Review 19: An Online Review of New Books on English and American Literature of the 19th Century
 

 
Katherine Bergren
THE GLOBAL WORDSWORTH: ROMANTICISM OUT OF PLACE
(Bucknell, 2018) 226 pp.
Reviewed by Nikki Hessell on 2019-11-13.

The full title of Katherine Bergren's marvellous book says it all: William Wordsworth is both a profoundly global poet, influential all over the world, and yet also acutely out of place in many of the locales where his poetry landed. Deeply embedded in his local and regional environment, attentive to its flora, fauna, climate, and landscape, Wordsworth seems a particularly odd choice for colonial...
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David O'Shaughnessy, ed.
IRELAND, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND THE ENGLISH STAGE, 1740-1820
(Cambridge, 2019), xvi+268pp.
Reviewed by on 2019-11-04.

The British Enlightenment owed a large debt to Ireland. More specifically, as David O'Shaughnessy's impeccably edited collection of essays illustrates, it owed a large debt to the Irish stage. By the "Irish stage" I mean a range of things. I mean the Irish actors and actresses who plied their trade on the main stages of London, enacting there a range of ethnic characters and bringing to English...
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Catherine J. Golden
SERIALS TO GRAPHIC NOVELS: THE EVOLUTION OF THE VICTORIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOK
(Florida, 2017) xviii + 299 pp.
Reviewed by Philip V. Allingham on 2019-10-17.

In this book Catherine J. Golden, author of Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing (2010) and Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction (2003), and editor of Book Illustrated: Text, Image, and Culture, 1770-1930 (2000), charts the principal developments in illustrated fiction from the earliest of the illustrated serials of the...
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Pamela K. Gilbert
SKIN: SURFACE, SELF, HISTORY
(Cornell 2019) xi + 434 pp.
Reviewed by Tabitha Sparks on 2019-10-08.

In The Lampshade (2010), journalist Mark Jacobson traces the origin of the titular object, which was purportedly made from the flayed skin of a Jewish victim of the Nazis. When he consults a spiritualist, she intuits the human source of the lampshade and confirms the Holocaust origin story. This utterly changes Jacobson's relationship to the lampshade, which he now sees as a relic of unimaginable...
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Adena Spingarn
UNCLE TOM FROM MARTYR TO TRAITOR
(Stanford, 2018) xii + 252 pp.
Reviewed by Debra J. Rosenthal on 2019-10-07.

We all know that Uncle Tom died a martyr. No -- wait -- he died a traitor to his race. Was Tom a strong, admirable father who sacrificed himself in a Christ-like fashion to prevent his wife and children from being sold, or was he a shuffling, subservient sell-out of black Americans whose "yes massa" talk reinforced ideas of black inferiority? This bifurcated view of Harriet Beecher Stowe's most...
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