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
BOOKS RECEIVED: Y. Tzvi Langermann and Robert G. Morrison, eds., “Texts in Transit in the Medieval Mediterranean” (Penn State UP, 2016)
This collection of essays studies the movement of texts in the Mediterranean basin in the medieval period from historical and philological perspectives. Rejecting the presumption that texts simply travel without changing, the contributors examine closely the nature of these writings,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Heidi C. M. Scott, “Chaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Chaos and Cosmos, Heidi Scott integrates literary readings with contemporary ecological methods to investigate two essential and contrasting paradigms of nature that scientific ecology continues to debate: chaos and balance. Ecological literature of the Romantic and Victorian eras… Read More
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