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Title:Book history in South Africa: new directions
Editors:Dick, ArchieISNI
Hofmeyr, IsabelISNI
Periodical:Innovation: Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa (ISSN 1025-8892)
Geographic term:South Africa
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Abstract:The papers in this issue arose from a colloquium entitled 'My books: perspectives from African and India', held at the first Cape Town Book Fair on 18 June 2006. Themes at the colloquium included 'Reading autobiographies', 'Reading under apartheid: writers and librarians speak', 'Reading, writing and publishing under apartheid', and 'Transnational religion and print culture'. This issue focuses on South Africa's book history. The introductory chapter by Isabel Hofmeyr and Archie Dick outlines the field of book history and how it relates to traditions of librarianship and information science. It also examines what pertinence this has for South Africa. The issue further includes the following papers: Censorship and the reading practices of political prisoners in South Africa, 1960-1990 (Archie Dick); Reverend Watkins's books (Lize Kriel, about a missionary's account of his travels from the Transvaal to Mashonaland, published in 1891); The readership for banned literature and its underground networks in apartheid South Africa (Rachel Matteau); and Inventing an alternative through oppositional publishing: Afrikaans alternative book publishing in apartheid South Africa - the publishing house Taurus (1975-1991) as a case study (Rudi Venter). [ASC Leiden abstract]