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Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere

Authors: Atkin, L., Comyn, S., Fermanis, P., Garvey, N.

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  • Draws on transnational and new imperial history paradigms
  • Addresses the histories of race, science, and settler colonialism in relation to institutional histories of public libraries
  • Studies major colonial libraries across different national, geographic, and linguistic borders
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This open access Pivot book is a comparative study of six early colonial public libraries in nineteenth-century Australia, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Drawing on networked conceptualisations of empire, transnational frameworks, and ‘new imperial history’ paradigms that privilege imbricated colonial and metropolitan ‘intercultures’, it looks at the neglected role of public libraries in shaping a programme of Anglophone civic education, scientific knowledge creation, and modernisation in the British southern hemisphere. The book’s six chapters analyse institutional models and precedents, reading publics and types, book holdings and catalogues, and regional scientific networks in order to demonstrate the significance of these libraries for the construction of colonial identity, citizenship, and national self-government as well as charting their influence in shaping perceptions of social class, gender, and race. Using primary source material from the recently completed ‘Book Catalogues of the Colonial Southern Hemisphere’ digital archive, the book argues that public libraries played a formative role in colonial public discourse, contributing to broader debates on imperial citizenship and nation-statehood across different geographic, cultural, and linguistic borders.


About the authors

Lara Atkin is a European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Sarah Comyn is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Porscha Fermanis is Professor of Romantic Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland, and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded ‘SouthHem’ project.

Nathan Garvey is a European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland.


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Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere is an important contribution to the study of library history, an often over looked aspect of the history of the book [or histoire de livre]. The four co-authors provide a scholarly and readable comparative study of the role major public libraries played in the nineteenth century in community building and the public sphere in British colonies south of the equator.” (John Arnold, Affiliate, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia, and co-editor of A History of the Book in Australia 1891-1945, A National Culture in a Colonised Market  (2001))

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Atkin, Lara (et al.)

  • From Community to Public Libraries: Liberalism, Education, and Self-Government

    Pages 17-43

    Atkin, Lara (et al.)

  • Cultivating Public Readers: Citizens, Classes, and Types

    Pages 45-75

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  • ‘A mob of light readers’: Holdings, Genre Proportions, and Modes of Reading

    Pages 77-102

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  • Knowing the ‘Native Mind’: Ethnological and Philological Collections

    Pages 103-126

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20426-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20426-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20425-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 159
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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