Akbari writes in a taut, pleasant, and persuasive style, and while she may not convince all of her readers all of the time, her well written foray into intellectual history will be sure to please very many.
(John North Notes and Queries 52.4 (2005): 525-527
Seeing through the Veil?marks a huge step forward in our understanding of cultural implications of medieval optical theory.
(Andrew Taylor University of Toronto Quarterly 75.1 (2006): 233-34
A model of technical writing at its best, Seeing through the Veil reveals the unsuspected richness of medieval scientific thought for the literary critic. Akbari?s complex, subtle readings should interest anyone who cares about allegory or visuality.
(Barbara Newman History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 27.4 (2005)
An extensive and thought-provoking treatment on the part of Akbari of the connections between changing medieval understandings of the relationship between optics, allegory, and knowledge
(Norman Klassen Medium Aevum 74.2 (2005): 333-34
About the Author
Suzanne Conklin Akbari
is a professor in the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.