I describe my current thinking on two old questions—the causal role of appraisals and the relationship of appraisal theories to basic emotions theories and constructivist theories, and three (sort of) new questions—the completeness of appraisals, the role of language, and the development of automaticity in emotional responses.
Ellsworth, Phoebe C. "Appraisal Theory: Old and New Questions." Emotion Rev. 5, no. 2 (2013): 125-31.