Module Two--Reviewing Books--Part One

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Module Two: Reviewing Books:

Module Two: Reviewing Books Part 1

Reviewing Books:

Reviewing Books Why review books? Why study book reviewing?

Introduction: The Reviewer’s Lament:

Introduction: The Reviewer’s Lament Is book reviewing on the decline? What have been regarded as problems for book reviewing? ( How) Do book reviews matter? Should a book review be a book report? What role does context play in book reviewing?

Introduction: The Reviewer’s Lament:

Introduction: The Reviewer’s Lament What role does (should) documentation play in book reviewing? What are the criteria for professionalization in book reviewing? What is the difference between literary criticism and book reviewing? What does Poole mean when she says we live “in an era when cultural authority has already been challenged”?

Unnatural Selection:

Unnatural Selection What is the relationship between the publisher and the reviewer? How does the editor choose which books to review? What are the major book review journals? What role does a new novel by a major novelist play in the decisions of a book editor? Why does Poole comment that “Awards are unreliable. Endorsements are often biased, self-serving, or dishonest” (28 )?

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