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New Directions in Book History

Comparative Print Culture

A Study of Alternative Literary Modernities

Editors: Aliakbari, Rasoul (Ed.)

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  • Utilizes a thematic comparative approach developing contexts for studies of print and readership that are unprecedented in existing scholarshipOffers fresh insights on under-examined global cultures of print, literary modernizations, and the rise of public readershipProvides new insights on global circumstances of print challenging conventional conceptions of literary modernity designated within frameworks of nationality and language  

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Drawing on comparative literary studies, postcolonial book history, and multiple, literary, and alternative modernities, this collection approaches the study of alternative literary modernities from the perspective ofcomparative print culture. The term comparative print culture designates a wide range of scholarly practices that discover, examine, document, and/or historicize various printed materials and their reproduction, circulation, and uses across genres, languages, media, and technologies, all within a comparative orientation. This book explores alternative literary modernities mostly by highlighting the distinct ways in which literary and cultural print modernities outside Europe evince the repurposing of European systems and cultures of print and further deconstruct their perceived universality.  

 

About the authors

Rasoul Aliakbari (PhD) has taught English Studies, Comparative and World Literature, and Writing and Communication Studies at the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and NorQuest College, all in Canada.  



Reviews

 

"A succinct and accomplished contribution to this growing field."

- Emeritus Professor Robert Fraser, The Open University, UK

 

 

“This is a fascinating collection of essays that brings together a number of hitherto under-represented and overlooked aspects of print cultural histories of Asia in a global comparative context. In doing so, the authors create a novel space to chart the development of modernities and trace formations of knowledge, but also creations of entertainment cultures across continents.”

—B. Venkat Mani, University of Wisconsin-Madison

author of Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany’s Pact with Books.

 

 

“If we de-europeanize the historical narrative of the development of print, and of its motive power in generating modern social and political formations, and  further pluralize  that "modernity" to "alternative modernities," what will be the result? Taking this question as a point of departure, the contributors to Comparative Print Culture provide vibrant studies of the role of print in effecting, and reflecting,  individual sensibilities, collective networks, and political movements self-defined as "modern," working with considerable temporal range, a global span, and careful inflection for cultural difference.”
 

Heather Murray, Professor of English at University of Toronto, Canada

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Comparative Print Culture and Alternative Literary Modernities: A Critical Introduction to Frameworks and Case Studies

    Pages 1-22

    Aliakbari, Rasoul

  • Song Dynasty Classicism and the Eleventh Century “Print Modernity”

    Pages 23-39

    Fried, Daniel

  • Alternative Imaginaries of the Modern Girl: A Comparative Examination of Canadian and Australian Magazines

    Pages 41-60

    Kuttainen, Victoria (et al.)

  • The Making of a National Hero: A Comparative Examination of Köroğlu the Bandit

    Pages 61-81

    Wilks, Judith M.

  • Between Poetry and Reportage: Raúl González Tuñón, Journalism and Literary Modernization in 1930s Argentina

    Pages 83-103

    Rogers, Geraldine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comparative Print Culture
Book Subtitle
A Study of Alternative Literary Modernities
Editors
  • Rasoul Aliakbari
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36891-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36891-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36890-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 257
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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