at Cambridge University with a study of the Danish thinker Kierkegaard, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Kierkegaard Society of the UK.

His books include: 
Kierkegaard, Language and the Reality of God (Ashgate, 2001); 
The Inclusive God: Reclaiming Theology for an Inclusive Church (co-authored with Hugh Rayment-Pickard, Canterbury, 2006); 
Radical Orthodoxy: A Critical Introduction (SPCK, 2007);
Derrida and Theology (T & T Clark, 2009).
His most recent publication was a collection, edited with Claire Molloy and Charlie Blake, entitled Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism (Continuum, 2012).

His research interests include the possibility for constructive religious thought after the so-called 'death of God' and the philosophical importance of the boundaries we draw between human and animal, machine and organism, flesh and spirit.

Dr Shakespeare is one of the co-facilitators of the Association for the Continental Philosophy of Religion, which has gained a global reputation in organising conferences and publications around cutting edge research themes. He also acts as one of the series editors for Intensities: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion (Ashgate).

In recognition of his contribution to the field, he is a Fellow of the prestigious Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Patron of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals. He regularly contributes to international conferences and publications. He teaches philosophy of religion and philosophical issues around personhood, as well as offering graduate supervision in his areas of expertise.

About Modern Believing
Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church, published by Liverpool University Press. It publishes articles in Theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism. 

Modern Believing has a century long record of contributions from church leaders, established theologians, and newly-emerging theological minds. It is committed to high academic standards and to high accessibility, and it values each equally. It seeks to promote a critical, creative and constructive spirit in theological enquiry. It provides opportunities for new voices in the Academy and in the Church to become heard.



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Jane Hiddleston - Author Insights

Posted on September 04, 2015 by Heather Gallagher
Jane Hiddleston, author of September's Free Read Friday title Assia Djebar: Out of Algeria expands on her work, the main arguments of her book and what marks Assia Djebar as one of the most important figures in North African literature. Read on to gain an exclusive insight from Hiddleston before downloading her book.
1. What prompted you to write this book?

I’ve always found Djebar’s works compelling, and even though at the time I was also working on other things, I kept coming back to her. The combination of her focus on the broad scope of Algeria’s troubled history, together with highly intimate reflection on her personal life, means that her work is engaging to the reader on different levels at the same time. I was also fascinated by the ways in which her different texts work together and interact with one another, so that a proper understanding of what she’s doing really comes only when you’ve got to grips with everything she wrote. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to do a single-author study as I thought publishers were moving away from that kind of thing, but I ended up writing it all the same because I loved Djebar’s work.


2. What is the main argument of the book? 

I called the book Assia Djebar: Out of Algeria because I was focusing on the way in which the texts depict the author’s preoccupation with her country, even though latterly she lived in the US and France. Djebar explores various moments in the history of Algeria but she also evokes a sense of non-belonging, and her characters are also often fugitives who question the notion of a secure origin or homeland. At the same time, I wanted to situate Djebar in relation to postcolonial theory and contemporary philosophies of subjectivity and community. I argued that she set out to challenge the idea that national culture provided a specific identity, and showed how her characters represent instead a diverse, plural Algeria while also emphasising the importance of genealogy and of dialogue across different groups and periods.


3. What marks Assia Djebar out as being ‘one of the most important figures in North African literature’?

I’d say it’s a combination of the intellectual sophistication, the historical scope, and the formal inventiveness of her writing. Djebar is a great writer because she asks important questions about ethics and politics; she also seeks to uncover the blind-spots in our documented knowledge of Algeria and to reveal the deceptiveness of colonial as well as nationalist ideology; and her writing has a poetry and linguistic sophistication that is quite unique. Her importance in France was recognised when she was elected as a member of the Académie française in 2005, and she has received a lot of attention in Europe and in the US. In Algeria, her status is a little more uneasy, as for some she is a truly valuable monument in Algerian culture while others see her as somewhat distanced from contemporary life there. Nevertheless it’s clear that her work is of huge international significance.


4. Do you believe her work still has the same significance today, when many such writers describe themselves as ‘post-post-colonial’?

The meaning and significance of the ‘postcolonial’ is something that has been endlessly theorised and discussed. Whatever one thinks of the term, it seems to me to be entirely misguided to suggest that ‘postcolonialism’ is over. It is the legacy of colonialism that created contemporary Algeria, and the shape of the new regime is very much influenced by its difficult beginnings during the War of Independence. I don’t think Djebar would describe herself as ‘post-post-colonial’, as this would signal that something of that legacy was no longer relevant. At the same time, though, I think that Djebar is also still relevant because she didn’t write exclusively about French colonialism and its aftermath, but also about political tensions affecting Algeria in particular during the 1990s (for example in Le Blanc de l’Algérie or Oran, langue morte). And these might tell us something about the rise of Islamism elsewhere, as does her work on the origins of Islam in Loin de Médine. Finally, it would be reductive to assume that the significance of a writer is determined by her political timeliness. Djebar’s work is enormously important because of its extraordinary poetic quality and because of its philosophical depth.



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Free Read Friday - Assia Djebar

Posted on September 02, 2015 by Heather Gallagher

Congratulate yourself; you’re getting the hang of this. But if it is still your first #FreeReadFriday download, don’t panic… we’ve crafted some instructions for you below.


September has gifted us with Jane Hiddleston’s Assia Djebar: Out of Algeria.

For 24 hours this Friday, you can download the ebook version of this title free of charge.


For more than fifty years, Assia Djebar, former Silver Chair of French at New York University and winner of the Neustadt Prize for Contribution to World Literature, used the tools of poetry, fiction, drama and film to vividly portray the world of Muslim women in all its complexity. In the process, she became one of the most important figures in North African literature. In Assia Djebar, Jane Hiddleston traces Djebar’s development as a writer against the backdrop of North Africa’s tumultuous history. Whereas Djebar’s early writings were largely an attempt to delineate clearly the experience of being a woman, an intellectual, and an Algerian embedded in that often violent history, she had in her more recent work evinced a growing sense that the influence of French culture on Algerian letters may make such a project impossible. The first book-length study of this significant writer, Assia Djebar will be of tremendous interest to anyone studying post-colonial literature, women’s studies or Francophone culture in general. 

‘…an impressive overview of the literary output of one of Algeria's most prolific writers. This study constitutes an indispensable resource for scholars and students alike with an interest in Djebar or, indeed, Algerian postcolonial literature generally.’ -- MLR, 103.1

‘The excellence of Hiddleston's research and writing bears testimony to a fine intelligence that promises an answer to come.’ -- International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 11, Numbers 1 & 2

‘Performing an original and productive cross-fertilization between postcolonial (and, on occasion, Islamic) thought, and French theories of subjectivity, Hiddleston comprehensively treats the formidable body of Djebar's work...very important contribution to scholarship on Francophone literature.' -- Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 5.2


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Previous #FreeReadFriday titles have included:

The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Ireland Conflict by Stephen Hopkins

The Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 1950 by Mike Ashley


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MLO Call for Papers

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Chloe Johnson

Last year Liverpool University Press was proud to announce the official launch of Modern Languages Open (MLO), a groundbreaking new peer-reviewed, open access platform for the modern languages.

Focusing on interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and engagement with other fields from a modern languages perspective, MLO offers rigorous peer review pre-publication and post-publication interactivity, rapid turnaround from submission to publication, Gold Open Access under a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC licence, rewards for article reviewers, flexibility on article length from 3,000-15,000 words, and international dissemination under the imprimatur of a university press.


Call for Papers (Early Career Researchers)

From August through to December 2015, LUP is offering an APC waiver for the best papers submitted from early career researchers.  Papers will be judged by the MLO Section Editors. 

The APC waiver is facilitated through the generosity of LUP authors, participating in the LUP Authors Fund, which is match funded by LUP.

Visit the Modern Languages Open website and click on the Online Submissions guidelines to view detailed instructions for authors.

For more information on MLO visit:


Clare Hooper, Journals Publishing Manager

Liverpool University Press

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