Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Inside the Critics' CircleBook Reviewing in Uncertain Times$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 27 September 2021

Conclusion

Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.134) Chapter 8 Conclusion
Source:
Inside the Critics' Circle
Author(s):

Phillipa K. Chong

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167466.003.0008

This chapter illustrates how the different types of uncertainty structure how fiction reviewers operate. Common to the preceding chapters is the finding that when confronted with different types of uncertainty, reviewers devise “personalized” responses. To be clear, while critics experience the dilemmas of reviewing and their responses to these as individuals problem-solving basis, the chapter argues that this personalized experience is itself a product of the larger social organization of reviewing: specifically, the high levels of epistemological, social, and institutional uncertainty faced by reviewers. In the absence of certainty on how to proceed, critics are left to devise personalized solutions to the challenges that arise throughout the reviewing process. In addition, the chapter considers what lessons book reviewing has for understanding the experience and enactment of power in other evaluative scenarios including other artistic fields, and non-artistic fields as well. Additionally, reflections are offered on what lessons can be taken from the multitude of stories shared by reviewers concerning how we think about the uncertain future of not only reviewing but what it means to be a reader.

Keywords:   uncertainty structure, book reviewers, fiction reviewers, book critics, personalized solutions, book reviewing, evaluative scenarios, uncertain future, readership

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.