The Seventh Annual Kenneth Karmiole Lecture on the History of the Book Trade
English Books Around the World: India and the Globalization of the English Book Trade
given by Graham Shaw
at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Saturday, November 19, 3:00 p.m
There has been much research in recent years about the globalization of the English book trade from the seventeenth century onwards, involving not least the United States. The place of India in that process has been neglected, and it tends to be thought of only as a nineteenth-century market for British educational books. But this lecture will show that book-trade links between Britain and India can be traced back to the early eighteenth century during the East India Company period. The relationship was two-way, encompassing the transplanting of a print culture from Britain to India to serve the needs of the expatriate community and the growth of publishing interest in Indian affairs back in Britain itself. It will trace the development of the tradition of English-language publishing in India and in particular the beginnings of creative writing in English in the sub-continent. It will explore the role print culture can play in shaping one nation’s view of another.
Registration Deadline: November 10, 2011.
Admission is complimentary, but advance registration is required.
Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.