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Inside the Critics' Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times

Phillipa K. Chong


Taking readers behind the scenes in the world of fiction reviewing, this book explores the ways that critics evaluate books despite the inherent subjectivity involved, and the uncertainties of reviewing when seemingly anyone can be a reviewer. The book delves into the complexities of the review-writing process, including the considerations, values, and cultural and personal anxieties that shape what critics do. It explores how critics are paired with review assignments, why they accept these time-consuming projects, how they view their own qualifications for reviewing certain books, and the cr ... More

Keywords: fiction reviewing, book critics, review writing, book reviewing, literary judgment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691167466
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillipa K. Chong, author
McMaster University