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Title:The book in Africa: critical debates
Editors:Davis, CarolineISNI
Johnson, DavidISNI
Series:New directions in book history
City of publisher:Houndmills
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:1137401613; 9781137401618
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:book industry
electronic publishing
About person:Ngugi wa Thiong'o (1938-)ISNI
Abstract:Studies of the book in Africa have been dominated by the histories of how European missionaries, colonial administrators and traders brought the book and literacy to Africa. In contrast, this collective volume places African book histories in their multiple forms at the centre of study, and the research, questions and debates driving each chapter are derived from African cultural, political and economic contexts. The book includes case studies from across Africa - from Ethiopia to Mali, from Morocco to South Africa -, and from third-century manuscript traditions to twenty-first century internet communications. Contents: Part I 'From script to print': 1. Copying and circulation in South Africa's reading cultures, 1780-1840 (Archie L. Dick); 2. Printing as an agent of change in Morocco, 1864-1912 (Fawzi Abdulrazak); 3. Between manuscripts and books: Islamic printing in Ethiopia (Alessandro Gori); 4. Making book history in Timbuktu (Shamil Jeppie). Part II 'Politics and profit in African print cultures': 5. Print culture and imagining the Union of South Africa (David Johnson); 6. Creating a book empire: Longmans in Africa (Caroline Davis); 7. From royalism to e-secessionism: Lozi histories and ethnic politics in Zambia (Jack Hogan and Giacomo Macola); 8. Between the cathedral and the market: a study of Wits University Press (Elizabeth Le Roux). Part III 'The making of African literature': 9. Francophone African literary prizes and the 'empire of the French language' (Ruth Bush and Claire Ducournau); 10. Heinemann's African Writers Series and the rise of James Ngugi (Nourdin Bejjit); 11. The publishing and digital dissemination of creative writing in Cameroon (Joyce B. Ashuntantang). [ASC Leiden abstract]