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

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Dewey W. Hall
ROMANTIC NATURALISTS, EARLY ENVIRONMENTALISTS: AN ECOCRITICAL STUDY, 1789-1912
(Ashgate, 2014) viii + 232 pp.
Reviewed by Scott Hess on 2015-01-30.

The Romantic origins of environmentalism, scholars have begun to realize, must be told as a transatlantic story. While many scholars recognize that...
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Hilary Fraser
WOMEN WRITING ART HISTORY: LOOKING LIKE A WOMAN
(Cambridge, 2014) xv + 230 pp.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Helsinger on 2015-01-30.

Vernon Lee has the last word in this book, and it is uncharacteristically generous to the man whose art writing had significantly contributed to her...
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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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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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