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Bartholomew Brinkman. Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print

Bartholomew Brinkman. Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016. ix, 272p., ill. ISBN 9781421421346. US $50.00.

Bartholomew Brinkman’s surprising, skillfully argued Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print is about collecting and collectors. It is about the ways – both mundane and extraordinary – poems are produced, encountered, consumed, and archived. Brinkman sketches a “continuum of collecting practices” from the careful conservation of the book collector (who craves unifying systems and narratives) to the seemingly haphazard accumulations of the scrapbooker (whose interest is less in “completion” than in the pleasures of contrast and juxtaposition) (5).

Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 2017. Ed. by Stephan Füssel. No. 92

Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 2017. Ed. by Stephan Füssel. No. 92. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017. 288 p. ISBN 9783447108324. EUR 75.00. Frustrating as the delayed arrival of this volume was, it had the effect of whetting my appetite all the more to read the contents. I will first discuss the contributions which caught my eye as closest to my own interests. A regular contributor, Marvin J. Heller, continues his survey of Hebrew printing in early modern Europe by focusing on the town of Verona,…

Caroline Maniaque-Benton and Meredith Gaglio, eds. Whole Earth Field Guide

Caroline Maniaque-Benton and Meredith Gaglio, eds. Whole Earth Field Guide. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016. xii, 107p., ill. ISBN 9780262529280. US $34.95.

The Whole Earth Field Guide is a heavily illustrated, welcome contribution to the study of the remarkable multiyear enterprise which began humbly in 1968. This book aims “to introduce the reader to the intellectual world to which the Catalog opened a door,” and it looks exclusively to the National Book Award-winning Last Whole Earth Catalog (1971) to do so (ix).

Lia Markey. Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence

Lia Markey. Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016. Xvii + 241 p. ill. ISBN 9780271071152. $79.95 (hardcover). The reader, upon opening this book, is greeted by a stunning array of 110 colour and black-and-white images, including many details, which exhibit the depth and breadth of primarily Florentine representations of the Americas during the first few decades of Euro-American contact. Organized into a series a nine case studies, each of which focuses on specific…

Gerhard Holzer, Valerie Newby, Petra Svatek, and Georg Zotti, eds. A World of Innovation: Cartography in the Time of Gerhard Mercator

Gerhard Holzer, Valerie Newby, Petra Svatek, and Georg Zotti, eds. A World of Innovation: Cartography in the Time of Gerhard Mercator. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. xvii + 261 p. ill. ISBN 9781443871532. £47.99 (hardcover). The scholarship contained in this book was convened by the editors at a conference held in Vienna in 2012 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Gerhard Mercator’s date of birth. The thirteen chapters of this edited collection are spread over four thematic…

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. Newcastle, 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…

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. 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…

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. 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 the 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…

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 one hundred thirty-five pages of text and eighteen 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…

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.…