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Clara Dawson
VICTORIAN POETRY AND THE CULTURE OF EVALUATION
(Oxford, 2020). x + 256 pp.
Reviewed by Justin Sider on 2020-11-05
Victorian Poetry
In Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth (1883), George Meredith takes a crack at reviewers in a pleasingly clumsy sonnet entitled "The Point of Taste," which speaks to his fellow poets: Unhappy poets of a sunken prime! You to reviewers are as ball to bat.
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Winter Jade Werner
Missionary Cosmopolitanism in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
(Ohio State, 2020) xi + 210 pp.
Reviewed by Mary Ellis Gibson on 2020-11-02
By age twelve I was satiated with Baptist sermons.
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Lisa C. Robertson
HOME AND IDENTITY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERARY LONDON
(Edinburgh, 2020) vii + 215 pp.
Reviewed by Ruth McAdams on 2020-10-28
Literature and Architecture
Ranging from 1880 to 1920, this book examines literary representations of new experiments in urban architecture that were necessitated by a growing population.
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Beth Barton Schweiger
A LITERATE SOUTH: READING BEFOR EMANCIPATION
(Yale, 2019) xxxiii + 258 pp.
Reviewed by Barbara Hochman on 2020-10-21
This book challenges the "orthodox" view of the antebellum South as an illiterate culture (199).
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Andrea Charise
THE AESTHETICS OF SENESCENCE:
AGING, POPULATION, AND THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH NOVEL
(SUNY, 2020) xlv + 194 pp.
Reviewed by Alice Crossley on 2020-10-16
This welcome study shows how nineteenth-century British novels about aging intersect with historical debates across multiple disciplines.
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Ian Haywood
THE RISE OF VICTORIAN CARICATURE
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) xvii + 296 pp.
Reviewed by Richard Scully on 2020-10-16
Victorian Studies
Scholarship on Victorian-era cartooning and caricature has lately been undergoing a quiet resurgence.
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