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Small publishers and the emerging network of Australian literary


Stinson, E, Small publishers and the emerging network of Australian literary, Australian Humanities Review, 59 pp. 23-42. ISSN 1325-8338 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES RECENT DEBATES AROUND THE DECLINE OF Australian literary production, focusing on the various methods used by Mark Davis, David Carter and Katherine Bode to quantify literary publishing activity. Following this analysis, the article surveys Australian literary production in 2012 in order to make four key claims: 1) a fundamental shift has occurred in the mediation of literary production, which is now principally undertaken by small and independent publishers; 2) this shift in mediation has profoundly affected the audience for most literary works, which now circulate amongst a smaller readership who have some stake in the production of literature as authors or mediators; 3) this contemporary form of literary 'prosumption' resembles the mode of literary production of the avant-garde as described by Pierre Bourdieu; 4) while this network of prosumption may appear insular, the complex social position of 'authorship', as noted by Bernard Lahire, means that literary culture brings together a network of agents who might otherwise remain unconnected.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Small Publishers, Australian Literature, Literary Field, Bourdieu
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Stinson, E (Dr Emmett Stinson)
ID Code:150023
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2022-05-11
Last Modified:2022-08-30
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