Featured Reviews

Decadences - Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature
 

“The vigorous endurance of fin-de-siècle ideas is apparent in this welcome collection of fifteen essays. (. . .) This collection shows that Decadent studies are in no danger of decline.”

English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 51.2 (2008)



James Joyce and the Mythology of Modernism
 

“[. . .] a comprehensive and successful analysis of the genealogy of Joyce’s conception of myth [. . .] a fresh look at Joyce through a scholar clearly well-versed in both Catholic and Classical thought.”
- James Joyce Literary Supplement 21:1 (Spring 2007)

 

 

Formal Investigations
Fox, Paul und Melikoglu, Koray (Hrsg.)
Aesthetic Style in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Detective Fiction
 

“These important essays underscore how much our understanding of genre owes to the influence of mass culture on the establishment of literary hierarchies.”
- English Literature in Transition 51.4 (2008)

“This collection's contribution to the study of detective fiction is undeniable. The reconsideration of well-known authors and works provide truly new analysis of the individual's relationship to the genre. [. . .] The varied approaches and interests of the contributors to this collection made for an informative and enjoyable read, particularly regarding the lesser-known detectives of the period.”
– British Association for Victorian Studies, Book Reviews

 

“a welcome and stimulating addition to the field of detective fiction studies.”

  IASLonline (2008)

 
“an engaging and informative contribution to the study of detective fiction”

Victorian Review 35.1 (2009)

 

“a number of conceptually assured essays”
Year's Work in English Studies 88.1 (2009)


"This collection's contribution to the study of detective fiction is undeniable. The reconsideration of well-known authors and works provide truly new analysis of the individual's relationship to the genre. [. . .] The varied approaches and interests of the contributors to this collection made for an informative and enjoyable read, particularly regarding the lesser-known detectives of the period.

British Association for Victorian Studies, Book Reviews



"[T]he material is thoroughly-researched and well-presented within the individual chapters, providing the reader both an introduction to and academic discussion of late-Victorian and
Edwardian detective fiction."


British Association for Victorian Studies, 04/2008



Formal Investigations
is a welcome and stimulating addition to the field of detective fiction studies.”


IASL Online, 07/2008




Writing Home. Black Writing in Britain Since the War
 

 “of use to students and scholars working in a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields such as Literature, English Studies, Contemporary British Politics, and Contemporary British History.”

Kelvingrove Review 3


Ghostly Alterities. Spectrality and Contemporary Literatures in English
 

 “an impressive range of theoretical perspectives [. . .] an important and innovative statement on its subject.
Gothic Studies 11.1 (May 2009)


New Readings in the Literature of British India, c. 1780-1947
 

“The Studies in English Literatures Series [. . .] has produced a remarkably interesting and useful volume [. . .] It is essential reading for researchers in postcolonial studies and equally entertaining for casual readers”

Jadavpur Journal of Comparative Literature 45 (2007-2008)

 

insightful analyses of some of the cultural transactions often overlooked by academia and the editor as well as the authors of papers deserve our compliments for relocating them in the center of critical focus and exploration.

- Icfai University Journal of English Studies (June 2008)

 

 

"Disdeining life, desiring leaue to die". Spenser and the Psychology of Despair
 

brings to the fore the sensibility of a poet that, on the issue of human vulnerability in the face of death, speaks to us across the centuries.”

Cahiers Élisabéthains 75 (Spring 2009)     

 

"Baseotto persuasively describes a Spenser who sympathizes with those who suffer from the pains of living, yet urges his readers to keep in view the larger perspective of permanence free from sorrow promised in 'Sabaoths sight' as a remedy for earthly (and earthy) mindedness."

Spenser Review 41.1 (2011)


 

Dealing with Evils. Essays on Writing from Africa
Gagiano, Annie
 

the different essays are always informative, perceptive and full of the humility that insists that a critic should read a text on the terms of the writer of it, and not with a fully scripted already written agenda.”

Research in African Literatures 40.4 (Winter 2009)


“a valuable collection of essays not only because it confronts the social and political themes which African writers have addressed in troubling times, but also because the articles convey a brilliant sense of the genres, nuanced language and originality of the writers who are represented here.”

Journal of the African Literature Association 3.1 (Winter 2008/Spring 2009)

"Incisiveness, innovation, multi-layered contextualization and meticulous referencing are what one has learned to expect from Annie Gagiano’s literary analyses, and this volume delivers no less."

Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46.3-4 (2010)


"Gagiano's skills as a close reader are admirable. […] Gagiano's vein of inquiry is strikingly original, intelligent and rewarding."


Scrutiny 2 15.1 (2010)           


"This collection of essays by one of South Africa's most admired postcolonial critics collects a range of discrepant engagements with literary texts. […] The essays – without exception – are persuasive, each combining a close reading of the intersection of text and context […]."


Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 47.1 (2010)




Dealing with Evils. Essays on Writing from Africa
Armellino, Pablo


“a lively one-volume introduction to Australian literature, encompassing a wide variety of the central issues in Australian culture ...“

Journal of Postcolonial Writing 47.3 (2011)




Melikoğlu, Koray  (ed.)
Life Writing. Autobiography, Biography, and Travel Writing in Contemporary Literature

"[…] contains several gems that will, no doubt, be referred to frequently by future students. […] a thought-provoking and insightful collection that will remain a useful work of reference for some time to come, and is, moreover, an enjoyable volume of papers […]”

–  Journal of Historical Biography 3.1 (Spring 2008)


"[…] the strengths of the most successful essays in Life Writing: an at once rigorous and creative approach, and a willingness to confront the complexities of an unruly category of narrative. […] an insightful overview of trends in contemporary life writing scholarship."


Biography 31.3 (2008)