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Proposing and Writing a Book Review

Book reviews are all around us, but who writes them and how do they get commissioned? What are the benefits of writing one? Can I criticize a major scholar in my field?



English 614 

HEC researchers

2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year

6 hours, 4 sessions


Course starts on 13 November


  • Monday 13 November, 11.00-12.30
  • Monday 27 November, 11.00-12.30
  • Monday 4 December, 11.00-12.30
  • Monday 11 December, 11.00-12.30


Place & Instructor

Villa Salviati

Sala del Camino

Ben Carver 

Proposing and Writing a Book Review

A book review is likely to be the first piece you have published in a major journal in your field. It’s also an excellent format to clarify your thoughts on a major work in your research area. This course starts with advice on choosing a book and how to approach a journal, and after a week’s break (for you to read your book), the following sessions cover the style and structure of a book review, and how you use the review to clarify (even promote) your own work. We will be reading published reviews in different fields, and sharing our own reviews in progress. As well as giving you a better understanding of the form, the objective of the course is that you should have a review, ready to submit to an academic journal, by the end of the course

Page last updated on 29 November 2023

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