Publish a monograph on 19th-century literature and have it reviewed within 90 days of its publication? That’s crazy talk — or was, until the debut of New Books on Literature 19, or NBOL-19. The site, which went live on September 1, is an online-only journal dedicated to reviews of new scholarly books on 19th-century literature. It’s edited by James A.W. Heffernan, an emeritus professor of English at Dartmouth College. (Read more about the frustrations that prompted him to test a quick-turnaround editorial model.) Mr. Heffernan put together a team of scholarly reviewers, including graduate students. More than 100 recent monographs have been assigned for review, with 20 or so reviews posted on the site so far. Is this the metabolic fix that the achingly slow world of scholarly reviewing has needed?
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