Here at The Merry Wife of Windsor, you will find book reviews that examine a Historical Fiction or Classic work through the lens of the time in which it takes place. I seek to study the historical and cultural aspects in addition to the setting of a given time. In order to do that, I employ two concepts: New Historicism and Cultural Relativism. What are they?
According to Merriam-Webster:
New Historicism: A method of literary criticism that emphasizes the historicity of a text by relating it to the configurations of power, society, or ideology in a given time.
According to Oxford Reference:
Cultural Relativism: The position that there is no universal standard to measure cultures by, and that all cultures are equally valid and must be understood in their own terms.
What can you expect in a book review?
- Book Particulars: Title, publishing house, year published, ISBN/ASIN, etc.
- Book Summary: As provided on the book flap or back cover.
- Book Review: In my own words, discussing the merits,etc.
- Rating: Between 1 to 5 Lancastrian Roses.
- Setting: A brief explanation about the historical period and place (as well as cultural aspects as they arise).
- Interesting Quotes: Any thought-provoking quotes.
- Important Questions: After a thorough analysis.