Books for review


Should you wish to review one of the available books, please email the editor, Keziah Wallis, with your request - including your postal address if the book is listed as a physical copy rather than a pdf.

If you wish to be added to our half-yearly email list of books available for review, please also email the book review editor.

Relegere always welcomes new academic and postgraduate reviewers. If this is the first time you have requested a book for review or to be added to our email list, please also provide a brief summary of your C.V. (a few lines), noting qualifications and/or positions, research interests, and publications.

Books currently available for review
(these are physical books unless marked "[pdf]" or "[online access only]")

 Burnette-Bletsch, Rhonda, ed. The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film. Handbooks of the Bible and Its Reception (HBR) 2. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016. Blidstein, Moshe, Serge Ruzer, and Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra, eds. Scriptures, Sacred Traditions, and Strategies of Religious Subversion: Studies in Discourse with the Work of Guy G. Stroumsa. Studien Und Texte Zu Antike Und Christentum 112. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018. Copp, Paul. The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Crawford, Ashley. Religious Imaging in Millennialist America: Dark Gnosis. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Fotouhi, Sanaz, and Esmail Zeiny, eds. Seen and Unseen: Visual Cultures of Imperialism. Studies on Performing Arts & Literature of the Islamicate World 5. Leiden: BRILL, 2017. Jia, Jinhua. Gender, Power, and Talent: The Journey of Daoist Priestesses in Tang China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. Koenig, Sara. Bathsheba Survives: Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2018. Lake, Meredith. The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History. Sydney: NewSouth Books, 2018.  O’Neal, Halle. Word Embodied: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art. Harvard East Asian Monographs 412. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2018.  General instructions for reviewers

The standard length for book reviews is approximately 1500 words, although reviews of 1500-2500 or more words may be appropriate depending on various factors, e.g. whether the work under review is lengthy or a multi-author collection or is a significant work in its field, or if the reviewer has a significant and stimulating response as a reader. Please follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style in all respects, either US or UK spelling. While the content of the review is ultimately the decision of the reviewer, normally we would expect to see included a critical summary of the contents; an evaluation of or opinion concerning its various arguments, style, contents, significance, and effectiveness; consideration of its significance in relation to its field or subfield and possible applications or resulting avenues of research. We strongly encourage a critical response and engagement, rather than merely a descriptive summary, although elements of both should make up the review. It may go without saying that special focus should be given in the review to theoretical or factual contributions to reception history. Please submit electronically to the email address above in a word document. Reviews are normally due three months from receipt of your review copy.