Book Review MUSES AND MEASURES: EMPIRICAL RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE HUMANITIES, by Willie van Peer, Jemeljan Hakemulder, and Sonia Zyngier. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, 390 pp. $79.99, cloth; $49.99, paperback. Sometimes one book is enough to change the whole way of thinking or general attitude of students, and this is the case with Muses and Measures: Empirical Research Methods for the Humanities. Now that empirical research methods are getting their due recognition in the spheres of Literature, Arts, and other media, the volume is really welcome. It is a practice-oriented book to help students and tutors either to get acquainted with methodology that is still new to them and that will definitely enrich their research methods or deepen their knowledge and develop skills in the field. Today as more and more humanities departments overcome their bias against empirical research, the time is ripe for looking at "the processes and effects of comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation of literature, the arts, and the media" (xvi). The authors of the book are three experts in the field who have themselves conducted and supervised many small- and large-scale empirical projects. Jointly they founded the international REDES (Research for the Development of
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