Acosta, Ana M. Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century: From Milton to Mary Shelley. Aldershot, England and Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2006. Pp. x + 207 + 5 illustrations. $99.95 cloth.

Acosta, Ana M. Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century: From Milton to Mary Shelley.... © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156852910X511790 Religion and the Arts 14 (2010) 467–493 brill.nl/rart RELIGION and the ARTS Book Reviews Acosta, Ana M. Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century: From Mil- ton to Mary Shelley. Aldershot, England and Burlington VT: Ashgate Pub- lishing Company, 2006. Pp. x + 207 + 5 illustrations. $99.95 cloth. A “meditation on words, myths, and philosophies.” Ana M. Acosta’s assessment of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein stands equally as a descrip- tion of her own work, a more apt description, in fact, than the one pro- vided by its cover material, where the term “interdisciplinary” does not quite do justice to this scholar’s intense and extremely productive focus on language and narrative. It is certainly true that in its five chapters Read- ing Genesis identifies, explores, and reflects upon the interactions among philosophy, politics, religion, and myth within the writing of four major Enlightenment figures, from Milton in 1667 through Rousseau and Woll- stonecraft, to Mary Shelley in 1818. And, it does, as advertised, place “these writers in the broader context of eighteenth-century political the- ory, biblical criticism, religious studies, and utopianism.” But it does all of this within a framework centered http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Religion and the Arts Brill

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156852910X511790 Religion and the Arts 14 (2010) 467–493 brill.nl/rart RELIGION and the ARTS Book Reviews Acosta, Ana M. Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century: From Mil- ton to Mary Shelley. Aldershot, England and Burlington VT: Ashgate Pub- lishing Company, 2006. Pp. x + 207 + 5 illustrations. $99.95 cloth. A “meditation on words, myths, and philosophies.” Ana M. Acosta’s assessment of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein stands equally as a descrip- tion of her own work, a more apt description, in fact, than the one pro- vided by its cover material, where the term “interdisciplinary” does not quite do justice to this scholar’s intense and extremely productive focus on language and narrative. It is certainly true that in its five chapters Read- ing Genesis identifies, explores, and reflects upon the interactions among philosophy, politics, religion, and myth within the writing of four major Enlightenment figures, from Milton in 1667 through Rousseau and Woll- stonecraft, to Mary Shelley in 1818. And, it does, as advertised, place “these writers in the broader context of eighteenth-century political the- ory, biblical criticism, religious studies, and utopianism.” But it does all of this within a framework centered

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