New Directions in Book History

Literary Festivals and Contemporary Book Culture

Authors: Weber, Millicent

  • Sociological approach fuses audience research with theoretical analysis of contemporary cultural policy initiatives
  • Until now the behaviour and experiences of literary festival audiences have been a relatively under-researched aspect of these festivals’ constitution
  • Demarcates the cultural and social potential of literary festivals, and the barriers to participation in these equitable spaces
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About this book

There has been a proliferation of literary festivals in recent decades, with more than 450 held annually in the UK and Australia alone. These festivals operate as tastemakers shaping cultural consumption; as educational and policy projects; as instantiations, representations, and celebrations of literary communities; and as cultural products in their own right. As such they strongly influence how literary culture is produced, circulates and is experienced by readers in the twenty-first century. This book explores how audiences engage with literary festivals, and analyses these festivals’ relationship to local and digital literary communities, to the creative industries focus of contemporary cultural policy, and to the broader literary field. The relationship between literary festivals and these configuring forces is illustrated with in-depth case studies of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Port Eliot Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and the Clunes Booktown Festival. Building on interviews with audiences and staff, contextualised by a large-scale online survey of literary festival audiences from around the world, this book investigates these festivals’ social, cultural, commercial, and political operation. In doing so, this book critically orients scholarly investigation of literary festivals with respect to the complex and contested terrain of contemporary book culture.   

About the authors

Millicent Weber is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University, where she is part of the Reading at the Interface project team. Her work on literary festivals has been published by scholarly journals Continuum and Convergence and literary magazine Overland, and she co-edited the collection Publishing Means Business: Australian Perspectives (2017).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

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    Pages 1-17

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  • Recognising Literary Festivals

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    Pages 19-60

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  • Patterns of Attendance and Experience

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    Pages 61-105

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  • Online and Onsite: Intersections in Embodied and Digital Engagement

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    Pages 107-146

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  • Festival as Policy Vehicle: Creative Industries, Creative Cities, and the Creative Class

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    Pages 147-185

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Festivals and Contemporary Book Culture
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71510-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71510-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71509-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 272
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
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