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