THEATRE SURVEY BOOK REVIEW GUIDELINES
Book Review Policies
Theatre Survey is chartered by the American Society for Theatre Research as a theatre history journal. Its theatrical and historical orientations are both broadly conceived. Performance-centered and historiographic studies from all points across the historical, cultural, and methodological spectra are welcome. Dramatic literature studies not substantially related to actual performance are outside the journal’s purview.
We welcome reviews of books that share the journal’s focus on performance-centered and historiographic research. As a widely indexed journal with a substantial circulation, Theatre Survey is central to shaping and expanding the field of theatre history, cultivating a diverse range of critical perspectives and engaging the current conversations in the academy. Reviews are an important part of this project, engaging new directions in the field, helping to create an audience, and analyzing both the contributions and limits of new theatre research. Typically the book review editor identifies and invites appropriate reviewers, but anyone one is welcome to contact the editor to explain both interest and expertise, or to propose reviews. It is best to contact the book review editor before submitting a review to insure that the book has not already been assigned. All reviews are subject to final approval by the book review editor in consultation with the journal editor.
Content and Approach
Every review should place the book in the context of existing scholarship, detailing the critical inquiries the book engages without embellishment or exaggeration. If these engagements are limited you should delineate these limits while still respecting the goals of the book. If the book fails to follow through with its objectives you should point this out while still acknowledging where the book is valuable. Brief commentary on distinctive aspects of the scholarly apparatus—such as illustrations, bibliography, documentation, index, and appendices—can also provide readers with helpful information. Because of the requirements of indexing, it is essential that you mention within the first line or two of your review the precise name of the book you are reviewing and the author’s name.
Submitting the Review
The Journal does not provide authors with proofs prior to publication. The book review editor will edit for spelling, punctuations, and clarity. However, the editor will contact the reviewer when substantive changes are considered.
Single book reviews should run between 750 and 1,000 words. Multiple book reviews should run between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Reviews exceeding these lengths will be returned for revision and can delay publication.
Double space your review with a five point hanging indent for new paragraphs.
Begin with the details of publication in the following order: title, author/editor, place of publication, publisher, date, pages (separating out introductory pages: pp. xiv 245), illustrations (if any), price, and binding.
The following are examples of listing style for the Book Reviews:
There is no final punctuation after the reviewer’s affiliation, and a comma (not dash) before it:
Reviewed by Thomas Postlewait, The Ohio State University
Refer to yourself in the first person, not as “the reviewer” or “this writer.” Do NOT cite additional sources. When quoting the reviewed book, keep the quotations short, avoiding indented quotations. If quotations are necessary, list the page number in parentheses following the quotation. Because of the requirements of indexing, it is essential that you mention within the first line or two of your review the precise name of the book you are reviewing and the author’s name. Avoid the generic use of male nouns and pronouns when referring to both sexes, where such editing can be done in a clear and graceful way and without contrivance. Also avoid use of the feminine article in reference to ships, countries, etc.: France, its people.
Please be certain that you are familiar with Theatre Survey and its Book Review section before you submit your materials. Published reviews are reliable models for the type and range of reviews that interested us. They are documented according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition and rely on Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary for spelling, hyphenation, and punctuation. Please consult these sources on your own. In addition, be aware of the following:
1. Numbered chapters referenced in reviews should consistently use Arabic numerals (Chapter 10), regardless of how they were treated in the publication being reviewed. Parts of books may use either Arabic or Roman numerals (consistent with the book reviewed; not spelled out):
1. In general:
iii. 265 years ago
iv. $3 billion (American billion)