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Literary festivals and contemporary book culture

Literary festivals and contemporary book culture

Weber, Millicent, author

The relationship between literary festivals and these configuring forces is illustrated with in-depth case studies of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Port Eliot Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers' Festival, and the Clunes Booktown Festival. There has been a proliferation of literary festivals in recent decades, with more than 450 held annually in the UK and Australia alone. These festivals operate as tastemakers shaping cultural consumption; as educational and policy projects; as instantiations, representations, and celebrations of literary communities; and as cultural products in their own right. As such they strongly influence how literary culture is produced, circulates and is experienced by readers in the twenty-first century. This book explores how audiences engage with literary festivals, and analyses these festivals' relationship to local and digital literary communities, to the creative industries focus of contemporary cultural policy, and to the broader literary field. The relationship between literary festivals and these configuring forces is illustrated with in-depth case studies of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Port Eliot Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers' Festival, and the Clunes Booktown Festival. Building on interviews with audiences and staff, contextualised by a large-scale online survey of literary festival audiences from around the world, this book investigates these festivals' social, cultural, commercial, and political operation. In doing so, this book critically orients scholarly investigation of literary festivals with respect to the complex and contested terrain of contemporary book culture

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Millicent Weber
ISBN: 3319715100, 9783319715100
Physical Description: 272 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Series: New directions in book history
Subject: Reading interests Great Britain.; Sociology; Book industries and trade Social aspects.; Library & information sciences / Museology; Ireland; Festivals Great Britain.; Literature: history & criticism; Media studies; Festivals Australia.; Reading interests Australia.; Books and reading Social aspects.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Libraries and Museums.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: New directions in book history.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783319715094

Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. Recognising Literary Festivals.
  3. Patterns of Attendance and Experience.
  4. Online and Onsite: Intersections in Embodied and Digital Engagement.
  5. Festival as Policy Vehicle: Creative Industries, Creative Cities and the Creative Class.
  6. Festival as Field: Literary Festivals as Instantiations of Larger Cultural Spaces.
  7. Conclusion: Rules of the Game.