Reviews of “The Age of Analogy”


Most Recent:

The Age of Analogy is perhaps the most ambitious and important book on the entanglement of nineteenth-century scientific culture and literature to have been written this century–in a field of highly ambitious and truly important books. But it also elucidates the entanglement of nineteenth-century culture with our own, bringing light to contemporary historicist practices, particularly in literary studies.”

ISIS. Review by Alexis Harley. (Link)

“Multifacted, richly textured, The Age of Analogy … furnish[es] the field of Victorian science and literature with some truly fresh inspiration and insight.”

Victorian Studies. Review by Philipp Erchinger. (Link)

“[A] superb account of how the literary past propelled the emergence of our present- day comparativist paradigm. … The Age of Analogy is interdisciplinary literary history at its best, dexterously weaving close readings with an extensive range of historical discourses, print histories, and material technologies. Accordingly, it ought to become required reading for scholars of the nineteenth-century novel and Victorian intellectual history.”

Victoriographies. Review by Michael Martel. (Link)

“A book of enormous erudition, especially for a first book. … Great books change how criticism does its business, this happens far more rarely than one might think.”

Wordsworth Circle. Review by Richard C. Shah. (Link)

“Expansive and enthralling …. Ambitious in its scope and vision and eloquently written, The Age of Analogy is a challenging and thought-provoking study that gives us new and enriching ways to read nineteenth-century intellectual history.”

Dickens Quarterly. Review by Iain Crawford. (Link)

“What is exhilarating about The Age of Analogy is its bold insistence upon the utility of imaginative literary form as an active agent in science, with the power not only to reflect knowledge of the world but to add to it as well.”

Literature & History. Review by Will Abberley. (Link)

The Age of Analogy promises to transform our understanding of literary and scientific history in the Anthropocene. This is a big, challenging, eloquent book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Review by Jesse Oak Taylor. (Link)


Older reviews:

Journal of British Studies. Review by Michael Page. (Link)

Review of English Studies: Review by Gregory Tate. (Link)

Review19: Review by Tina Yong Choi. (Link)

“The Age of Analogy” Shortlisted for the 2016 BSLS Book Prize. (Link)

British Society of Science and Literature: Review by John Holmes. (Link)

V21 Collation: Reviews by David Coombs, Devin Garofalo, and Mary L. Mullen. (Link)