Weekly Assignment #11

I’ve finally realized that if I post the assignment to the blog before class, I can use it to teach class! (If the projector is working.) Boy, these blogs are useful things. (EXCEPT when they eat your work.)

This week’s special bibliographic category is “book reviews.” One point to make about book reviews is that there are two main reasons to use them: first, to check the reputation of a book you’ve heard of; second, to discover brand-new books that you’ve never heard of.

Neither the MLA Bibliography nor Google Scholar will allow you to limit specifically to book reviews. A “Cited Reference” search on a book title in Web of Science will sometimes bring you book reviews of that work, but it’d dicey. The most useful databases for book reviews are Project Muse and JSTOR, which both allow you to limit to reviews. Go to the Advanced Search and look around for this limiter, toggle it, then plug in the book title, and voilà: book reviews of that book.

Cindy Levine has put together a guide to book reviews that is particularly helpful at pointing you to print sources that help you find older book reviews. This can be helpful for both scholarly books (secondary sources) and works of literature (primary sources). Book reviews can also have a scholarly purpose for us, of course, helping us assess a work’s contemporary reception.

Remember, too, that many periodicals exist for the sole purpose of reviewing books as they appear: The New York Times Book Review has a free weekly e-mail, and it looks like the horribly expensive Times Literary Supplement (which I covet) has instituted an RSS feed. I definitely plan to check that out. Specialized reviews such as the Women’s Review of Books can also be terrific. Keeping up with contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is (I personally believe) necessary for an academic even if you’re studying Old English.

Scholarly journals are the best source for highly specialized book reviews, of course. Also, Amazon and Powell’s have become rich sources of less formal reviews; you might be surprised how many academics have enthusiastically adopted these online reviewing mechanisms. See, for example, the Amazon reviews of Terry Eagleton’s After Theory, which came out in 2004.

(And look! Amazon has citation links, too! I either forgot about that or didn’t know about it. Evidently that feature debuted in late 2004.)

For this week’s assignment, please try to find:

  • A book review of a very recent scholarly book (2005-2006), a book you’ve never heard of before, that might be useful for you. Browse through recent issues of scholarly journals and/or mainstream reviews such as the TLS for these. You need not annotate this book review; just include the full citation for the book review and the title of the book being reviewed.
  • As many book reviews as you can find of a book you’ve already found for your topic. Please list these and write a single paragraph summarizing what they say — the general critical reception of the book.

If you can’t manage to find a recent book review that points you toward a useful book, don’t worry about it: just do the second part of the assignment. Also, as I mentioned, by “book” I mean any book — scholarly editions and anthologies and reference works as well as single-author mongraphs.

UPDATE: Domenica Vilhotti found a terrific open web resource called Scirus ETD Search that searches the Electronic Theses and Dissertations repositories of many institutions, including ours. Great for full text theses and dissertations; Dissertation Abstracts doesn’t give you full text.



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17 responses to “Weekly Assignment #11

  1. Aaron Turney

    Of the few recent (2005-2006)scholarly books related to my topic, I did manage to find this reviewed on the Times Literary Supplement:
    Title: Fictions and fakes : forging Romantic authenticity, 1760-1845 / Margaret Russett.
    Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
    The book is listed on Amazon and includes an excerpt from the review on the TLS. I went to that homepage from where I conducted a long, discouraging search for the review with no luck. It was almost as though Amazon was mistaken. The TLS never panned out.
    I found several reviews for on of the works already in my bibliography:
    Title: American Gothic : imagination and reason in nineteenth-century fiction / Donald A. Ringe.
    Published: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1982.
    Two came directly from a JSTOR search:
    American Gothic: Imagination and Reason in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
    Donald A. Ringe
    Review author[s]: Lawrence Buell
    Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 3, No. 2. (Summer, 1983), pp. 223-224.
    American Gothic: Imagination and Reason in Nineteenth-Century Fiction.
    Donald A. Ringe
    Review author[s]: Norman S. Grabo
    Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 38, No. 2. (Sep., 1983), pp. 224-226.
    I found another from a search throug google leading me to the Journal of the Early Republic:
    American Gothic: Imagination and Reason in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
    Donald A. Ringe
    Review author[s]: Lawrence Buell
    Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 3, No. 2. (Summer, 1983), pp. 223-224
    The reviews similarly noted the pleasing level of attention paid to major American Gothic works (e.g. those by Poe, Hawethorn, Irving, Brown) and also the interest in the historical contexts of American Gothic fiction related to its European predecessors. All reviews did mention that a more comprehensive look at the less major authors (who all reviewers seemed to value as being of significant impact)might have been helpful. In scope of works is likely where this resource falls short.

  2. Amanda French

    Our library subscribes to TLS in print, so recent issues will be in the periodicals room. You can’t get to it online through the Journal List, unfortunately. Issues older than a year or two have to be looked up on microfilm.

  3. Summerlin Page

    Farrell, James J. The Journal of American History 79.1 (1992): 230-1.
    Reviewed Work: The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History by David Charles Sloane
    Jeane, Gregory. The Public Historian 21.4 (1999): 68-9.
    Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Grave Markers by M. Ruth Little
    I’m researching graves in southern literature, so while these aren’t terribly recent, they are pertinent to my work, and this has been a difficult subject to find books and articles on.
    As I didn’t already have a book in mind, I researched Sloane’s book. I found out helpful info on amazon about his background in the cemetery and funerary business as well as numerous reviews, and 34 works which cite his book, three of which look useful for me. I was super surprised that amazon was so helpful.

  4. Jill Taylor

    Part 1:
    Review of recent books:
    Lopez, Jeremy. Rev. of Acts of Criticism: Performance Matters in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. Essays in Honor of James P. Lusardi, and A Companion to Shakespeare and Performance. Shakespeare Quarterly, 57.3 (2006): 366-371.
    Found by limiting Project Muse search by date and reviews.
    Part 2:
    Smith, Emma. Rev. of Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe, by Pauline Kiernan. The Review of English Studies, New Series, 51 (2000): 637-639.
    Thomson, Peter. Rev. of Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe, by Pauline Kiernan. Shakespeare Quarterly, 52.3 (2001): 434-444.
    Whitney, Charles. Rev. of Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe, by Pauline Kiernan. The Yearbook of English Studies, 32 (2002): pp. 273-275.
    The three reviews of Pauline Kiernan?s Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe that I found occupy the spectrum from wholly positive to almost completely negative. Charles Whitney called the book ?lucid and accessible? for people studying a range of disciplines and finds the information provided quite useful. Emily Smith concludes that the findings reported in the book justify the Globe endeavor, but complains that some information is just that, ?reportage rather than analysis? with many points not fully explored. Some amount of Peter Thomson?s disdain from Kiernan?s book may come from his opposition to the Globe project. He speculates that Kiernan?s association with the Globe project as a research fellow keeps her from criticizing the endeavor openly, specifically when it comes to discussion of the Globe as a theme park, the quality of the acting, and the irresponsibility of attempting to present an authentic production based on shaky evidence. The one aspect that all three reviews find useful is the discussion of audience participation in Globe productions, which is a central focus of my paper. A negative article such as Thomson?s is useful in showing some of the scholarly bias against the Globe project.

  5. Susanna Branyon

    I’m afraid I’ve hit a mystifying roadblock: Flannery O’Connor’s Radical Reality is floating around in bookstores…sans review. I know it’s a new book, but surely it’s not so new that no one has an opinion about it yet?
    The book was released this year and (since its editors have published several other successful compilations on Percy and Weltey) I suspect it must be hot off the presses to remain as yet unreviewed.
    The book looks interesting, though, based on the brief Powell?s summary: apparently four of the six essayists were O?Connor?s friends. Along with assessing ?the impact of the mid-century political, religious, and social milieu? on her works, the book also offers a vision for future O?Connor scholarship.
    So perhaps I?ll be the first to review it. Anyway, the process of poking around for reviews was not for naught: I discovered an interesting article comparing themes in O’Connor to Radiohead and The Simpsons.

  6. Liz Jenkins

    I was able to find only a couple of recently published books on Joyce, although neither really related to my topic. I was surprised by this and even more so by the fact that neither of them had been reviewed on Amazon, not even the standard editorial reviews I found on most other books. Anyway, the book might be relevant was:
    Joyce on the Threshold ed. Anne Fogarty and Timothy Martin, University Press of Florida 2005.
    I had a long and arduous battle trying to find a book review of the books I was more familiar with. When I tried to use JSTOR and limit it to book reviews from only James Joyce Quarterly I got no results. This was frustrating because on the JJQ website they list the book reviews, but I was unable to find the text of any of them. The library is also currently storing its paper copies of the Journal off campus at a satellite shelving location.
    I ended up selecting the book:
    A Scrupulous Meanness:A Study of Joyce’s Early Work ed. Edward Brandabur. University of Illinois Press. 1971. reviewed by Arnold Goldman in The Review of English Studies, 1973.
    Goldman focuses mainly on Brandabur’s use and application of psychoanalysis to Joyce’s early works. He seems to be crtitical of the author and several times points out that the author appears to be “showing off” what in his opinion is widely held knowledge. He agrees with the new interpretation but overall does not give a very favorable review.

  7. Kimberly Bowers

    While looking at the Virginia Woolf International Society website early in the semester, I discovered that Bonnie Kime Scott was the president. I then checked out her webpage and publications and came upon this book. It is about Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West and Djuna Barnes. It deals with female Modernist authors, the broad topic that I would love to research one day, and discussed in detail the author I am most interested in- Woolf. From the reviews, I would definitely choose to read this book.
    Refiguring Modernism. Volume I: The Women of 1928
    Bonnie Kime Scott
    Refiguring Modernism. Volume II: Postmodern Readings of Woolf, West and Barnes
    Bonnie Kime Scott
    Review author[s]: Ellen Friedman
    Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Vol. 16, No. 1. (Spring, 1997), pp. 161-163.
    Friedman, who reviewed both of Kime?s book on female modernists, overall liked the work. She thought it was ?smart? and ?eminently readable.? She saw Scott?s aim as not only feminist, but internationalist. The review contained a healthy amount of summary for the book and relayed its overall theme ? showing the web of connections between modernist authors. Friedman found much of interest and value in the book, but did not think it deserved the ?drum roll? it usually received.
    Modernism as Postmodern Feminism (in Reviews)
    Refiguring Modernism
    Bonnie Kime Scott
    Review author[s]: Lyn Pykett
    NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 3. (Spring, 1997), pp. 422-424.
    Pykett opens the review by stating that Scott has long been a forerunner for gender issues in Modernism. She clearly values her as an author. She admits there is some unevenness in the book, but proclaims it an essential resource for studying Modernists.
    Refiguring Modernism. Vol. 1: The Women of 1928. Vol. 2: Postmodern Feminist Readings of Woolf, West, and Barnes
    Bonnie Kime Scott
    Women Artists and Writers: Modernist (Im)positionings
    Bridget Elliott; Jo-Ann Wallace
    Review author[s]: Marianne DeKoven
    Signs, Vol. 22, No. 3. (Spring, 1997), pp. 742-746.
    DeKoven is interested in feminist criticism of modernism, and she finds that Scott?s books help advance that cause. She points out in detail Scott?s juxtaposition of the female authors with the male authors who dominated the time period (and subsequent study.) One thing she finds missing in all of Scott?s books is the idea of race, and specifically the discussion of African-American Modernist female authors.
    Refiguring Modernism
    Bonnie Kime Scott
    Review author[s]: Rebecca Stott
    Feminist Review, No. 58, International Voices. (Spring, 1998), pp. 140-142.
    Stott, as opposed to the other reviews, begins her article with a negative criticism. She claims that sentimentality appears in the books throughout, and that this keeps Scott from writing the whole story at times. She then makes an even harsher critique by saying that Scott chose the wrong women to base the book upon. She sees Scott as wanting to present a community amongst female authors, and therefore she should not have chosen Barnes and Woolf ? who were notably reclusive. Stott likes Scott?s second book better because she doesn?t gloss over the authors as much. Here, Stott says, her arguments are persuasive.

  8. Joshua Clements

    There do not appear to be any reviews of books from the last two years or so on my topic.
    As far as book reviews for any book related to my topic, I found a few, but actually being able to read them is another story. I was able to find two reviews of a book (and that was the only book even remotely related to my topic for which I could find more than one review), and neither of these were available in print or viewable electronically through JSTOR or the NCSU library site. I will cite a few that I have found, nevertheless.
    Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video
    Catherine Russell
    Review author[s]: Peter Biella
    American Ethnologist, Vol. 29, No. 3. (Aug., 2002), pp. 743-744.
    (NCSU only has access to issues until 1998)
    Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video
    Catherine Russell
    Review author[s]: Ralph A. Litzinger
    American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 102, No. 3. (Sep., 2000), pp. 608-610.
    (same sad story)
    Ethnographic Film
    Karl G. Heider
    Review author[s]: Jerry Leach
    RAIN, No. 21. (Aug., 1977), p. 12.
    (no access of this journal through NCSU or JSTOR)
    Transcultural Cinema
    David MacDougall; Lucien Taylor
    Review author[s]: T. Wright
    The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 6, No. 3. (Sep., 2000), pp. 550-551.
    (no access of this journal through NCSU or JSTOR)
    I have the last two books listed checked out of the library and have gone though both of them, so it would be nice to read reviews of them. I am sure I will be able to locate one or both of the reviews through ILL or TripSaver if I want to.

  9. Daniel Parsons

    the Literary Wittgenstein. Rowe, M. W. Philosophy; Apr2006, Vol. 81 Issue 316, p367-375, 9p
    The article reviews the book “The Literary Wittgenstein,” edited by John Gibson and Wolfgang Huemer.
    Eagleton, Terry1 Mystic mechanic. TLS; 4/29/2005 Issue 5326, p9-10, 2p
    Reviews the book “The Literary Wittgenstein,” edited by John Gibson and Wolfgang Huemer.
    I just found this Eagleton review and I cannot get to it via the internet, so I am def. going to get this article the next time I am in the library. I am very curious to see what Terry Eagleton has to say about this book. His title for the book review is very compelling–I assume he is refering to the last line of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus.
    Interesting new books:
    “Wittgenstein: A Feminist Interpretation,” by Alessandra Tanesini.
    This will be a good read I think. Plus, it will help me in aplying Wittgenstein to C. D. Wright.
    A book review on another new book that I read:
    Whiting, Daniel
    Philosophical Investigations; Oct2005, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p369-396, 28p
    Michael Luntley, Wittgenstein: Meaning and Judgement, Blackwell Publishers, 2003, ix + 187, price £16.99 p.b. Reviewed by Daniel Whiting, University of Reading Department of Philosophy University of Reading Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA
    Whiting finds Luntley’s reading of the later Wittgenstein to be “dubious.” He also argues that his inferences lack real textual support. Whiting’s review is dense with technical vocabulary. He is writing to a his fellow Wittgenstein scholars (or at least his fellow scholars of analytic philosophy).

  10. Laura R.

    New book? I am unable to find reviews at this time for it because of its recent release. Staves, Susan. A Literary History of Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660-1789. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
    It?s been a difficult journey to find reviews for some resources that I have already uncovered. Here are two of my ventures:
    1. Deborah Kennedy, Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution. Bucknell University Press, 2002.
    This is the most definitive source on Williams at this time. Sadly, my review choices are limited.
    – Romantic Circles is planning to provide a review of her work in their next edition of reviews. (They also are providing an upcoming review for my second book that I?ll list?)
    – I found 4 reviews listed on Web of Science. Two of those reviews I have highlighted:
    i. Wordsworth Circle provided an extensive review on Sept. 22, 2004. They claim Kennedy?s book to be a ?significant literary biography? on Williams. The review also points out Kennedy?s claim that the young Williams primarily the same woman as the older Williams, deeply committed to liberty.
    ii. Review: Speaking Women, Writing Women: Identity and Voice in an Age of Revolution
    Author(s) of Review: Ann R. Hawkins
    Reviewed Work(s): Women Writers and the English Nation in the 1790s: Romantic Belongings by Angela Keane
    Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution by Deborah Kennedy, 1959-
    Women, Revolution, and the Novels of the 1790s by Linda Lang-Peralta
    Speaking Volumes: Women, Reading and Speech in the Age of Austen by Patricia Howell Michaelson, 1954-
    Mary Wollstonecraft and the Accent of the Feminine by Ashley Tauchert
    Eighteenth-Century Studies > Vol. 36, No. 3 (Spring, 2003), pp. 449-455
    This was another positive review. It pointed out that Kennedy relied more heavily on historical information than textual information in her study on Williams. Overall, it was very complimentary.
    The following book is one of my primary texts. It is a new publication of Williams? writing, and it also contains excellent historical information on the French Revolution and other prominent authors of the time.
    2. Neil Fraistat and Susan S. Lanser, eds., Letters Written in France: In Summer 1790, to a Friend in England; Containing Various Anecdotes Relative to the French Revolution, by Helen Maria Williams. Broadview Press, 2001.
    – Amazon reviews:
    i. Nanaora Sweet, University of Missouri, St. Louis ? edited with ?tact and impeccable scholarship.?
    ii. Harriet Kramer Linkin, New Mexico State University ? a ?central? work in the study of Romanticism.
    – Broadview Press reviews: Margaret Higonnet, University of Connecticut – ?an invaluable resource?

  11. Scott Dill

    This is a blending of both parts of the assignment. Browsing the shelves, I ran into a book titled, “Spiritual Shakespeares,” Edited by Ewan Fernie. I’d never heard of the book, but noticed it was in the Routledge series, “Accents on Shakespeare” and contained a preface by the notable philosopher Jack Caputo. The book came out in 2005.
    A book review was written by Graham L. Hammil in the “Shakespeare Quarterly,” Volume 57.2, which came out in 2006. As the book is so recent that this is the only review I found. Even Amazon has none. As to the critical reception of the book, it’s easy to sum up the response of this review by quoting the last sentences:
    “Fernie has done a very good job in bringing together a provocative and intelligent set of essays. Spiritual Shakespeares offers a fresh and edgy perspective on the critically hot topic of religion. While the anthology’s general claims will and should provoke skeptical responses, Spiritual Shakespeares deserves attention not only from scholars and critics interested in Shakespeare and theory or in Shakespeare and religion, but also from professional readers looking for new approaches to Shakespeare’s works.”
    The review seems to find the combination of postmodern thought and religion an interesting combo and therefore recommends the book.

  12. Matt Davis

    Since the my work on the topic I’ve been researching is a) currently being graded and b) restricted to journals, I went for a new possible topic for a paper later this semester: the role of weather in Romantic Amer. Lit.
    The first review- of a new book- was what I like to call a twofer. The review (from American Literature journal) reviews two new books that may prove useful:
    Dana Phillips
    Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present; Natural Life: Thoreau’s Worldly Transcendentalism
    Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present. By John Gatta. New York: Oxford Univ. Press. 2004. xii, 291 pp. Paper, $24.95.
    Natural Life: Thoreau’s Worldly Transcendentalism. By David M. Robinson. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press. 2004. xiv, 231 pp. $24.95.
    American Literature 78(3): 648-650 (2006); DOI:10.1215/00029831-2006-042
    For the review of a book that I’m already working with, I went back to my old topic. The book, Facts, Artifacts and Counterfacts, was reviewed in both journals I used during my literature review. The first review focuses on the one book and looks at its presentation of a possible curriculum for an introductory writing course based on reading.
    Marilyn S. Sternglass
    Reviewed Work(s): Facts, Artifacts and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course by David Bartholomae; Anthony Petrosky
    College Composition and Communication > Vol. 38, No. 3 (Oct., 1987), pp. 363-365
    The second review covers three books by different authors and compares the book I already have (and its method for connecting reading to writing) to two books with the same aims.
    Review title: Composing, Uniting, Transacting: Whys and Ways of Connecting Reading and Writing
    Author(s) of Review: Nancy R. Comley
    Reviewed Work(s): Facts, Artifacts and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Writing Course by David Bartholomae; Anthony Petrosky
    Only Connect: Uniting Writing and Reading by Thomas Newkirk
    Convergences: Transactions in Reading and Writing by Bruce T. Petersen
    College English > Vol. 51, No. 2 (Feb., 1989), pp. 192-200

  13. Emily Rutter

    Go Slow Now: Faulkner and the Race Question, Charles D. Peavy
    Eugene: University of Oregon Press, 1971
    Reviewers: John Campbell (South Central Bulletin) and C. Hugh Holman (American Literature)
    Reviews of this book were favorable and, despite its age, it is pertinent to my topic. John Campbell of Southwestern University endorses the book generally but does admit that Peavy is too biased to objectively assess Faulkner’s views on race.
    What Else But Love? , Phillip M. Weinstein
    New York: Columbia University Press, 1996
    Reviews from Amazon and Powell’s
    Weinstein compares the works of Faulkner and Toni
    Morrison in this very well received book. He
    considers the legacy of slavery and how each writer treats the characters that are borne out of a history ofbondage. Morrison writes, “I read “What Else But Love?” with enormous interest and a great deal of satisfaction.”
    Also, Mississippi Quarterly, a definitive source
    on Southern literature and criticism gives it a good review. For my research, this may prove to be very useful in Weinstein?s analysis of the creation of black characters, especially because Morrison was so influenced by Faulkner?s work.
    WILLIAM FAULKNER The Man and the Artist, Stephen B.Oates
    New York: Harper & Row, 1987
    Reviewers: Louis Rubin and T. Lehmann-Haupt
    (Both NY Times)
    Louis Rubin dismisses this book as adding nothing of significance to what we know about William Faulkner and his work. Rubin points out that the objective of literary biography is to illuminate the life of the writer in order to understand his/her work more clearly. In this sense, Ruben believes that Oates has failed. His last two sentences sum his review up
    well.Rubin writes, ?To the best of my knowledge, this book tells us nothing about William Faulkner, as man or as author, that anyone who enjoys reading his fiction needs or wants to know. It might as appropriately have been composed about Elvis Presley.? Lehmann-Haupt
    agrees with Rubin that this biography does not fully engage the reader in the psychology of William Faulkner. Yet, his criticism is specifically focused on the pace of the book which he feels speeds up at important moments, rather than explaining their significance in the author?s life. Overall, Lehmann-Haupt gives the book a fair review that credits Oates with establishing Faulkner?s importance
    in American literature, albeit in a shallow manner.

  14. Nancy McVittie

    This isn’t the newest book (1999) but it was the most recent book I could find reviews for that had anything remotely to do with my topic:
    Working Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America
    Stephen J. Ross
    Review Author: Andrew Brodie Smith
    American Quarterly–Volume 52, Number 2, June 2000
    I know there are more recent books out there related to my topic, but apparently haven’t hit on the right place for reviews on them.
    Regarding reviews for books I’ve already been looking at for this project, I found one book that had been reviewed and one review of it (though to be fair, it was linked a million places…)
    Andrew S. Horton
    Review Author: James Morrison
    Postmodern Culture-Volume 2, Number 2, January 1992
    Morrison notes that Horton’s work is important because it fills a hole in the category of books on film theory. Other works have taken film theory and examined its application to various genres: noir, western, etc., but Horton is the first to compile a book of essays that do this with comedy. Morrison believes that the book is “invaluable” for this alone, but does note that many of the essays Horton has included in his book come to similar conclusions.

  15. Domenica Vilhotti

    Weekly Assignment # 11: Book Reviews
    Topic: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Romanticism
    Reviewed Book:
    Lee, Debbie. Slavery and the Romantic Imagination. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2002.
    Review #1:
    Martin, Claire Emilie and David Shafer. ?Review: The Politics of Race and Slavery in the British Empire and Ancien Régime? Eighteenth-Century Studies. Vol. 38, No. 2 (Winter, 2005), pp. 355-360.
    Review #2:
    Smith, John David. ?Review: [untitled]? The Journal of Southern History. Vol. 56, No. 4 (Nov., 1990), pp. 752-753
    Review #3:
    Stillinger, Jack. ?Review: [untitled]? African American Review. Vol. 36, No. 4 (Winter, 2002), pp. 679-680
    Review Overview:
    Lee?s collection of essays about conceptions of race and racism in Romantic literature was certainly well received. Martin and Shafer, for instance, view Slavery and the Romantic Imagination as offering, ?insight into continuing attempts to address slavery in the post-colonial world and provide a foundation for any scholar or student of the global eighteenth century.? The collection of reviews was particularly helpful to me because I was able to contextualize notions of a slavery motif within Frankenstein; according to these three reviews, this concept is quite recent (as of Lee?s 2002 book at least).

  16. s.dunstan

    The review of a book I was not familiar with:
    Accents, Ebonics, and Crossing: Thinking about Language, Race Relations, and Discrimination (in Reviews)
    English with an Accent: Language, Ideology and Discrimination in the United States
    Rosina Lippi-Green
    The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children
    Theresa Perry; Lisa Delpit
    Crossing: Language and Ethnicity among Adolescents
    Ben Rampton
    Review author[s]: Tara Goldstein
    TESOL Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 3, Critical Approaches to TESOL. (Autumn, 1999), pp. 597-604.
    And here are a couple reviews of one of the books I had already found, ?English with an Accent: Language, Ideology, and Discriminatino in the United States? by Rosina Lippi Green. JSTOR was really awesome in finding reviews, it made it so simple and I found an endless list of many of the other books I looked up.
    Five Recent Books about Language (in Professional Links: The Linguistic Nature of Language and Communication)
    English with an Accent: Language, Ideology, and Discrimination in the United States
    Rosina Lippi-Green
    Spreading the Word: Language and Dialect in America
    John McWhorter
    The Real Ebonics Debate
    Theresa Perry; Lisa Delpit
    Making the Connection: Language and Academic Achievement among African American Students
    Carolyn Temple Adger; Donna Christian; Orlando Taylor
    Talkin That Talk: Language, Culture, and Education in African America
    Geneva Smitherman
    Review author[s]: Steven Brown
    The English Journal, Vol. 90, No. 4, And Language for All. (Mar., 2001), pp. 113-117.
    English with an Accent: Language Ideology and Discrimination in the United States
    Rosina Lippi-Green
    Review author[s]: Walt Wolfram
    Language, Vol. 75, No. 2. (Jun., 1999), pp. 362-365.

  17. E. Ashley Yates

    One book which I will certainly be using for my research is “Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years”, written by Brian Boyd. I found two helpful book reviews.
    Review: untitled
    Review Author: Gary Kerley
    American Literature – Vol. 63, No. 4 (Dec. 1991)
    This book review describes the book as “meticulously comprehensive.” In my opinion that is an excellent comment on the nature of the biography. For my purposes I need the text to be “meticulously comprehensive.” From the review I learn that Boyd spent ten years tracing Nabokov’s steps, interviewing his wife and family, and examining the archives and his published works.
    Review: untitled
    Review Author: Pekka Tammi
    Russian Review – Vol. 51, No. 1 (Jan. 1992)
    This reviewer says that Boyd’s book is a substantial and definitive study of Nabokov’s life and art. “No student of Nabokov should be anything but conscientious about details.” Boyd reconstructs the entire life of Nabokov. Boyd, for the purpose of this biography, was granted access to Nabokov’s archives in Montreux. Boyd is the only scholar that has been granted these rights.