Book Review Style Sheet

Unsolicited book reviews will not be given consideration; this page is meant as a reference for assigned reviewers.

Book reviews normally run between 1200 and 1500 words, do not utilize notes, and include the following bibliographical information at the head of the review:

Author (surname last). Title. Editor or translator. Series (number indicated in arabic numerals). Place of publication, publisher, and date. Pagination, including front matter (give total number in small roman numerals) + body of book (give total number in arabic numbers) + additional plates (not illustrations run into the text). Price.

An electronic copy should be included on disk or sent as an email attachment to the editors; WordPerfect for Windows is preferred, but most word-processing formats are acceptable.

Hard copy must be double spaced, including indented quotations, with all diacritical marks as well as archaic letters (e.g., Þ) clearly indicated. While it is hard to establish a rule in this regard, quotations of more than three lines poetry or prose of more than ten lines should be set off and indented without quote marks. Otherwise, quotations should be run into the text and placed within “double quotation marks”; quotes within quotes “should be placed within ‘single quotation marks’.” Ellipses are three spaced dots . . . with a period also required at the end of a sentence. . . . Do not use ellipses at the beginning of a quotation. Interpolations, including [sic], are placed within [brackets]. Do not double space following the period at the end of a sentence. Spelling should conform to American usage rather than British.

Italics should be encoded using a font function; use underlining in hard copy when a computer is not available or when submitting disks in ASCII. All titles should be in italics except for short poems and titles of articles, which should appear within “quotation marks.” Foreign words should also be in italics (underlined by hand in hard copy if in ASCII); terms being defined in the text should be placed in ‘single quotation marks.’ Punctuation marks usually belong inside quotation marks except for semi-colons.

Commas are to be used before and and or in a series (three or more items). For possessives, use the form James’s for names ending in -s, except for Jesus’, Moses’, and hellenized names ending in -es. Apostrophes are not to be used in dates, e.g., 1820s. Write out numbers in the text up to one hundred, and also write out designation of centuries, e.g., seventeenth century (but it is seventeenth-century survivals). Dates and abbreviations are to follow standard usage; see the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.

The name of the author of the review and his or her academic affiliation are placed at the end of the review.

We ask to receive the review within four months after assignment. Send reviews to: E-mail completed reviews to:
comparative-drama@wmich.edu

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