Write for Us . . .
The Cambridge Humanities Review welcomes reviews of academic monographs, edited collections, works of fiction or poetry, and exhibitions. (And we also welcome original essays on any topic.)
Any publications reviewed should fall within the domain of the humanities, but texts which bridge the sciences, e.g. History of Science, are acceptable too.
Any books reviewed ought to have been released in the last couple of years, and contributors should take into account the prominence and both the scholarly and general interest of the publication in question.
Contributors may be invited to present at one of our various speaker events throughout the year, or our annual Literary Festival. Review copies can usually be provided, upon request.
The Cambridge Humanities Review is open to submissions from both students and academics, and indeed writers who are neither. We host a number of upcoming writers alongside well-known voices, and are keen to encourage the best new/emerging critics.
(We'd like to stress that while the Review is based in Oxford and Cambridge Universities, it's an entirely independent arts journal, and welcomes writers from anywhere.)
See below for a list of suggested titles. If you want to pitch a review or essay, in most cases contact the Deputy Editor, Harry Dadswell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Queries that particularly relate to art, design or architecture, however, should first be directed to the Art Editor, Natalie Ferris (email@example.com), and those that relate to literature, literary criticism or proposed literary essays to the Contributing Editor, Cal Revely-Calder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All submissions should be 2000 to 3000 words, and e-mailed as a Word document to the Editor, Daniel Matore, at email@example.com.
(Submissions must be in English; reviews of foreign-language works will require accompanying English translations. )
Please consult the CHR's Style Guide (link below) for guidelines on house style.
Every year, our three strictly applied deadlines for submission are:
Michaelmas Term Issue - 20th September
Lent Term Issue - 7th January
Easter Term Issue - 1st April
Books for review: a sample list
If you intend to write a review for us, then - as above - please contact the Deputy Editor to get our approval and ensure we don't get any duplication. Please bear in mind that this is only a sample list, and we'll be happy to consider reviews of books not listed here. We always try to obtain a free review copy from the publisher.
ART & ARCHITECTURE
Owen Hatherley Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings (Allen Lane, 2015)
Neil Levine The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright (Princeton UP, October 2015)
Tracy Daugherty The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion (St Martin's Press, 2015)
Thomas Flynn Sartre: A Philosophical Biography (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Paul Mariani The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens (Simon and Schuster, 2016)
Colleen Sheehan The Mind of James Madison (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Emily Wilson Seneca: A Life (Allen Lane, 2015)
Robert Zaretsky Boswell's Enlightenment (Harvard UP, 2015)
Melissa Lane The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter (Princeton UP, 2015)
Perry Anderson American Foreign Policy (Verso, 2015)
Patrick Cockburn The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution (Verso, 2015)
Andrew Keen The Internet is Not the Answer (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015)
Roman Studer The Great Divergence Reconsidered: Europe, India, and the Rise to Global Economic Power (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Jurgen Kocka Capitalism: A Short History (Princeton UP, 2015)
Fredric Jameson An American Utopia (Verso, 2016)
Thomas Piketty The Economics of Inequality (Harvard UP, 2015)
Darren Anderson, Imaginary Cities (Influx Press, 2015)
Kristin Dombek The Selfishness of Others (Faber and Faber, 2017)
Dan Fox Pretentiousness: Why It Matters (Fitzcarraldo, 2016)
Wayne Koestenbaum The Pink Trance Notebooks (Nightboat, 2015)
Robert Macfarlane Landmarks (Hamish Hamilton, 2015)
Maggie Nelson The Argonauts (Melville House, 2016)
Emily Witt Future Sex (Faber and Faber, 2017)
Guillaume Apollinaire Zone: Selected Poems, trans. Ron Padgett (NYRB, 2015)
Walter Benjamin The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness (Verso, 2016)
Anne Carson Float (Jonathan Cape, 2016)
Lorenzo Chiera Shards: Fragments of Verses, trans. Lawrence Ferlinghetti (New Directions, 2015)
Don DeLillo Zero K (Picador, 2016)
Rachel Kushner The Strange Case of Rachel K (New Directions, 2015).
Angela Readman Don't Try This At Home (And Other Stories, 2015)
Delmore Schwartz Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions, 2016)
John Wieners Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015)
Cathie Carmichael A Concise History of Bosnia (Cambridge UP, 2015)
David Carpenter Magna Carta (Penguin, 2015)
Sheila Fitzpatrick On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics (Princeton UP, September 2015)
Robert Gildea Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance (Harvard UP, 2015)
Noel Malcolm Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World (Allen Lane, 2015)
Michael North The Baltic: A History (Harvard UP, 2015)
Benjamin Straumann Roman Law in the State of Nature: The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius' Natural Law (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Peter Wilson Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire (Harvard UP, 2015)
Samuel Beckett The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. 4: 1965-1989 (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Robert Knopf/Julia Listengarten Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950: A Critical Anthology (Yale UP, 2015)
Gwyneth Lewis Quantum Poetics: Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures (Bloodaxe Books, 2015)
Gary Schmidgall Containing Multitudes: Walt Whitman and the British Literary Tradition (Oxford UP, 2015)
Matthew Bribitzer-Stull Understanding the Leitmotif: from Wagner to Hollywood Film Music (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Anthony Atkinson Inequality: What can be Done? (Harvard UP, 2015)
Harry Frankfurt On Equality (Princeton UP, 2015)
Istvan Hont Politics in Commercial Society: Rousseau and Adam Smith (Harvard UP, 2015)
Anne Phillips The Politics of the Human (Seeley Lectures) (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Jedediah Purdy After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene (Harvard UP, 2015)
Mathias Risse On Global Justice (Princeton UP, 2015)
Andrew Scull Madness in Civilization (Princeton UP, 2015)
Anthony Seldon (ed.) The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015 (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Peter Brown The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity (Harvard UP, 2015)