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Month: November 2017

Konstantinos Staikos. The Greek Editions of Aldus Manutius and His Greek Collaborators (c. 1494-1515)

Konstantinos Staikos. The Greek Editions of Aldus Manutius and His Greek Collaborators (c. 1494-1515). Trans. Katerina Spathi. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2016. xv, 293 p., ill. ISBN 9781584563426. US$ 65.00 (hardcover).

The recent unveiling of Simon Fraser University’s online resource ALDUS @ SFU: The Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection allows visitors to examine fully digitized versions of Latin, Greek, and Italian books printed by Manutius Aldus (1452-1515). A contemporary of Gutenberg, Manutius played a significant role in the development of early printing. Konstantinos Staikos’s new volume, The Greek Editions of Aldus Manutius and His Greek Collaborators (c. 1494-1515), provides a visually stunning account of Manutius’s Greek editions that should complement Simon Fraser University’s website by allowing readers a chance to see images from these editions that may otherwise be out of immediate grasp.

Andrew Hammond, ed. The Novel and Europe: Imagining the Continent in Post-1945 Fiction

Andrew Hammond, ed. The Novel and Europe: Imagining the Continent in Post-1945 Fiction. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature. xiv, 361 p. ISBN 9781137526267. US$ 99.99 (hardcover).

The title under review is a volume in the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature series, affiliated with the University of Kent’s Centre for Modern European Literature. This series broadly aims to promote new approaches to reading and studying European literature by interrogating traditional critical approaches to comparatively well-known European authors and works as well as through analyzing and exposing the work of lesser-known writers working in European and other contexts since the Second World War.

Paul Raphael Rooney and Anna Gasperini, eds. Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience

Paul Raphael Rooney and Anna Gasperini, eds. Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. New Directions in Book History. 241 p. ISBN 9781137587602. U.K. £66.99.

Simply because the Internet exists, the opinions on a medieval-style fantasy novel series called A Song of Ice and Fire or on Game of Thrones (GoT) in the television adaptation are easily found. Today, in addition to hearing from professional critics on staff at The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Metro papers, various GoT fans can share their pop culture thoughts on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media social platforms, pop culture websites, and discussion forums.

Henry Ansgar Kelly. The Middle English Bible: A Reassessment

Henry Ansgar Kelly. The Middle English Bible: A Reassessment. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. xiv, 349 p. ISBN 9780812248340. US$ 69.95 (hardcover and e-book).

In 135 pages of text and 18 technical appendices, Henry Ansgar Kelly reassesses the translations of the Middle English Bible to produce an interesting monograph on the subject. The translations he compares are primarily the Lollard or Wycliffite Bibles (pre-fifteenth century), which pre-date incunable vernacular bibles. Interestingly, Kelly devotes much of the slim text to scholarship about the history and translation of the Wycliffite Bible. He assesses pertinent scholarship from the fifteenth century to the present, paying considerable attention to contemporaneous commentators.

Brooke Conti. Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England

Brooke Conti. Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. viii, 240p. ISBN 9780812245752. US$ 55.00 (hardback).

Literary criticism continues to be taken with the complex, dynamic nature of early modern religious belief. Such is the case with Brooke Conti’s Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England, which considers short bursts of religious self-confession amidst the political prose works of King James I, John Donne, John Milton, Thomas Browne, John Bunyan, and King James II. Conti defines these “confessions of faith” as “polemically inspired autobiographies that purport to lay bare their authors’ beliefs but that tend, instead, to complicate and obscure them” (2).

Paola Masino. Album di vestiti

Paola Masino. Album di vestiti. Marinella Mascia Galateria, ed. Rome: Elliot, 2015. 280 p., ill. ISBN 9788861928626. €19.50 (paperback).

This volume presents for the first time in its entirety the text that Paola Masino (1908-1989), an important Italian writer, wrote between 1958 and 1963 in her private notebooks. In what the author describes as “un’autobiografia narrata secondo la memoria degli abiti che indossai” (101), Masino evokes her life and that of the people around her through the memory of the clothes they wore. As in a metaphorical fashion show, the book captures moments and anecdotes from Masino’s life.

Femke Molekamp. Women and the Bible in Early Modern England: Religious Reading and Writing

Femke Molekamp. Women and the Bible in Early Modern England: Religious Reading and Writing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. xiii, 266 p. ISBN 9780199665402. US$ 100.00 (cloth).

This work analyzes the biblical erudition of the women literati in early modern England. Their Bible-reading practices, either newly-minted Reformed or revived from humanist, Catholic, and medieval traditions, constitute the pervasive theme. Femke Molekamp explores networks of wealthy and privileged women, with access to leisure time and religious books, to reveal their deeply meditative and emotional lives in the privacy of their household and family.

William B. Robison, ed. History, Fiction, and The Tudors: Sex, Politics, Power, and Artistic License in the Showtime Television Series

William B. Robison, ed. History, Fiction, and The Tudors: Sex, Politics, Power, and Artistic License in the Showtime Television Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Queenship and Power. xiii, 384 p. ISBN 9781137438812. € 103.99 (hardcover).

History, Fiction, and The Tudors: Sex, Politics, Power, and Artistic License in the Showtime Television Series is a collection of essays dedicated to the now cancelled Showtime television series The Tudors. The show, which was cancelled after four seasons in 2009, aired its final episode in 2010. Dedicated to providing a sensational view of the reign of King Henry VIII, it was relatively successful in its time, earning high ratings for its network, Showtime, while garnering awards and attention for its stars.

Sandro Jung. James Thomson’s The Seasons, Print Culture, and Visual Interpretation, 1730-1842

Sandro Jung. James Thomson’s The Seasons, Print Culture, and Visual Interpretation, 1730-1842. Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press, 2015. Studies in Text and Print Culture. xxi, 287 p., ill. ISBN 9781611461916. US$ 80.00 (hardcover).

Published as the inaugural volume in the author’s series Studies in Text and Print Culture at Lehigh University Press, this interdisciplinary and profusely illustrated monograph sheds light on an iconographic corpus that is as broad as it is complex: visual representations of James Thomson’s poem The Seasons. Its critical perspective interweaves visual and material cultures, text-image relations, reading practices, and the history of the book, publishing, and art.

James J. Connolly, Patrick Collier, Frank Felsenstein, Kenneth R. Hall, and Robert G. Hall, eds. Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis

James J. Connolly, Patrick Collier, Frank Felsenstein, Kenneth R. Hall, and Robert G. Hall, eds. Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. x, 464p., ill. ISBN 9781442650626. US $90.00.

The 14 essays in this collection originate from a 2013 conference held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, the city depicted in Robert and Helen Lynd’s groundbreaking sociological study, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture (1929). Muncie, a small city in the American “provinces,” was a fitting place for a conference dedicated to investigating “modern print culture, not from the point of view of urban and imperial centres but from that of provincial locales and imperial peripheries” (5).