The Culture of the Publisher's Series, Volume 2: Nationalisms and the National Canon

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

EditorJohn SpiersbyJohn John

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This volume explores problems concerning the series, national development and the national canon in a range of countries and their international book-trade relationships. Studies focus on issues such as the fabrication of a national canon, and on the book in war-time, the evolution of Catholic literature, imperial traditions and colonial libraries.

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This volume explores problems concerning the series, national development and the national canon in a range of countries and their international book-trade relationships. Studies focus on issues such as the fabrication of a national canon, and on the book in war-time, the evolution of Catholic literature, imperial traditions and coloni...

JOHN SPIERS is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, UK, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan, UK. He is also a distinguished publisher, founding the Harvester Press in 1969.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.06 × 5.68 × 0.86 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230284035

ISBN - 13:9780230284036

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction. Wondering about 'the causes of causes'. The publisher's series, its cultural work and meanings.
Part II: The series, the academy, and the world; J.Spiers
The American Publisher's Series Goes to War, 1942-1946, J.B.Hench
The Spanish Collections of Herder Verlag: International Catholic Literature; A.C.Viro
Adamantios Korais' The Greek Library (1805-1827): An Ingenious Publisher and The Making of a Nation; N.Yakovaki
Fabricating a National Canon: the role of Richard Bentley and George Robertson in developing and marketing the Australian Library; A.Rukavina
Series for Women in 19th century Netherlandsl; L.Kuitert
Leonard Bast's Library: Aspiration, Emulation and the Imperial National Tradition; R.Fraser
Negotiating the List: Launching Macmillan's Colonial Library and Author Contracts; S.Towheed
Household Words: an account of the 'Bengal Family Library'; A.Gupta 
Great Books by the Millions: J. M. Dent's 'Everyman Library'; T.I.Seymour
'The Green and the Gold': publisher's series in 19th-century Ireland; E.Tilley
One Series After Another: the Macmillan Company of Canada; R.Panofsky
Index

Editorial Reviews

"The contributors to these ground-breaking volumes engage energetically with archival research, cultural theory, literary, paratextual and bibliometric analysis, and often with each other. Through this wide range of approaches they demonstrate the crucial importance of a publishing pheonomenon which has until very recently been largely ignored. These volumes will undoubtedly make an important contribution to the fields of literary studies and book history, and open up new avenues of exploration for students and scholars alike." - Mary Hammond, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Southampton, UK "The two volume set opens up a discussion about the publisher's book series, which has long been neglected in book history, and for the first time brings together scholars from a variety of backgrounds to consider the interrelationship between the book series, national cultural development, and international relationships. The greatest strength of this volume is its illumination of the many forces that determine the life cycle of books, not merely how they are written but how they are processed, packaged, and sold to a reader and a nation ... it is an important book for anyone interested in looking at new modes of understanding the publishing industry, including how it interacted with and was shaped by social, economic, and cultural histories." - Ravit H. David, University of Toronto, USA