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
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
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