Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture is a market opportunity that revolves around five priorities:
to offer an open access and therefore freely available electronic publication that creates a bridge between Francophone and Anglophone networks and that establishes a dialogue between the new generation of researchers and seasoned specialists, while ensuring a continuity in the field of the history of books through the dissemination, with respect to content, of the most up-to-date subjects.
Defined as the study of the book-system, the history of books, which is the main topic of the magazine, focuses on many elements: agents and institutions, materiality and content, as well as practices and usage.
Initiated by L. Febvre and H.-J. Martin (1958), and theorized by R. Darnton (1990 et 1992), the goal of the history of books, in a diachronic viewpoint, attempts to contextualize and highlight the whole process of the book-system from production to delivery.
To develop this global view of the “book as a means of communication” (Darnton), we will analyze each element, from the author and the reader to the publisher, the distributor, the bookseller, and the librarian. In short, we will examine the role of all those who participate in the production and circulation of the printed material. Thus, the book is a multifaceted object that benefits from being approached from several points of view.
Firmly interdisciplinary, the history of books calls on much expertise to situate the written work in society, to analyze its uses, and to measure its reach. In fact, Darnton considered that the history of books was “at a strategic point where other subjects […] come together on common matters.”
Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture is managed by Marie-Pier Luneau, and assisted by Marc André Fortin and Josée Vincent, professors at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture is published twice a year. Submitted for approval by the scientific committee, texts have to meet the requirements of specialized international research magazines. Decisions by the scientific committee cannot be appealed.
Articles must centre their attention on the book and those involved in its fabrication and distribution. Nevertheless, the approaches used to tackle these topics can vary according to each field (history, literary studies, library science, digital humanities, social sciences, etc.). The view can be historical or contemporary. Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture focuses on books of all styles and from all cultures.
Articles are freely available in full text, in French and English (there is no paper version).
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Managing Editor : Marie-Pier Luneau, U. de Sherbrooke
Associate Editors : Marc André Fortin and Josée Vincent, U. de Sherbrooke
Executive Assistant : Cécile Delbecchi, U. de Sherbrooke
Editorial Board : Björn-Olav Dozo, FNRS, U. de Liège, Anthony Glinoer, U. de Sherbrooke, Leslie Howsam, Windsor University
Translators : Shirley Fortier et Michelle Ariss, Université de Sherbrooke
Scientific Committee : Frédéric Barbier (IHMC-ENS), Claude La Charité (U. du Québec à Rimouski), José Antonio Cordon (U. de Salamanca), Carole Gerson (Simon Fraser University), Claude Hauser (U. de Fribourg), Michel Lacroix (U. du Québec à Montréal), Éric Leroux (U. de Montréal), Yvan Lamonde (U. McGill), Bertrand Legendre (U. Paris-13), Martin Lyons (U. of New South Wales), Dominique Marquis (U. du Québec à Montréal), Eli McLaren (U. McGill), Jacques Michon (U. de Sherbrooke), Jean-Yves Mollier (U. Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Claire Parfait (U. Paris-13), Yannick Portebois (U. of Toronto), Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), François Vallotton (U. de Lausanne), Dominique Varry (ENSSIB).
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