When Symptoms Become Causes
University of California, Irvine
Kubiak, Anthony. "When symptoms become causes". Early Modern Literary Studies 10.3 (January, 2005) 20.1-3 <URL: http://purl.oclc.org/emls/10-3/kubisymp.html>.
In my teaching, I advise my students to read the book that was written,
not the one, that in their scholarly ressentiment, they would have
wanted to write. Rebecca Nesvet has apparently never had the benefit of
such counsel, for she apparently is unable to read the book that Bryan Reynolds
wrote. Instead, she reads the book she wishes he wrote.
Nesvet wants Reynolds to be an old-school historian (with a more than
subtle British approach), but it is clear from Becoming Criminal
that Reynolds is not this, although his historical insights are keen. Rather,
Reynolds is a philosopher of history and of what it means: transversal poetics
is a combined sensibility, theory, and methodology that Reynolds employs
to guide one's comprehension of history; his historical analyses are examples
of transversal readings that emphasize conscientiously the fluid, dialectical,
and interconnected structures of histories both diachronically and synchronically.
 Rebecca Nesvet, "Review of Bryan Reynolds, Becoming Criminal: Transversal Performance and Cultural Dissidence in Early Modern England". Early Modern Literary Studies 10.2 (September, 2004) 10.1-5 <URL: http://purl.oclc.org/emls/10-2/revnesb.html>.
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