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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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Without Abstract
Caroline Davis

Publishing: Theory and Practice

Frontmatter

2. The Trials of a Publisher

Without Abstract
Stanley Unwin

3. The Market of Symbolic Goods

Without Abstract
Pierre Bourdieu

4. Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation

Without Abstract
Gérard Genette

5. Gatekeeping

Without Abstract
Lynne Spender

6. Merchants of Culture

Without Abstract
John B. Thompson

7. The Digital Context and Challenge

Without Abstract
Michael Bhaskar

Authorship

Frontmatter

8. Agents and the Field of Print Culture

Without Abstract
Mary Ann Gillies

9. Disembodied Images: Authors, Authorship and Celebrity

Without Abstract
Joe Moran

10. ‘What is an Author?’ Contemporary Publishing Discourse and the Author Figure

Without Abstract
Juliet Gardiner

11. Who Are You Calling an Author? Changing Definitions of Career Legitimacy for Novelists in the Digital Era

Without Abstract
Laura Dietz

12. Reconfiguring the Author

Without Abstract
George Landow

Readership and the Literary Marketplace

Frontmatter

13. The Book Market

Without Abstract
Q. D. Leavis

14. A Publisher Looks at Booksellers

Without Abstract
Geoffrey Faber

15. The Scandal of the Middlebrow: The Professional-Managerial Class and the Exercise of Authority in the Literary Field

Without Abstract
Janice Radway

16. How the British Read

Without Abstract
Clive Bloom

Censorship and Print Culture

Frontmatter

17. The Censor’s New Clothes

Without Abstract
Sue Curry Jansen

18. Publishers as Gatekeepers of Ideas

Without Abstract
Lewis A. Coser

19. The Trials and Travels of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Without Abstract
Caroline Davis

20. Combating Censorship and Making Space for Books

Without Abstract
Archie L. Dick

Books, Propaganda and War

Frontmatter

21. Setting up the Propaganda Machine

Without Abstract
Peter Buitenhuis

22. For Country, Conscience and Commerce: Publishers and Publishing, 1914–18

Without Abstract
Jane Potter

23. Publishing and the State: ‘Books of Propaganda Value’

Without Abstract
Valerie Holman

24. Books for the Forces

Without Abstract
Joe Pearson

25. The American Publisher’s Series Goes to War, 1942–1946

Without Abstract
John B. Hench

Colonial and Postcolonial Print Culture

Frontmatter

26. World Literary Space

Without Abstract
Pascale Casanova

27. School Readers in the Empire and the Creation of Postcolonial Taste

Without Abstract
Robert Fraser

28. Kenyan Publishing: Independence and Dependence

Without Abstract
Henry Chakava

29. African Literature/Anthropological Exotic

Without Abstract
Graham Huggan

30. Africa Writes Back: Heinemann African Writers Series – A Publisher’s Memoir

Without Abstract
James Currey

Women and Print Culture

Frontmatter

31. A Room of One’s Own

Without Abstract
Virginia Woolf

32. Feminist Publishing in the South

Without Abstract
Urvashi Butalia, Ritu Menon

33. ‘Books with Bite’: Virago Press and the Politics of Feminist Conversion

Without Abstract
Simone Murray

34. She Needs a Website of Her Own: The ‘Indie’ Woman Writer and Contemporary Publishing

Without Abstract
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, Rumsha Shahzad

Literary Prize Culture

Frontmatter

35. Literary Prizes and the Media

Without Abstract
Richard Todd

36. How It All Began

Without Abstract
Tom Maschler

37. Genre in the Marketplace

Without Abstract
Claire Squires

38. Scandalous Currency

Without Abstract
James F. English

Globalisation and the Book

Frontmatter

39. The Future of Publishing

Without Abstract
André Schiffrin

40. The Effect of Globalisation in Africa and the Choice of Language in Publishing

Without Abstract
Walter Bgoya

41. The Global Book

Without Abstract
Angus Phillips

42. The Globalization of Literature

Without Abstract
Suman Gupta

43. The Global Literary Field and Market Postcolonialism

Without Abstract
Sarah Brouillette
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