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The Culture of the Publisher's Series, Volume 2
Nationalisms and the National Canon
Edited by John Spiers
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
18 Feb 2011
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This ground-breaking volume of 11 entirely new studies offers an innovative focus on the culture of the publishers' series from an unusual range of nations and cultures. The phenomenon of the publishers' series - and the cultural work done by 'the series', its purposes, implications and contexts - has previously been neglected by all but a few scholars working on individual publishing houses. It has never before been considered holistically as part of the change in culture and the production, pricing and distribution of books since the 18th century. In this volume, scholars from England, America, Eire, India, Greece, Germany, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands open out key problems concerning the series, national development, and the national canon in these countries, and their international book-trade relationships. Studies focus on fundamental issues concerning the fabrication of a national canon in a range of nations, and also on the book in war-time, the evolution of catholic literature, imperial traditions and colonial libraries.

The fundamental issues of individual national evolution, and of the national canon, is the axis of the individual studies of particular series. The implication of series in their wider economic, political and social contexts is examined by the editor, Professor John Spiers. He considers the cultural and economic work of the series as a publishing and cultural phenomenon, and raises some axioms of best historical practise which are opened out in the process, embracing both the arts and the sciences.  The essays in this volume do much to illuminate what were the various and differing conditions and events, beliefs and ideas that lay behind book trade developments in individual countries and regions, and how they were implicated in wider cultural evolution.


Description

This ground-breaking volume of 11 entirely new studies offers an innovative focus on the culture of the publishers' series from an unusual range of nations and cultures. The phenomenon of the publishers' series - and the cultural work done by 'the series', its purposes, implications and contexts - has previously been neglected by all but a few scholars working on individual publishing houses. It has never before been considered holistically as part of the change in culture and the production, pricing and distribution of books since the 18th century. In this volume, scholars from England, America, Eire, India, Greece, Germany, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands open out key problems concerning the series, national development, and the national canon in these countries, and their international book-trade relationships. Studies focus on fundamental issues concerning the fabrication of a national canon in a range of nations, and also on the book in war-time, the evolution of catholic literature, imperial traditions and colonial libraries.

The fundamental issues of individual national evolution, and of the national canon, is the axis of the individual studies of particular series. The implication of series in their wider economic, political and social contexts is examined by the editor, Professor John Spiers. He considers the cultural and economic work of the series as a publishing and cultural phenomenon, and raises some axioms of best historical practise which are opened out in the process, embracing both the arts and the sciences.  The essays in this volume do much to illuminate what were the various and differing conditions and events, beliefs and ideas that lay behind book trade developments in individual countries and regions, and how they were implicated in wider cultural evolution.


Reviews

'An invaluable and engrossing re-evaluation of the Publishers Series, providing stimulating international comparisons and a lasting and important contribution to modern social and cultural history'
- James Raven, Professor in Modern History, University of Essex, UK

 
'The phenomenon of the publisher's series - so central to 18th and 19th-century publishing and reading practices - has never before been considered so fully. In the sheer breadth of the new material they encompass, enabling comparisons across time and space, these volumes will prove invaluable to students and scholars alike.'
- Mary Hammond, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Southampton, UK


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


Authors

JOHN SPIERS is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, UK.