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Book Review: Practicing New Historicism, by Catherine Gallagher and Stephen Greenblatt

Book reviewers read many things, some quite strange. Yesterday, for instance, I was forwarded a press release for the "must-read non-fiction children's book of the season" about bald eagles. Today, I read a new historicist's perspective on "The Potato in the Materialist Imagination". Fascinating stuff. In case you can't tell, that last sentence was not sarcastic. I read a literary analysis about the potato and thoroughly enjoyed it. This roughly thirty-page essay is one of six (seven, counting the introduction) in Catherine Gallagher and Stephen Greenblatt's exceptional volume Practicing New Historicism. Although I would not normally review a text of this nature, I am compelled to make an exception for this witty and virtuosic, yet accessible, tome. So much of literary criticism

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