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The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 32 - Revelry

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In this episode, The Art of the Review takes a field trip to Sanford, Florida to attend Revelry, a poetry event organized by Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright to honor the life and legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Robert speaks to Dr. Wright about the review process that goes into judging poetry submissions for Revelry.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 30 Art Criticism

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In this episode, Yelena speaks with Natasha Kurchanova, an art historian specializing in the Russian avant-garde, a critic and curator of contemporary art about the connections and differences between art history and art criticism. Natasha received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. the City University of New York, where she studied modern art, photography, and film.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 29 Reviewing Games

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In this episode, Robert speaks with Ron Weaver, a game programmer and designer and the Technical Design Director at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at the University of Central Florida, about game reviewing and specifically reviews of the game That Dra

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 28 Matthew Friedman Talks Academic Podcasting

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This week, The Art of the Review takes a hiatus from reviewing to feature instead a conversation with historian Matthew Friedman, lecturer of history at Rutgers-Newark and producer of the No Sounds Are Forbidden, about his new show, the state of academic podcasting, and tips for listeners who may be thinking about producing a podcast of

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 27 Film Festivals

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This week's episode is a little bit off the beaten path of academic book reviewing...but not too far. Robert Cassanello speaks with Dr. Lisa Mills, a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at the University of Central Florida, about film festivals.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 25 Reviewing Children's Literature

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In this episode, we consider the art of reviewing children's literature with Mark West, Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, book review editor for 

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 24 Hiring a Professor

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In this episode, we speak with Jean Stuntz, Professor of History at West Texas A&M University and current H-Net President about the process of academic job hiring. Jean first joined H-Net as a subscriber in 1994 and is now editor of the H-SAWH and H-Texas networks.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 22 The Voice of the Reviewer

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In this episode, Robert speaks with Michael Munnik, Lecturer in Social Science Theories and Methods at Cardiff University and review editor for H-SAE, the H-Net network associated with the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, a section of the American Anthropological Association focusing on European communities and contexts.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 17 Reviewing Comics

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the academic treatment of comics and comic books, from art history to comic book studies, and Robert interviews Julian C. Chambliss, Associate Professor of History at Rollins College, about reviewing comics for scholarly and popular audiences.

Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 16 Reviewing as Criticism

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This episode is a special treat, as it features Robert's conversation with Barry Mauer, Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCF and a former music critic, speaking about music criticism as a form of reviewing.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 14 Peer Review & the Digital Humanities

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In this episode, we return to the topic of peer review, this time discussing the peer review process for editing and publishing scholarly editions. Robert interviews Mark Kamrath, a Professor of English at the University of Central Florida.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 13 The Short Review

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In this episodeYelena and Robert discuss the benefits and drawbacks of writing short reviews. Yelena mentions The New Yorker's regular Briefly Noted reviews, which prove without a doubt that writing skill matters in the short review.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 12 The Long Review

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We start out the new year with a long interview with H-Socialisms reviewer Dr. Gary Roth and reviewer Dr. Robert Barsky about Bob's review of The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature by Jaime Nace Cohen-Cole. When Bob was working on his review last spring, he found that the "open mind" program that Cohen-Cole describes in his book, a program "promoted to address the threat posed by Communism and ...

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 11 Obituary as Review

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This episode is about the scholarly obituary and presents two different approaches to the enterprise of reviewing a scholar's life. Tasked with "reviewing" the life of historian and his own mentor, Dr. Raymond A. Mohl, Robert interviews H-War editor David Silbey about his review of distinguished military historian John Keegan. Robert and Yelena then talk about some considerations, like what to include and the issue of objectivity. Links to the obituaries and interviews discussed are below.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 10 Reviewing Translations

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena speak with Paolo Giordano, the Neil E. Euliano Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at the University of Central Florida about some things to consider when reviewing translated works. While few H-Net networks regularly review works of translations, a recent review on H-Buddhism did consider the issue of translation and cultural context:

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 9 Peer Review

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the internal peer review process that journals and academic book publishers undergo prior to publication. We speak about the expectations for peer reviewers in evaluating a manuscript and the work that publishers and editors do in recruiting such reviewers. In the second part of the episode, Robert interviews Derek Krissoff, Director of West Virginia University Press about the review process from a publisher's point of view.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 8 The Author as Audience

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about what special considerations reviewers should make regarding a book's author. Robert shares his experiences of having his own book reviewed, and then speaks with Brendan C. Lindsay, whose own book, Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1848-1873, was recently reviewed on H-AmIndian, about the ways that that review has been helpful to him.


The reviews we discussed were:

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 7 The Living Review

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This episode, which we are calling The Living Review, takes as its point of departure the idea of looking back to a review after some years or decades. Robert and Yelena discuss an interview Robert did with James Struthers, professor of Canadian Studies at Trent University in Ontario. Prof.

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 5 Professionalism & Constructive Criticism

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This is the first of a two-part episode about professionalism in academic book reviewing. In this episode, Robert and Yelena look at H-Net's guidelines for professionalism and speak with H-Net copyeditors Basia Nowak and Charlotte Weber about two reviews that constructi