CFP: Panel(s): The Business of Literature: Authorship, Publishing, Aesthetics

Fortieth Annual German Studies Association Conference

September 29 – October 2, San Diego, CA

In the context of expanding literary markets throughout the nineteenth century, this series of panels seeks to foreground new approaches that consider how evolving publishing practices impacted the production of literary texts. Papers might address issues such as:

  • Publishing relationships (business, friendship, family)

  • Authorship and collaboration 

  • Editing

  • Word and image

  • Reprinting, repurposing, and translation

  • Journal binding, book editions, collecting and luxury editions

  • Journal editions vs. book editions

  • International marketing

  • Literary centers

  • Lending libraries, reading clubs, fandom

  • Literary professions: bookbinding, layout, printing, guild cultures

  • Censorship

  • Gender

  • Verlagsbuchhandlungen

  • Buchmessen

  • Intelligenzblätter / Advertisements

  • Literary review cultures

  • Rise of the influence of the literary critics

  • Nachdruck, Raubdruck, competitors

  • Urheberrecht / intellectual property

  • Publisher identity

  • Serial novel / industrial transformation of literature / independent authorship

  • Expanding readership / literacy

Please direct questions and abstracts (ca. 250 words) to Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj[at] and Vance Byrd (byrdvl[at] by January 22, 2016.

Ervin Malakaj, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of German
Department of Foreign Languages (Box 2147)
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341
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