Monday, November 21, 2005
Oh, and though I always feel sheepish about this kind of linking, I got a really great review (in MLQ, but it's not available online) of Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness. It's by a German eighteenth-century scholar named Vera Nuenning; she makes a few thoughtful criticisms, but on the whole is full of praise, so I'm happy (she calls it "a masterly account of the development of the ideal of politeness and its relation to hypocrisy and dissimulation" and suggests that it "sheds light on a central feature of eighteenth-century culture and should be read by everybody interested in the period"). NB My book came out more than a year ago, but academic journals often take quite a long time to review things--in fact, this is relatively quick--you will often see reviews for books published years earlier. So I'm really pleased about this one.