Claire Parfait will be presenting her paper, ‘Global Literature and American Publishing’, at 1pm on Wednesday, 30 March 2011. The talk will take place in the Cardiff Humanities Building, Room 2.48.
This paper looks at the evolution of the American book trade over the last decades, with a special focus on: 1) the best seller system and its consequences and 2) the ‘translation gap’. While few foreign authors are translated and published on the American market, the common complaint that American works monopolize best seller lists in European countries seems to have been greatly exaggerated.
About the speaker
Claire Parfait teaches American studies and book history at the University of Paris 13, where she heads the Centre de recherches sur les aires anglophones et francophones (Centre for the Study of Intercultural Relations in English- and French-Speaking Countries). She is the author of The Publishing History of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1852–2002 (2007), and co-directed with Marie-Françoise Cachin, Diana Cooper-Richet and Jean-Yves Mollier, Au bonheur du feuilleton: naissance et mutations d’un genre (2007). She has published various articles on book history and African American studies and is currently, with Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, working on an annotated translation of the Narrative of William Wells Brown, A Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself (1847).