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May/June Handbook Reviews

May 15, 2018

 

The following reviews appear in the May 2018 and June 2018 issues of CHOICE, respectively. They have been modified to include links to referenced articles, which have been made freely available for a short time.

The Oxford handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion

The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion
Edited by Ulrich L. Lehner, Richard A. Muller, and A. G. Roeber

"Of uniformly high quality, the essays are diverse in terms of methodology and approach. Some aim for breadth; others zoom in and go deep. The most notable example of the latter is Hugh Adlington’s essay on John Donne, which focuses on a single sonnet, ‘Oh, to Vex Me.’ Surprises abound....[O]ne finds pieces on prayer and prophecy, Lucy Hutchinson, female religious houses, Islamic communities, and the art and craft of dying. Two particularly insightful essays…are Timothy Rosendale’s ‘Authority, Religion, and the State’ and Wilcox’s ‘Sacred and Secular Love.’"

S. Gowler, Berea College

 Reprinted with permission from Choice Reviews. All rights reserved. Copyright by the American Library Association.


The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology
Edited by Barbara J. Mills and Severin Fowles

The Oxford handbook of Southwest Archaeology

"In this handsome Oxford edition, editors Mills (Arizona) and Fowles (Barnard) have assembled a truly comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of 44 chapters describing the archaeology and ethnohistory of a region whose roots extend deep into prehistory. Moreover, the editors have advanced a unifying historical framework of the chapters grouped in three broad sections…encompassing history, descendant communities, and material cultures and ecologies spanning some 13,200 years of human cultural development…Oxford University Press has once again achieved the highest standard in representing one of the most significant scientific laboratories and cultural incubators of the ancient world." 

R. G. Mendoza, California State University, Monterey Bay

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