• On 11/01/2021
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Book review of sorts

Me, in the opening screen of the video.

I was delighted to be invited to give a quick–less than 2 minutes–review of Sue Wells’ book, Robert Burton’s Rhetoric at the NCA 2020 in an ISHR panel.

Sue’s book is really a delight, particularly if you have a fondness for historiography, the early modern era, quirky “science,” and knowledge making. this book is also a great model for doing historiography as a research methodology and method.

On a personal level, I owe Sue a lot. She has a generosity of spirit that is unparalleled, and she gave me her time and insights at a moment when I was struggling in all sorts of ways. While I have thanked her personally, I have never had the opportunity to say it publicly. So this is my chance.

You have been such an important figure within RHM, but more so, such a staunch advocate for doing the work with joy and kindness and generosity. Your straight talking and constructive advice in both scholarship and well, just this job, has been a beacon of strength and a model to which I hope one day to aspire. Thank you so much, Sue for just everything.

sue_book_review (*.mov)

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