October 18th, 2014
Three books with English Department ties have recently been reviewed in the prestigious Times Literary Supplement (TLS).
Prof. Ramie Targoff’s Posthumous Love (University of Chicago Press) is reviewed in the October 3 edition. Targoff’s book shows that Renaissance England love poetry, with its emphasis on the finality of death, was a stark contrast to the Italian poetry tradition where love transcends the grave. In her review, Alana Shilling-Janoff highlights that “Targoff convincingly argues that he (Wyatt) inspired a new poetic predicated on the knowledge of love’s inevitable end.” Shilling-Janoff notes that Targoff’s work “makes of us new readers of old favourites” such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
A review of Holly Jackson’s (Ph.D. 2008) American Blood (Oxford University Press) can be found in the May 23 edition. Jackson’s book explores the more dubious aspects of family in nineteenth-century American literature. Tom Wright points out in his review that “(i)n a series of new readings of canonical and lesser-known works, Jackson sketches a new anti-familial literary history.” He believes American Blood “will help encourage cultural historians and literary critics to ask new questions about the ‘new footings’ of the novel, the family and the powerful cultures of sentimentalism that bound the two together during this period.”
Imperial Media (Ohio State University Press) by Aaron Worth (Ph.D. 2004) is reviewed in the September 10 edition. His book reveals how the technology of the time promoted British imperialism. In her review, Mary Shannon argues that “(b)ecause we are still very much living in the information age . . . we should perhaps take note of how the texts analysed by Worth find in information systems a source of both promise and threat, triumph and dismay.”
These three books highlight the historical and geographic range of work of our scholars, the originality of their ideas, and prominence of the scholarship coming from the Brandeis English Department.
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