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Beth Barton Schweiger
A LITERATE SOUTH: READING BEFORE EMANCIPATION
(Yale, 2019) xxxiii + 258 pp.
Reviewed by Barbara Hochman on 2020-10-31
This book challenges the "orthodox" view of the antebellum South as an illiterate culture (199).
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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 2020-10-30
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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Andrea Charise
THE AESTHETICS OF SENESCENCE: AGING, POPULATION, AND THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH NOVEL
(SUNY, 2020) xlv + 194 pp.
Reviewed by Alice Crossley on 2020-10-17
Victorian Studies
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 2020-10-17
Scholarship on Victorian-era cartooning and caricature has lately been undergoing a quiet resurgence.
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Ashley Reed
HEAVEN'S INTERPRETERS: WOMEN WRITERS AND RELIGIOUS AGENCY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA
(Cornell University Press, 2020) ix + 262 pp.
Reviewed by James Emmett Ryan on 2020-09-19
Before about 1820, as literary historians of early America have demonstrated, American novels were interesting but rather uncommon and not widely distributed.
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Barbara Black
HOTEL LONDON: HOW VICTORIAN COMMERCIAL HOSPITALITY SHAPED A NATION AND ITS STORIES
(Ohio State, 2019) x + 245 pp.
Reviewed by Melissa Fegan on 2020-08-24
Victorian Studies
This book is the final instalment in Barbara Black's trilogy on the great institutions of nineteenth-century London: museums (On Exhibit, 2000), gentlemen's clubs (A Room of His Own, 2012), and now the grand hotel.
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