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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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Eve Tavor Bannet
THE LETTERS IN THE STORY: NARRATIVE-EPISTOLARY FICTION FROM APHRA BEHN TO THE VICTORIANS
(Cambridge, 2022) xviii + 276
Reviewed by Laura Rotunno on 2022-03-19
Epistolary Fiction
Eve Tavor Bannet established her foothold in epistolary scholarship with Empire of Letters (2005), which argued that letter manuals taught 18th-century novel readers how to grasp the epistolary structure--letter literacy or "letteracy"--of fiction.
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