The literary field and contemporary trade-book publishing in Australia: literary and genre fiction

Carter, David (2016) The literary field and contemporary trade-book publishing in Australia: literary and genre fiction. Media International Australia, 158 1: 48-57. doi:10.1177/1329878X15622078


Author Carter, David
Title The literary field and contemporary trade-book publishing in Australia: literary and genre fiction
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Publication date 2016-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1329878X15622078
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 158
Issue 1
Start page 48
End page 57
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This article examines fiction as a major sector of trade-book publishing in exploring the place of Australian publishing within a globalised industry and marketplace. It traces the function of ‘literary fiction’ as industry category and locus of symbolic value and national cultural capital, mapping its structures and dynamics in Australia, including the impact of digital technologies. In policy terms, literature and publishing remain significant sites of national and state government investment. Following Bourdieu’s model of the field of cultural production, the literary/publishing field is presented as exemplary rather than as a high-cultural exception in the cultural economy. Taking Thompson’s use of field theory to examine US and UK trade publishing into account, it analyses the industry structures governing literary and genre fiction in Australia, demonstrating the field’s logic as determined by the unequal distribution of large, medium-sized and small publishers. This analysis reveals distinctive features of the Australian situation within a transnational context.
Keyword Globalisation
Literary fiction
Publishing in Australia
Trade publishing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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