More Reviews of My Book

I’m collecting here several more reviews of my book — with thanks to the authors for these incisive and interesting responses.


  • Walter Mimms, “Ctrl-F Enlightenment,” The New Criterion (January 2016). Link to
  • Michael Falk, “Metaphors of Mind,” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 48:1 (January 2017): 161-3. Link to Project Muse
  • Sean Silver, “Metaphors of Mind,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 29:4, (Summer 2017): 672-675. Link to ECF
  • Donald R. Wehrs, “Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary by Brad Pasanek (review)“ The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats 50:1 (Autumn 2017): 78-81. Link to Project Muse
  • Collin Jennings, “Mindful Matter,“ Eighteenth-Century Life, 42:1 (Jan 2018): 124-129. Link to ECL

A Review in TLS

A review by Freya Johnston in The Times Literary Supplement.


You may or may not be able to hear the “harrumph” through the paywall. Still, I like the following judgment: “The author’s proposed distinctions and definitions are forever on the verge of evaporating, or of being retracted.”

Reviews of “Metaphors of Mind, An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary”


I have been very fortunate in responses and in my reviewers—and have been happily paired with Sean Silver in three of the essays below. Many thanks to all for reading carefully and critically:

  • Rosalind Powell, reviewing for The British Society for Literature and Science (January 2016). Link.
  • Jack Lynch for Choice 53:6 (February 2016). doi: 10.5860/CHOICE.193583
  • Tina Lupton, “The Searcher of Patterns and the Keeper of Things” LARB (March 5, 2016). Link.
  • Sayre Greenfield, reviewing for Modern Philology (August 2016). Link.
  • Jess Keiser, reviewing for Eighteenth Century Studies 49:4 (Summer 2016). Link.
  • Jenny Davidson, “Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century,“ Studies in English Literature (Summer 2016). Link.