Science fiction, Katherine Mansfield and more: January review highlights

By | January 31, 2018

Find out what people are saying about Bloomsbury books in some recent review highlights. You’re sure to discover a great new read!

 

Desire: A Memoir 

Desire: A Memoir“A delightfully cheeky yet earnest reflection on the utopian and pedestrian possibilities of sexual life … There is much to admire here: the dewy beauty of Dollimore’s limpid prose, the way his punctuation marks, like so many finely gloved fingers, point out the words and phrases to savor. There’s the self-aware humor of a rebel-cum-scholar with a working-class background who clearly revels in a love of language that is never too far from the love of men … [In] Dollimore’s memoir … desire retains its glimmer of utopian potential to bring us to a place not yet known save in our dreams.” –Los Angeles Review of Books

 

A Temporary Future

A Temporary FutureA Temporary Future provides a thought-provoking assessment of the novels—certainly much more than simply the “introduction” that O’Donnell claims it is—and, like any good work of criticism, it makes us eager to return to the novels themselves and read them in light of our new understanding.” –English Studies

 

 

 

Science Fiction Criticism

Science Fiction Criticism“This collection is a stunning mixture of the familiar and the new: a combination of what’s absolutely essential for anyone embarking on research in the Science Fiction field, and pieces that almost certainly will become essential in years to come. In fact, I would wager that Latham’s collection itself will become essential reading and the go-to textbook for most if not all undergraduate courses in Science Fiction in the very near future … For those of us on the staff side of the academic divide, the collection provides access to essays that may have been on our ‘to-read’ list for a long time, articles we have heard about but never unearthed, and introductions to areas beyond our specific sub-disciplines. This is an impressive feat of scholarship and critical historiography and an absolute boon to the field for teachers and students alike – and it’s affordable to boot (well done, Bloomsbury). I recommend it unreservedly.” –Fantastika

 

The American Biographical Novel

The American Biographical Novel “Well worth reading for its careful scholarship and its insights into both a literary genre and a select group of novels that are often overlooked … Lackey’s analysis is especially illuminating in two areas: the extent to which biographical novels reveal the complexities of German fascism and of America’s racial history … I attribute the soundness of these interpretations to Lackey’s remarkable command of scholarship: not just of literary criticism, but of German intellectual history and the many cultural debates about race in America. More effectively than any recent scholar I can remember, Lackey shows how audiences were seduced by Hitler’s Mein Kampf (a fact which always amazes anyone who has read the book in the aftermath of World War II) … The American Biographical Novel deserves praise for its close, scholarly, and thoughtful readings of its key texts.” –Modern Fiction Studies

 

Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group

Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group“For the most part, Mansfield’s literary reputation has revolved around two things: her mastery of the modernist short story and her contentious relationship with Virginia Woolf (Woolf frequently—and unfortunately—tends to subsume Mansfield). As these essays point out, there is much more to say … Including essays by both renowned Mansfield scholars and new voices in this field, this collection reiterates Bloomsbury’s influence on the artistic growth and mentoring capabilities of one of the most important modernist writers of the 20th century. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” –CHOICE

 

 

 

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