Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Book Review Guidelines

Members of the MMLA are encouraged to submit book reviews. An adequate book review will provide a summary, or a good sense, of material treated and arguments made; a good book review will also offer an informed assessment of the book’s contribution to its field.  Book reviews help scholars keep abreast of their own and other fields, and choose what to read; they are also important for the discussion of the state of scholarship.  

The MMLA maintains a list of books available for review, but members need not limit themselves to the texts listed below. We can request review copies of books we don’t currently have in our office if you choose to review another title. If you would like to review a book that would be of interest to our members, please inform us by email at mmla@luc.edu, and attach a copy of your CV.  We only publish reviews on books published within the last year-and-a-half.  In general, book reviews should not be more than 1200 words.


  • Michael Robbins, Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music. Simon & Schuster, 2017.
  • Anna Budziak, Katarzyna Lisowska, and  Jarosław P. Woźniak. Literature, Performance, and Somaesthetics: Studies in Agency and Embodiment.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.
  • Susana Pendzik, Renée Emunah, David Read Johnson, The Self in Performance: Autobiographical, Self-Revelatory, and Autoethnographic Forms of Therapeutic Theatre.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Gian Maria Annovi, Pier Paolo Pasolini: Performing Authorship. Columbia University Press, 2017.
  • Sharon Luk, The Life of Paper: Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity. University of California Press, 2017.
  • Michele Prandi, Conceptual Conflicts in Metaphors and Figurative Language. Routledge, 2017.
  • Sebastian Matzner, Rethinking Metonymy: Literary Theory and Poetic Practice from Pindar to Jakobson. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • John Rieder, Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System. Wesleyan University Press, 2017.
  • Mark Fisher, The Weird and the Eerie. Repeater Press, 2017.
  • Robert Haas, A Little Book on Forms.  Ecco, 2017.
  • Kathryn Lofton, Consuming Religion. University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • Libe García Zarranz,  TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics (2017)
  • Manzanas Calvo, Ana Maria M. and Jesús Benito Sanchez. Hospitality in American Literature and Culture: Spaces, Bodies, Borders (2016)
  • Michelle Sharpe and Anja Louis, Multiple Modernities: Carmen de Burgos, Author and Activist (2017)
  • Camilla Fojas, Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture (2017)
  • Kristin Lillvis, Robert Miltner, and Molly Fuller (eds). Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers (2017) 
  • Mitchum Huehls, and Rachel Greenwald Smith (eds.). Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture (2017)
  • John Zilcosky, Uncanny Encounters: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and the End of Alterity. Northwestern University Press, 2016.
  • Robert Winans (ed.), Banjo Roots and Branches.  University of Illinois Press, 2018.
  • Nick Groom, The Vampire: A New History.  Yale University Pres, 2018.
  • Roberta Miscallef (ed.), Illusion and Disillusionment:  Travel Writing in the Modern Age. Harvard University Press, 2019.
  • Alan Liu, Friending the Past: the Sense of History in the Digital Age. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
  • John Lowney, Jazz Internationalism:  Literary Afro-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Black Music. University of Illinois Press, 2017.
  • Liesl Olson, Chicago Renaissance:  Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis. Yale UP, 2017.
  • Bernard Stiegler, Age of Disruption: Technology and Madness in Computational Capitalism. Polity, 2019.
  • Anders Walker, The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America. Yale University Press, 2018.
  • Gregory Woods, Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World. Yale University Press, 2017.