[Milton-L] soliciting of reviews & etc.

Hannibal Hamlin hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 16:22:45 EST 2008

Thanks for the useful summary, Scott.  I've enjoyed this discussion.  Could
you please remind us when the APPOSITIONS conference is near?  I agree that
reviewing is terribly under-discussed amoung scholars and teachers.



On 12/17/08, Scott Howard <showard at du.edu> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> Thanks to everyone who contributed to the lively and interesting recent
> discussion about book reviews: administrative and editorial considerations;
> readerly and writerly concerns; professional development matters; and
> scholarly best practices.
> I think that, at the very least, the conversation highlights a few current
> needs in the field:
> * for the subject to be openly explored and discussed among established and
> emerging professionals;
> * and for that conversation to include editors from a variety of journals
> in the same field and also from other related fields; and
> * for the matter of book reviewing to be taught in targeted graduate-level
> courses;
> * and for new statements to be drafted about editorial best practices that
> address the various ways in which different kinds of journals build
> different sorts of relationships with different communities.
> The range and number (more than 40, including direct replies to my address)
> of recent postings to this list also demonstrates, I believe, that
> administrative and editorial practices vary quite a bit from journal to
> journal when it comes to how book reviews are managed from inquiry to
> process to production.  Some journals (including RES) send their book
> reviews out for peer-review; others (such as RQ) commission reviews; while
> other journals (like RELARTS) openly invite proposals for books to be
> reviewed.
> I invite you to continue the discussion.  APPOSITIONS will host a special
> feature/event, during our February e-conference, for further conversation
> about the practice/politics/pedagogy of book reviewing.
> Happy holidays.
> Best wishes,
> Scott
> p.s. . . . and, given the number of inquiries I've received, there's a good
> chance that our journal--following due process, of course--may be
> publishing, in May, a review of the book that was recently mentioned in my
> first message to the list on 12/11.
> ///
> W. Scott Howard
> Associate Professor
> Director of Graduate Studies
> Department of English
> University of Denver
> http://mysite.du.edu/~showard/
> Editor,
> Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature & Culture,
> http://appositions.blogspot.com/
> ///
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Hannibal Hamlin
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The Ohio State University
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The Folger Shakespeare Library
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