1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CREA2134, ENGL2134, ENGL2600 has been successfully completed
Quiz, Reflective piece(s)
Topic description

This topic begins with the genesis of the book and examines its permutations through history, up to modern practice in publishing. It considers a number of ethical, practical and theoretical matters such as censorship, national identity through public policy on literature, the role of the editor and publisher, and the place of small presses. The impact of new technology is also considered, since it is arguably a significant element in determining the future of publishing. The topic will appeal to students involved in creative writing in the areas of fiction and non-fiction, and who have an eye on work in the publishing industry.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Relate the history of the book in Australia
  • Consider the impact of new technologies such as electronic publishing and the Internet, as well as changing perspectives on the roles of the author, the editor and publisher in the publishing process
  • Analyse the economics of the contemporary publishing industry with critical attention to implications for Australia's national identity
  • Examine editing practices within (and beyond) the modern publishing industry
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Interpret the historical, social and political role of the book
  2. Critique the effects of new technology on reading and writing behaviour, and analyse and assess relevant government policy
  3. Discuss the changing roles and perceptions of author, printer and publisher in the production of books
  4. Integrate different editing techniques across diverse writing and publishing outcomes