Book Review Guidelines (Original)

If you are interested in reviewing a book for Transpositions, please send a query to reviews [at] transpositions.co.uk. Please read 2-3 recent reviews to get an idea of what we are looking for.

Generally speaking, we ask for 500-600 word reviews, though if we feel it necessary, may allow up to 1000 words.  Word counts will be assigned, and should be followed.

The header should be formatted as follows:

William D. Romanowski. Reforming Hollywood How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, xv + 298 pp., £18.99/$29.95 cloth.

The first sentence or two should introduce the author(s) or editor(s), and give a sense of the book.  For example:

In this thorough, fact-filled account of the interaction between Protestantism and the American cinema, William D. Romanowski, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (USA) and author of Pop Culture Wars and Eyes Wide Open, “aim[s] to restore Protestants to American film history and tell a story that goes to the heart of the role of film and religion in a democratic society.” [p.4]

If the book is a collection of essays, please give succinct summaries of each essay.  Do not merely recite chapter titles as summaries.  And don’t just say what they talked about (e.g., apologetics). Tell the reader what the author said about apologetics.  What was unique or different? What might be of interest to our readers?  See here for an example along these lines.

Quotes and footnotes may be formatted one of two ways:

1. If all quote(s) refer to the book being reviewed please use in-text citation as follows:

“This book investigates ways that religious views and commitments informed approaches to film as popular art, culture, industry and social influence.”[p. 9]

2. If quote(s) and footnote(s) refer to two or more sources please format the quote(s) as follows:

“This book investigates ways that religious views and commitments informed approaches to film as popular art, culture, industry and social influence.”[1]

And the corresponding footnote as follows:

[1] William D. Romanowski, Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 9.

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