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
BOOKS RECEIVED: Damien Keane, “Ireland and the Problem of Information: Irish Writing, Radio, Late Modernist Communication” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Though the work of Irish writers has been paramount in conventional accounts of literary modernism, Ireland itself only rarely occupies a meaningful position in accounts of modernism’s historical trajectory. With an itinerary moving not simply among Dublin, Belfast, and London… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: W. Clark Gilpin, “Religion Around Emily Dickinson” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Religion Around Emily Dickinson begins with a seeming paradox posed by Dickinson’s posthumously published works: while her poems and letters contain many explicitly religious themes and concepts, throughout her life she resisted joining her local church and rarely attended services.… Read More
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