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 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
Associate Editor for SHAKSPER Book Reviews, Annalisa Castaldo: Associate Professor of English at Widener University, Chester, PA
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
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
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
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
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
Margreta de Grazia. Hamlet without Hamlet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Reviewed by David Richman, University of New Hampshire
Lesel Dawson. Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Reviewed by Eric Langley, University College London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
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_19: Women Writers of the Early Modern Period
Bicks, Caroline and Jennifer Summit, eds. The History of British Women’s Writing 1500-1610. The History of British Women’s Writing, Volume 2. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0-230-21834-5; xxx + 346. US$30
Dowd, Michelle M. and Thomas Festa, eds. Early Modern Women on the Fall: An Anthology. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012. ISBN-13 978-0-86698-458-4; 386. US$60
Frye, Susan. Pens and Needles: Women’s Textualities in Early Modern England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0-812-4238-6/ 978-0-8122-2252-4; xx + 302. US$65/27.50
Hodgson, Elizabeth. Grief and Women Writers in the English Renaissance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-107-07998-4. 196. US$90
Knopopers, Laura Lunger, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0-521-88527-0; xxvii + 306. US$344.99
Reviewed by Annalisa Castaldo, Widener University
SBReview_20: Antony Sher’s Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries
Sher, Antony. Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries. London: Nick Hern Books, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-18484-2461-6 189 pages. £16.99
Reviewed by Kirk McElhearn
SBReview_21: Shakespeare Made in Canada: A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare Made in Canada, General Editor Daniel Fischlin. Oakville, ON: Rock Mills Press, 2015. Xli + 107 pp. US$14.95. (ISBN-13 978 0 9881293 6 8).
Reviewed by Peter Hyland, Huron University College
SBReview_22: Aneta Mancewicz's Intermedial Shakespeares on European Stages
Aneta Mancewicz. Intermedial Shakespeares on European Stages. London: Plagrave Macmillan, 2014. Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-1137-360038; 202 pp. US$90.00.
Reviewed by Jake P. Claflin, PhD. Candidate, Idaho State University
SBReview_23: Tina Packer's Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays.
Tina Packer, Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. xvii + 336 pp. US$13.99. (ISBN-13: 978-0307700391)
Lori Leigh Victoria University of Wellington