[Milton-L] Book Reviewer sought: _Is Milton Better than Shakespeare_?

Matthew Stallard stallard at ohio.edu
Thu Dec 11 15:19:18 EST 2008

Hannibal wrote: I see is that such a call might
attract someone with a particular axe to grind

I think that it could. A good book review editor, however, would no doubt 
carefully select the best review and not merely weigh the reputation of the 
reviewer who would compose a thinly veiled vitriolic diatribe. It seems to 
me that the call for reviews isn't dangerous in itself, but rather, that 
the editors should pay close attention to the selection process, if they 
choose to make an open call.

P.S. I think that Smith makes a great case for Milton's post 9/11 


Matthew Stallard, Ph.D.
Ohio University
Department of English
305 Ellis Hall
Athens, OH 45701
stallard at ohio.edu

--On Thursday, December 11, 2008 2:36 PM -0500 Hannibal Hamlin 
<hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Scott, and other Miltonists,
> No doubt this will stir up some dust, but may I raise a question about
> scholarly reviewing?  Perhaps some of you attended the interesting
> roundtable on scholarly reviewing at last year's RSA, at which many
> practical and ethical issues were discussed.  One that occurs to me in
> this context, especially since I am a Book Review Editor myself, is
> whether it is a good idea to make an open call for reviewers for a
> particular book.  One specific problem I see is that such a call might
> attract someone with a particular axe to grind, perhaps even a personal
> one (whatever a "personal axe" is!), of which the review editor may not
> be aware.  I don't mean to pick on Scott either, since some journals
> openly list "books for review," and the Sixteenth Century Journal
> actually had a table of such books at this year's SCSC, from which any
> passing scholar might make a selection.
> Thoughts?
> Hannibal
> On 12/11/08, Scott Howard <showard at du.edu> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> We are looking for someone to review Nigel Smith's _Is Milton Better than
> Shakespeare?_ for Volume Two of APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance /
> Early Modern Literature & Culture, which will be published in May, 2009.
> If you are interested, please be in touch soon.
> Appositions is an electronic, peer-reviewed, international journal for
> studies in Renaissance/early modern literature and culture.  ISSN
> forthcoming.
> Yours,
> Scott Howard
> ///
> W. Scott Howard
> Associate Professor
> Director of Graduate Studies
> Department of English
> University of Denver
> http://mysite.du.edu/~showard/
> ///
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