By Robert Fraser, Mary Hammond
The place does the publication belong? Does it enshrine the soul of a state, or is it a method wherein countries check with each other, sharing principles, applied sciences, texts? This e-book, the 1st in a two-volume set of unique essays, responds to those questions with archive-based case reviews of print tradition in a few nations world wide.
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The goal of the national book history projects is to describe and analyse the production, circulation, and reception of texts in historically and geographically delimited spaces. Because text/print/book is embedded in a larger unit of analysis – the space of the nation – these projects should be concerned with how print constructs and/or represents nationalism and/or how it contributes to the mythology of a nation. Most projects are not, however, or, if they are, the ‘literary’ is held up as the agent of cultural nationalism.
338. 3. Gerard Genette, Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation, Trans. Jane E. Lewin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), p. 34. 4. Mary Louise Pratt, ‘Criticism in the Contact Zone: Decentering Community and Nation’, in Critical Theory, Cultural Politics, and Latin American Narrative, ed. Steven M. Bell, Albert H. Le May, and Leonard Orr (Notre Dame & London: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993), pp. 83–102. 5. Pratt, ‘Criticism in the Contact Zone’, p. 88. 6. , p. 89. 7. , p. 101.
74 It is imperative that we start rearranging book history’s furniture, consider its existing and potential frames of reference, and look beyond the national to contemplate the physical, intellectual, and spiritual mobilities and modalities of those material objects we call books. Notes 1. Fred Smeijers, Counterpunch, ed. Robin Kinross (London: Hyphen Press, 1996), p. 24. 2. From Practical Printing by John Southward (1882) in Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, Nineteenth-Century Printing Practices and the Iron Handpress (New Castle, Delaware, and London: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 2004), vol.