Review 19: An Online Review of New Books on English and American Literature of the 19th Century
 

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John Cyril Barton
LITERARY EXECUTIONS: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND AMERICAN CULTURE, 1820-1925
(Johns Hopkins, July 2014) 368 pp.
Reviewed by Mark Canuel on 2015-01-21.

In his various writings on the death penalty that have recently been translated into English, Jacques Derrida puts a great deal of emphasis on its "religious"...
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Jessica De Spain
NINETEENTH-CENTURY TRANSATLANTIC REPRINTING AND THE DISEMBODIED BOOK
(Ashgate, 2014) xiv + 209 pp.
Reviewed by Amanda Adams on 2015-01-21.

In the nineteenth century, bodies and books regularly traversed the Atlantic, sometimes east to west, sometimes west to east. That material reality is clear,...
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Sydney Owenson
FLORENCE MACARTHY: AN IRISH TALE ED. JENNY MACAULEY
(Pickering & Chatto, 2012) xxii + 470pp
Reviewed by Julie Donovan on 2015-01-09.

This scholarly edition of Sydney Owenson's spirited and ambitious seventh novel, which first appeared in 1818, successfully emulates the way Claire Connolly...
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Wesley Mott, ed.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON IN CONTEXT
(Cambridge, 2014) xxxvi + 303 pp.
Reviewed by Brad Bannon on 2015-01-09.

Identifying the appropriate lens through which to view the life and mind of any author can be difficult work. Ralph Waldo Emerson poses unique challenges...
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Ian Haywood
ROMANTICISM AND CARICATURE
(Cambridge, 2013) xiv + 226 pp.
Reviewed by Brian Bates on 2014-12-29.

This book examines the raucous power, complex politics, and intertextual workings of visual caricature in Great Britain from the 1790s to the first Reform...
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