Book reviews are one of my favorite genres of writing because it allows a focused and direct engagement with another scholar's (or collection of scholars') work. My philosophy when reading a book and writing a review is (1) to foreground curiosity about an author's methodology and interest in the subject, (2) to expect to learn something new from an author, and (3) to be challenged in meaningful ways. When writing a review I hope to leave readers with a similar curiosity that leads them to seek out a text as well as a sense of the author's contribution - not simply to a conversation or a field largely speaking, but to an open and listening audience.
Rebecca Merkelbach, Monsters in Society: Alterity, Transgression, and the Use of the Past in Medieval Iceland (2019)
Review Forthcoming in Kyngervi (2021)