Elizabeth Barrett Browning evokes several gures as muses for her poetry and one recurring type is the music master. While her writing has always been recognized as highly experimental the inuence and use of music in her work have not been fully examined. Fresh Strange Music denes the exact nature of Barrett Brownings experiments and innovations in rhythm which she called the animal life of poetry and in sound repetition which she labelled her rhymatology. Donald Hair approaches Barrett Brownings art with a focus on the power that shapes it the technical music of her poetry and the recurring beat at the beginning of units of equal time that requires a different system of scansion than conventional metres and syllable counting. Music for Barrett Browning Hair explains has momentous implications. In her early poetry it is the promoter of kindly and loving relations in families and in society. Later in her career she makes it the basis of nation-building in her support for the unica- tion of Italy and more problematically in her championing of French emperor Napoleon III. Fresh Strange Music traces the development of Barrett Brownings poetics through all her works from the early An Essay on Mind to Last Poems showcasing her as a major poet independently minded and highly innovative in her rhythms and rhymes. Donald S. Hair is professor emeritus in the Department of English and Writing Studies at the University of Western Ontario. In the second half of the eighteenth century celebrated Swiss physician Samuel Auguste Tissot 17281797 received over 1200 medical consulta- tion letters from across Europe and beyond. Written by individuals seeking respite from a range of ailments these letters offer valuable insight into the nature of physical suffering. Plaintive desperate querulous fearful frustrated and sometimes arrogant and self-interested in tone the letters to Tissot not only express the struggle of individuals to understand the body and its workings but also reveal the close connections between embodiment and politics. Through the process of writing letters to describe their ailments the correspondents created textual versions of themselves articulating identities shaped by their physical experiences. Using these identities and experiences as examples Sonja Boon argues that the complaints voiced in the letters were intimately linked to broader social and political discourses of citizenship in the late eighteenth century a period beset with concerns about depopulation moral depravity and corporeal excess and organized around intricate rules of propriety. Contributing to the elds of literary criticism history gender and sexual- ity studies and history of medicine Telling the Flesh establishes a compelling argument about the connections between health politics and identity. Sonja Boon is associate professor of gender studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. 3 6 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 5 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S September 2015 978-0-7735-4593-9 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 312pp Ebook available Fresh Strange Music Elizabeth Barrett Brownings Language donald s. hair A new approach to Elizabeth Barrett Brownings art through the music of her poetry and its social and political implications. L I T E R A R Y C R I T I C I S M S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-QueensAssociated Medical Services Studies in the History of Medicine Health and Society September 2015 978-0-7735-4639-4 37.95A CDN 32.95A US paper 978-0-7735-4576-2 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 360pp 4 photos L I T E R A R Y S T U D I E S H I S T O R Y O F M E D I C I N E Telling the Flesh Life Writing Citizenship and the Body in the Letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot sonja boon An engaging exploration of the stories our bodies tell and the stories we tell about our bodies.