New Books on Literature 19: Online Reviews in 19th-Century Literary Studies

Cross-posted from NASSR-L, courtesy of James Heffernan:

“Launched at Dartmouth College on September 1, 2009, is an Online Review of Books on English and American Literature of the Nineteenth Century.  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Dean of Humanities, it is edited by James Heffernan with technical guidance from  Thomas Luxon  and editorial advice from an international group of thirty-three specialists in nineteenth-century literature.

“This site aims to revolutionize academic reviewing.  While academic studies of literature must normally wait at least two years to be reviewed in printed journals, this site will strive to assess  new books within ninety days of their publication, will invite authors to respond to each review within thirty days of its submission,  and will also welcome comments from visitors to the site.  Taking advantage of web resources, its reviews will include pictures from the books it reviews and links to relevant material on other sites.  With reviewers ranging from graduate students to chaired professors and emeriti,  this site has commissioned  just over one hundred reviews of books published in 2009, is already posting nearly thirty  of them, and aims to have the rest up by next April.  Meanwhile, its Books Announced list for 2009 briefly describes all the  books  it will review.”


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