Christopher Roman recently reviewed Bruce Holsinger's A Burnable Book forMedievally Speaking:
In what ways can academics engage with a broader public? There is plenty of debate and discussion on what exactly members of the university community can do to reach beyond our sometimes narrowly defined disciplines and engage with our local and global communities. At times this debate can focus on outcomes, as in, if the professoriate engages with the public in the form of Twitter or blogs, does it count toward tenure or promotion? Do blogs count as scholarship? (my easy answer to both of these questions is yes). But, sidestepping questions of “does it count?,” it may be more important to reflect on how we can connect to our non-academic or cross-discipline communities. There is the simple act of a lecture in a non-academic setting like a coffee shop. There is engaging with history, Chaucer, and spoken word poetry, as in the recent work of Patience Agbabi. There is reimagining communities transhistorically, as well as across the hard and fast lines of professional/amateurs as Carolyn Dinshaw has recently explored in her book How Soon Is Now? This is all to say, as well, why don’t we write more novels?
Bruce Holsinger’s A Burnable Book engages with the ways in which history, literature, and power intersect. Holsinger creates a medieval world…. Read full Review HERE.