Draws on transnational and new imperial history paradigms
Addresses the histories of race, science, and settler colonialism in relation to institutional histories of public libraries
Studies major colonial libraries across different national, geographic, and linguistic borders
Part of the book series: New Directions in Book History (NDBH)
Table of contents (6 chapters)
About this book
This open access Pivot book is a comparative study of six early colonial public libraries in nineteenth-century Australia, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Drawing on networked conceptualisations of empire, transnational frameworks, and ‘new imperial history’ paradigms that privilege imbricated colonial and metropolitan ‘intercultures’, it looks at the neglected role of public libraries in shaping a programme of Anglophone civic education, scientific knowledge creation, and modernisation in the British southern hemisphere. The book’s six chapters analyse institutional models and precedents, reading publics and types, book holdings and catalogues, and regional scientific networks in order to demonstrate the significance of these libraries for the construction of colonial identity, citizenship, and national self-government as well as charting their influence in shaping perceptions of social class, gender, and race. Using primary source material from the recently completed ‘Book Catalogues of the Colonial Southern Hemisphere’ digital archive, the book argues that public libraries played a formative role in colonial public discourse, contributing to broader debates on imperial citizenship and nation-statehood across different geographic, cultural, and linguistic borders.
- transatlantic library studies
- British colonies South Africa
- British colonies Australia
- British colonies Southeast Asia
- book catalogues
- Anglophone colonial literary culture
- social history of the library
- colonial citizenship
- Open Access
Authors and Affiliations
University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Lara Atkin, Sarah Comyn, Porscha Fermanis, Nathan Garvey
About the authors
Lara Atkin is a European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Sarah Comyn is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Porscha Fermanis is Professor of Romantic Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland, and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded ‘SouthHem’ project.
Nathan Garvey is a European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Book Title: Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere
Authors: Lara Atkin, Sarah Comyn, Porscha Fermanis, Nathan Garvey
Series Title: New Directions in Book History
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-20425-9Published: 03 July 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-20426-6Published: 21 June 2019
Series ISSN: 2634-6117
Series E-ISSN: 2634-6125
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVII, 159
Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations