Focus on German Studies

Call for Reviewers

Focus on German Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 1.

Focus on German Studies is currently seeking graduate student book reviewers for its upcoming volume. As a peer-reviewed graduate student journal, Focus has been dedicated to providing an outlet and discussion forum for the work of graduate students. Focus publishes original research articles as well as reviews of newly-released German literature and secondary literature relating to German Studies. Reviewers will ideally have previous coursework and/or research experience in the field they intend to review and are asked to include this information with their request. It is therefore requested that a reviewer sends along a brief communication outlining the potential reviewer's previous experience and knowledge regarding the topic at hand or a current CV with his or her request. Books selected for review have been chosen in an attempt to include many facets of the current scholarship being published under the rubric of German Studies broadly.

Focus on German Studies will be publishing its twenty-third volume this academic year, and will soon have its twenty-first annual conference. Please find a current list of books available for review here

More information about the Focus journal can be found here.

Focus will also accept suggestions for books and other media to review. We will do our best to acquire a review copy.

Reviews may be in either English or German and must follow MLA conventions with endnotes and works cited (see below) and must be submitted as a Word document.

Those interested in a reviewing a book, should contact the Book Review Editor, Katherine H. Paul, at

Reviews are due on May 20, 2016.

Guidelines For Book Reviews

The review should be a critical review in which the plot and/or content shine through so that even readers unfamiliar with the book or authors can get a comprehensive impression. No explicit plot summary is necessary. The focus should be a critical engagement with the quality of the argument (for secondary texts) or the quality of the literary aesthetic (for primary literature). Reviewers with previous research experience in the appropriate field are preferred.

Elements to include are: stylistic, thematic and biographic aspects of the work, as well as an attempt to situate the work within the existing intellectual framework.

The review should weave all these facets together in one comprehensive and comprehensible text. The review should inspire the curiosity in the reader by placing the work in a larger literary and/or intellectual trajectory.

Reviews may be in either German or English and between 2-5 double-spaced pages, set in 12 point Times New Roman. Follow the basic guidelines for scholarly writing as outlined in the MLA Style Manual. Begin your review with a heading in the following format: AUTHOR. Title. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date. Pages. Price. For example: ERICH LOEST. Katerfrühstück. Leipzig: Linden-Verlag, 1992. 240 pp. € 36.00.

Conclude the review with a single line containing the affiliation of the reviewer and the name of the reviewer in cursive on the left margin, as in the following example:

Jane Doe, University of Cincinnati

Avoid using footnotes and keep quotations to a minimum. Include the page number(s) of any quotations in parenthetical reference: "Er müßte oft hinüber und herüber wandern, fand er, um Trennungsgefühle abzubauen" (170). Double-space the entire review, including the heading and quotations.

About Focus Book Reviews

The German Graduate Student Governance Association of the University of Cincinnati is in its Twentith year of publishing the scholarly journal "Focus on German Studies."

The journal is an outlet exclusively for graduate students, publishing articles and book reviews in English and German on topics concerning any area of Austrian, German, Swiss or German-American fiction, poetry, drama and secondary literature.

The purpose of our book review section is to introduce our readership to primary and secondary works published within the last two years. Our aim is to discuss the work thematically and stylistically and, when possible, to contextualize the work within the author's oeuvre or its respective genre. We have the cooperation of major American, Austrian, British, German, and Swiss publishers and can provide review copies.