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Print Cultures

A Reader in Theory and Practice

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This reader is the most comprehensive selection of key texts on twentieth and twenty-first century print culture yet compiled. Illuminating the networks and processes that have shaped reading, writing and publishing, the...

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This reader is the most comprehensive selection of key texts on twentieth and twenty-first century print culture yet compiled. Illuminating the networks and processes that have shaped reading, writing and publishing, the selected extracts also examine the effect of printed and digital texts on society. Featuring a general introduction to contemporary print culture and publishing studies, the volume includes 42 influential and innovative pieces of writing, arranged around themes such as authorship, women and print culture, colonial and postcolonial publishing and globalisation. 

Offering a concise survey of critical work, this volume is an essential companion for students of Literature or Publishing with an interest in the history of the book.

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  • Vital overview of print culture and publishing in the twentieth and twenty first centuries
  • Draws together and compares seminal theories and methodologies in the study of print culture and publishing 
  • Provides introductory critical appraisals to major themes and developments in print and cultural studies 
  • International focus, encompassing print culture in the UK, US and other English-speaking countries

PART ONE: Publishing Theory and Practice
Introduction
Stanley Unwin, The Truth About a Publisher
Pierre Bourdieu, The Market of Symbolic Goods.- Gérard Genette, Introduction to Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation
Lynne Spender, Intruders on the Rights of Men: Women's Unpublished Heritage
John Thompson, Introduction to Merchants of Culture
Michael Bhaskar, The Digital Context and Challenge
PART TWO: Authorship
Introduction
Mary Ann Gillies, Agents and the Field of Print Culture
Joe Moran, Disembodied Images: Authors, Authorship and Celebrity
Juliet Gardiner, 'What is an Author': Contemporary Publishing Discourse and the Author Figure
Laura Dietz, Who Are You Calling an Author? Changing Definitions of Career Legitimacy for Novelists in the Digital Era
George Landow, Reconfiguring the Author
PART THREE: Readers and the Literary Marketplace
Introduction
Q. D. Leavis, The Book Market
Geoffrey Faber, A Publisher Looks at Booksellers
Janice Radway, The Scandal of the Middlebrow
Clive Bloom, How the British Read
PART FOUR: Censorship and Print Culture
Introduction
Sue Curry Jansen, The Censor's New Clothes
Lewis A. Coser, Publishers as Gatekeepers of Ideas
Alistair McCleery
The Trials and Travels of Lady Chatterley's Lover
Archie L. Dick, Combating Censorship and Making Space for Books
PART FIVE: Books, Propaganda and War
Introduction
Peter Buitenhuis, Setting up the Propaganda Machine
Jane Potter, For Country, Conscience and Commerce
Valerie Holman, Publishing and the State
Joe Pearson, Books for the Forces
John B. Hench, The American Publisher's Series Goes to War, 1942-1946
PART SIX: Colonial and Postcolonial Print Culture
Introduction
Pascale Casanova, World Literary Space
Robert Fraser, School Readers in the Empire and the Creation of Postcolonial Taste
Henry Chakaya, Kenyan Publishing: Independence and Dependence
Graham Huggan, African Literature/Postcolonial Exotic
James Currey, Africa Writes Back
PART SEVEN: Women and Print Culture
Introduction
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, Making a Difference: Feminist Publishing in the South
Simone Murray, Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics.- Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar and Rumsha Shahzad, She Needs a Website of Her Own: The 'Indie' Woman Writer and Contemporary Publishing
PART EIGHT: Literary Prize Culture
Introduction
Richard Todd, Literary Prizes and the Media
Tom Maschler, How It All Began: The Man Booker Prize
Claire Squires, Genre in the Marketplace
James English, Scandalous Currency
PART NINE: Globalisation and the Book
Introduction
André Schiffrin, The Future of Publishing
Walter Bgoya, The Effects of Globalisation in Africa
Angus Phillips, The Global Book
Suman Gupta, Globalisation and Literature
Sarah Brouillette
The Global Literary Field and Market Postcolonialism. 
This reader is the definitive introduction to the growing field of Publishing. Students new to the field or searching for a context for their own research will find everything they need here. – Helen Marshall, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Print Cultures is a bold and generous gift to the field. Readers will find seminal essays juxtaposed with surprises in each of the nine carefully curated sections, making it ideal for the classroom. I look forward to discussing this magnificent compilation with our graduate students for years to come, and the future of the book is brighter because of it. – Kyle Schlesinger, University of Houston-Victoria, USA
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Caroline Davis is senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, where she teaches print culture, book history and publishing studies. She is the author of Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers (Palgrave, 2013) and the co-editor of The Book in Africa: Critical Debates (Palgrave, 2015). Her recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Southern African Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Book History. She previously worked at Oxford University Press and Oxford University Centre for Humanities Computing.


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Caroline Davis is senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, where she teaches print culture, book history and publishing studies. She is the author of Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers (Palgrave, 2013) and the co-editor of The Book in Africa: Critical Debates (Palgrave, 2015). Her recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Southern African Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Book History. She previously worked at Oxford University Press and Oxford University Centre for Humanities Computing.


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