The Art of the Review Podcast
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.
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.
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 Dragon Cancer.
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 their own.
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. Turns out, film festivals are a form of peer review for new films, a collective review process apart from individual critics' picks. Dr.
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.
In this episode, Robert speaks with Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association, about the Guidelines on the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians, released in June 2015.
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:
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 topic of the conversation turns to Bob Dylan's 1970 album Self-Portrait, which was famously panned by Greil Marcus in Rolling Stone. And finally, Robert and Barry talk about "meta-criticism."
This episode is one of an occasional series where Yelena and Robert speak with H-Net's copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about the nuts and bolts of reviewing at H-Net. In this installment, we discuss the use of citations in scholarly book reviews, which Charlotte and Basia explain are usually kept to a minimum.
We start out the new year with a long interview with H-Socialisms review editor 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 that "promoted to address the threat posed by Communism and ...
The Art of the Review is going on a brief hiatus. We'll be back in January with all new episodes and conversations about
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.
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:
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 peer 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. Don't miss that second half of the episode!
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 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:
In this second part of our two-part episode on professionalism, Robert and Yelena discuss how network advisory boards can help review editors vet a review's tone prior to publication.
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 constructively critique the books under review.
This episode dispenses some straightforward advice about the use of quotes in reviews. Robert speaks with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about some dos and don'ts of using quotations in reviews.
A review we mentioned in the episode was:
In this episode, Robert continues the discussion of reviews we liked with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak. The reviews discussed are below.
More reviews we liked:
In this episode, Robert and Yelena discuss two reviews they liked and one review that was less than impressive. They conclude that judging a review is at least partly subjective, and that a preference for extended anecdotes, historical background, and discussions of the literature varies by reader. Below are the three reviews we discussed.
In this very first episode of The Art of the Review, listeners meet Robert Cassanello, Associate Professor of History at University of Central Florida and H-Net’s Vice President of Research & Publications; Yelena Kalinsky, Managing Editor of H-Net Reviews and H-Net’s Associate Director for Reviews; and H-Net copyeditors Basia Nowak and Charlotte Weber.