Title

Introducing Book Networks and Cultural Capital: Space, Society and the Nation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

Studies in Book Culture

Volume

2

Issue

1

DOI

10.7202/045311ar

Abstract

The opening article,“Introducing Book Networks and Cultural Capital: Space, Society & the Nation,” has two purposes. The first is to explicate the theme of this third issue of Mémoires du Livre/Studies in Print Culture, co-edited by Leslie Howsam and Jane McLeod. That theme emerges from a conference where several of the papers originated, a meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture/Association canadienne pour l’étude de l’histoire du livre, held in 2009 in Ottawa at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The second purpose is to contextualize and provide brief introductions to the eight articles, linking them in a tripartite analysis of networks – face-to-face societies, imagined communities where reading creates or reinforces identities, and the anachronistic networks that emerge when books are re-read and re-interpreted across a span of decades, or even centuries.

Comments

This work was first published as the introduction to Studies in Book Culture vol. 2 no.1. Copyright Groupe de recherche et d’étude sur le livre au Québec. (http://www.erudit.org/revue/memoires/2010/v2/n1/045311ar.html)