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'Still waters run deep': empirical methods and the migration patterns of regional publishers' authors and titles within Australian literature

Ensor, J.D. (2009) 'Still waters run deep': empirical methods and the migration patterns of regional publishers' authors and titles within Australian literature. Antipodes, 23 (2). pp. 197-208.

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Abstract

In the recent book London was full of rooms, Carol Hetherington argues that the “statistical basis for the London-centric view of Australian literary production is misleading” (Hetherington 245). This account, though, when held against the bibliographic evidence that it examines, at least in AustLit’s current dataset, is itself incomplete. As might be observed in the graph representing the place of publication of first-edition Australian novels around the world, for the period 1900–2000, the next largest publisher of Australian fiction after London, the United States, is less than one quarter the size of the total British production of Australian novels. The historical focus on London as Richard Nile’s and David Walker’s “mythologized literary center” appears borne out from such numerical comparisons, not challenged.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: The American Association of Australian Literary Studies
Copyright: The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies
Publishers Website: http://www.australianliterature.org/Antipodes_Home...
Notes: Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6167
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