This book is an edited volume of essays that showcases how books played a crucial role in making and materialising histories of travel, scientific exchanges, translation, and global markets from the late-eighteenth century to the present. While existing book historical practice is overly dependent on models of the local and the national, we suggest that approaching the book as a cross-region, travelling – and therefore global- object offers new approaches and methodologies for a study in global perspective. By thus studying the book in its transnational and inter-imperial, textual, inter-textual and material dimensions, this collection will highlight its key role in making possible a global imagination, shaped by networks of print material, readers, publishers and translators.
Series: New Directions in Book History
Introduction – Elleke Boehmer, Rouven Kunstmann, Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, Asha Rogers
Part 1: Colonial Networks
- London’s Geographic Knowledge Network and the Anson Account (1748) – Katherine Parker
- The Other Empire: Australian Books and American Publishers in the Late Nineteenth Century – David Carter
- Reading by Chance in a World of Wandering Texts – Alexander Bubb
Part 2: Global Genres
- ‘Read! Learn!’: Grobalisation and (G)localisation in Caribbean Textbook Publishing – Gail Low
- Governing by the Book: Mediterranean Travel and Sanitary Prophylaxis in the Nineteenth-Century – Riccardo Liberatore
- The Circle of Knowledge: Radical Commensurability and the Deaf Textbook – Hansun Hsiung
Part 3: Reading Relationships
- ‘Bringing Spring to Sahbai’s Rose-Garden’: Persian Printing in North India after 1857 – Zahra Shah
- Reading The Discovery of India in the Library of an Australian Prime Minister – Sybil Nolan
Part 4: Cultural Translation
- Bustānī’s Iliad and Imperialism in the Middle East – Evelyn Richardson
- ‘The Narcissism of Small Differences’: Plagiarism in South African Letters – Kate Highman
- The Fear of Solitude: How Marketing Makes Real Magic – Ben Holgate
Afterword – Elleke Boehmer
Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford, UK, and Director of TORCH. Her most recent monograph, Indian Arrivals 1870-1915, won the ESSE 2016 prize for Literature in English. Her novels include Nile Baby (2008), and The Shouting in the Dark (2015, long-listed Barry Ronge-Sunday Times prize).
Rouven Kunstmann is a doctoral researcher in History at the University of Oxford, UK. He focuses on print cultures, nationalism, decolonisation and photography in West Africa as global and local information circulation. His work has been recently published in Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies.
Priyasha Mukhopadhyay is a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, USA. Her research interests include the history of the colonial and postcolonial book, South Asian literatures, and theories of the archive.
Asha Rogers is Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature at the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research interests include postcolonial literatures, the Cold War and decolonisation, and the interfaces between state cultural institutions and literature.
Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford
Alexander Bubb, Roehampton University
David Carter, University of Queensland
Kate Highman, University of the Western Cape
Ben Holgate, University of York
Hansun Hsiung, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Rouven Kunstmann, University of Oxford
Riccardo Liberatore, University of Oxford
Gail Low, University of Dundee
Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, Harvard University
Sybil Nolan, University of Melbourne
Katherine Parker, Hakluyt Society
Evelyn Richardson, University of Chicago
Asha Rogers, University of Birmingham
Zahra Shah, University of Oxford
28 August 2017 | 334 PAGES | HARDBACK | PALGRAVE