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Historians on John Gower

Historians on John Gower

Historians on John Gower. Edited by Stephen Rigby, with Siân Echard. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2019. [Brewer catalogue] Siân Echard D.S. Brewer 2019 John Gower’s poetry offers an important and immediate response to the turbulent events of his day. The essays here examine his life and his works from an historical angle, bringing out fresh new […]

Ovidian Transversions, ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650

Ovidian Transversions, ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650

Valerie Traub, Patricia Badir, Peggy McCracken, Editors Edinburgh University Press 2019 Medieval and early modern authors engaged with Ovid’s tale of ‘Iphis and Ianthe’ in a number of surprising ways. From Christian translations to secular retellings on the seventeenth-century stage, Ovid’s story of a girl’s miraculous transformation into a boy sparked a diversity of responses […]

Creating Canadian English: The Professor, the Mountaineer, and a National Variety of English

Creating Canadian English: The Professor, the Mountaineer, and a National Variety of English

Stefan Dollinger Cambridge University Press 2019 This lively account of the making of Canadian English traces the variety’s conceptual, social and linguistic developments from the twentieth century to the present. This book is not just another history of Canadian English; it is a history of the variety’s discovery, codification, and eventual acceptance, as well as […]

The Book in Britain: A Historical Introduction

The Book in Britain: A Historical Introduction

Zachary Lesser (Editor), Daniel Allington, David A. Brewer, Stephen Colclough, Siân Echard WILEY Blackwell 2019 Presented as a comprehensive, up-to-date narrative, The Book in Britain: A Historical Introduction explores the impact of books, manuscripts, and other kinds of material texts on the cultures and societies of the British Isles. The text clearly explains the technicalities […]

The Pluricentricity Debate

The Pluricentricity Debate

Stefan Dollinger Routledge Press 2019 This book unpacks a 30-year debate about the pluricentricity of German. It examines the concept of pluricentricity, an idea implicit to the study of World Englishes, which expressly allows for national standard varieties, and the notion of “pluri-areality,” which seeks to challenge the former. Looking at the debate from three […]

Beautiful Untrue Things: Forging Oscar Wilde’s Extraordinary Afterlife

Beautiful Untrue Things: Forging Oscar Wilde’s Extraordinary Afterlife

Gregory Mackie University of Toronto Press 2019 Borrowing its title from Oscar Wilde’s essay “The Decay of Lying,” this study engages questions of fraudulent authorship in the literary afterlife of Oscar Wilde. The unique cultural moment of Wilde’s early-twentieth-century afterlife, Gregory Mackie argues, afforded a space for marginal and transgressive forms of literary production that, […]

Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination

Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination

Vin Nardizzi and Tiffany Jo Werth, editors University of Toronto Press 2019 Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination explores how the cognitive and physical landscapes in which scholars conduct research, write, and teach have shaped their understandings of medieval and Renaissance English literary “oecologies.”   Purchase this Book About the Editors Vin Nardizzi and Tiffany […]

Canadian Literature

Canadian Literature

Laura Moss, Editor 2019 Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review Canadian Literature is an academic quarterly that publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles in French or English related to the field of Canadian literature, broadly defined. The journal’s deep commitment to Canadian writing does not stop there. We also publish book reviews of critical and creative works, poems, short notes, […]

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Daniel Justice Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2018 Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part cultural history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts the vital significance of literary expression to the political, creative, and intellectual efforts of Indigenous peoples today. In considering the connections between literature and lived experience, this book contemplates […]