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Karen Bourrier
VICTORIAN BESTSELLER: THE LIFE OF DINAH CRAIK
(Michigan, 2019) xiii + 246 pp.
Reviewed by Tabitha Sparks on 2021-04-16
Victorian Novel
Though her novels are synonymous with domestic values and Christian piety, Dinah Mulock Craik (1826-1887) was not unacquainted with sensation and even scandal.
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Claire Connolly, ed.
IRISH LITERATURE IN TRANSITION [VOLUME II], 1780-1830
(Cambridge, 2020) xvi + 439 pp.
Reviewed by Patrick R. O'Malley on 2021-04-09
Irish Studies
Quick: what happened in Irish literary history in 1780? How about 1830? One of the challenges of conceptualizing Irish literature in terms of periods (romantic, for example, or Victorian) is that the customary narratives of cultural and political development don't quite apply: 1798 might have more salience than 1789, 1829 more than 1837.
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Jonah Siegel
MATERIAL INSPIRATIONS: THE INTERESTS OF THE ART OBJECT IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY AND AFTER
(Oxford, 2020) xxviii + 373 pp.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Helsinger on 2021-03-19
Material Culture
There is more than one way to read this fine book.
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Clare Pettitt
SERIAL FORMS: THE UNFINISHED PROJECT OF MODERNITY, 1815-1848
(Oxford, 2020) xviii + 368pp.
Reviewed by Matthew Poland on 2021-03-16
Victorian Culture
"THE DESTRUCTION OF POMPEII EVERY EVENING," reads an advertisement displayed just above the figures at left in John Parry's painting A London Street Scene (1835).
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Garrett Stewart
THE ONE, OTHER, AND ONLY DICKENS
(Cornell, 2018) xxv + 216 pp.
Reviewed by Wendy Veronica Xin on 2021-02-22
Familiar as we might already be with Boz the social commentator and master-plotter, this book reveals an "Other" Dickens lurking silently in his novels all along, if only we could hear him.
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Justin Tonra
Write My Name: Authorship in the Poetry of Thomas Moore
(Routledge, 2021) xiv + 193pp.
Reviewed by Julia M. Wright on 2021-02-22
Romantic Poetry
Justin Tonra's study offers a welcome new twist in Moore studies.
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