[Milton-L] soliciting of reviews

John Leonard jleonard at uwo.ca
Thu Dec 11 16:50:15 EST 2008


I agree with Hannibal Hamlin.  It is a very bad practice to solicit reviews.  Even if an abuse does not occur, the practice is open to abuse and should be discouraged.  Hannibal is right to take a stand on this.

John Leonard
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Hannibal Hamlin 
  To: John Milton Discussion List 
  Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 2:36 PM
  Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Book Reviewer sought: _Is Milton Better thanShakespeare_?


  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

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    W. Scott Howard
    Associate Professor
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of English
    University of Denver
    http://mysite.du.edu/~showard/

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