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Intriguing Panel: The Intellectual History Of The Book Review (NY)

If any readers will be at Book Expo America, USIH would love to receive a post-Expo report about the panel below. I found a notice for the panel here. Perhaps we can get a review in this post’s comments after May 31?

The intellectual history of the book review, from around 1880 to 1950, is adeptly covered by Joan Shelley Rubin in her 1992 book, The Making of Middlebrow Culture. But I’m very much intrigued by what Eric Banks and the panel may add to that account. – TL

PS – I’m not a Joyce Carol Oates reader, but I didn’t know she was interested in intellectual history?!


Thursday, May 31st, Paula Cooper Gallery, 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM (details upon request)

Where did the book review come from? What form has it taken? Who has read it and what purpose has it served in American arts and letters? Join Bookforum editor and NBCC member Eric Banks for a multi-faceted look at the genealogy of the popular book review. Panelists include James Shapiro, professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University; Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award winning novelist and critic; Lindsay Waters, Executive Editor for the Humanities, Harvard University Press; Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
RSVP required.