Publishing and Culture

Publishing is currently going through dramatic changes, from globalisation to the digital revolution. A whole culture of events, practices and processes has emerged centred around books and writing, which means that scholars of publishing need to understand it as a social and cultural practice as much as it is a business. This book explores the culture, practice and business of book production, distribution, publication and reception. It discusses topics as diverse as emerging publishing models, book making, writers’ festivals, fan communities, celebrity authors, new publishing technologies, self-publishing, book design and the role of class, race, gender and sexuality in publishing or book culture. This volume will be of interest to those in the disciplines of publishing studies, creative writing, English literature, cultural studies and cultural industries.

Dallas John Baker, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and creative works. He is convenor of the Scriptwriting as Research Symposium and the Publishing Studies Symposium. His most recent books include America Divine: Travels in the Hidden South (2011), The Tree: Voodoo, Murder & Secret Love (2016), Ghosts of Leigh and Other Plays (2018) and, as co-editor, Recovering History through Fact and Fiction: Forgotten Lives (2017). Under the pen name, D. J. McPhee he has written three fantasy fiction novels: Waycaller (2016), Keysong (2017) and Oracle (2019).

Donna Lee Brien, PhD, is Professor of Creative Industries at Central Queensland University, Australia. With her Masters and PhD theses in Creative Writing and Publishing, she has authored over 30 books and monographs and over 300 journal articles, book chapters, and other pieces on these and related topics. Her latest books are the co-edited volumes Forgotten Lives: Recovering Lost Histories through Fact and Fiction (2017), Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice in Australasia (2018) and The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food (2018).

Jen Webb, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. Founding editor of the scholarly journal Axon: Creative Explorations and the literary journal Meniscus, she is also the Australasian editor of Art and Humanities in Higher Education. Her recent co-edited publications include Art and Human Rights (2016), Old and New, Tried and Untried: Creativity and Research in the 21st-Century University (2016) and the poetry anthology Open Windows: Contemporary Australian Poetry—An English/Chinese Anthology (2016). As sole author, her works include Researching Creative Writing (2015) and the creative volumes Sentences from the Archives (2016) and Stolen Stories, Borrowed Lines (2015).

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ISBN: 1-5275-2804-9

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-2804-8

Release Date: 12th April 2019

Pages: 418

Price: £76.99