BOOKS RECEIVED: Susanna Fein and David Raybin eds., “Chaucer: Visual Approaches” (Penn State UP, 2016)
This collection looks beyond the literary, religious, and philosophical aspects of Chaucers texts to a new mode of interdisciplinary scholarship: one that celebrates the richness of Chaucers visual poetics. The twelve illustrated essays make connections between Chaucers texts and various… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabetta Viggiani, “Talking Stones: The Politics of Memorialization in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
If memory was simply about past events, public authorities would never put their ever-shrinking budgets at its service. Rather, memory is actually about the present moment, as Pierre Nora puts it: “Through the past, we venerate above all ourselves.” This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Gregory Kneidel, “John Donne and Early Modern Legal Culture: The End of Equity in the Satyres” (Duquesne UP, 2015)
Though law and satire share essential elements both aim to correct individual vice, to promote justice, and to claim authority amid competing perspectives their commonality has gone largely unexplored by both legal theorists and literary critics. Gregory Kneidel, in this… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Eric C. Brown, “Milton on Film” (Duquesne UP, 2015)
In January 2012, shooting was set to begin in Sydney, Australia, on the Hollywood-backed production of Miltons Paradise Lost, with Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper cast as Satan. Yet just two weeks before the start of production, Legendary Pictures delayed the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: David B. Goldstein and Amy L. Tigner, “Culinary Shakespeare: Staging Food and Drink in Early Modern England” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Eating and drinking vital to all human beings were of central importance to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Culinary Shakespeare, the first collection devoted solely to the study of food and drink in Shakespeares plays, reframes questions about cuisine, eating, and… Read More
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