Some very interesting thoughts about book reviews – about their importance, the need to value them, and what might be done about the low proportion of women who write them.
Today is International Women’s Day, and as such, I wanted to write a post that could address some of the obstacles faced by women navigating today’s rather turbulent academic seas. After noticing that a number of the top journals within the fields of classics, ancient history, and religious studies have struggled to represent women as book reviewers, I began to ruminate on the role of women in writing academic book reviews. Although the number of books being written by women appears to be increasing somewhat, the number of women acting as reviewers of books continues to hover between 12% and 25%. Today I want to explore why this ratio is unacceptable by arguing for the overall import of the book review within academia and the need for women to contribute to and set the parameters for analysis in their respective fields. Then I will try to offer some ways to effect change.
The muse of epic poetry, Calliope, speaks to…
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