Bibliographic entry of book you plan to review (in the body of an email sent to whole class): Th 11/3 by the start of class
Book review final draft: Th 11/17 via email (as a Word attachment) and in hard copy at the start of class
Length: 1,250-1,500 words
Format: follow the format of one of your model reviews
Book reviews have two goals in mind. Firstly, they aim to summarize book’s argument, evidence, and method. Secondly, they aim to situate that argument within the larger field of specific work on the topic and/or the disciplinary landscape more broadly. That is to say, a book review generally tries to articulate the nature of the book’s unique contribution to the field(s) of study with which it is engaged. Some reviewers also consider why this particular book hasn’t been written before (or why its topic hasn’t been addressed previously or its methodology previously deployed).
Following the model established by the sample book reviews and based on the guidance provided by the assigned readings, write a 1,250-1,500 book review of a book relevant for your research on Frankenstein that has been published in the last 3-4 years. The more recent the better. You can identify the best books for review by exploring the catalogues of prominent university presses (Princeton UP, Harvard UP, Chicago UP, Cambridge UP, Oxford UP, Cornell UP, Johns Hopkins UP, etc.) or browsing the list of “books received” at specialized peer-reviewed journals (Studies in Romanticism, Eighteenth-Century Studies, European Romantic Review, etc.). You can also read SEL’s omnibus review on the state of nineteenth-century British literary studies – either the one that will be released in the Autumn 2016 issue or the one from 2015. This review will contain a substantial bibliography of books published in the calendar year or so prior to the review, all of which would be suitable for you to review. No two students in the class can review the same book. You should plan ahead, therefore, and keep an eye out for possible books to review as you conduct research on your Frankenstein essay.