Fraser, Robert and Mary Hammond (eds) Books Without Borders
Volume 1: The Cross-National Dimension in Print Culture; Volume 2: Perspectives from South Asia (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2008)
Where does the book belong? Does it enshrine the soul of a nation, or is it a means by which nations talk to one another, sharing ideas, technologies, texts? This book, the first in a two-volume set of original essays, responds to these questions with archive-based case studies of print culture in a number of countries around the world.
This volume concentrates on one of the world's oldest, and most buoyant, book cultures: South Asia. It examines the transition from manuscript to hand press, orality and performance, scripts and nationalism, libraries and copyright, and the recent international vogue for Europhone writers from the region.
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