Taste is not only something you find on the tip of your tongue but also in Goings On About Town, The New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Believer, Harpers, The New Yorker, The American Book Review, The Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others.
Poets, writers, musicians, theorists, and artists are always creating something new and unique to sample. The taste-makers are the critics, the assessors of aesthetic quality and content.
ENGL-298 Book Reviewing is an introduction to and workshop in the basic forms of book reviewing/critical non-fiction: the book review, the review essay, and the longer, sometimes polemical, literary essay. The objectives of the course are to help students 1) understand the contemporary history of and approaches to book reviewing through intensive reading of a variety of examples; 2) develop mastery of the specific skills necessary to write book reviews and longer critical essays; and 3) write a total of 20-25 pages of publishable criticism.