My Book Reviews

Quarantine Life from Cholera to COVID-19: What Pandemics Teach us about Parenting, Work, Life, and Communities, from the 1700s to Today

Simon and Schuster, 2021

“Quarantine Life…includes disease history and the lessons of past pandemics, depictions of pandemics in literature, personal observations about the pandemic politics of the moment, and takeaway lessons from past mistakes and successes. The chief merit of the book is its readability—it is never less than engaging, as Nixon shifts between subjects and styles.” — Shawn Vestal, The Spokesman-Review

“Lest we forget the lessons of our past, Kari Nixon reminds us—in poignant yet relevant detail—that we’ve been here before, and, more important, we can find our way out.” — Niki Kapsambelis, author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Kept from all Contagion’: Germ Theory, Disease, and the Dilemma of Human Contact in Late Nineteenth-Century Literature

SUNY UP, 2020

“In this book, Nixon achieves the difficult balance between a rigorous scholarly tone and engaging and always appropriate comparisons with contemporary culture.” – Jodie Matthews

Kept From All Contagion is undoubtedly a skilled literary analysis for our time. Its timeliness may have been partly unwitting, but it is open to its heightened relevance because of the author’s transhistorical approach to historical texts…It is fascinating reading for anyone hoping to put our current predicament in historical context. It lends profound insight into the anguished risk analyses of human contact we currently make every day.”

Misc Reviews

“Nixon’s article is of great importance, aspiring to internationalize Strindberg research in a way that has previously not been attempted.”– Rebecca Klette, of Kari’s article: “Seeing Things: The The Dilemma of Visual Subjectivity at the Dawn of the Bacteriological Age in Strindberg’s The Father.” Configurations, vol. 24, no. 1, 2016, pp. 25-52.