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The Book in Africa


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Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Introduction 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 Ng?gi; Nourdin Bejjit 11. The Publishing and Digital Dissemination of Creative Writing in Cameroon; Joyce B. Ashuntantang Index

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"This landmark volume decolonizes the history of the book in Africa exploding tired stereotypes of Europe as 'literate' and Africa as 'oral'. A rich array of case studies examine the long pre-colonial history of manuscript and book production while bringing the story up to date with publishing histories of multinational companies, local academic presses, and the work of major figures of African literature. A treasure-trove for lovers of the book, and those with an interest in global media studies, African studies, book history, postcolonial studies." Professor Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Fawzi Abdulrazak, independent scholar, USA Joyce Ashuntantang, University of Hartford, USA Nourdin Bejjit, Mohamed V University, Morocco Ruth Bush, University of Bristol, UK Caroline Davis, Oxford Brookes University, UK Archie Dick, University of Pretoria, South Africa Claire Ducournau, University Paul Valery - Montpellier III, France Alessandro Gori, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Jack Hogan, University of Kent, UK Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town, South Africa David Johnson, The Open University, UK Elizabeth le Roux, University of Pretoria, South Africa Giacomo Macola, University of Kent, UK


"The Book in Africa: Critical Debates is the third title in Palgrave Macmillan's wide-ranging new series New Directions in Book History. In a decade when scholars have begun to look beyond the western and predominantly white print culture to push forward the former boundaries of the field, this new volume edited by Caroline Davis and David Johnson provides researchers with eleven case studies encompassing the fields of the history of the book, publishing studies, library studies, and literary history." (Gulfer Goze, SHARP News,, August, 2016)

"This volume brings valuable perspectives to understandings of `the book' across Africa, presenting a diversity of linguistic and publishing contexts and genuinely innovative research. ... provides a timely corrective to commonly held assumptions that Africa's publishing future will be exclusively digital, and a sobering reminder of the need to engage at the level of the basic economic and publishing realities of both print and electronic publishing in Africa." (Stephanie Kitchen, Logos, Vol. 27 (4), 2016)

"The Book in Africa is recommended for all African studies collections, library and information science departments, as well as collections on publishing and book studies, print culture, and book history." Hans M. Zell, The African Book Publishing Record

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