American Book Review

American Book Review

Edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

ISSN 0149-9408

eISSN 2153-4578

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Founded in 1977, the American Book Review has specialized in reviews of frequently neglected published works of fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism from small, regional, university, ethnic, avant-garde, and women's presses. ABR as a literary journal aims to project the sense of engagement that writers themselves feel about what is being published, It is edited and produced by writers for writers and the general public.

Table Of Contents

Volume 42, Number 6
September/October 2021

There's a Starman Waiting in the Sky
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Introduction to Focus: The Drive Beyond Pleasure
Gina Masucci MacKenzie

Reading Proust with Daniel Mendelsohn
Daniel T. O'Hara

Critical Pleasure under Late Capitalism
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

A Postscript to Transgression?
Daniel Rosenberg Nutters

The Literary Code of Vincent van Gogh
Christa DiMarco

Uncritical Pleasure and Critical Jouissance
Jean-Michel Rabaté

World Without Hillis
Henry Sussman

The Hand and the Dog—In Memory of J. Hillis Miller
Tom Cohen

Breathless—In Memory of J. Hillis Miller
Dragan Kujundžić

Hillis Malheur, Open Case
Sigi Jöttkandt

Interventions: An Interview with Estella Gonzalez by Frederick Luis Aldama
Estella Gonzalez, Frederick Luis Aldama

Let's Talk About It
Jan Garden Castro

Slippery Subjectivity
Peter Hitchcock

A Post-Apocalyptic Poetics
Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Tone-Perfect Poems
Stephanie Rauschenbusch

A Graphic Bildungsroman
Lem Coley

Three of a Perfect Pairing
Ilka Scobie

Healing the Wound
Edward M. Bury

Grief Lit
Siân Roberts

Triangulating Truths
T. C. Marshall

Motherspeak and Daughterspeak
Iris Lee

The Demand for Brevity
Erin H. Davis

Scenes: The Waywiser Press: An interview with Philip Hoy
Philip Hoy

Picketing the Zeitgeist: XR
Harold Jaffe

Submissions & Book Reviews

Submitting a Book for Review Consideration

ABR specializes in reviews of frequently neglected works of fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism from small, regional, university, ethnic, avant-garde, and women’s presses. In nonfiction, we review important books of criticism, biographies, and cultural studies, but we do not review “how-to” or “self-help” books. We would consider a review of innovative children’s literature, but that is not usually part of our preferred content. We prefer books that have been published in the past six months, but will review books that have been published in the past year.

Mail a review copy, either a galley or a finished copy, to:
American Book Review
University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901
or email an electronic copy to

Due to the sheer volume of books we receive, we cannot logistically notify every submitter of the review copy's receipt. If your book is selected for review and the review is published (all reviews are vetted by our editors and not necessarily accepted for publication), we will notify you.

Becoming a Reviewer for ABR

American Book Review's editorial process does not allow us to print unsolicited reviews at this time. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please email us a CV and two writing samples (preferably book reviews) to We will notify you if we would like you to review for ABR. Due to the number of reviewers we already have and the limitations of print space, our need for new reviewers is low, but we are always looking for strong contributors.

Editorial Board

Editor: Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Managing Editor: Jeffrey A. Sartain

Assistant Editor: JJ Hernandez

Past Publishers: Ronald Sukenick, Charles B. Harris

Associate Editors: Charles Alexander, Rudolfo Anaya, Frederick Luis Aldama, Mark Amerika, R.M. Berry, Christine Hume, Charles Johnson, A. Van Jordan, Anthony Madrid, Cris Mazza, Gina M. MacKenzie, Christina Milletti, Doug Nufer, John Tytell, Barry Wallenstein, Tom Williams

Contributing Editors: Ron Arias, Michael Bérubé, Rosellen Brown, Andrei Codrescu, Rikki Ducornet, Dagoberto Gilb, C.S Giscombe, Joseph D. Haske, Russell Hoover, Clarence Major, Carole Maso, Larry McCaffery, Michael McClure, Joyce Carol Oates, Daniel T. O'Hara, Marjorie Perloff, Robert Peters, Corinne Robins, Charles Russell, Paul Schiavo, Barry Seiler, Charles Simic, Bruce Sterling, Regina Weinreich


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