14 April, 2014

Candace Robb Reviews Julie Chappell's Perilous Passages

Please find Candace Robb’s review of Julie Chappell’s Perilous Passages: The Book of Margery Kempe, 1534-1934. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, at medievally speaking. The review was curated by Michael Evans:

The one required course in my graduate program was Introduction to Graduate Research, designed to inspire and intimidate. The texts were the MLA Stylesheet, A Chicago Manual of Style, a pamphlet on the graduate research paper, and The Scholar Adventurers: enduring account of literature’s most famous research puzzles by Richard D. Altick.[1] We were to read Altick before the first class. A brilliant strategy: with chapter headings such as "The Secret of the Ebony Cabinet" and "Exit a Lady, Enter Another," Altick presented literary research as detective work.

Julie Chappell’s Perilous Passages: The Book of Margery Kempe, 1534-1934, brought back that sense of adventure for me, and it is no accident: as Altick echoed detective novels in his chapter titles, Chappell references…  READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE