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Inside the Critics' CircleBook Reviewing in Uncertain Times$
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Phillipa K. Chong

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167466

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167466.001.0001

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How Reviewing Works

How Reviewing Works

(p.19) Chapter 2 How Reviewing Works
Inside the Critics' Circle

Phillipa K. Chong

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents the nuts and bolts of how reviewing works. This includes which books gets reviewed and which critic gets selected to write the review. Disabusing the reader of the idea that the “best” books get reviewed, the chapter emphasizes the practical constraints faced by editors when deciding which books deserve to be reviewed. It also addresses epistemic uncertainty surrounding who is qualified to review books in the absence of formal certification. But rather than answering this question philosophically, it is addressed through how reviewers come to be invited to write reviews and are paired with specific books for review.

Keywords:   book reviewing, critic selection, editors, epistemic uncertainty, formal certification, book reviews, review assignments

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