Book Review Editor

Mireille QUIVY

Université de Rouen














Tom Ue & Jonathan Cranfield (eds.), Fan Phenomena : Sherlock Holmes (Bristol: Intellect Books, 2014)—Reviewed by Malcah Effron, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Ohio) 2

Jenny Uglow, Mr Lear : A Life of Art and Nonsense (London: Faber & Faber, 2017)— Reviewed by Laurent Bury, Université Lumière – Lyon 2 2

Barry Unsworth, The Songs of the Kings (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2002)—Michael Langan

Brian Unwin, A Tale in Two Cities : Fanny Burney and Adèle, Comtesse de Boigne (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014)—Reviewed by Isabelle Bour, Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle 2

John Updike, Seek My Face (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)—Lisa Rull

John Updike, The Early Stories: 1953-1975 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2004)Kristiaan Versluys

John Updike, Villages (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2004)—Gerardo Del Guercio, Independent researcher, Canada. 2

John Updike, Terrorist  (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2006)—Sylvie Mathé, Université Aix-Marseille I, France. 2




Marina Vaizey & Anne Blood, Photography and Art : Documents and Dreams (Hampton Wick (Surrey): Cv Publications, 2013)—Reviewed by Jae Emerling, University of North Carolina 2

Allister Vale & John Scadding, Winston Churchill's Illnesses, 1886-1965 : Courage, Resilience, Determination (Barnsley: Frontline, 2020)—Reviewed by Antoine Capet, Université de Rouen 2

Anna Vaninskaya, William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914 (Edinburgh: Press, 2010)—Reviewed by Peter Faulkner, University of Exeter  2

Christine van Boheemen-Saaf, Joyce, Derrida, Lacan, and the Trauma of History: Reading, Narrative, and Postcolonialism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)—Marie-Dominique Garnier, University of Paris 8, France. 2

Robert D. Van Valin Jr., Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface (Cambridge: CUP, 2005)—Olivier Simonin, Universities of Paris 13 & Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV, France. 2

Sophie Vasset. Décrire, prescrire, guérir : Médecine et fiction dans la Grande-Bretagne du XVIIIe siècle (Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval, 2011)— Recension de Suzy Halimi, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) 2

Sophie Vasset (ed.), Medicine and Narration in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford, 2013)—Reviewed by Suzy Halimi, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 2

Mark Cotta Vaz, Empire of the Superheroes : America’s Comic Book Creators and the Making of a Billion-Dollar Industry (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2020)—Reviewed by Nicolas Labarre, Université Bordeaux Montaigne 2

Helen Vendler, ed., The Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2003)—Joanny Moulin

François Vergniolle de Chantal, L’impossible Présidence impériale : Le contrôle législatif aux États-Unis (Paris : CNRS Éditions, 2016)—Recension de Serge Ricard, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) 2

Wil Verhoeven, Americomania and the French Revolution Debate in Britain, 1789-1802 (Cambridge: University Press, 2013)—Reviewed by Rémy Duthille, Université Bordeaux–Montaigne 2

Alex Vernon. Hemingway’s Second War : Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011)—Reviewed by Marie-Christine Agosto, Université de Bretagne Occidentale (Brest) 2

Philippe Vervaecke (dir.), À droite de la droite : Droites radicales en France et en Grande-Bretagne au XXe siècle (Lille : Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2012)—Recension de Clarisse Berthezène, Université Paris-Diderot 2

Hugo Vickers, Cecil Beaton: The Authorised Biography (London: Phoenix Press, 2002)—Michael Langan

Hugo Vickers (ed), Cecil Beaton : Portraits and Profiles (London: Frances Lincoln, 2014)—Reviewed by Antoine Capet, Université de Rouen 2

Steven Vine, Reinventing the Sublime : Post-Roamntic Literature and Theory (Eastbourne: Sussex Academic Press)—Reviewed by Aurélie Thiria, Université d'Amiens 2

Joseph Visconti, William Blake’s Printed Paintings : Methods, Origins, Meanings (Yale University Press, 2021)—Reviewed by Laurent Bury, Université Lumière–Lyon 2 2


Jean Viviès, Revenir/Devenir : Gulliver ou l’autre voyage (Paris : Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2016)—Recension de Norbert Col, Université de Bretagne-Sud (Lorient) 2

Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World (London: Hamish Hamilton /Penguin, 2002) — Georges-Claude Guilbert



Cynthia Wachtell, War No More: The Antiwar Impulse in American Literature, 1861-1914 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010)Reviewed by Claire Parfait, Université Paris 13 2

Edward Wakeling, Lewis Carroll : The Man and His Circle (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015)—Reviewed by Laurent Bury, Université Lumière – Lyon 2 2

George Walden, Who's a Dandy? (London: Gibson Square Books, 2002)—Gilbert Pham-Thanh

Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens (New York: Harcourt, 2003, $15.00, 397 pages, ISBN 0-15-602864-6)—Susan Ballyn, Universitat de Barcelona

Christopher J. Walker. Reason and Religion in Late Seventeenth-Century England: The Politics and Theology of Radical Dissent (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013)—Reviewed by Rémy Duthille, Université Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux 3 2

Nathaniel Robert Walker, Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia : Abandoning Babylon (Oxford: University Press, 2020)—Reviewed by Jacqueline Banerjee, The Victorian Web 2

Rebecca Walker, ed., What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future (New York: Riverhead Books, 2004)Andrew Shail

Rob Walker, micromacro (West Lakes (Australia): Seaview Press, 2006); phobiaphobia (Warners Bay (Australia): Picaro Press, 2007). Peter Lloyd, Tales from the Labyrinth / The Stone Ladder (Adelaide (Australia): Wakefield Press, 2008). David Adès, Mapping the World (Adelaide (Australia): Wakefield Press, 2008)Reviewed by Joanny Moulin, Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I 2

William Walker. ‘Paradise Lost’ and the Republican Tradition from Aristotle to Machiavelli (Turnhout / Tournai : Brepols, 2009)Reviewed by Freyja Cox Jensen, Christ Church, Oxford 2

William O. Walker III, The Rise and Decline of the American Century (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018)—Reviewed by Roger Chapman, Palm Beach Atlantic University 2

Gregory A. Waller, Moviegoing in America (Oxford & Malden: Blackwell, 2002)—Dominique Sipière

Philip A. Wallach, To the Edge : Legality, Legitimacy, and the Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2015)—Reviewed by Alicia-Dorothy Mornington, Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne 2

Peter J. Wallison, Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of his Presidency (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2004)—Kevin Matthews

Alexandra Walsham, Bronwyn Wallace, Ceri Law & Brian Cummings (eds.), Memory and the English Reformation (Cambridge: University Press, 2020)—Reviewed by Jacqueline Rose, University of St Andrews 2

Suzanna Danuta Walters, All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 2001)—Georges-Claude Guilbert

James Walvin, The Zong : A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery (Yale University Press, 2011)—Reviewed by Karen O'Brien, University of Sydney 2

Germaine Warkentin (ed.), Pierre-Esprit Radisson : The Collected Writings. Vol.1 The Voyages (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012)—Reviewed by Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Université de Bordeaux 2

Kenneth W. Warren, So Black and Blue, Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (Chicago, The University of ChicagoPress, 2003)Jacques Coulardeau

Wendy Wasserstein, Sloth (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005, $17.95, 114 pages, ISBN 0-19-516630-2)Donald P. Gagnon,WesternConnecticut StateUniversity

Richard Waterman, Carol L. Silva & Hank Jenkins-Smith. The Presidential Expectations Gap : Public Attitudes Concerning the Presidency (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014)—Reviewed by Jasper M. Trautsch, Deutsches Historisches Institut / Institut historique allemand, Paris 2

Jay Watson, William Faulkner and the Faces of Modernity (Oxford: University Press, 2019)—Reviewed by Frédérique Spill, Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens) 2

Tim Watson. Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (Cambridge : University Press, 2008)—Reviewed by Claire Joubert, Université Paris 8 2

Tom Weaver, Attack of the Monster Movie Makers : Interviews with 20 Genre Giants (Jefferson: McFarland, 2014 [1994]) + They Fought in the Creature Features : Interviews with 23 Classic Horror, Science Fiction and Serial Stars (Jefferson: McFarland, 2014 [1995])—Reviewed by Georges-Claude Guilbert, Université François Rabelais – Tours 2

Brenda R. Weber (ed.), Reality Gendervision : Sexuality & Gender on Transatlantic Reality Television (Duke University Press, 2014)—Reviewed by Donna Spalding Andréolle, Université du Havre 2

Erin Torkelson Weber, The Beatles and the Historians : An Analysis of Writings about the Fab Four (Jefferson (North Carolina): McFarland & Company, 2016)—Recension de Bernard Gensane, Université de Poitiers 2

Jeremy W. Webster, Performing Libertinism in Charles II’s Court: Politics, Drama, Sexuality (York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)—Jean-Philippe Heberlé, University of Nancy 2, France. 2

Corinne Wecksteen-Quinio, Mickaël Mariaule & Cindy Lefebvre-Scodeller, La traduction anglais-français : Manuel de traductologie pratique (Louvain : De Boeck, 2015)— Recension de Sabrina Baldo-de Brébisson, Université d’Évry-Val d’Essonne 2

Clyde P. Weed. The Transformation of the Republican Party, 1912-1936 : From Reform to Resistance (Boulder (Colorado): Lynne Rienner, 2012)—Reviewed by Élodie Chazalon, Université de Perpignan-Via Domitia 2

David Welch, Persuading the People : British Propaganda in World War II (London: British Library, 2016)—Reviewed by Antoine Capet, Université de Rouen 2

David Welky. The Moguls and the Dictators : Hollywood and the Coming of World War II.  (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 2008) André Kaenel, Université de Nancy-II 2

Rachel Wells, Scale in Contemporary Sculpture : Enlargement, Miniaturisation and the Life-Size (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)—Reviewed by Charlotte Gould, Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle 2

Stanley Wells, Great Shakespeare Actors : Burbage to Branagh (Oxford: University Press, 2015)—Reviewed by Sophie Chiari, Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand) 2

Marilyn C. Wesley, Violent Adventure: Contemporary Fiction by American Men (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2003)Chris Bell

Cornel West, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (New York: The Penguin Press, 2004)Chris Bell

Karl-Heinz Westarp, Precision and Depth in Flannery O’Connor’s Short Stories (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2002)—Georges-Claude Guilbert


Richard Wevill, Britain and America after World War II : Bilateral Relations and the Beginnings of the Cold War (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012)—Reviewed by Kathleen Burk, University College London 2

Edith Wharton, Sanctuary (Philadelphia: Pine Street Books, 2001)—James Friel


Edith Wharton, Les Metteurs en scène (Paris: Michel Houdiard éditeur, 2001); Edith Wharton, Lettres à l’ami français. Correspondance établie et présentée par Claudine Lesage (Paris : Michel Houdiard éditeur, 2001)—Philippe Romanski

Michael Wheeler, The Athenæum : More Than Just Another London Club (Yale University Press, 2020)—Reviewed by Laurent Bury, Université Lumière–Lyon 2 2


Edmund White, Fanny: A Fiction (London: Chatto & Windus 2003)—Georgina Lock

Margaret Isabel White, Daisy in Exile: The Diary of an Australian School Girl in France 1887–1889, Translated by Marc Serge Rivière and introduced by Judith White (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2003)—Susan Ballyn

Mark White. Kennedy : A Cultural History of an American Icon (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)—Reviewed by Jeffrey H. Bloodworth, Gannon University, Erie (Pennsylvania) 2

Shane White, Stories of Freedom in Black New York (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2002)—David McBride

Roger White, Cottages Ornés : The Charms of the Simple Life (Yale University Press, 2017)—Reviewed by Karen Sayer, Leeds Trinity University 2

Lana Whited, ed., The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives in a Literary Phenomenon (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2002 (hardback)—Cher Holt-Fortin

Jacqueline E. Whitt. Bringing God to Men : American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014)—Reviewed by John D. Laing, Havard School for Theological Studies, Houston (Texas) 2

Ian Whittington, Writing the Radio War : Literature, Politics and the BBC, 1939-1945 (Edinburgh: University Press, 2018)—Reviewed by Linsey Robb, Northumbria University 2

William Whyte, Redbrick : A Social and Architectural History of Britain's Civic Universities (Oxford: University Press, 2015)—Reviewed by Hugh Clout, University College London 2

Howard J. Wiarda, Culture and Foreign Policy: The Neglected Factor in International Relations (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)—Reviewed by Jeffrey H. Bloodworth, Gannon University (Erie, Pennsylvania) 2

Tom Wicker, George Herbert Walker Bush (New York: Viking, 2004)Stefano Luconi,University ofFlorence

Heather Wiebe, Britten’s Unquiet Pasts : Sound and Memory in Post War Reconstruction (Cambridge: University Press, 2012)—Reviewed by Gilles Couderc, Université de Caen 2

Christine Wiesenthal, The Half-Lives of Pat Lowther (University of Toronto Press, 2005)—Claire Omhovère, University of Nancy II, France

Olivier Wieviorka & Jean Lopez (dir.), Les mythes de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (Paris : Perrin, 2015)—Recension d’Antoine Capet, Université de Rouen 2

Min Wild, Christopher Smart and Satire:  ‘Mary Midnight’ and the Midwife (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)Reviewed by Sophie Soccard, Université du Maine (Le Mans) 2

Michael Wilding & David Myers, eds., Best Stories Under the Sun, (Rockhampton: Central Queensland University Press, 2004)—Susan Ballyn, Universitat de Barcelona

Richard Wiles, Biographic Churchill (Lewis: Ammonite Press, 2017)—Reviewed by Antoine Capet, Université de Rouen 2

Alan Wilkinson, A Tree Within : Fiona McIntyre (Bristol: Samson, 2016)—Reviewed by Catherine Bernard, Université Paris Diderot (Paris-7) 2

Sean Willcock, Victorian Visions of War & Peace : Aesthetics, Sovereignty & Violence in the British Empire, c. 1851-1900 (Yale University Press, 2021)—Reviewed by Laurent Bury, Université Lumière–Lyon 2 2

Elizabeth M. Williams, The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa : Black British Solidarity and the Anti-apartheid Struggle (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015)—Reviewed by Rob Skinner, University of Bristol 2

Jacqueline Williams, Out of the Shadows : Black Women in Film, 1900-1959 (Leicestershire, UK: Matador Press (Troubadour Publishing), 2012)—Reviewed by Thomas G. Cole, II, University of Florida 2

Kathleen Broome Williams, Painting War : George Plante’s Combat Art in World War II (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2019)—Reviewed by Brian Foss, Carleton University (Ottawa) 2

Tony Williams, Hearths of Darkness : The Family in the American Horror Film (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, [Updated Edition] 2014)—Reviewed by David Roche, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès 2

John Wills, Disney Culture (New Brunswick (New Jersey): Rutgers University Press, 2017)—Reviewed by Kathy Merlock Jackson, Virginia Wesleyan University  2

Cat Wilson, Churchill on the Far East in The Second World War : Hiding the History of the `Special Relationship’ (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)—Reviewed by Greg Kennedy, King’s College London 2

Mary Wilson, The Labors of Modernism : Domesticity, Servants and Authorship in Modernist Fiction (Farnham: Ashgate 2013)—Reviewed by Nicolas Pierre Boileau,  Aix-Marseille Université 2

Karyn Wilson Costa, Robert Burns : Le poète et ses doubles (Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2014)—Recension de Yann Tholoniat, Université de Lorraine (Metz) 2

Simon Winlow, Badfellas: Crime, Traditions and New Masculinities ( Oxford & New York: Berg, 2001)—Philippe Chassaigne

Michael P. Winship, Hot Protestants : A History of Puritanism in England and America. Yale University Press, 2019 (Reviewed by Pierre Lurbe, Sorbonne Université) 2

Cal Winslow (ed.), E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left : Essays and Polemics (London: Lawrence & Wishart / New York: Monthly Review Press, 2014)—Reviewed by Evan Smith, Flinders University (Adelaide) 2

Caroline Winterer, American Enlightenments : Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (Yale University Press, 2016)—Reviewed by Roger Fechner, Adrian College (Michigan) 2

Hana Wirth-Nesher & Michael P. Kramer, eds., The Cambridge Companion To Jewish American Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)—Geneviève Cohen-Cheminet

Alan Wolfe, The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003/2005, $16.00, 320 pages, ISBN 0-226-90518-7)—Emmanuelle Le Texier, Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille III

Elizabeth L. Wollman, The Theater Will Rock. A History of the Rock Musical from Hair to Hewig (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2006)—Claude Chastagner, University of Montpellier, France. 2

Carol Wolper
, Mr. Famous (New York: Riverhead, 2004, $24.95, 260 pages, ISBN 1-57322-272-0)—Charles Holdefer, Université de Poitiers

Kenneth Womack, ed., The Cambridge Companion to The Beatles (Cambridge: University Press, 2009) Reviewed by Claude Chastagner, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III 2

David Womersley, James II : The Last Catholic King (London: Allen Lane, 2015)—Reviewed by Jean-Pierre Moreau, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris III 2

Gordon S. Wood, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (New York: The Penguin Press, 2004)—Robert Sayre

Michael Wood, Literature and the Taste of Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 2005)—Marie-Dominique Garnier, University of Paris VIII, France

Lucy Wooding, Henry VIII (London: Routledge, 2015)—Reviewed by C.D.C. Armstrong, Queen's University of Belfast 2

Michael Woodiwiss, Organized Crime and American Power: A History (Toronto & London: University of Toronto Press, 2001); Herbert Asbury, The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2001); Romain Huret, Le Crime organisé à la ville et à l’écran 1929-1951 (Neuilly : Atlante, 2002)—Georges-Claude Guilbert

Megan A. Woodworth, Eighteenth Century Women Writers and the Gentleman’s Liberation Movement : Independence, War, Masculinity and the Novel, 1778-1817 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)—Reviewed by Glenda Leeming, University of Southampton

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway's Party, Edited, with an introduction, by Stella McNichol (Orlando: Harcourt, 2004)—Christine Reynier

Roger Woolhouse, Locke. A Biography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)—Robert Mankin, University of Paris-Diderot, France. 2

Robert Worcester, Roger Mortimore & Paul Baines, Explaining Labour’s Landslip: The 2005 General Election (London: Politico’s, 2005, £20.00, 377 pages, ISBN 1842751468)—Nicholas Deakin, London School of Economics

John Worthen, The Life of William Wordsworth : A Critical Biography (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)—Reviewed by Bruce Graver, Providence College (Rhode Island) 2

Ben Wright, Bonds of Salvation : How Christianity Inspired and Limited American Abolitionism (Louisiana State University Press, 2020)—Reviewed by Nathalie Caron, Sorbonne Université (Paris) 2

Bradford W. Wright, Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001 [revised 2003])—Megan O’Neill

Eric Wright, The Hemingway Caper (Toronto, Canada: Dundurn Press, 2003)Gregory McCormick

Laura Wright, Sunnyside : A Sociolinguistic History of British House Names (Oxford: University Press, 2020)—Reviewed by Hugh Clout, University College London 2

Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan (London: Flamingo / HarperCollins, 2001)—Joelle M. d’Entremont

Chris Wrigley, Winston Churchill: A Biographical Companion (Santa Barbara, Denver & Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2002)— Antoine Capet

David Wyatt, When America Turned : Reckoning with 1968 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014)—Reviewed by Eric J. Morgan, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 2

Alun Wyburn-Powell, Clement Davies: Liberal Leader (London: Politico’s, 2003)Antoine Capet

Bill Wyman, with Richard Havers, Rolling with the Stones (London: Dorling Kindersley, 2002)—Claude Chastagner

Ben Wynne (ed.), The Personal Observations of a Man of Intelligence: Notes of a Tour in North America in 1861 by Sir James Fergusson (Lamberville, NJ: The True Bill Press. ISBN-10:09791116-3-3) Reviewed by Gérard Hugues, University de Provence – Aix-Marseille I  2