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.


  • Ana Rodríguez Navas, Idle Talk, Deadly Talk: The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature. University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Roberta Miscallef (ed.), Illusion and Disillusionment: Travel Writing in the Modern Age. Harvard University Press, 2019.
  • Bernard Stiegler, Age of Disruption: Technology and Madness in Computational Capitalism. Polity, 2019.
  • Jesse Matz. Modernist Time Ecology. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
  • Dowland, Douglas. Weak Nationalisms: Affect and Nonfiction in Postwar America. University of Nebraska Press, 2019. 
  • Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to Composition: A Somewhat Cheeky but Exceedingly Useful Introduction to Academic Writing. Broadview Press, 2019. 
  • Ribó, Ignasi. Prose Fiction: An Introduction to the Semiotics of Narrative. Open Book Publishers, 2019.
  • Burek Pierce, Jennifer. Narratives, Nerdfighters, and New Media. University of Iowa Press, 2020.