BOOKS RECEIVED: Allan F. Westphall, “Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Books and Religious Devotion, Allan Westphall presents a study of the book-collecting habits and annotation practices of Thomas Connary, an Irish immigrant farmer who lived in New Hampshire in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Connary led… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Scott Donaldson, “The Impossible Craft: Literary Biography” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Impossible Craft, Scott Donaldson explores the rocky territory of literary biography, the most difficult that biographers try to navigate. Writers are accustomed to controlling the narrative, and notoriously opposed to allowing intruders on their turf. They make… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jordan D. Finkin, “An Inch or Two of Time: Time and Space in Jewish Modernisms” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In literary modernism, time and space are sometimes transformed from organizational categories into aesthetic objects, a transformation that can open dramatic metaphorical and creative possibilities. In An Inch or Two of Time, Jordan Finkin shows how Jewish modernists of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Claire Fanger, “Rewriting Magic: An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In Rewriting Magic, Claire Fanger explores a fourteenth-century text called The Flowers of Heavenly Teaching. Written by a Benedictine monk named John of Morigny, the work all but disappeared from the historical record, and it is only now… Read More
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