American Studies Association of Texas
Professor Sean Ferrier-
If you are a member of ASAT and would like to have JASAT review a book you published within the past year, please request that your publisher send a copy of the book to the book review editor at the address above.
To inquire about publishing a book review in JASAT, please email the book review editor at . You will be notified about any available books for review or any interest in publishing a review of a book of your choice. Review copies of books to be reviewed in JASAT can only be arranged through the book review editor and from university presses. All other books for review must be acquired by the potential reviewer.
All book reviewers published in JASAT must be members of the American Studies Association of Texas (go here for membership info).
Length: Approximately 350 words.
Due date: April 1st -
Format: Electronic, either as an attachment or pasted into the body of an email is preferred; send it to the book review editor at SFerrier-
1. Format for bibliographic heading:
DeKoven, Marianne. Utopia Limited: The Sixties and the Emergence of the Postmodern.
Durham: Duke UP, 2004. 363 pages. $23.95 paper. ISBN 9-
2. Please keep to the word limit or expect revision to your review.
3. Complete the review by the assigned deadline.
4. Include a brief summary of the scope, purpose, and content of the book. Also include an evaluation of the author's success in achieving the purpose, his/her use of available resources, and the organization and presentation of the material. Use inclusive language. Reviews should generally be one part introduction to the book, the author, the topic, and the method; one part analysis and evaluation; and one part discussion of the book's contribution to American Studies See the example, below.
5. Evaluation may, of course, be favorable or unfavorable; but the review should in all cases avoid personalities and should express criticism with civility.
6. Please stick to discussion of the book and avoid irrelevant digressions.
7. Don't list typographical or other minor errors unless they significantly impair the value of the book.
8. Include page numbers in parentheses for quotations, formatted like this: (p. 232).
9. At the end of the review, type your name flush left in all caps. Directly beneath your name, type your institutional affiliation flush left. (If you have no institutional affiliation, type "Independent scholar" and location.)
BOOK REVIEW EXAMPLE:
O’Gorman, Farrell. Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic
Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2004. 259 pages.
$22.95 paper. ISBN 978-
Farrell O’Gorman’s biographical, philosophical, aesthetic study links Flannery O’Connor
and Walker Percy, who (with Eudora Welty) constitute the foremost Southern writers
of the second half of the twentieth century. The only other book-
Throughout the study O’Gorman relates the two writers because of their Catholicism,
but he also details similarities in their life stories, especially their illnesses
and the loss of their fathers. He discusses the guidance and encouragement they received
from Allen Tate and Caroline Gordon and their mutual grounding in the classic Catholic
writers such as St. Thomas Aquinas, adding that they were even more influenced by
The scholarship is thorough, the breadth of the last chapter in its survey of contemporary novelists—among them Cormac McCarthy, James Lee Burke, Lee Smith, Annie Dillard, Doris Betts, Alice Walker, Mary Lee Settle, Randall Kenan, Josephine Humphreys, Padgett Powell, and Bobbie Ann Mason—influenced by O’Connor and Percy impressive, and the prose lucid and precise. This excellent study should be read by anyone serious about O’Connor and Percy.
University of Texas at Brownsville