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[Commlist] Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture: Books as Media - new book

Mon Nov 02 07:13:53 GMT 2020

*Blurb: *

/*'Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture*/**examines the role of the book in the modern world. It considers the book’s deeply intertwined relationships with other media through ownership structures, copyright and adaptation, the constantly shifting roles of authors, publishers and readers in the digital ecosystem, and the merging of print and digital technologies in contemporary understandings of the book object.

Divided into three parts, the book first introduces students to various theories and methods for understanding print culture, demonstrating how the study of the book has grown out of longstanding academic disciplines. The second part surveys key sectors of the contemporary book world -- from independent and alternative publishers, to editors, booksellers, readers and libraries – focusing on topical debates. In the final part, digital technologies take centre stage as eBook regimes and mass-digitisation projects are examined for what they reveal about information power and access in the twenty-first century.

This book provides a fascinating and informative introduction for students of all levels in publishing studies, book history, literature and English, media, communication and cultural studies, cultural sociology, librarianship and archival studies, and digital humanities.'

*Full details, reviews and sample Introduction + Chapter 1:* <>


Introduction: What is ‘Print Culture’?

/Part One: Theories and Methodologies for Understanding Print/

Chapter 1: Medium Theory

Chapter 2: Book History

Chapter 3: Political Economy

Chapter 4: Cultural Policy

/Part Two: Socio-cultural Dimensions of Books/

Chapter 5: Independent and Alternative Publishing

Chapter 6: Editing

Chapter 7: Adaptation: Books Beyond their Covers

Chapter 8: Book Retailing

Chapter 9: Cultures of Reading

Chapter 10: Libraries and Archives

/Part Three: Book Futures/

Chapter 11: Digital Books

Chapter 12: The Dream of a Universal Library: Digitising Knowledge


*Synopses of individual chapters *are available here: <>

The book is a curriculum-ready resource and also includes:

  * suggested online resources and extensive further reading leads for
    each chapter
  * tried-and-tested learning exercises on each topic for seminars or
  * 38 black-and-white illustrations

*Author bionote:*
*Simone Murray*is Associate Professor in Literary Studies at Monash University, Melbourne and an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her book /Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics/ (Pluto Press, 2004) was awarded the 2005 DeLong Book Prize by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.  Her second monograph, /The Adaptation Industry: The Cultural Economy of Contemporary Literary Adaptation/ (Routledge US, 2012) has been widely reviewed in English-, French-, German- and Swedish-language publications.  A third monograph, /The Digital Literary Sphere: Reading, Writing, and Selling Books in the Internet Era/ (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018), examines how the internet has transformed literary culture. Her most recent book, /Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture: Books as Media/, is published by Routledge UK in November 2020.

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