New Books: Knowing, Seeing, Being: Jonathan Edwards, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, and the American Typological Tradition Jennifer L. Leader

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Jennifer L. Leader

Amherst: U of Massachusetts Press, 2016

In Knowing, Seeing, Being, Jennifer L. Leader argues that Edwards, the nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson, and the twentieth-century poet Marianne Moore share a heretofore underrecognized set of religious and philosophical preoccupations. She contends that they represent an alternative tradition within American literature, one that differs from Transcendentalism and is grounded in Reformed Protestantism and its ways of reading and interpreting the King James Bible and the natural world. According to Leader, these three writers’ most significant commonality is the Protestant tradition of typology, a rigorous mode of interpreting scripture and nature through which certain figures or phenomena are read as the fulfillment of prophecy and of God’s work.


New Books: Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them, ed. Christine Miller

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Christine Miller

Harvard University Press, 2016

Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them is a major new edition of Dickinson’s verse intended for the scholar, student, and general reader. This is the only edition of Dickinson’s complete poems to distinguish in easy visual form the approximately 1,100 poems she took pains to copy carefully onto folded sheets in fair hand—arguably to preserve them for posterity—from the poems she kept in rougher form or apparently did not retain. Readers can see, and determine for themselves, the extent to which a poem is resolved or fluid. Soon there will be a link on the Emily Dickinson Archive ( ) so that users may see the manuscripts in fascicle order and unbound sheets.

New Books: Westerns: A Women’s History by Victoria Lamont

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Victoria Lamont

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016

At every turn in the development of what we now know as the western, women writers have been instrumental in its formation. Yet the myth that the western is male-authored persists. Westerns: A Women’s History debunks this myth once and for all by recovering the women writers of popular westerns who were active during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when the western genre as we now know it emerged.,677181.aspx

New Books: Dickinson in Her Own Time Editors: Jane Donahue Eberwein, Stephanie Farrar, and Cristanne Miller

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University of Iowa Press, 2016

Featuring both well-known documents and material printed or collected here for the first time, this book offers a broad range of writings that convey impressions of Dickinson in her own time and for the first decades following the publication of her poems. It all begins with her school days and continues to the centennial of her birth in 1930.

In addition, promotional items, reviews, and correspondence relating to early publications are included, as well as some later documents that reveal the changing assessments of Dickinson’s poetry in response to evolving critical standards. These documents provide evidence that counters many popular conceptions of her life and reception, such as the belief that the writer best known for poems focused on loss, death, and immortality was herself a morose soul. In fact, those who knew her found her humorous, playful, and interested in other people.

New Books: A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry. Edited by Jennifer Putzi and Alexandra Socarides

A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry

Edited by Jennifer Putzi and Alexandra Socarides

Cambridge University Press, 2016 (Cover art not available)

A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry is the first book to construct a coherent history of the field and focus entirely on women’s poetry of the period. With contributions from some of the most prominent scholars of nineteenth-century American literature, it explores a wide variety of authors, texts, and methodological approaches. Organized into three chronological sections, the essays examine multiple genres of poetry, consider poems circulated in various manuscript and print venues, and propose alternative ways of narrating literary history. From these essays, a rich story emerges about a diverse poetics that was once immensely popular but has since been forgotten. This History confirms that the field has advanced far beyond the recovery of select individual poets. It will be an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and critics of both the literature and the history of this era.

New Books: Parental Incarceration: Personal Accounts and Developmental Impact. Denise Johnston and Megan Sullivan, eds.

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Denise Johnston and Megan Sullivan, eds.
New York and London: Routledge, 2016.

Parental Incarceration makes available personal stories by adults who have had the childhood experience of parental incarceration. These stories, as well as the most updated information on research practice, help readers better understand the complex circumstances that influence these children’s health and development, as well as their high risk for intergenerational crime and incarceration.

New Books: Critical Insights: Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Greg Eiselein and Anne Phillips

ci_alcottCritical Insights: Louisa May Alcott
Ed. Greg Eiselein and Anne Phillips

Salem Press, 2016

A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Louisa May Alcott and the critical discussions surrounding her work.

A 19th century American novelist of the transcendentalist school, Louisa May Alcott is most renowned for Little Women, a coming-of-age children’s tale still popular with readers of all ages today. Essays in this volume take a closer look at Alcott, her beliefs, and her work in Little Women and its two sequels, Little Men and Jo’s Boys.

Some essays in this title focus on indisputably famous books but offer fresh insights about them, while others offer fresh and tantalizing perspectives on lesser-known aspects of Alcott’s career. Whatever reader’s familiarity with Alcott’s life and works, the essays offer diverse and original approaches to literary study, breadth, and depth of literary and cultural history, and an invitation to take part in the ongoing conversation. These essays aim to illuminate not only the specific Alcott texts addressed here but also her entire body of work.