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16 December 2015

Award win and book launch for Caroline Davis

Oxford Brookes Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Caroline Davis, was presented with the 'Outstanding Academic Title 2014'.

Caroline Davis
Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Editors The Book in Africa: Critical Debates

Caroline Davis has received the award for her monograph Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Editors (Palgrave, 2013) by CHOICE, the journal of the American Library Association. Caroline is Senior Lecturer in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, and this book examines the publishing of African literature in the postcolonial period, focusing on the largely forgotten Three Crowns series by Oxford University Press. The CHOICE reviewer, E. R. Baer, praised the book as a “significant contribution to African studies, the history of book culture, and literary studies.”

A new paperback edition of the book has just been published in November 2015.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 also saw the launch of another title, The Book in Africa: Critical Debates. The event was held at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London, which was also the venue for the original conference ‘The Book in Africa’ in October 2012, on which the book was based. The book was published by Palgrave Macmillan within the series ‘New Directions in Book History’, and the occasion marked the launch of both series and the individual publications.

The Book in Africa features a collection of new research and critical debates in African book history that includes case studies of book and literary history from across Africa – Morocco to South Africa, Ethiopia to Cameroon – and from third-century manuscript traditions to twenty-first century internet communications. It brings together a range of disciplinary perspectives by leading scholars in the subject. Amongst those who contributed to the creation of the book, Caroline Davis and David Johnson, Professor of Literature at the Open University were responsible for editing. Caroline’s own research is on colonial and postcolonial publishing in Africa, and the book includes her chapter on the history of Longmans in Africa in the 20th century.