Animals and Other People: Literary Forms and Living Beings in the Long Eighteenth Century, by Heather Keenleyside

Reviewed by Donna Landry

What can eighteenth-century literary studies contribute to animal studies in the humanities? This book offers a gratifyingly canonical answer for eighteenth-centuryists. Beginning with James Thomson’s The Seasons and ending with Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s “To a Caterpillar,” the book’s argument hinges … Read more

Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, and the Borders of the Self, by Misty G. Anderson

Reviewed by Holly Faith Nelson

Misty G. Anderson’s animated and absorbing book on the representation of Methodism in eighteenth-century texts, Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain, belies its austere cover featuring a dour old Methodist. In her consideration of the subject, Anderson expertly navigates historical, … Read more

Queen Anne and the Arts, edited by Cedric D. Reverand II. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2015. Pp. xiii +320. $100. ISBN: 978-1611486315.

Queen Anne, Patroness of Arts, by James Anderson Winn. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014. Pp. xxi + 792. $39.95. ISBN: 978-0199372195.

Reviewed by Paula Backscheider

These two books will permanently change our conception of Queen Anne and, incidentally, the decade of her reign. The adjectives most used to describe and characterize Queen Anne have been “fat,” “sluggish,” “dull,” and “preferring women.” In fact, she was, … Read more

Women of Letters, Manuscript Circulation, and Print Afterlives in the Eighteenth Century: Elizabeth Rowe, Catharine Cockburn, and Elizabeth Carter, by Melanie Bigold

Reviewed by Gillian Wright

Melanie Bigold’s new book sets out to fill a significant—and, at first sight, surprising—lacuna in scholarship on eighteenth-century literature. While the past 25 years have witnessed a dramatic growth of interest in women’s writing in the long eighteenth century, this … Read more