GRAAT On-Line - Book Reviews

Updated December 2017

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Book Review Editor Molly O'Brien Castro


Jonathan Bignell, Beckett on Screen: The Television Plays (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), £50, 208 pages, ISBN: 978-0719064203—Anthony Cordingley, Université Paris VIII —Vincennes-Saint-Denis.


Sally Brown, Teenage Pregnancy, Parenting and Intergenerational Relations (UK: Palgrave Macmilla), 2016). 247 pages, ISBN 978-1-137-49538-9—Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Stewart J. Brown, Providence and Empire: Religion, Politics and Society in the United Kingdom, 1815-1914 (Edinburgh: Pearson Education Limited, 2008). UK £19.90, 22.18€, 494 pages, ISBN 978-0-582-29960-3—Stéphanie Prévost, Université François Rabelais - Tours.


David Coad, The Metrosexual: Gender, Sexuality, and Sport (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008), $16.95, 216 pages, ISBN 9780791474105—Georges-Claude Guilbert, Université François Rabelais – Tours.


Tim Pat Coogan, The Famine Plot: England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy (Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). £9.98 (paperback), 279+i-xi pages, ISBN 1137278838—Stéphanie Prévost, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7.


George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, & Lois More Overbeck, eds.The Letters of Samuel Beckett: 1941-1956 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).  £30.00, 886 pages, ISBN: 9780521867948 —  Gerardo Del Guercio, Royal Military College of Canada, St-Jean. 


Nöelle Cuny, D. H. Lawrence : Le Corps en devenir (Paris, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2008). 23 €, 189 pages, ISBN 978-2-87854-376-6—Élise Brault, Université de Valenciennes.


Gregory Currie, Narratives & Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). £40, 243 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-928260-9 (also available in paperback and eBook)—John Pier, Université François Rabelais, Tours


Neil Davie, L'évolution de la condition féminine en Grande-Bretagne à travers les textes juridiques fondamentaux de 1830 à 1975 (Lyon : Collection Les fondamentaux du féminisme anglo-saxon, ENS Editions, 2011), 23€, 224 pages, ISBN 978-284788-242-1—Martine Monacelli Faraut, Université Sophia Antipolis, Nice.


Gerardo Del Guercio, The Fugitive Slave Law in The Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: American Society Transforms Its Culture (Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2013). $49.95, 186 pages, ISBN 978-0773445185—Anne-Claire Lévy, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III.


Emine Lâle Demitürk, How Black Writers Deal with Whiteness. Characterization through Deconstructing Color (Lewiston, N.Y.: the Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). $109.59, £69.95, 230 pages, ISBN 978-0-7734-5073-8; 0-7734-5073-4—Claude Julien, Université François Rabelais - Tours.


Kenneth L. Deutsch and Ethan Fishman, eds., The Dilemmas of American Conservatism (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2010). $40, 232 pages, ISBN: 9780813125961—Gerardo Del Guercio, Independent Researcher, Canada.


Diana Dominguez, Historical Residues in the Old Irish Legends of Queen Medb: An Expanded Interpretation of the Ulster Cycle (Lewiston: The Edward Mellen Press, 2010). $119.95, 320 pages, ISBN: 978-0-7734-3649-7—James Friel, Liverpool John Moores University.


John Donne: 21st-Century Oxford Authors, Janel Mueller, ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). UK £95 (hardback), 656 pages, ISBN 978-0199596560— Pádraic Lamb, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Damian Duffy & John Jennings, The Hole: Consumer Culture Volume I – A graphic novel (Chicago: Front Forty Press, 2008), $30.00, 168 pages, ISBN 0977868923—Georges-Claude Guilbert, Université François Rabelais – Tours.


Kenneth L. Deutsch and Ethan Fishman, eds., The Dilemmas of American Conservatism (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2010). $40, 232 pages, ISBN: 9780813125961—Gerardo Del Guercio, Independent Researcher, Canada.


Charlotte Faircloth, Diane M. Hoffman, and Linda L. Layne, eds., Parenting in Global Perspective—Negotiating Ideologies of Kinship, Self and Politics (London and New York: Routledge, 2013). $160, 255 pages, ISBN 978-0-415-62487-9—Cécile Coquet-Mokoko, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Michael J. Franklin, Orientalist Jones. Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794 ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). UK £35 (hardback), 408 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-953200-1 –Pierre Dubois, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Peter Gay, Modernism: The Lure of Heresy from Baudelaire to Beckett and Beyond (London: Vintage Books, 2007), £10.99, 640 pages, ISBN: 978-0-099-44196-0—Eric Athenot, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Eugene D. Genovese & Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011). £21.65, 232 pages, ISBN 978-1-107-60502-2 – Emma Heishman, Aix-Marseille University.


Dominik Geppert & Robert Gerwarth, eds., Wilhelmine Germany and Edwardian Britain: Essays on Cultural Affinity (German Historical Institute London, Oxford University Press, 2008). UK £65, 91€, 464 pages, ISBN 13: 978-0-19-955828-5–Trevor Harris, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism or the Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (London: Penguin, 2007), 9.99£, 487 pages, ISBN: 978-0-141-03950-3—Priscilla Morin, Université François Rabelais - Tours.


Daniel Gorman, Imperial Citizenship: Empire and the Question of Belonging (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006). UK £55 (hardback), 56€, 243 pages, ISBN 978-0-7190-7529-2 —Trevor Harris, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


David Gowland, Arthur Turner & Alex Wright, Britain and European Integration since 1945: On the Sidelines (London: Routledge, 2010). UK £17.99 (paperback), 31€, 312 pages, ISBN 978-0-415-322133—Trevor Harris, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


John Griffiths, Imperial Culture in Antipodean Cities, 1880-1939 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). UK £65.00 (hardback), 96,95€, xiii and 306 pages, ISBN 978-1-137-38572-7—Trevor Harris, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens.


Nigel Hamilton, How To Do Biography: A Primer (Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008). USA $22.95, 379 pages, ISBN 978-0-674-02796-1—Trevor Harris, Université François Rabelais - Tours.


André-Marie Harmat (dir.), Musique & littérature : jeux de miroir (Toulouse : Éditions Universitaires du Sud, 2009). 25€, 413 pages, ISBN 978-2-7227-0120-0–Éric Athenot, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Rebecca Herissone Ed., The Ashgate Research Companion to Henry Purcell (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2012). £85, 420 pages, ISBN: 978-0-7546-6645-5—Pierre Dubois, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Ulrike Hillemann, Asian Empire and British Knowledge: China and the Networks of British Imperial Expansion (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). £52.55 (hardback), 60,80€, 262 pages, ISBN 978-0-230-20046-3—Trevor Harris, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Eva Johanna Holmberg, Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination. A Scattered Nation. Transculturalisms 1400-1700 (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011) $98, 180 pages, ISBN: 978-1409411918─ Frédérique Fouassier, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Sébastien Hubier & Emmanuel Le Vagueresse (dir.), Gender et séries télévisées (Reims : Éditions et presses universitaires de Reims, 2016). 20€, 235 pages, ISBN 978-2-37496-020-3—Benjamin Mauduit, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Anne-Cécile Huprelle, Le diable (Coll. Petite Bibliothèque des Spiritualités, Plon: Paris, 2007.) 13 € ,125 pages, ISBN-10: 2259203701/ 13: 978-2259203708—Caroline Bélan-Ménagier, Université François Rabelais - Tours.


Miloš Kovic, Disraeli and the Eastern Question (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). UK £ 60 (hardback), 68,09 €, 339 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-957460-5—Stéphanie Prévost, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Sylvie Laurent, Martin Luther King : une biographie intellectuelle et politique (Paris : Seuil, 2015). 21€, 384 pages, ISBN : 978-2-02-116621-7 — Anne-Claire Lévy , Université Paris 11-Sud.


Cathy Leeney, Irish Women Playwrights 1900-1939: Gender and Violence on Stage (New York: Peter Lang, 2010). £57 (hardback), 265 pages, ISBN 9781433103322--Patrick Lonergan, Galway.


Hand Maes & Jerrold Levinson, Art & Pornography: Philosophical Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). £37.50, 335 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-974408-5 (paperback)-Charles Joseph, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Madhavi Menon, ed., Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011), $27.95, 494 pages, ISBN 978-0-8223-4845-0 — Sarah Hatchuel, Université du Havre.


Cherrie L. Morraga, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2011), $22.95, 280 pages, 978-0-8223-4977-8—Christiane Grimal, Université François Rabelais – Tours


Ann Oakley, Sex, Gender and, Society (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2015, 2nd ed.). £22.50, 172 pages, ISBN: 978-1-4724-3562-0—Elise Pereira Nunes, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Vishwas Patil, A Dirge for the Damned (Gurgaon: Hachette India, 2014). UK £ 9.99 (paperback), 9.99 €, 471 pages, ISBN 978-93-50009-590-4--Paul Giffard-Foret, Monash University, Australia.


James Penner, Pinks, Pansies, and Punks: The Rhetoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011). $24.95, 318 pages, ISBN 978-0-253-22251-0—Georges-Claude Guilbert, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Charles R. Pigden, ed., Hume on Motivation and Virtue (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), £55, 303 pages, ISBN: 978-0-230-20527-7–Pierre Dubois, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Chandan Reddy, Freedom With Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State, (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, Perverse Modernities Series, 2011), $23,95, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0822351054 —Cécile Coquet-Mokoko, Université François-Rabelais, Tours.


Serge Ricard, Théodore Roosevelt et l'Amérique impériale (Rennes : Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2016). 24€, 364 pages, ISBN 978-2-7535-4893-0—Anne-Claire Lévy, Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris 2.


Davide Rodogno, Against Massacre: Humanitarian Intervention in the Ottoman Empire 1815-1914 (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2011), $39.50, 391 pages, ISBN 9780691151335 — Stéphanie Prévost, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7.


Erik S. Roraback, The Dialectics of Late Capital and Power: James, Balzac and Critical Theory (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007). £34.99, 320 pages, ISBN: 1-84718-226-7 - Gerardo Del Guercio, York College, CUNY.


Yomna Saber, Gendered Masks of Liminality and Race: Black Female Trickster's Subversion of Hegemonic Discourse in African American Women Literature(Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2017).  138 pages, ISBN 978-3-0343-2576-9 – Emma L. Heishman, Université Aix-Marseille.saber


John E. Seery, ed., A Political Companion to Walt Whitman (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2011). $40, 373 pages, ISBN 978-0-8131-2654-8—Eric Athenot, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Dan Shen, Style and Rhetoric of Short Narrative Fiction: Covert Progressions Behind Overt Plots (New York and London: Routledge, 2014). 80 € (hardback), 175 pages, ISBN 978-0-415-63548-6—Federico Pianzola, ICI, Berlin.


Marc SolomonWinning Marriage: the Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Punditsand Won (Lebanon, NH: ForeEdge, 2015). $19.95, 386 pages, ISBN 978-1611688993—Anthony Castet, Université François Rabelais, Tours


Agnès Tachin, Amie et rivale. La Grande-Bretagne dans l’imaginaire français à l’époque gaullienne (Bruxelles : Peter Lang, 2009). UK £35.20, 46.90 €, 411 pages, ISBN: 978-90-5201-495-1—Trevor Harris, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Ulrike Tancke, “Bethinke Thy Selfe” in Early Modern England. Writing Women’s Identities (Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2010). $85, 276 pages, ISBN: 9789042028081-Frédérique Fouassier, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Andrekos Varnava, British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), UK 60£, 321 pages, ISBN: 978-0-7190-7903-0 - Stéphanie Prévost, Université François Rabelais -Tours.


Brenda R. Weber, Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2010). $23.95, 344 pages, ISBN 978-0-8223-4568-8—Georges-Claude Guilbert, Université François Rabelais, Tours.


Sarah Wise, The Blackest Streets: the Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (London: Vintage Books, 2009). UK £9.99 (paperback), 11.75 €, 333 pages, ISBN: 978-1-844-13331-4–Trevor Harris, Université François Rabelais, Tours.