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Title: Twenty-First Century Book Studies: The State of the Discipline
Authors: Marsden, S. L.
Noorda, Rachel
First Published: 2019
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press for Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
Citation: Book History, 2019, In Press
Abstract: During the 25th annual Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) conference in 2017, held at the University of Victoria, Canada, Stevie Marsden and Rachel Noorda moderated a workshop on the topic of “The Twenty-First Century Book.” Six scholars (Beth Driscoll, Per Henningsgaard, Simone Murray, DeNel Rehberg-Sedo, Simon Rowberry and Claire Squires), whose research is predominantly positioned within the twenty-first century, were invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities for study of the twenty-first century book. The 2017 SHARP conference, “Technologies of the Book”, seemed the perfect setting to hold this workshop. Not only did the conference theme complement many of the twenty-first century book subjects discussed during the workshop, but as it was SHARP’s 25th annual conference, it was imbued with reflection on the society’s past twenty-five years and the community of scholars it has developed. Indeed, SHARP membership data indicates that many of its members are interested in twenty-first century research and scholarship: thirty-four percent of SHARP members who indicated a historical period in their membership data listed the twenty-first century as a period of interest, either as an exclusive historical period of study or alongside other periods, particularly the twentieth century. Thus twenty-first century book research is a significant area of SHARP research and a period of study that interests a growing group of SHARP members. However, the discussion of twenty-first century book research held during the workshop indicated that there was a need for a fuller examination of the state of the discipline of the twenty-first century book. Accordingly, this article will explore and examine current trends, themes and critical discourse related to the twenty-first century of the book in order to explicate the current state of twenty-first century book studies.
ISSN: 1098-7371
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, Johns Hopkins University Press for Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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