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The SBReviews: SHAKSPER Book Reviews

SBReviews is a peer-vetted collection of reviews of works of significance to students, teachers, scholars, and those who share their academic interests in the study of Shakespeare and of the theatre and literature of the Early Modern Period.

Panel members (http://shaksper.net/about/book-review-panel) identify books to be reviewed, nominate and select qualified persons to review these books, vet the submitted reviews, suggesting revisions if needed, and approve the completed version of each review prior to its distribution to list members and its publication on the web site.The moderator corresponds with the members of the Panel in identifying books to be reviewed and in nominating and choosing qualified peers to review the selected books. The moderator acts on the behalf of the Panel handling the correspondence between the Panel and the reviewers. The moderator also writes to publishers to procure complimentary copies for reviewers and informs publishers of reviews when they are published.

The SBReviews Panel strives to work with three intake periods: completed book reviews of 1,000 to 2,000 words are due to the panel on the first of April, August, and December. 

The moderator acts on the behalf of the Panel handling the correspondence between the Panel and the reviewers. The moderator also writes to publishers to procure complimentary copies for reviewers and informs publishers of reviews when they are published.The final editing and formatting is the responsibility of Hardy Cook, the Owner, Editor, and Moderator of SHAKSPER.

 

The SHAKSPER Book Review Panel Members

Mark G. Aune, Assistant Professor in the English Department at California University of Pennsylvania

Hardy M. Cook, Professor Emeritus, Bowie State University, Editor of SHAKSPER: The Global Shakespeare Electronic Conference

Jeremy Fiebig, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Fayetteville State University and Current Moderator of SBReviews

Evelyn Gajowski, Professor of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Arthur Lindley, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Research at the University of Birmingham (UK)

Martin Mueller, Professor, Northwestern University

Peter Paolucci, Coordinating Editor The Shakespeare XML Project, York University (CA) and former Founding Moderator of SBReviews

Murray M. Schwartz, Professor, Emerson College

Evelyn Tribble, Professor and Donald Collie Chair, Department of English, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

 

SBReviews

 

SBReview_1:

Elena Levy-Navarro. The Culture of Obesity in Early and Late Modernity: Body Image in Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and Skelton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-230-60123-9; xi + 238 pp. US$74.95.

Reviewed by Arthur Lindley, Institute for Advanced Research, University of Birmingham

SBReview_1 initially appeared on January 29, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0031 http://shaksper.net/archive/2009/272-january/26739-sbreviews1-the-culture-of-obesity-in-early-and-late and is also available as a  SBR1_Levy that can be read online.

SBReview_2:

Scott L. Newstok, editor. Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare. West Lafayette, Indiana: Parlor Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-60235-002-1; lv + 308 pp. US$32.00.

Reviewed by Murray M. Schwartz, Professor, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College

SBReview_2 initially appeared on January 29, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0032 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2009/272-january/26740-sbreviews2-kenneth-burke-on-shakespeare> and is also available as a SBR_2 Burke.

SBReview_3:

Gothic Shakespeares. Edited by John Drakakis and Dale Townshend. General editor, Terrence Hawkes. Accents on Shakespeare Series. New York: Routledge, 2008. ISBN 978-0-415-42067-9; 264 p. US$39.95.

Reviewed by Peter Paolucci, York University

SBReview_3 initially appeared on April 2, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0153 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2009/274-april/26861-sbreview3-gothic-shakespeares> and is also available as a  SBR_3 Gothic.

SBReview_4:

Margreta de Grazia. Hamlet without Hamlet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Reviewed by David Richman, University of New Hampshire

SBReview_4 initially appeared on July 14, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0371 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2009/281-july/27081-sbreview4-margreta-de-grazias-hamlet-without>  and is also available as a  SBR_4 Without Hamlet.

SBReview_5:

Lesel Dawson. Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Reviewed by Eric Langley, University College London.

SBReview_5 initially appeared on October 29, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0540 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2009/278-october/27249-sbreview5-lovesickness-and-gender> and is also available as a  SBR_5 Lovsickness.

SBReview_6:

Samuel Crowl. Shakespeare and Film: A Norton Guide. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0393927658; xxv + 238pp. US$27.50.

Reviewed by Caroline Gaddy, James Madison University, The Shakespeare Standard.

SBReview_6 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0268 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2010/293-july/27613-sbreview6-shakespeare-and-film> and is also available as a  SBR_6 Crowl.

SBReview_7:

The New Kittredge Shakespeare: Julius Caesar. Ed. Sarah Hatchuel. Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing, 2008. ISBN-10: 1585102601. ISBN-13: 978-1585102600. 144 pp. US$8.95.

Reviewed by Alisha Huber, Mary Baldwin College.

SBReview_7 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0269 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2010/293-july/27614-sbreview7-the-new-kittredge-shakespeare-julius> and is also available as a  SBR_7 Kittridge JC.

SBReview_8:

Bruce R. Smith. Phenomenal Shakespeare (Blackwell Manifestos). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-0631235484; 232 pp. US$84.95. Paperback: ISBN-10: 0631235485; US$29.95. Kindle: US$26.96.

Reviewed by James Mainard O'Connell, Assistant Technical Director/Shop Foreman, Columbia University.

SBReview_8 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0270 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2010/293-july/27615-sbreview8-phenomenal-shakespeare> and is also available as a  SBR_8 Smith.

SBReview_9:

David Schalkwyk. Shakespeare, Love, and Service. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN-13: 9780521886390. Pp. x + 317. U.S. $93.

Reviewed by David Evett, Professor Emeritus, Cleveland State University.

SBReview_9 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0271 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2010/293-july/27616-sbreview9-shakespeare-love-and-service> and is also available as a SBR_9 Schalkwyk.

SBReview_10:

William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice. Barnes & Noble Shakespeare. Edited by Julie Crawford. Series editor: David Scott Kastan. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2008. ISBN 978- 1-4114-0085-6. US$6.95

Reviewed by Jeremy Fiebig, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Fayetteville State University

SBReview_10 initially appeared on January 7, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0002 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2011/296-january/27814-sbreviews10-ban-the-merchant-of-venice> and is also available as a  SBR_10 Merchant.

SBReview_11:

Robert Appelbaum. Aguecheek's Beef, Belch's Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: Literature, Culture, and Food Among the Early Moderns. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. xxiv + 376 pp. $32.50. ISBN: 0-226-02126-2.

Reviewed by Arthur Lindley, Institute for Advanced Research, University of Birmingham

SBReview_11 initially appeared on January 7, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0003 http://shaksper.net/archive/2011/296-january/27813-sbreviews11-robert-appelbaums-aguecheeks-beef and is also available as a  SBR_11 Appelbaum.

SBReview_12:

Janet Adelman. Blood Relations: Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-00681-9; xi + 226pp. US$35.00.

Reviewed by Murray M. Schwartz, Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College

SBReview_12 initially appeared on January 7, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0004 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2011/296-january/27815-sbreviews12-janet-adelmans-blood-relations> and is also available as a  SBR_12 Adelman.

SBReview_13:

William Shakespeare. The Taming of the Shrew. Ed. Nicholas F. Radel & David Scott Kastan. New York: Barnes and Noble Shakespeare, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1411400412; pp.335. US$6.95.

Reviewed by Ann Pleiss Morris, English Ph.D. Candidate, University of Iowa, M.Litt in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, Mary Baldwin College

SBReview_13 initially appeared on January 7, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0005 <http://shaksper.net/archive/2011/296-january/27817-sbreviews13-ban-the-taming-of-the-shrew> and is also available as a SBR_13 Shrew.

SBReview_14:

William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice, ed. John Drakakis. The Arden Shakespeare, 3rd series (London: Methuen Drama, 2010). pp. xx + 460. $100; $17 pb.</p>

Reviewed by Jay L. Halio, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware.

SBReview_14 initially appeared on May 27, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0094 http://shaksper.net/current-postings/299-may/27938-sbreview14-arden3-mv  and is also available as  SBR14_Arden3_MV

SBReview_15:

MacFaul, Tom. Male Friendship in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xi + 222 pp. ISBN:978-0-521-86904-1.

Reviewed by Anthony Guy Patricia, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

SBReview_15 initially appeared on May 27, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0095 http://shaksper.net/archive/2011/299-may/27943--the-shakespeare-conference-shk-220095-friday-27-may-2011-from-hardy-m-cook-date-friday-may-27-2011-subject-sbreview15-male-friendship-in-shakespeare-and-his-contemporaries-sbreview15-macfaul-tom-ma and is also available as   SBR15_MaleFriendship

SBReview_16:

Woodbridge, Linda. English Revenge Drama: Money, Resistance, Equality.  Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xvi + 332 pp.  $95.00.  ISBN:0521884594.

Reviewed by Harry Keyishian, Professor of English at FDU and Director of Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

SBReview_16 initially appeared on May 27, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0096  http://shaksper.net/current-postings/299-may/27941-sbreview16-english-revenge-drama-money-resistance-equality  and is also available as  SBR16_Revenge

SBReview_17:

 

Hugh Grady, Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ix-261pp. $102. ISBN 978-0-521-51475-0

 

Reviewed by Alison Findlay, Professor of Renaissance Drama, Lancaster University (UK)

 

SBReview_17 initially appeared on October 6, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0269 http://shaksper.net/current-postings/302-october/28166-sbreview17-shakespeare-and-impure-aesthetics and is also available as SBR17_Aesthetics.pdf

 
 

SBReview_18:

Madhavi Menon.  Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008.  ISBN-13: 978-0-230-60670-8; xi  + 195 pp.  US$85.00. 

Reviewed by Ryan Singh Paul, Allegheny College   

SBReview_18 initially appeared on October 6, 2011, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 22.0270 http://shaksper.net/current-postings/302-october/28167-sbreview18-unhistorical-shakespeare-queer-theory-in-shakespearean-literature-and-film and is also available as SBR18_Unhistorical.pdf

 
 


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