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Jessica Fay
THE COLLECTED LETTERS OF SIR GEORGE AND LADY BEAUMONT TO THE WORDSWORTH FAMILY, 1803-1829, with a Study of the Creative Exchange between Wordsworth and Beaumont
(Liverpool, 2021) xxviii + 334 pp.
Reviewed by Richard Matlak on 2022-06-05
Romantic Poetry
In arguing for the dialogic relationship that inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge, Paul Magnuson says that "reading only Coleridge's poetry or only Wordsworth's is somewhat like listening to half of a telephone conversation" (Coleridge and Wordsworth: A Lyrical Dialogue, 18).
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Kendall McClellan
VIRTUOUS CITIZENS: COUNTERPUBLICS AND SOCIOPOLITICAL AGENCY IN TRANSATLANTIC LITERATURE
(U of Alabama P, 2021) 182 pp.
Reviewed by Ashley Reed on 2022-05-22
American Literature
This book joins recent critical attempts to expand definitions of citizenship beyond those bounded solely by the franchise and to show how politically marginalized people increasingly entered into a late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century public sphere that was dominated by upper-class men's values and voices.
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Dara Rossman Regaignon
WRITING MATERNITY: MEDICINE, ANXIETY, RHETORIC, AND GENRE
(Ohio State, 2021) xvi + 186 pp.
Reviewed by Livia Arndal Woods on 2022-04-20
Today, I rushed from one grocery store where the organic whole milk was sold out to another grocery store rather than buying organic 2% milk or non-organic whole milk.
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Tina Young Choi
VICTORIAN CONTINGENCIES: EXPERIMENTS IN LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND PLAY
(Stanford, 2022) xi + 246 pp.
Reviewed by David Sweeney on 2022-04-06
Victorian Science
In October 1918, René Dujarric de la Rivière, a French Army doctor, had himself injected with a flu patient's blood that he had passed through a bacteria-straining Pasteur-Chamberland filter.
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Rachel Teukolsky
PICTURE WORLD: IMAGE, AESTHETICS, AND VICTORIAN NEW MEDIA
(Oxford 2020, vi-461 pp.)
Reviewed by Frederick D. King on 2022-03-28
Victorian Art
Just over a dozen years ago, Rachel Teukolsky surveyed the art criticism of nineteenth-century Britain in The Literate Eyes: Victorian Art Writing and Modernist Aesthetics (2009).
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Jonathan Newell
A CENTURY OF WEIRD FICTION, 1832-1937: DISGUST, METAPHYSICS, AND THE AESTHETICS OF COSMIC HORROR
(Wales / Chicago, 2020) x + 241 pp.
Reviewed by Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden on 2022-03-24
Weird and Horror Fiction
Jonathan Newell's treatment of weird fiction follows the recent trend to de-romanticize the Gothic and align it with pulp fiction.
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