BOOK REVIEWS: Eighteenth-Century Fiction publishes reviews of relevant, recent scholarly books.
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ECF Book Review Editors
April London, Ottawa University
Katherine Quinsey, University of Windsor
Isabelle Tremblay, Collège militaire royal du Canada
Elisabeth Zawisza, Queen's University

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Vol. 27, nos. 3-4, Spring-Summer 2015

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The Oxford Handbook of The Georgian Theatre 1737-1832, ed. Julia Swindells and David Francis Taylor
Review by Terry F. Robinson, University of Toronto

Celebrity, Performance, Reception: British Georgian Theatre as Social Assemblage by David Worrall
Review by Amy Garnai, Tel Aviv University

New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Review by Daniel Gustafson, The City College of New York (CUNY)

Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century
by Fiona Ritchie
Review by Jean I. Marsden, University of Connecticut

Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The Impresario in Political and Cultural Context, ed. Jack E. DeRochi and
Daniel J. Ennis
Review by Dana Van Kooy, Michigan Technological University

Imagining Methodism in 18th-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief and the Borders of the Self
by Misty G. Anderson
Review by David Alvarez, DePauw University

Hercules, by George Frideric Handel,
directed by Peter Sellars, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, ON, 5–30 April 2014
Review by Brian Corman, University of Toronto

The Beaux' Stratagem, by George Farquhar,
directed by Antoni Cimolino, Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON, 15 August–11 October 2014
Review by Julia Fawcett, Ryerson University

The Critic, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, directed by Lynne Parker, Rough Magic Theatre Company, Dublin, 2–13 October 2013
Review by David Clare, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

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Vol. 27, no. 2, Winter 2014-15

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Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel by Chloe Wigston Smith
Review by Danielle Bobker, Concordia University

Be It Ever So Humble: Poverty, Fiction, and the Invention of the Middle-Class Home by Scott R. MacKenzie
Review by Katherine Binhammer, University of Alberta

Rococo Fiction in France, 1600–1715: Seditious Frivolity by Allison Stedman
Review by Anne E. Duggan, Wayne State University

Medicine and Narration in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Sophie Vasset
Review by Kathleen Tamayo Alves, City University of New York

An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema by James Chandler
Review by James Brooke-Smith, University of Ottawa

Bad Books: Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography by Amy S. Wyngaard
Review by Thomas Wynn, Durham University

Les Plaisirs et les jours; actes du colloque de 2011 à Trois-Rivières, éd. Claude Thérien et Suzanne Foisy
Critique littéraire par Claude Gagnon, Montréal

Économies du rebut: Poétique et critique du recyclage au XVIIIe siècle, éd. Florence Magnot-Ogilvy et Martial Poirson
Critique littéraire par Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon, Université Paris 8

Jane Austen the Reader: The Artist as Critic by Olivia Murphy
Review by Melissa Sodeman, Coe College

Charles Maturin: Authorship, Authenticity and the Nation by Jim Kelly
Review by Ashley Marshall, University of Nevada, Reno

Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction: The Rise of Picture Identification, 1764–1835 by Kamilla Elliott
Review by Christopher Rovee, Louisiana State University

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Vol. 27, no. 1, Fall 2014

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Review essay on 4 books:
The Cambridge Introduction to the Eighteenth-Century Novel by April London; The Cambridge Companion to European Novelists, ed. Michael Bell; The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660–1780, ed. John Richetti; and The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600–1800 by Steven Moore
, pp. 151-159; review essay written by Megan A. Woodworth

Seeing Satire in the Eighteenth Century, SVEC 2013:02, ed. Elizabeth C. Mansfield and Kelly Malone; and The Practice of Satire in England 1658–1770 by Ashley Marshall, pp. 160-163; review essay written by Geoffrey Sill

Dying to Be English: Suicide Narratives and National Identity, 1721–1814 by Kelly McGuire, pp. 163-166; review by Nicole Reynolds

Exquisite Mixture: The Virtues of Impurity in Early Modern England by Wolfram Schmidgen, pp. 166-169; review by Katherine M. Quinsey

Eighteenth-Century Women Writers and the Gentlemen's Liberation Movement: Independence, War, Masculinity, and the Novel, 1778–1818 by Megan A. Woodworth, pp. 169-171; review by Robert W. Jones

Literary Walks in Bath: Eleven Excursions in the Company of Eminent Authors by Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott, pp. 172-173; review by John Eglin

Rétif de La Bretonne spectateur nocturne: Une esthétique de la pauvreté par Philippe Barr, pp. 173-175; critique littéraire par Françoise Le Borgne

A Political Biography of Eliza Haywood by Kathryn R. King, pp. 176-178; review by Juliette Merritt

A Taste for China: English Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism by Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins, pp. 178-180; review by Chi-ming Yang

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Vol. 26, no. 3, Spring 2014

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"Too Much is Never Enough: Austen's Texts and Contexts" (Review Essay)
by Jodi L. Wyett, Xavier University

Politics and Genre in the Works of Elizabeth Hamilton,
by Claire Grogan; and Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan by David Francis Taylor
Review by Sylvana Tomaselli, University of Cambridge

Enlightened Sentiments: Judgment and Autonomy in the Age of Sensibility by Hina Nazar
Review by James Horowitz, Sarah Lawrence College

"The Literary Historian as Historian of Science and Medicine" (Review Essay)
by Raymond Stephanson, University of Saskatchewan

The Culture of Disaster by Marie-Hélène Huet
Review by Marshall Brown, University of Washington

Fictions déjouées: Le Récit en trompe l'oeil au XVIIIe siècle par Zeina Hakim
Critique littéraire par Françoise Gevrey,
Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Revisiter la "querelle des femmes": Discours sur l'égalité/inégalité des sexes, de 1750 aux lendemains de la Révolution, ed. Éliane Viennot et Nicole Pellegrin
Review by Karen Offen, Stanford University

Reading 1759: Literary Culture in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain and France, ed. Shaun Regan
Review by Leah Orr, Dickinson College

The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790–1814 by Morgan Rooney
Review by Richard Cronin, Oxford Brookes University

Daniel Defoe, Contrarian by Robert James Merrett
Review by Ashley Marshall, University of Nevada, Reno

Alexandrovodas the Unscrupulous (1785) by Georgios N. Soutsos, intro. and trans. Anna Stavrakopoulou
Review by Yota Batsaki, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Monstrous Motherhood: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity by Marilyn Francus
Review by Natalie Roxburgh, University of Oldenburg

Making Gender, Culture, and the Self in the Fiction of
Samuel Richardson
by Bonnie Latimer
Review by Anna Deters, Washington University in St. Louis

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Vol. 26, no. 2, Winter 2013-14

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Excitable Imaginations: Eroticism and Reading in Britain, 1660–1760 by Kathleen Lubey
Review by George Haggerty, University of California, Riverside

The Progressive Poetics of Confusion in the French Enlightenment by John C. O'Neal
Review by James A. Steintrager, University of California, Irvine

Ridicule, Religion and the Politics of Wit in Augustan England by Roger D. Lund
Review by Darryl P. Domingo, University of Memphis

Imoinda's Shade: Marriage and the African Woman in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, 1759–1808
by Lyndon J. Dominique
Review by Roxann Wheeler, The Ohio State University

Becoming the Gentleman: British Literature and the Invention of Modern Masculinity, 1660–1815
by Jason Solinger
Review by Shawn Lisa Maurer, College of the Holy Cross

Austen's Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury by Karen Valihora
Review by Hina Nazar, University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theatre Arts by Francesca Saggini, trans. Laura Kopp
Review by Stewart Cooke, Dawson College

Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals by Manushag N. Powell
Review by Chantel Lavoie, Royal Military College
of Canada

Dupaty et l'Italie des voyageurs sensibles, éd. Jan Herman, Kris Peeters et Paul Pelckmans
Critique littéraire par Friedrich Wolfzettel, Universität Frankfurt am Main

Le Voyage de Petersbourg à Moscou (1790)
by Alexandre Radichtchev, ed. Rodolphe Baudin
Review by Andreas Schönle, Queen Mary University
of London

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Vol. 26, no. 1, Fall 2013

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The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction by Christopher Flint; and Knowing Books: The Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Christina Lupton
Review by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University

Le Bonheur au féminin: Stratégies narratives des romancières des Lumières by Isabelle Tremblay
Review by Katharine Ann Jensen, Louisiana State University

Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century by Simon Dickie
Review by Kathleen Lubey, St. John's University

Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment,
ed. Toni Bowers and Tita Chico
Review by Pam Perkins, University of Manitoba

Le Féminin en Orient et en Occident, du Moyen Âge à nos jours: Mythes et réalités, ed. Marie-Françoise Bosquet and Chantale Meure
Review by Carolyn Vellenga Berman, The New School, New York City

Femmes, rhétorique et éloquence sous l'Ancien
, éd. Claude La Charité et Roxanne Roy
Critique littéraire par Zeina Hakim, Tufts University

Fanny Hill in Bombay: The Making and Unmaking of John Cleland by Hal Gladfelder
Review by Andrea Haslanger, Tufts University

Vol. 25, no. 4, Summer 2013

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Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Fiona Ritchie and Peter Sabor
Review by Nicholas Hudson, University of British Columbia

Representing Mixed Race in Jamaica and England from
the Abolition Era to the Present
by Sara Salih
Review by Nicole N. Aljoe, Northeastern University

Dévier et divertir: Littérature et pensée de XVIIIe siècle, ed. Marius Warholm et Knut Ove Eliassen
Review by Pamela Cheek, University of New Mexico

The Little Everyman: Stature and Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century English Literature by Deborah Needleman Armintor
Review by Cameron McFarlane, Nipissing University

Moral Reform in Comedy and Culture, 1696–1747
by Aparna Gollapudi; and Dangerous Women, Libertine Epicures, and the Rise of Sensibility, 1670–1730
by Laura Linker
Review by Rachel Carnell, Cleveland State University

The Bad Taste of Others: Judging Literary Value in Eighteenth-Century France par Jennifer Tsien
Critique littéraire par Baldine Saint Girons,
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century: Reconfiguring the Visual Periphery of the Text,
éd. Christina Ionescu
Critique littéraire par Christophe Martin, Université Paris-Sorbonne

Histoire, histoires: Nouvelles approches de Saint-Simon et des récits des XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles, éd. Marc Hersant, Marie-Paule Pilorge, Catherine Ramond et François Raviez
Critique littéraire par Guy Rooryck, Université de Gand

Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smollett,
ed. Frank Felsenstein
Review by Terence N. Bowers, College of Charleston

L'Orient anglais: Connaissances et fictions au XVIIIe siècle par Claire Gallien
Critique littéraire par Florence D'Souza, Université Lille 3

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Vol. 25, no. 3, Spring 2013

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Mourning Happiness: Narrative and the Politics of Modernity by Vivasvan Soni
Review by Neil Saccamano, Cornell University

Le Probleme de l'incroyance au XVIIIe siecle par Paul Pelckmans
Critique littéraire par Mladen Kozul, U. du Montana

Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer
by Patrick Coleman
Review by Caroline Jacot Grapa, University of Lille

Idleness, Contemplation and the Aesthetic, 1750–1830
by Richard Adelman
Review by Nancy Kendrick, Wheaton College

Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination by Minsoo Kang
Review by Alex Wetmore, U. of the Fraser Valley

Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America by Christopher J. Lukasik
Review by Jordan Alexander Stein, Fordham University

The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Law and Literature: Estate, Blood, and Body by Cheryl L. Nixon
Review by Patricia Whiting, Carleton University

Madame d'Arconville: Une femme de lettres et de sciences au siècle des Lumières, éd. Patrice Bret et Brigitte Van Tiggelen, preface d'Élisabeth Badinter
Critique littéraire par Éliane Viennot, U. Jean Monnet

Persuasion: An Annotated Edition by Jane Austen,
ed. Robert Morrison
Review by Sarah Raff, Pomona College

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, ed. G.A. Starr and Linda Bree, intro. and notes Linda Bree
Review by Lee Kahan, Indiana University South Bend

A Taste for the Foreign: Worldly Knowledge and Literary Pleasure in Early Modern French Fiction
by Ellen R. Welch
Review by Paul J. Young, Georgetown University

The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment par Pierre Saint-Amand, trad. Jennifer Curtiss Gage
Critique littéraire par Mitia Rioux-Beaulne, U. d'Ottawa

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Vol. 25, no. 2, Winter 2012-13

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Fashioning Celebrity: Eighteenth-Century British Actresses and Strategies for Image Making by Laura Engel
Review by Jennie Batchelor, University of Kent

Refiguring the Coquette: Essays on Culture and Coquetry, ed. Shelley King and Yaël Schlick
Review by Ann Shteir, York University

Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift, ed. Claude Rawson
Review by Aaron Santesso, Georgia Tech

Enlightened War: German Theories and Cultures of Warfare from Frederick the Great to Clausewitz, ed. Elisabeth Krimmer and Patricia Anne Simpson
Review by Viktoria Harms, University of Alabama

L’Atelier de Robert Challe (1659–1721) by Jacques Cormier
Review by Patrick Coleman, UCLA

Politique du renonçant: Le dernier Rousseau des “Dialogues” aux “Rêveries”by Jean-François Perrin
Review by Guillemette Johnston, DePaul University

New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction: “Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared”: Essays in Honor of Jerry C. Beasley, ed. Christopher D. Johnson
Review by Heather Ladd, University of Lethbridge

Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel by Michael Hoskin
Review by Randall Brooks, Canada Science & Technology Museums Corp.

Ponteach, or the Savages of America: A Tragedy by Robert Rogers, ed. Tiffany Potter
Review by Robbie Richardson, Carleton University

Aza ou le Nègre, éd. Loic Thommeret
Critique littéraire par Marie-Hélène Huet, Princeton University

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Vol. 25, no. 1, Fall 2012

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The Birth of Orientalism by Urs App
Review by Kenneth Haynes, Brown University

Performing China: Virtue, Commerce, and Orientalism in Eighteenth-Century England, 1660-1760 by Chi-ming Yang
Review by Yu Liu, Niagara County Community College

The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England
by David Porter
Review by Elizabeth Chang, University of Missouri

Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel by Srinivas Aravamudan; and The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory, ed. Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa
Review by Zak Sitter, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Noble Brutes: How Eastern Horses Transformed English
by Donna Landry
Review by Gala Argent, Eastern Kentucky University

Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes: Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imagination by Laura Brown
Review by Jane Spencer, University of Exeter

Imperial Characters: Home and Periphery in Eighteenth- Century Literature
by Tara Ghoshal Wallace
Review by Norbert Schürer, California State University, Long Beach

Images de la France sous la dynastie des Qing, ed. Jin Lu
Review by Jennifer Tsien, University of Virginia

Enlightenment Hospitality: Cannibals, Harems, and Adoption by Judith Still
Review by Jimmy Casas Klausen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This Is Enlightenment, ed. Clifford Siskin and William Warner
Review by Jesse Molesworth, Indiana University, Bloomington

Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters by Dena Goodman
Review by Heidi Bostic, Baylor University

Utopies des Lumières, éd. Antoine Hatzenberger
Critique littéraire par Lise Leibacher-Ouvrard, Université d’Arizona

Chance and the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Realism,
Probability, Magic
by Jesse Molesworth
Review by John D. Baird, University of Toronto

Defoe's America by Dennis Todd
Review by Shawn Thomson, University of Texas Pan American

"Writing the Lives of Painters": Biography and Artistic Identity in Britain, 1760-1810 by Karen Junod
Review by Michael Yonan, University of Missouri

Building Romanticism: Literature and Architecture in
Nineteenth-Century Britain
by Nicole Reynolds
Review by Rachel Ramsey, Assumption College

Le Goût de l'inachèvement; esthétique et narration dans l'oeuvre de Marivaux par Trude Kolderup
Critique littéraire par Servanne Woodward, Western University

Situations de Fougeret de Monbron (1706-1760)
par Emmanuel Boussuge
Critique littéraire par Jean-Christophe Abramovici,
Université de Valenciennes

Le Récit génétique au XVIIIe siècle par Jan Herman
Critique littéraire par Marc Escola, Université Paris 8 Vincennes–Saint-Denis et Université de Lausanne

La Mouche, ou les Aventures de M. Bigand by Chevalier de Mouhy, ed. René Démoris et Florence Magnot-Ogilvy
Review by Yves Citton, Université de Grenoble-3

Four Broadview Press editions reviewed by Elizabeth Kraft, University of Georgia

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