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Craig Richardson’s essay in Shotgun Wedding by Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen

This publication from Atopia Projects explores the social, political and cultural background to Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen’s video installation Shotgun Wedding.

Shotgun Wedding engages the various conflicts that run through the history of Scotland and Britain, by re-presenting visual material relevant to the Union of 1707. The exhibition of this work at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery correlated with the tricentennial of the signing of the Treaty of Union that joined Scotland and England, and was the year that the Scottish people elected, for the first time, a Nationalist as their First Minister.

Craig Richardson’s essay discusses the artists’ work in relation to contemporary artistic & curatorial practices at the time of this anniversary of the Union. 

Further Details about Atopia Projects and Shotgun Wedding are available online.

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Literary and cultural studies book from Alex Goody

Alex Goody (English) has recently published Modernist Articulations: a cultural study of Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy and Gertrude Stein (Palgrave, 2007), a book that explores the theoretical concerns of recent literary and cultural studies through a reappraisal of three innovative women writers of the modernist period.

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

Angus Phillips and Claire Squires of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies have recently published chapters in a new book.

Judging a Book by Its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction (Ashgate), edited by Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody, includes the articles 'How Books are Positioned in the Market: Reading the Cover' by Phillips, and 'Book Marketing and the Booker Prize' by Squires, alongside other chapters on Penguin Books, the interactions between film and books, and the use of covers in Internet bookstores.

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BBC Radio 4 Open Book

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies lecturer Claire Squires featured on this week's BBC Radio 4 Open Book programme.

Claire discussed 'the dark arts of marketing' with presenter Mariella Frostrup and critic John Sutherland, which her new book Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain analyses in detail.

The discussion is available from the BBC's website on Listen Again, approximately 13 minutes into the programme.

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Alex Goody Modernist Studies Association conference

Alex Goody (English) has presented a paper on the Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Long Beach, California and is editing, with Catherine Morley (English) a volume entitled American Modernism: Cultural Transactions for publication in 2008. Conference Link

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Marketing Literature published

Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, has published a new book.

Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain is a study of the publishing of contemporary writing in Britain. It analyses the changing social, economic and cultural environment of the publishing industry in the 1990s-2000s, and investigates its impact on genre, format, packaging, authorship and reading. It includes case studies of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, Louis de Bernières's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, and significantly extends our understanding of the circulation of literary fiction in a period of notable change.

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Eighth International Scott Conference

At the end of July, Oxford Brookes hosted the Eighth International Scott Conference (sponsored by the British Academy), bringing together around 60 academics from ten countries and five language groups.
The main conference theme was 'Scott and Real History' but other interdisciplinary angles were also explored including publishing, tourism and the fine arts.  The plenary speakers were Ian Duncan (California) Ina Ferris (Ottowa), Peter Garside (Cardiff and Edinburgh) and Nancy Goslee (Tennessee). As well as the plenaries and over forty panel papers, there was a ground-breaking presentation of manuscript studies in Scott and Austen and a workshop on teaching Scott with or without a range of interdisciplinary considerations.  The delegate response to the academic side of the conference and the beauties of Headington Hill Hall and its grounds was overwhelmingly enthusiastic; we are the university in Oxford that lets you walk on the grass!

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Wellcome Trust award for symposium on ‘Medicine for the Humble 1650-1900’

Steve King (History) has been awarded £3000 by the Wellcome Trust towards the expenses of a symposium on ‘Medicine for the Humble 1650-1900’, which will be held at Oxford Brookes in May 2008

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Research Student’s Forthcoming Novel

Alana Jelinek is a research student in Arts and Humanities. She is publishing a novel 'Ohm's Law' with publisher, terra incognita.

Addressing globalisation, Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the pharmaceutical industry as well as complicity and 'bad faith', Ohm's Law tackles the growing convergence of the State and the Market in a highly readable, almost humorous, utterly unfashionable novel.

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Publications from Publishing

This month sees a number of new publications by members of staff in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Angus Phillips and Claire Squires both have articles in the Blackwell Companion to the History of the Book, which is edited by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose.  Claire's article is on 'The Global Market 1970-2000: Consumers', and Angus's addresses the question 'Does the Book Have a Future?'

Jane Potter's article 'For Country, Conscience and Commerce: Publishers and Publishing, 1914-1918' is in the Palgrave volume Publishing in the First World War: Essays in Book History, edited by Mary Hammond and Shafquat Towheed.  Her article is available from the Palgrave website as a pdf.

Finally, the book trade journal Logos (18/1) includes Angus's article 'Cover Story: Cover Design in the Marketing of Fiction'.  Angus has also been invited to join the editorial board of Logos.

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